The Weapons of Islam

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We who are in Islam must remember that Allah is our only helper every second, every minute, every hour, every time of prayer.  Allah is our Ruler, the Ruler of Grace, the One who is Love, the Compassionate One, the One who calls us back to Him, the One who questions us, and the One who judges us.  His grace exists in all lives, concealed in a tiny piece of flesh within the innermost heart.  Just as the flesh of the tongue knows taste, just as the flesh of the nose perceives smell and the flesh of the ear hears sound and the flesh of the eye perceives light ~ like that, there is a tiny piece of flesh in the heart which worships Allah, looks at Him, hears Him, and prays to Him.

This is the throne of the true believer.  This is where Allah dwells.  This is His throne within the innermost heart, from which He rules and dispenses justice…

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My brothers, you must quench the thirst of all lives.  You must try to heal the sufferings of the world.  This is the mercy and compassion of all the universes, the wealth that has been given to mankind, and we who have faith must strive to offer it to all.  We should not carry a sword in our hands; we should hold patience in our hearts.  We should not arm ourselves with guns; we should be armed with contentment.  We should not put our trust in battles; we should have trust in God.  We should not cling to the world; we should cling to the praise of God.  These are the true weapons of Islam…

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The Prophet had no warlike qualities.  He had only the qualities of patience, contentment, trust in God, and praise of God.  If those qualities are reestablished in each heart, if they flourish and grow there, then Islam will become a vast, protective canopy for the world.

If everyone in the community of Islam understood this and tried to establish peace, tolerance, and patience, that alone would bring peace to the world.  The weapons of peace and tranquility will grant us victory no matter what enmity, what hostility, threatens us.  We must realize this, my brothers in Islam.  If we do, we will triumph in all three worlds, in the primal beginning, this world, and the hereafter.

In the name of Allah and His Messenger, I beg you to forgive me if anything I have said is wrong.  Please forgive me if I have made any mistakes.  I am only telling you what came to my heart.  I am only telling you what I understand in my innermost heart…

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from the book

Islam & World Peace ~ Explanations Of A Sufi

by Muhammad Raheem Bawa Muhaiyaddeen

1987

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A Sufi Tale

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Save A Sufi ~ Save Yourself !

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We must realize that the human society is one.  We are all the children of Adam, and there is only one God and one prayer.  The Bible, the Hindu Puranas, the Zend-Avesta, the Torah, and the Qur’an ~ all these scriptures contain the words of grace given by God to the prophets.  That grace is light.  If you look at these scriptures on the outside you will see only a book, nothing more.  If you look inside the cover, you will find pages, letters, words, sentences, and stories.  But if you look deep within, you will find Allah, the words of Allah, the duties of the prophets, the commandments, the power, and the light…

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We must know our story, God’s story.  We must know His power, His vibration, His truth and peacefulness.  Separations and differences are the faults within us that destroy our unity and peace.  If we understand this, we will find peace in God’s kingdom, in life, and in the family of mankind.  Then we can truly understand the scriptures of Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.  They all contain the truth.  But desire and the monkey mind have no truth, and when we look through those eyes, with the thoughts of ‘our book’ and ‘our sect’, we see only differences…

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Some people accepted Allah, but others did not.  The kingdoms where Allah was not accepted were destroyed by fire, by water, by hurricane, by battle, and by the arrogance and pride of the people.  Destruction came and lands were covered by oceans, cities became jungles, and villages became cemeteries.  But every place which accepted Allah was under His safekeeping and became the kingdom of God, the kingdom of perfect faith…

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We must say, “All praise to God,” for everything we receive in our lives, whether it be a great feast or a glass of water, immense wealth or dire poverty.  To praise Allah at each moment, no matter what happens, is Islam…

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If you see someone else as your enemy

it is your own reflection

that you are seeing…

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Hatred cannot be overcome by hatred, nor anger by anger.  Anger is fire, and God created the jinns and their leader, satan, out of that fire.  Because of his hatred and anger, satan was hurled from heaven into this world of hell.  Anyone who has that anger in him is a satan.  If we are angry, we will see anger in others, but if we overcome satan’s anger in ourselves, we will not see it in anyone else…

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It is our own satanic qualities that must be overcome with inner patience, contentment, trust in God, and giving all praise to God.  However, if instead we nourish these evil qualities, then Allah will throw us away from Himself.  Just as He cast off satan, He will throw us out of heaven…

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…into hell.

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Text from Muhammad Raheem Bawa Muhaiyaddeen’s book:

Islam & World Peace ~ Explanations Of A Sufi

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“How can a man who carries a water bag full of holes hope to quench the thirst of others?”

“To understand this and to establish peace, man must first change the thoughts and qualities within himself.  He must change his qualities of selfishness and avarice, his desire for praise, and his love for earth, sensual pleasures, and gold.  He must stop thinking, ‘My family!  My wife!  My children!  I must rule the world!  I must advance my position in life!’  When a man has all these selfish ideas, how can he possibly create peace for others?”

“We must use God’s power to avert the dangers and disasters that threaten mankind.  If we can live with compassion and justice, then the laws of truth will govern, unity will live on, patience will be eternal, and compassion will never fail.  Mankind must think of this.  All of us must join together and bring peace to the Holy City.”

M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen

ISLAM & WORLD PEACE

Explanations of a Sufi

1987

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Jihad

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Holy War

For man to raise his sword against man, for man to kill man, is not holy war.  True holy war is to praise God and to cut away the enemies of truth within our own hearts.  We must cast out all that is evil within us, all that opposes God.  This is the war that we must fight.

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from his book

Islam & World Peace

Explanations of a Sufi

1987

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My brethren, let me tell you a story so that you may better understand the meaning of jihad, or holy war.  When God formed Adam out of earth, He placed the great trust of the light of Nur Muhammad on Adam’s forehead and decreed that man would know things that the angels and other beings could never know.  The leader of the jinns was watching and listening.  He became filled with jealousy, pride, and vengeance, and these qualities changed him into satan.  At once he began to speak against God, boasting to Adam, “I am more exalted than you.  Allah said that He created you to be most exalted, but you are only made of earth.  I am made of fire.  If you bow down to me I will help you, but if you attempt to rise above me, then I will do many evil things to you and make you suffer greatly.”

Then that light on Adam’s forehead looked closely at satan, and when satan saw the radiance, there arose within him an even greater fear, jealousy, and vengeance.  Once again he sneered at Adam, “You are created out of mere earth, and yet you dare to look at me like this!  Because you were given a higher place than I was, I will create sorrow and suffering for you until the very end.”  Then satan spat on him, and the moment that spit landed on Adam, satan’s poisonous qualities entered him and spread throughout his entire body.  Those qualities became the darkness of the mind and the veils within the innermost heart.

Upon seeing what had happened, Allah commanded the Angel Gabriel to pinch out that spot of hell where satan’s spit had landed.  The hollow that remained became the navel.  Even though the spit itself was cleared away, some of the poison of those evil, envious qualities had already entered Adam and in that way were passed on to his descendents, causing all of mankind endless trouble.  Because of satan’s actions, Allah commanded that he and his followers be cast out of heaven.  Then he elevated Adam to the high position decreed for him.

This is a very great matter.  I have related only a small part of it to show you that the most important jihad, the holy war that each one of us must fight, is the war against these qualities.  Just as satan was thrown out of heaven because he opposed the Almighty, Unique One, we too must cast out all that is evil within us, everything that opposes God.  Those evil qualities of jealousy and vengeance are the qualities that ruin us and take us on the path to hell…

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