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Islam and World Peace Explanations of a Sufi by M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen

Islam and World Peace Explanations of a Sufi by M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen

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"It is important in this present day that the children of Adam clearly understand
the true meaning of Islam. We must know the value of its purity, of its
peacefulness, its unity, its sincerity, its honesty, and the value of its conscience
and justice and truth..."
"Islam is equality, peacefulness, and unity. Islam is inner patience, contentment,
trust in God, and praise of God. One who understands this and puts it into
practice will be a true believer...."
"Allah has asked mankind to accept this, to find freedom, and to raise the flag of
unity on the tree of love."
—M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen
"It is important in this present day that the children of Adam clearly understand
the true meaning of Islam. We must know the value of its purity, of its
peacefulness, its unity, its sincerity, its honesty, and the value of its conscience
and justice and truth..."
"Islam is equality, peacefulness, and unity. Islam is inner patience, contentment,
trust in God, and praise of God. One who understands this and puts it into
practice will be a true believer...."
"Allah has asked mankind to accept this, to find freedom, and to raise the flag of
unity on the tree of love."
—M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen

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Islam and World Peace - Explanations of a Sufi
by M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen
MIA © Copyright 2013, The Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship All Rights Reserved February 9, 2013
1
"It is important in this present day that the children of Adam clearly understand the true meaning of Islam. We must know the value of its purity, of its peacefulness, its unity, its sincerity, its honesty, and the value of its conscienceand justice and truth..." "Islam is equality, peacefulness, and unity. Islam is inner patience, contentment,trust in God, and praise of God. One who understands this and puts it into practice will be a true believer...." "Allah has asked mankind to accept this, to find freedom, and to raise the flag of unity on the tree of love." 
—M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen
 
Editor's Introduction
Muhammad Raheem Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, may Allah be pleased with him, was anIslamic Sufi from Sri Lanka who dedicated much of his lifetime to instructingpeople on the true meaning of Islam and the path of Sufism. Though he himselfwas unlettered, the depth of his understanding of the Qur'an and the traditionalstories of Islam has been recognized by Muslim scholars throughout the world.It is appropriate that
Islam and World Peace: Explanations of a Sufi' 
should be hisfirst book published posthumously, for during the last decade of his life, BawaMuhaiyaddeen repeatedly expressed concern about the unfavorable image ofIslam in the world today. He proclaimed an Islam of mercy and compassion, anIslam of peace and unity.Opening with a plea that we must do more than just talk about peace, the book follows with a letter toworld leaders, boldly calling upon them to unite. From there, the reader is guided to a view of thepresent day political crisis, then on to a Sufi application of the traditions of Islam, and finally to anesoteric understanding of the path of the innermost heart. Out of every page there emerges thewisdom of a contemporary mystic, blending the ancient oral tradition of Sufism with modern-dayissues.These talks, originally spoken in a mixture of Tamil and Arabic, were simultaneously translated intoEnglish, and later edited into a written format. For the benefit of the Western reader, the customaryhonorific phrases have not been used following the names of prophets and angels. For example, thephrase Salla Allah `alayhi wa-sallam, God bless him and grant him peace, is traditionally spoken aftermentioning the name of Prophet Muhammad. Since the reverence inherent in this phrase is evidentwithin every page of the book, we hope that this omission will not offend anyone. For the readerfamiliar with Arabic, the translated Islamic terms have been footnoted. And finally, since there is nosingle accepted system for transliterating Arabic into English, we have selected the one recommendedby the Library of Congress, which can be found in the glossary.
 
Islam and World Peace - Explanations of a Sufi
by M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen
MIA © Copyright 2013, The Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship All Rights Reserved February 9, 2013
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This book is a unique plea for peace and unity, and if God so wills, perhaps those who read it will findsome guidance in the timeless wisdom of Bawa Muhaiyaddeen.
Introduction by Coleman Barks
What We’re Missing
On television we see lines of Islamic men bowing down, touching their foreheads to the ground, sittingback, standing up, kneeling, bowing again. What we may not see is that they’re doing a form of prayeracknowledging unity, not political or religious solidarity with each other, but praising the mystery ofoneness within all living things, all molecules even. That unity, which makes us want to bow in praiseand surrender is true Islam. I met the essence of that in Muhammad Raheem Bawa Muhaiyaddeen.“My brothers and sisters,” he tells us in this book (pp. 129-130), “even though we have not yet seenGod, there is no place where He does not exist. He is within every life. He is in the trees, the flowers,the fruits, and in the plants and shrubs and vines. There would be no flowers or fruits on a tree if Hispower did not exist within it. When we squeeze a fruit its sweet juice can quench our thirst and satisfyour hunger, because it has His power within it. The same intensity of sweetness exists within the idealsof Islam.”In these times, people in the West may have difficulty tasting that “intensity of sweetness,” but it isthere. It was there in Bawa Muhaiyaddeen’s presence, and hopefully it will come through these wordsof his to readers.So there’s the unity and the sweetness. There is also the deep inward search. “…if you can know yourown life and understand it, you will find the ocean of divine knowledge within you. You will find theQur’an within you. You are the Qur’an; you are your own book. If you can study that book and reachthe state of fully ripened knowledge, then you will be able to speak of its sweetness and know peaceand comfort in your life.” (pp. 126-127)There is also a coolness and peace in Islam, like the coolness of the huge round pillars that hold up theBlue Mosque in Istanbul. They are filled with circulating spring water.As-salaamu ‘alaikum (God’s peace be with you) is the greeting heard everywhere; I have come acrossan interesting etymology that I hope is true. In the 1840’s sailors back from the slave trade routes inthe English seaports of Bristol and Cardiff were heard exchanging the greetings they had heard amongthe slaves. “So long,” one would say, and “So long,” the other would answer. They weremispronouncing As-salaamu ‘alaikum, the salaam part anyway. I love it when sacred traditions mix in afriendly way, so that when some good old boy in overalls in Thomson, Georgia backs his pickup out ofthe hardware store parking lot, and waves to the guys on the steps, what they are wishing each other isthe peace of Islam. We know not what we do. So long.Bawa Muhaiyaddeen advised that we should look within our religions and find where we meet. A childasked him once what she should say at school when they asked her what religion she was. The answerhe gave can help us learn how to widen the boundaries of community until we all become one family.“Say, ‘I am Saivam (a Hindu).’ And if they ask you what Saivam is, say, ‘Saivam is purity.’“Then say, ‘I am a Christian.’ And if they ask you what Christianity is, say, ‘I follow the pure soul.’“Then say, ‘I am a Jew.’ If they ask you what that means, say, ‘It means…to be freed from all thethings that enslave us in our life so we can reach that pure soul.’“Then say, ‘I am Islam.’ And when they ask you what Islam means, say, ‘Islam is unity. La¯ ila¯haillalla¯h. There is nothing else other than God. You are Allah, You are God. That is the kalimah. You
 
Islam and World Peace - Explanations of a Sufi
by M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen
MIA © Copyright 2013, The Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship All Rights Reserved February 9, 2013
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affirm that there is only one God and have firm faith in Him....My religion is purity. To become freeand to become one family is Islam....’“Tell them, ‘I am in a group that brings all people together in unity. God said that when we go to Himwe must go as one. I belong to a group that unites everyone, so I belong to all the groups.’” (Why Can’tI See the Angels? pp. 73-74)Here in 2002, our situation has gotten very simple and urgent: If we hold to what divides us intodifferent religions, nations, and races, we will be encouraging the world itself to commit suicide. Readthis book then, as Rumi tells us to read: Feel the presence inside the language, the healing and thecompassion and the tremendous courtesy. Adab, courtesy and manners, is a deep quality in the Islamicand Sufi traditions. Francis of Assisi absorbed the Sufi gentleness. Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lamasuggest that it is time for us to become conscious of our anger and not to act from there. Only moresuffering comes from such discourtesy. We must sit down and talk with the great souls of otherlineages, find where we agree and develop understanding when we cannot agree. We must protect andnourish each human life. As Bawa Muhaiyaddeen instructed:“Make yourself aware, and by making yourself aware, you will make others aware. Don’t waste yourtime. We have very little time left! We must say this silently with every breath, Other than God thereis nothing.God alone exists. “In this way we are in unity with the eternal One.”Love is the way this sense of unity says its truth. Love for every life form on this fragile blue planet,and in the eighteen thousand universes (!) too, that Bawa Muhaiyaddeen referred to with such graceand tenderness and humor.Coleman Barks July 24, 2002
Foreword by Annemarie Schimmell
Among the great religions of the world, Islam is no doubt the one that is least known and leastappreciated by the non-Muslim world. The recent resurgence of military and militant groups insideIslam has caused a renewal of feelings and sentiments that have been harbored for centuries and a newspirit of crusade against the only major religion that appeared in history after Christianity. This hascaused many Western laymen and intellectuals to ask, "What do '
the Islams
' have in mind now?" (Ahorrible form used by many instead of the correct term,
Muslims
.)Real Islam is a deep and unquestioning trust in God, the realization of the truth that "There is no deitysave God" and of the threefold aspect of religious life: that of
islam
, complete surrender to God;
iman
,unquestioning faith in Him and His wisdom; and
ihsan
, to do right and to act beautifully, because oneknows that God is always watching man's actions and thoughts. For fourteen hundred years the Muslimshave practiced these virtues, and the great mystics of Islam have taught them to millions of faithfulwho have survived the most difficult times, the greatest hardships because of their unshakable faith inthe loving kindness of God, the creator, sustainer and judge of everything created.Sufism, the mystical current inside Islam, developed logically out of the serious study of the Koran,according to Muslim belief the uncreated word of God, and of the constant direction of all facultiestoward God. The Sufi masters taught their disciples that their duty is the fulfillment of God's will, notout of a feeling of duty but rather out of love - for could there be anything greater than theunconditional love which man offers his Lord?

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