mercy, says in the Introduction to his blessed Diwan:
'We praise Allah, theGlorious and Exalted, for the mysteries with which He has entrusted us, and for the knowledge, gnosis, and illumination He has bestowed on us. We render thanks to Him, may His Majesty be exalted, and bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone, without partner, for this is the testimony of those of the people of Annihilation in the Unity (Tawhid) who have drawn close to Him. And we testify that our Lord Muhammad is His slave and Messenger whom Allah sent as a mercy to the whole of creation.'
The Path of Islam is a Way that brings together and unifies and harmonizes allthe disparate and discordant elements of the human experience. Crucial to it,and central, and essential is the alchemical practice of the ritual prostrationsthat replace man in his true position among the stars by the movement of theSun, and the Fast and Hajj which focus for him his place within the changingcycles of the lunar fasting and pilgrimage MARK the man, year. These acts of prostration, alter him, sculpt him, unfold his true nature with the samesimplicity that washing and sitting and purring reveal the nature of the cat.Rumi, the great Master of Eastern Sufism has said that if a man truly theobligatory prostration he would stand in this world and performed bow into thenext. In learning, all sciences radiate out from the primary obligatory scienceof 'knowing how to behave towards the Creator and the creatures.'
"THE DEEN* OF ISLAM IS NOTHING BUT CORRECT BEHAVIOR."
* (exchange, orthe debt - between man and his Creator, commonly mis-translated as religion)
To be a complete human being you must learn behavior too from the source,i.e. from the Creator Himself who asks through the medium of the Prophetwhat is expected of mankind. Correct social behavior begins on the prayer mat- for there you take upon yourself the act of orienting your being andsubmitting it to harmony and pattern, and awe of the Creator. Society as it isat present structured, or rather as it at present is slowly imploding - for itsoutward rigidity is marked by an inward collapse - is, according to theprofoundest doctrines of Sufic teaching and Islam, based "on fantasy andsustained by fantasy". "Truly man is at a loss" says Allah, may He be exalted, inHis Qur'an [103;1-3]. The very foundation of what is taught to children in thepresent situation is an illusion about existence. The nature of man's innerexperiences, be they simply in his sleep or in his waking perceptions, isrendered meaningless in a world view that gives primacy to the material andsolid world of phenomena, and reduces all inner experience to the realm of something called 'subjective'. This comes near the nub of the whole affair, forit is essentially the nature of matter - of stuff, of forms, of creation itself thatis the illusion.Our psychology, our economic theory, our politics, our anthropology and ourmedicine - have all been based on a dualistic Cartesian view of reality, splitdown the middle - like poor modern man himself. The autistic child is the