Thursday, April 29, 2010

postscript to the post, yearning to serve others

in his small living room where we gather near out master, where we sit with him, listen to his words and his silence - we are sitting on this thursday. unlike other days, there is no tea served today as we all fast on thursdays from the birth of the dawn to the arrival of night, we fast from water, food and more importantly we practice the fasting of the heart, a practice with which the inner heart blossoms, as our guide has instructed us. i pray that God accept all our inward and outward fasts.

our guide, our father and our beloved starts his shobet while we gaze at his regal face, our heart absorb the nur as he speaks.

"bismillah! there is a great hadith of our Habib, whom we long to love with a perfect love, Allah bless him and our salaams to him" (the master puts his right hand over his heart as he pause for a moment, lost in absorption, fana fi Rasul and for a moment the room appear to grow in light). "the hadith which inshallah i wish to remind you, merely dont listen to it but try to penetrate its mystery. dont pride yourself thinking you already know it or that you will penetrate its mystery just like that - it takes many moons, many years to enter into it fully, for some a life time – and even they are very fortunate. the mystery only your heart must teach you, none other should, none other can.

understanding is not enough. you have spent almost all your life reading so many wonderful books and so many different teachings, scriptures, endless pages - but what you did with it? look at yourself at the mirror of truth and realize your spiritual bankruptcy, you would be utterly ashamed if you only knew them who were siddiq, the true sincere ones of God.", his voice grow forceful. (at this Firoz, an elderly in our group begins to weep, the master tenderly looks at him; someone in the circle begins to sob uncontrollably).

as we leave ‘ourselves’ and come back and leave and come back again, the master resumes... 

“yes what you do with the truth transmitted by luminous beings is the question you will have to answer if your heart desire to claim any drop of spiritual sincerity. your delusion that you continue to feed onto yourself whenever you read or hear something spiritually uplifting, they alone doesnt make you any better than a donkey carrying loads of books. the knowledge between the covers of those many books doesnt make the donkey better, nor does it benefit the donkey. act upon what you already know; what you don't know, the boundless precious jeweled mysteries will flood your heart. and thats a truth and God is our witness."

master grows quiet. my eyes follow the window behind his back of his apartment on fifth floor. great many branches of an ancient tree almost touching his window and  mysteriously they never cease dancing even when there is hardly any breeze and when other trees are still!

master resumes in a very different tone of his voice, not quite sure how to describe, its as if he is transported somewhere and he is telling from what he is witnessing inside the moment. "in this hadith that i tell you, our habib transmitted to us a conversation from the post-eternity, on the Day of Reckoning when we shall all face our Lord, every single  individual of us, without exception, to be accountable for every gift we were given, from our life-breath to our wealth to our family and loved ones and to every responsibility we bore in this field of human existence.

Our Prophet transmitted to the humanity, "Verily, Allah will say to his slave when He will be taking account of him on the Day of Judgment, 'O sons of Adam, I was hungry, I was thirsty and you did not feed Me, you did not quench My thirst.' He will answer: 'How could I feed you? You are the Lord of the worlds!'

The Voice will say: 'Didn’t you know that a servant of Mine asked you food, and you did not feed him. Alas! had you fed him you would have found Me.'

'O son of Adam, I was sick but you did not visit Me.' Man will  again exclaim: 'How can I visit You? You are the Lord of the worlds!' Allah will say: 'Did you not know that a slave of Mine was sick and you did not visit him. Alas! had you visited him, you would have found Me with him.'

'Allah' - cries out our master in a higher voice. "understand also that this sacred tradition was also transmitted by our Habib’s brother, Isa ibn Maryam, the perfected servant of the Most High. Matthew’s Gospel records the same conversation from post-eternity where the seal of perfect sainthood, Isa, whom we have grown habituated to know by his latinized name Jesus. After transferring this same conversation, Jesus transmitted the word of God in isawi hadith qudsi, saying,

The Presence will declare on that day, I assure you: "Whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me either."

"how plainly could the secret be told than this?! The Friend is here, always been hidden within  His own creation. the Gardener is to be found in His Garden only. yet the world choose to remain blind and asleep." sound of deep sigh rise from the chest of our guide.

“be aware of the trickery of the time you live in”, master’s voice has changed again. "save yourself from the deceptions of the age that makes you forget what is real". even in the name of spirituality, in this age of selling and buying, many will come and sell you spirituality, package enlightenment and give you doses borrowed from the past, but empty of any value, barren of any real fruit that your soul can benefit from. they are empty because they are coming from head, from memorization without real work and they are cheap reproduction and you shall know them because they are always talking about spirituality and truth, not entering anywhere near it. if they did, they would be doing something else, to be precise, they would be serving others at a much higher priority than anything else. and they would assuredly call themselves nothing but servant. but do you see them?

you must act. you must act. you must be selfless, you must grow out of your comfort zone which keep you in delusion by telling you that if you only read the scripture, if you only bowed on the prayer mat at the corner of your room, if you only went to meditation retreats once in a while at a nice place or just continued reading from borrowed knowledge of others and read tons of spiritual books - it will make you feel spiritual. it tells you that you dont need to go to a physician of the soul, it prevent you to be in the company of the fuqara, it fills you with pride by feeding you that you are already enough knowledgeable and your arrogance keeps growing.

feeling spiritual, acting spiritual - is not the point. its less than the start. vanity of vanities! WHERE ARE YOU GOING?"

"ALLAAAH!" master’s voice roar like a lion! i can feel many of us tremble inside, some layers of veils fall off.

"where is your service? where is your sacrifice? where is your selflessness? where is your true empathy? where is your feeling one with another? is talking about oneness give you oneness if you dont embrace the other as yourself? when was the last time you felt true compassion and loving kindness for any sentient being in this vast creation of Allah? when was the last time, you gazed upon a creation with complete loving surrender?

you will know that you have really grown wise the day you will completely identify the suffering of another as if it were yours. and you will not attain that way station until you get rid of the sickness of pride, selfishness and arrogance, specially - pride of knowledge and further more, pride of spiritual knowledge. we pray that may God separate spiritual pride from us as He has separated east from the west, Glorious is He!

only by reading books, and pages with blank ink marks you wish to cross the bridge in this great pilgrimage, how arrogantly ignorant attitude is that?!"

the master suddenly come to a complete silence. from one silence we enter into another great silence.

after how long none of us could keep track of, he reached his pocket and with twinkle in his eyes he forwards one of us a folded paper saying, "last night i read this poem by Daniel Ladinsky which he wrote by one of our great sage, Hafiz's name and i so loved it, go ahead Karima, read it for us please." the beautiful voiced Karima read us this poem,

Path to God
Made me such 

an old sweet beggar.

I was starving until one night
My love tricked God Himself
To fall into my bowl.

Now Hafiz is infinitely rich,
But all I ever want to do
Is keep emptying out
My emerald filled

This tear stained

after Karima finished reading it slowly twice as the master gestured, he then raise his hands towards the heaven and recites al-fatiha, the key from the divine recital.

By the Most Tender, the Most Merciful
All thanksgiving and praise to the Lord of the worlds
Source of infinite love, Source of chosen grace
Master of the reality of our return and reckoning.
Only You we serve, only You we turn to.
Guide us on this great pilgrimage to You,
May we walk upon the luminous path traced by your beloved ones,
neither straying, nor separating from Your grace!

# Some of the terms used:
* sohbet, conversation, enlightened companionship
* nur, light.
* adab, proper conduct, etiquette, spiritual courtesy
* Habib is arabic word to mean friend or beloved, when sufis use it, its a short form of habib-Allah, beloved of God, referring to Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him
* Hadith are sayings, teachings, doings of the Prophet as transmitted and recorded by his intimate companions, may God be pleased with them all
* siddiq, sincere, truthful, righteous. hebrew word tzadik carry the same meaning
* fuqara, literally means poor ones, but in sufi terminology they are the ones who are empty of the world, so that they can be rich in godliness

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Phase II of Gladdening the Sacred Hearts

We Sufis are Servants of Heart.

We sweep clean our own heart
as a service to the True Heir of the Heart.

Since pre-eternity,
destined we are to serve
every other heart.

Omnia cum Deo
Hu Allahu Ahad

For the Service of the One,
endless we burn,
endless we yearn.

- Anonymous

Gladdening the Sacred Hearts Project, as a fund raising event first started in October 2008. Back then we raised some funds to direct to help a number of disadvantaged children, vulnerable women and economically challenged young students in India and Bangladesh. Also last winter, thanks to your generous contribution we distributed about 500+ winter clothings and blankets among homeless and poor people in Bangladesh under the initiative: Spreading the Warmth, an extension of the Project. The initiative inspired others as well who came forward and took their own initiative in other countries.

As part of the second phase of Gladdening the Sacred Hearts, God Willing, we intend to create a fund to facilitate medical treatment for those who are in serious need but have no means to support. Very recently a friend and a visitor of the blog emailed me with a very touching report of a family in which the father and his three children are on the verge of complete blindness due to poverty, malnutrition and lack of treatment.

This case is from the northern region of Bangladesh and we are taking initiative to contact the family and will try our best to reach necessary financial support for their immediate treatment. This will be priority one. Secondly if we could raise enough fund, we will contact a partner NGO to contribute equal amount and use that for similar future endeavor.

Also another personal friend of mine Ali Mahmed who happened to live near a place which is a major train junction where many floating children happen to end up, who are either orphans or don't have any other place to go or who are simply lost. My friend shared his vision to create a children shelter home for them and this require a good sum of starting capital. We have estimated that a modest amount of 1200 USD will be good enough to establish one such shelter and keep it going for few months. If you happen to know anyone who would be interested to finance / donate to this project, either individually or as a group, I will appreciate very much if you could get in touch with me. This project I am very keen personally to start after seeing the practical need of it.

Few months back Ali Mahmed rescued a number of such vulnerable children and due to lack of support he couldn't do much. Here are couple cases that he shared from his experience and feelings: Tale of a Handicaped Child and The Game of Light and Darkness.

I look forward for your generous support in the Second Phase of the Gladdening the Sacred Hearts Project and lets contribute from our own capacity to gladden some hearts, no matter where they might be.

Some one asked Beloved Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah: 'What actions are most excellent?'

He replied, 'To gladden the heart of a human being, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the wrongs of the injured.'

Tell those of My servants who believe that they should establish union-prayer and spend out of what We have provided them with, both secretly and openly, before there arrives the Day when there will be no bargaining, nor any mutual befriending.  
- The Divine Recital, 14:31

You shall not attain righteousness until you spend (benevolently) out of what you love. And whatsoever you spend, Allah is Aware thereof. 
- 3:92

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

yearning to serve others without desiring others service

Rendering service to others attract the gift of ascending the mystical ladder

The great guide of souls and saint of Naqshbandi Sufi Path, Shaikh Bahauddin Naqshband, may his soul be sanctified, told this story of his life:

Still at the beginning of my search on the path of mystical knowledge, I met a man from among the lovers of Allah. He was one of the true Sufis. He said to me:
‘You appear to be one of the arduous servants.’

I responded, ‘I hope that I shall become a true arduous servant, thanks to a glance of grace from the lovers of God.

He asked, ‘How do you pass your time?’

I said, ‘If I find some food, I thank God. If not, I am patient.’

He smiled and said, ‘That is not difficult. The important thing is to place labors upon the soul. This is how it is done. If you have no food for an entire week, do not allow your soul to grumble, but let it be at peace.’ I came near to him and asked his help. He commanded me to practice the suppression and restraint of my egoic desires, care for the weak, powerless, and crippled, with whom other people do not trouble themselves, noting in particular that I should display submissiveness, obedience, and self-abasement.

I began to fulfill his command and proceeded, as the holy saint had ordered, over the course of many days. After that he commanded me to render service to all the animals, to heal them of their various wounds and sores, with utmost effort and obligingness.

I burdened myself with this labor and did all that he had ordered me to do, and if a dog came across my path, I would stop so that it should pass first, not wishing to overtake it. Thus did six years pass.

Then he ordered me to render service unto the dogs of the nearest neighborhood and to request help from the animals. He said, ‘You will lower yourself to the state of a dog. And, serving dogs, you will attain happiness and be deserving of great reward.’

I spared nothing in fulfilling this task, obeying his command and desiring to attain his joyful prediction. And once, meeting a dog on my way, I suddenly fell into the most profound mystical state. I stopped before the dog and was seized by powerful tears. Right there the dog too fell onto its back and raised its four legs to the sky. I heard its pitiful sighs and mournful moaning. I raised my hands in humility and obedience and said, ‘Amen!’ and the dog grew quiet and raised itself to its paws.

One of those same days, wandering on the outskirts of Bukhara, I found a chameleon, immersed with all its being in contemplation of the sun’s beauty. I looked with wonder at the chameleon, and the passionate desire to ask it to show me grace and compassion took hold of my soul.

The chameleon still remained in place. I stood up before it in a posture of the fullest respect and civility and raised my hands. The chameleon came out of its immersion in considering the sun’s beauty and fell onto its back, turning toward the sky. And I said, ‘Amen!’

After this the man commanded me to practice the clearing of roads from refuse and rubbish. For six long years I demonstrated stubbornness and perseverance in this difficult work. No one ever saw the sleeves or hem of my shirt free from the dust and dirt of the road. All this, and the other tasks my instructor ordered me to fulfill, I fulfilled conscientiously, sincerely, and without murmur. From it all I discovered a beneficial influence on my soul and an unprecedented improvement in my mystical states.

- from the writings of Sabit Madaliev an-Naqshbandi, may God bless him

The Result of Rendering Service is Love

The guides of the Naqshbandiya knew the price of the time allotted to them by God and filled every passing moment with that which was required by it. They engaged in the fulfillment of their zikr only when no one needed their services.

If a Muslim desires to render service unto another, honor him!- say the shaikhs. For service to another is the reason for God’s acceptance of hearts and the condition for crossing over to the zikr and muraqaba (sufi practice of meditation). Some people suppose that saying additional (nawafil) prayers or fasting more is better and more useful than the demonstration of service to one’s neighbors. But that is not the case.

The result of rendering service is love and the attachment of hearts, because service is by its very nature based upon love for those who are more deserving of it. And this is what differentiates the fruits of a Sufi’s recitation of additional prayers from the fruits of a Sufi’s service to others... In accordance with the scale of the love you demonstrate to others, the Most High’s Love will come to you in return.

Therefore have the shaikhs of the Naqshbandi Tariqat, may grace be upon them, yearned to serve others but not make use of others’ service to them.

The Hidden Jewels

One day in addressing the assembly of Sufis in his khanaqah in the city of Nashipur, the master said, “The length and breadth of the khanaqah is strewn with gems. Why don’t you pick any up?” Everyone looked around to see if the floor was covered with jewels. 

Not seeing any precious stones lying around they turned back to the master with puzzled looks. “O Master,” they cried, “where are these gems which we do not see?”

“Service!”, cried the master, “Service!”

The shortest and easiest way to God

If we remember that everyone’s heart is a divine temple, then we will see everyone else differently and behave with far greater love and caring. This image of others is the foundation for the Sufi practice of service. In serving others, we are actually serving the Divine in others. When we remember that the human heart is the holiest of shrines, then we become more compassionate and heedful in all our dealings with others. Remembering to honor the heart in each person is a great discipline. We so often forget. But if we could remember, our lives and all our relationships would be transformed.

To be a Sufi is to remember that the heart of each person we meet is God’s temple. To be a Sufi is to honor and serve others. Many hearts have been wounded in this world, and we can serve God’s creation by working to heal those wounded hearts. This kind of service will also heal and open our own hearts as well.

One day someone asked a Sufi teacher how to reach God. The teacher replied that the ways to God are as many as there are created beings. The teacher went on, "The shortest and easiest is to serve others, not to bother others, and to make others happy." 

- Robert Frager, The Sufi Approach to Opening the Heart

Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace, on serving others

Said the Holy Prophet as transmitted by his dervish companion Abu Huraira, may Allah be pleased with him: Whosoever relieves from a believer some grief pertaining to this world, Allah will relieve from him some grief pertaining to the Hereafter. Whosoever alleviates the difficulties of a needy person who cannot pay his debt, Allah will alleviate his difficulties in both this world and the Hereafter. Whosoever conceals the faults of a Muslim, Allah will conceal his faults in this world and the Hereafter. Allah will aid a servant (of His) so long as the servant aids his brother. Whosoever follows a path to seek sacred knowledge therein, Allah will make easy for him a path to Paradise. No people gather together in one of the houses of Allah, reciting the Book of Allah and studying it among themselves, except that tranquility descends upon them, mercy covers them, the angels surround them, and Allah makes mention of them amongst those who are in His presence. Whosoever is slowed down by his deeds will not be hastened forward by his lineage (family, worldly honor, or race). (credit)

The most beloved to Allah among mankind is the one who is of the greatest benefit to mankind.

The Messenger said that a prostitute was completely forgiven because she took pity on a dog which was on the verge of death due to thirst while lost in the desert. She removed her leather sock and with her scarf lowered in into a well. In this way she obtained water which she gave to the dog to drink. Some asked: "Do we obtain thawaab (merit, mystical gifts) for service to animals as well?" Messenger of Allah replied: "There is thawaab in (rendering service to) every living creature."

Worship the Compassionate One, provide food to the hungry, and greet everyone you meet, and you will enter the Loftiest Garden in peace.

May God sanctity and increase our capacity to serve others.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Dream of Secret Garden and of Unfathomable Recognition


in the Garden of Mystic Lovers,
these are not true distinctions.
~ Rumi, Coleman Barks ~

For our Sharing of Spiritual Dream series, M. E. B. sharing graciously, writes, "For years I had many dreams of the kind in which one ‘wakes up inside the dream’. I kept a journal and recorded each one as it occurred." This is the 4th dream shared in the series.

I was in an old foreign city, in a great open square teaming with busy people. The air was fresh, the day bright, sunny, clear. A guide appeared who was from this land and was jubilant about showing me his country. Then my teenage niece joined us. We all walked together briskly, almost in a dance, trying to see everything. The square was bordered with colorful shops full of beautiful items and stalls with luscious fruits and vegetables and outdoor cafes. We could not stop to rest for long before our guide swept us away again to show us something else. There were large buildings around the periphery of the square.

We entered one of these buildings that seemed like an ancient castle once we were inside. I raced ahead of the others and found myself alone walking down a long, narrow, cool corridor of thick stone. It was very mysterious, I didn’t know where it was going, but I was too full of wonder to be afraid. There were no windows or exits – until I came upon a heavy old wooden door in the left wall. I immediately opened it to a small musty room, about nine to twelve feet square, of the same stone. It was empty except for another heavy wooden door opposite the first one  - solidly bolted with an ancient lock. I had felt a tinge of forbiddance when I opened the first door, but the second door gave the feeling of imminent danger. There was no key but with my fingers I magically worked the puzzle of the locks, and within seconds, it clicked open.

This door was heavier than the first one. I struggled to pull it open - then froze on the threshold. It was far above the ground with no balcony, only the sheer outside wall of the castle. If I hadn’t stopped I would have been killed from the fall. But something else riveted my attention. When I looked out I saw the most enchanting garden landscape that spread out for at least a hundred yards - though it faded in the distance rather than end. There were many kinds of trees, shrubs, vines, and emerald green lawns. Instead of sunlight there was a luminous inner daylight that these places seem to have. There was a single gardener, dressed in unassuming brown, kneeling at the edge of one of the flowerbeds attending it. Beyond him, in a large arc toward the right behind some trees, was a small serene lake. But the most spellbinding jewels of the garden were the many thousands of flowers that were everywhere, different kinds and sizes - all made of numerous shades of brilliant blue light - the deepest, purest, crystal blue with sunlight deep inside glowing brightly. The blue light filled the garden and sparkled as the flowers swayed in the breezes. It was mesmerizing. I had never imagined anything like it. I stood still and gazed into this hidden masterpiece for a long time.

Then part of me rushed back to find my niece and guide. She appeared, standing next to me on the threshold. She glanced at the danger but was quickly captivated by the garden. As we debated about what to do the guide caught up with us, calm and knowing. When he appeared, so did a system of steps flush against the outside wall leading down into the garden. We descended at once, and as soon as our feet touched the earth a wave of disbelief came over us. We could barely comprehend standing in a place such as this. Quietly we strolled deeper into the garden, our guide proudly showing us each tree, vine, bush. We touched those dazzling blue light flowers, held them in our hands. The closer I looked at them the more I could see how exotic they were. On some were, how to describe - to the left of the blossom was an ethereal lacy structure of delicate ‘stems’ about the size of the flower. It was not physically connected to the flower but was suspended in space next to it and seemed to be an echo of the flower’s inner architecture, an earlier primal phase of its development, a tracery left from its journey through its inner universe.

We passed the gardener and meandered across the lawns looking at each radiant blue light. The breezes swept by us as if to make sure we noticed them too. We came to the lake, a glistening gem anchored by the high hills beyond it to the east. We stopped at the water’s edge to rest. We were outwardly quiet, but inwardly were breathless with excitement to see such beauty and to feel the deep joy and silence in this mystifying place.

Slowly time began to stand still. A delicate whisper spoke which indicated there is something else that is special. I waited. The stillness grew deeper. At the deepest, almost imperceptible point, a consciousness emerged. I knew it was the Consciousness of the Garden, though I had never imagined such a thing before.

The Garden knew we were there and was gazing back at us. I could hear it say that this unfathomable recognition of each other, seeing each other face to face like this, makes the existence of the Garden complete for the first time - for now it can see itself through our eyes - its own eyes. A central part of us also became complete - for the Garden is in our innermost self. This is the only way we can see each other. We stayed here for a long time.

- A dream shared generously by M. E. B. 
may God be pleased with you

Unpublished Work | Copyright © 1995 M. E. B.

Update from April 2010

A larger world opened from our meeting in the Garden – a new awareness and meanings are still unfolding from it even today. And over the years an incomparable richness has resulted from exploring the symbols in the dream in Buddhism, Sufism, Hinduism, Christianity, Jungian psychology…. all among the flowers in a higher Garden. This exploration has also created a somewhat similar place that Rumi expressed so well: “Out beyond ideas about wrong-doing and right-doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” And so it is with the Garden - out beyond intellectually limited definitions there is a far deeper living place and consciousness…

- M. E. B.

The body is a sensing instrument of consciousness. Without the body and the mind, the trees couldn't see themselves. Usually we think that we are looking at a tree, but the tree is looking at itself through us. Without this instrument, the tree doesn't get to see itself. 

We are the sensing instruments of the Divine.

- Adyashanti, from Divine is the All Seeing

Allah - al Baseer
The Divine is "the All Seeing".

Sometimes, life steps out of a dream and the heart remembers that what appears to be life is really the dream, and it was You my Beloved One, Who were always with me. It is You who contains us all!

When I dare to open to all that hovers outside of time itself, I am in an ever expanding garden, a meadow, a sea, a sky, a soul, a boundless spirit circling in the truth of the heart, creating new realities, new lands, new ways of seeing, new feelings, new species, new revelations, volcanoes of centuries of longing imploding and exploding that blow the mind into fragments to be swept under the carpet of reverence and devotion and awakening! 

- Naomi

# Sharing of Spiritual Dreams Series:
1) The Beloved's ways are beyond this heart
2) Initiation isn't about suffering, but stepping up
3) Dream of Bawa Muhaiyaddeen and soul's calling out

If you wish to share your spiritual dreams / mystical visions, send to mysticsaint (at) gmail dot com

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Monday, April 19, 2010

The Way of Walâya | Friendship of God, Sainthood

Glory be to God who created all creatures equal in relation to Him. Everybody is His servant and carries His Divine secret, the secret of creation and manifestation. And every creature enjoys a particular aspect and a special relationship with God the Real (al-Haqq) that no one else shares and without a third coming between. The source and evidence of this special aspect coincide with the moment of creation, the moment when the will of the Real decided to create this creature, and so he becomes.

Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi makes us understand the possibility of establishing this particular creature-creator relationship by using geometric symbolism. He chooses the design of the circle and elaborates on the relationship between its centre and every point on the circumference. In a circle each radiation emitted from the centre is connected to a corresponding point on the circumference. Thus, in our sensible world there is the possibility of the One in essence coinciding with many different numbers without the One becoming multiple or the relations becoming confused.

If one manages to eliminate the obstacles of separation, one will be united and cross from the shadows, illusions and assumptions to substance, action and influence. One crosses from being for oneself, with one's limited abilities, to being for God with an opening to unlimited and unexpected abilities that arise as a result of this new state.

Ibn 'Arabi focuses on the words 'walî' and 'li' in order to establish a comparison. He says that the significance of 'walî' is present in the word 'li', meaning 'for me or mine'. The walî is the one who is selected by God to be for Him. Ibn 'Arabi remarks on what was said in the holy Hadith: 'I shall declare war on whoever makes an enemy of My (lî) walî.' The Hadith did not say: 'I shall declare war on whoever makes an enemy of the walî.' It included the word 'li' (My) to emphasize that this human was selected by God to be from among His chosen ones, from among those on whom He bestows His care and friendship. Consequently, this position brings privileges and requires special efforts and endeavours.

.. the ways to arrive at the Holy Presence outlined by Ibn 'Arabi in his Futûhât al-Makkiyya (Meccan Revelation) and other books. The most important are:

1. The way of invocation, explained in the study 'Invocation and Illumination'.
2. The way of 'correspondence of attributes' based on changing the states of the self and its attributes, starting from conduct (sulûk).
3. The way of following the Prophet, peace be upon him and imitating his states, his sayings and his works, which leads to an opening into his world and his inheritance.

Ibn 'Arabi divides the Divine bestowal into two major parts: reward and gift. The reward follows positive work whereas the gift is a pure Divine giving without any known reason. ..the actor, through physical effort and self-exertion, will inevitably receive from these actions an unveiling, which he calls the unveiling due to exertion. Once the souls are purified from the sadness of preoccupation with habit and are elevated above their physical condition, they become associated with their appropriate world, learn what the high spirits know from the knowledge of the Divine Kingdom and its secrets, and the meanings of the world are inscribed upon them.

(Then) Ibn 'Arabi instructs the seeking servants on how to relate the degree of their opening to the degree of their state. He teaches them the appropriate relationship between the opening and the state. He tells them to beware if the opening is found to be equal to the state because the world is not a place of recompense, but if the opening gives refinement and elevation then it is through the Divine care for His servant and is not deception.

These two positions make it clear that Ibn 'Arabi respects the law of causality in the action of the actors since for every action there is a result. At the same time he has not restricted the Divine bestowal to a law that governs it, which is the law of justice and recompense, but has opened an unlimited door suitable to the Divine side and cleared a place for graciousness and gifts originating from God for those whom He selects from amongst his servants.

Will and Spiritual Aspiration (himma): The Sufis considered that the essence of the human being is the will (irâda). The human being wills and his value is the strength of this will. The strength of this will results from its sincerity and the purity of its facing, its collectedness, and its focusing on a specific matter. The one who arrives is tried again and again in order to test the sincerity of his will and the strength of its facing towards God and not towards any kind of bestowal. Veracity of facing brings about the reunion. The Sufis highlighted the term 'himma', meaning spiritual aspiration. Himma is an active force of the Greatest Name of God (Man). Ibn 'Arabi emphasized that the himma is a pure force in the human being and is found in the origin of his creation and nature, or else it is acquired later. From the point of view of it being a force, it is capable of attachment and is therefore attached in accordance with the will of its owner. If one attaches one's himma to the world, one achieves riches and position; if one attaches it to worship, one achieves stations and inspirations; and if it belongs to God, praise be to Him, all attachments fall away and the aspiration becomes one. This is the action of the himma in the arena of its attachment, which shows the importance of relating the himma to the will on the one hand and the will being sincere in its facing to God on the other. He who has no spiritual aspiration or sincere will in seeking God in gratitude or in love cannot have an ambition to follow the path of Sufi walâya.

A Great Sufi Saint Al-Sultan al-Dandarawi divides the walâya into two: the walâya of a walî of whom God takes charge (tawalî) and the walâya of a walî who is put in charge by God (tawliya).

Ibn 'Arabi uses the expressions 'tawalî' and 'tawliya', which suggest a distinction between the two types of walâya: walâya of the tawalî and walâya of the tawliya. For example, he says about the walâya of tawalî: 'From amongst them are the righteous ones whom God takes charge of through the attribute of righteousness, and amongst them are the witnesses whom God takes charge of through witnessing, and amongst them are the virtuous ones whom God takes charge of through virtuousness, and amongst them are the people of submission whom God takes charge of through submission...', and similarly with the obedient ones, the truthful ones, the patient ones, and the humble ones, each according to the attribute proper to him or her. Ibn 'Arabi says about the walâya of tawliya, 'He entrusts them [that is, God entrusts humankind] with the rank of command and prohibition.' Or he says: 'And these two attributes [forgiving, compassionate - ghafûr, rahîm] are only in the hands of the one with rule, command and prohibition. This supports the fact that He, the Most High, desired the succession of sovereignty and dominion in His words, praise be to Him: 'He made you vicegerents on earth.' This is the Divine tawliya. Its greatest effect is action through the himma.'

This makes it clear that Ibn 'Arabi also viewed the walâya as of two kinds: the walâya where God takes charge of the servant whom He provides with an attribute in which He stations the servant, and the walâya of tawliya where God makes the servant His vicegerent and prescribes the way for him after He has given into his hand rule, command and prohibition. Ibn 'Arabi establishes two ways for the walâya, one higher than the other. The first is the way of conduct and the second, higher one, is the way of witnessing.

The Way of Conduct, Human Action: In this path of human action the role of human endeavour in gaining the stations of Proximity is evident. Here every station is an independent world that the seeker enters as a result of undertaking a specific action. Divine prescription (taklîf) is divided between command and prohibition. It is for this that every command which issues from the Divine side to creation benefits the one addressed, as when the command is fulfilled the station is gained.

Ibn 'Arabi says 'Everything commanded is a station to be gained.' We can take an example from the Futûhât where the Great Shaykh speaks of the station of devoutness. In His Qur'an God has commanded His servants to be devout. Therefore devoutness becomes a station for the servant, but the rule of devoutness in the human being is divided into two because the Divine command for devoutness is divided into two. One part of the command is to revere God as He deserves and the other part is to revere Him according to ability, and so on in every station. Therefore, one can enter the presence of Proximity through the endeavour to fulfil a Divine command.

Therefore, human action, transformed through Divine command, is one of the ways to gain the walâya of God. .. these friends of God who have arrived through actions are the carriers of the Divine prescriptive command and the guardians of its execution. There is no time on earth devoid of people whom God chooses to be His friends. Each executes a Divine command directed towards the people, because no command issuing from the Real remains without effect. The men of rank are the friends who carry out the prescriptive command.

The Way of Witnessing: Refraining from Action: It is as if man, when he refrains from action, returns to his reality, in which he becomes realized, and becomes conscious of it. And whoever is conscious of his reality without a doubt enters the whole in its integrated harmony, where every reality forms a part carrying the whole.

How does Ibn 'Arabi justify this path, built on refraining from action, logically and according to religious law? How does he justify man going outside the Divine command that he considered the entry to the walâya in the last section? If the repentant one is a walî, how can the one who refrains from repentance be a walî, and so on in every station?

We start with a simple text that shows the divergence of the path, according to Ibn 'Arabi, into two, the second of which is higher than the first. He says about seclusion that its origin in law is from the holy Hadith: 'He who remembers Me in himself, I remember him in Myself', which is the highest station. He then goes on to contradict this by saying that seclusion is only appropriate for the veiled one. For the people of unveiling, seclusion is never appropriate because they witness the high spirits and the spirits of fire, and see the creation being eloquent.

Unveiling forbids seclusion because the servant, when he is unveiled, knows that he is not in seclusion. The Divine Names the First and the Hidden request seclusion, while the Last and the Manifest request refraining from seclusion, because the Real is the Manifest in the essences of the world and there is no other than He.

He says about abstinence that it is one of the stations that accompanies the servant as long as there has been no unveiling. If the veil is lifted from the essence of his heart, he stops abstaining and must not abstain. According to what he says, if you see the Real you do not abstain because God does not abstain in creation. One cannot assume the character traits of God except through God, so which character traits do you assume in abstinence?

As for wakefulness and refraining from it, the station of wakefulness is called the station of self-subsistence and that wakefulness is one of the four supports upon which the dwelling of the substitutes (abdâl) is based: wakefulness, hunger, silence and solitude. The ultimate one stationed in this station is the Pole of the time (who is 'awake to preserve the creation') and in spite of the height of the station of wakefulness, Ibn 'Arabi makes sleep higher than it. He says that sleep is a state which transports the servant from witnessing in the world of the senses to witnessing in the in-between world (barzakh) that is the presence of meanings. This is a more perfect world because it is the origin of the world; it has real existence and rules in all matters.

.. these friends of God who have arrived through the way of unveiling are in a manner of speaking the carriers of the Divine creative command, the carriers of the effects of the Divine Names that require manifestation in creation. There is no time on earth devoid of people who each carry the effect of a Divine Name (the servant of the Gracious, the servant of the Forgiver, the servant of the Avenger), such that no Name remains without authority.

... (the) two paths for the walâya (sainthood): the path of action and the path of witnessing. The end of both is almost the same. According to Ibn 'Arabi the path of action leads the seeker to unification (tawhîd) and the path of witnessing begins with unification.

- From The Way of Walaya by Souad Hakim at Ibn Arabi Society
Translated from Arabic by Layla Shamash and Cecilia Twinch

.. Walaya (sainthood) denotes annihilation with respect to carnal selfhood and egoism in favor of awareness of being under the dominion of the All-Living, Self-Subsistent One and of the need to acquire nearness to the Necessarily Existent Being. Travelers on the way to God who has attained this level, having given themselves up to the direction of God, are favored with self-possession, and live in nearness to God. The first step in sainthood is indicated in the verse (2:257): God is He Who loves, guards and directs those who believe; He has led them out of all kinds of (intellectual, spiritual, social, economic and political) darkness into the light, and keeps them firm therein; and also in Know well that the confidants (saintly servants) of God-there will be no reason for them to fear (both in this world and the next, for they shall always find My help and support with them), nor shall they grieve (10:62).

One who has been favored with sainthood is called a waliyy (saint). Waliyy is one of the Names of God Almighty. A saint on whom this Name is placed and who has become a polished mirror in which this Name is reflected is considered as having been favored with "self-annihilation in God" and "subsistence with Him." Nevertheless, this favor can never make a saint indifferent to the noble leader, upon him be peace and the blessings of God. On the contrary, whatever rank a person has attained on the way to God, one of the most blessed and illuminating sources for the confidants of God, the Truth, is the person of Muhammad, upon him be peace and blessings, who is the sun of Prophethood and the pure source of truth; he is the one they should follow strictly. Moreover, he is the first among those sources that are the means of guidance attainment of sainthood for people. In several verses, the Qur'an stresses exactly this point, bringing our attention to that source of enlightenment and that mine of truth. For example (3:31): (O Messenger,) say (to them): "If you indeed love God, then follow me, so that God may love you and forgive you your sins."

This truth is expressed in a colorful language in Gulshan al-Raz by Mahmud Shabstari:

The Prophet is like the sun, and the saint is like the moon
facing the sun, which says: "I have a special time with God."
A saint can only find a way to so that God may love you,
which is the meeting room with Him,
Through If you indeed love God, follow me.

As the moon receives its light entirely from the sun, so a saint is enlightened by following the Prophet, by becoming like him a polished mirror in which the Divine light is reflected. It can even be said that not only the saints that came after Prophet Muhammad, but also all the previous Prophets received their light from him, who is the sun of Prophethood, upon him be peace and blessings:

He is the sun of virtues and the others are
the stars that diffuse light for people at night.
All the miracles the blessed Messengers worked
were because his light reached them. (Busiri)

The word waliyy (saint) is used as an agent or as a past participle. It denotes, in the first case, one who resists sins and regularly fulfills the duties of worship and obedience with patience, while in the second case, it denotes one who has been favored with God's help and protection. Both of these meanings are in accord with the covenant made between God and His servants, which is mentioned in the following hadith qudsi:

God Almighty declares: "Whoever shows hostility to My saintly servant, I will surely wage war on him. My servant cannot get near to Me with something more lovable to Me than fulfilling the things I have made incumbent on him. Then, My servant gets nearer and nearer to Me until I love him by fulfilling the supererogatory acts of worship. When I love him, I become his ears with which he hears, his eyes with which he sees, his hands with which he grasps, and his feet on which he walks. (His hearing, seeing, grasping, and walking take place in accordance with my will and commandments.) If he asks Me for something, I surely grant it to him, and if he seeks refuge from (something), I surely take him under My protection.

The saintly scholars have always dwelt upon two important dimensions of sainthood and consider them as two parts of a single unit: An initiate's scrupulous observance of God's commandments, and in return, God's taking him/her under His special care and protection.

Such care and protection manifest themselves as sinlessness in a Prophet, and protection against sins in a saint. Sinlessness and protection from sins are different from one another, but that is not our subject matter here.

A saint is surely a noble, blessed one, and can be favored with working of wonders. However, the working of wonders is not a condition of sainthood. It is a disputed matter whether a saint knows or should know of being a saint. After all, a saint is surely an object or recipient of some special favors of God.

Ibrahim Adham defines sainthood with its dimensions and the favors it receives as renunciation of the world (not in respect to earning a living, but rather with respect to loving it from the heart), turning to God with all one's being, and continuously expecting His turning to oneself.

According to Yahya ibn Mu'adh, sainthood is enduring every hardship and difficulty on the way to attaining friendship with God.

Sainthood, in the words of Bayazid al-Bistami, is not to allow any desire to be known by others, despite one's deep and continuous worship and obedience to God and one's extraordinary care in fulfilling other duties of servanthood. According to Abu Sa'id al-Kharraz, God opens the door slightly to one qualified for sainthood by enabling regular mention of Him and recitation of His Names. When the initiate begins to take pleasure in mentioning Him or in the recitation of His Names, the One Mentioned leads him or her by the hand to the summit of nearness to Him. Then, He clothes him or her in the bejeweled robe of His close friendship according to the degree of the person's loyalty and faithfulness.

- Selection From Turkish Thinker Fetullah Gulen's writing, Walaya (Sainthood)

Fatira as-samawati wa al-adri
Anta Waliyyi
fid dunya wal akhirah:
Tawaffani muslimaw
wa al-hiqni bis-swalihin

O Originator of the heavens and the earth!
You are my Protecting Friend
in the temporal world and in the Final World:
Cause me to attain nirvana* as a surrendered being (muslim)
and join me with the holy.

- The Quran 12:101, a non-linear rendition

* The word Nirvana which originates from the Pali word Nibban means "to blow off", "to cause something to efface" is used here for the arabic term Tawaffani which literally translates as 'to cause me to die'.

Simple Sainthood

Know O friend,
in your very heart resides
the essence of simple sainthood
of which, we are all
God willing - capable.

You have the seed of possibilities
to be transformed
into a saint;
to be taken away
at Beloved's gate.

Arrive O friend, arrive!

To transform into 'a friend'
to become His beloved,
there are no
restrictions imposed.

- Sadiq Alam
2006, Singapore

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Habib Abd al-Qadir al-Saggaf Has Returned to His Lord

A great soul, a hidden friend of Allah and spiritual heir of the Holy Prophet,  Habib Abd al-Qadir al-Saggaf has returned to His Lord earlier this month.

~ inna li'Llahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un ~

Surely we belong to Allah and to Him shall we return.

Born in the Hadramawt in 1910 Shaykh Saggaf who was blessed with long life, dedicated it in the service of Allah, the Most Glorious and His Prophet, upon him be peace.The spiritual Emperor of the People of the House and progeny of Alawi (may peace be upon Him) Abdul Qadir al-Saggaf was the son of Ahmad al-Saggaf (may Allah exalt His family). Habib Abd al-Qadir was someone who truly represented the Prophetic character and reached highest level of spiritual ascendancy in the ladder of the friends of Allah. He was the Sheikh of Habib Umar, Habib Ali and Habib Hussein. He had passed on the responsibilities of the Ba'alawi Tariqah to Habib Umar some years ago.

It is no secret that the station of Abdul Qadir al-Saggaf comes through his nearness to the Prophet Muhammad (May Allah bring us nearness to the final messenger in order we may honour him), dedicating his life to the example of the Messenger and gaining connection with his ancestor, the Emissary of God.

A pillar which signifies ones nearness to Allah is humility, and Abdul Qadir al-Saggaf never fell short of this quality. He was renowned for his efforts to make people feel at ease, never feeling comfortable if the people around him were uncomfortable. He respected people, and thus he was respected, he asked for prayer and made sure his guests felt welcome – even his students. A major element of his honour derived from his subservient nature and immense shame before Allah. May Allah exalt the people of humility.

Al-Habib 'Abd al-Qadir continued his teachings of truth in the Hijaz, travelling between Jeddah and the Sacred Sanctuaries in Saudi Arabia, spreading the knowledge and mercy that he had inherited from his grandfather, the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him. 

He finally responded to the call of His Lord before Fajr on 19th Rabi’ Thani 1431/ 4th April 2010. The funeral prayer was the same night in the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca. May Allah shower him in mercy and raise him to the highest of ranks in Paradise. May we continue to benefit by this great vessel of gnosis. We ask Allah the Most Glorious and Possessor of Majestic Bounty to grant him His Choicest Blessings and to count us among those who benefited from him in this world and the next. Amen.

When Friends of God are mentioned, Divine mercy Descends

Follow the link below to hear Shaykh Yahya Rhodus, someone who was honored to sit with Shaykh Saggaf, expresses his condolences on the death of the spiritual luminary and renown scholar. In this recorded audio Shaykh Rhodus shares a brief biography of Habib Abd al-Qadir and gives key insights from his life which provide a glimpse of what it means to be a beautiful human being.

[>] Listen to Shaykh Yahya Rhodus about Shaykh Saggaf

Counsel from Habib 'Abd al-Qadir

When al-Sayyid Salim bin Abdullah al-Hamid requested counsel from Habib 'Abd al-Qadir he wrote the following:

After praising Allah and sending blessings upon the Messenger of Allah he advised him to hold fast to taqwa of Allah (God-Consciousness). He said that the people of taqwa are of varying levels and taqwa itself has no end, since it is in reality a divine outpouring which people receive according to the readiness of their hearts. Those who have attained these stations are with the people with their physical bodies but with Allah with their hearts and souls.

So be avid, my brother, to reach these realms in which you witness the greatness of Allah’s signs. This is to be achieved through inward and outward purity and protecting one’s limbs from committing acts of disobedience. If the slave uses his limbs in the service of his Lord, Allah will protect him from Shaytan: (in Quran its said, the Lord declares) 'truly you (Iblis) have no power over My slaves'.

Fulfill the rights of your parents, your relatives, your spouse, your children, your neighbors and all the people of la ilaha ill’Allah (there is no reality except Divine Reality). Observe the prayer, for in the prayer you give greetings to all the pious slaves of Allah. Thus whoever neglects the prayer neglects the rights of all the people of la ilaha ill’Allah. Perform the sunnas (imitation of the Noble Messenger) and the adhkar (remembrance practice) pertaining to the prayer, because every pious action entails a specific reward and a specific divine gift and connection. Whoever pleases his Lord through serving Him, seeks to draw close to Him by obeying His commands and realizes that he is a slave whose role it is to stand at the door, Allah will enshroud him with the cloak of His love and bring him close until “I become the hearing with which he hears, the vision with which he sees…”

Seek constantly the descent of Allah’s mercy through calling upon Him in a state of brokenness and lowliness, as nothing is more conducive to bringing forth His mercy than the slave’s recognition of His own weakness, and Allah is more merciful to His slaves than a mother is to her child.

You are required to fulfill the rights of Allah and the rights of His slaves and this is only possible firstly by seeking the assistance of Allah and secondly by organizing your time so that you give every individual his or her right. Fulfill the rights of the people of la ilaha ill’Allah by attending funerals, visiting the sick and assisting the helpless. Treat them in the best possible way, as you would love to be treated, because mercy entails mercy and “those who show mercy are shown mercy by the All-Merciful.” (credit)

Read in the Name of Your Lord

Verily! Those who abide in the holy awe of their Lord; and those who believe in the Signs of their Lord, and those who join not anyone in worship as partners with their Lord; and those who give that which they give with their hearts fully aware because they are sure to return to their Lord; it is these who hasten in good work, and they are foremost in them. - The Holy Quran 23:56-60

That is (the Bounty) whereof Allah gives Glad Tidings to His Servants who believe and do righteous deeds. "(O Prophet) tell (people) I don't ask you any wage (in return for my service to you in my messengership) except to love my near kin. And if anyone earns any good We shall give Him an increase of good (in return for it). for Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Ready to appreciate (service).  
- The Holy Quran 42:23

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. Awliyyah: The Friends of Allah
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. Photos from the Funeral Prayer of Shaykh Saggaf
. The Phrase Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji'un
. The Reward of Loving Ahlul-Bayt
. Ba'Alawi Sufi Path (Tariqa)
. Ba'Alawi Sadah of Hadramaut
. The Balawi of Hadramaut

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Final Testament, Quran on Jesus Christ (Isa Masih)

Inna Huda-Llahi, huwal Huda!
The Guidance of G-d, that is The Guidance!

By the mystical letters Alif, Laam, Meem!

This is the manifestation, there is no doubt in it- a guidance for the God-conscious (muttaqin)- who believe in the unseen (ghayb), and steadfast in union-prayer (salaat) and spend of that God has provided for them.

And who believe in the renewed revelation as well as the earlier revelations and they have certainty in the Final World (akhira). They are on true guidance from their Lord, and they are the ones who shall be eternally successful.

- Opening verses of the Second Chapter of the Last Testament rendered on the level of Tafsir

Universality of Divine Messengers

To remind the teachings of truth, to remind their often veiled inherent divinity within and to help understand the greater realities - the illuminated human beings, the vessels of divine message have appeared in different cosmic cycles to humanity. Some traditions call them avatar (simply means 'appearance', one who comes down), other call them bodhisattvas (enlightened selves), while others uses the terms messengers and prophets, rasul and nabi. These humans are not separate or mythical figures but part of humanity and to every community that gave birth to great nations and civilizations there have been such enlightened human beings who were born, raised, walked among market places and sat and eat with them - yet their spiritual station was higher due to their special consciousness that they embodied. Each of them were ablazed by the light of truth, so that they could transmit that light (guidance).

And there is a Guide for every people (The Quran 13:8)

There is not a people to whom a warner has not been sent (35:25)

We sent not an apostle except (to teach) in the language of his (own) people, in order to make (realities) clear to them. (14:4)

... For each period is a book (revealed). (13:38)

And, indeed We have sent Messengers before you; of some of them We have related to you their story and of some We have not related to you their story (40:78)

And We never sent before you (O Muhammad) any of the Messengers but verily, they ate food and walked in the markets (they were human). (25:20-21)

And We sent not before you (as Messengers) ANY BUT MEN, whom We inspired from among the people of townships. Have they not traveled through the earth and seen what was the end of those who were before them? And verily, the home of the Hereafter is the best for those who fear God and obey Him. Do you not then understand? (12:109)

In every age such vessels of divine messengership transmitted truth teachings to their community in the most direct yet universal communication. Yet, sadly enough after the teachers' disappearance, every community selfishly and with unhealthy 'religious' zeal created narrow boundaries around the teachings and made their teacher into mythical figures instead of paying attention and living the transmitted teachings. This misplaced focused have given birth to religious exclusivity, tribal mentality, fanaticism and hatred for anyone who was considered as gentiles (who carry otherness). A sure sign of such attitude is the creation of jewel decorated statues of the teacher and endless idols and shrines whereas the teachings and principles of the teacher are discarded, forgotten and hardly lived by. People often forget the reality that "Buddha Never Bowed Before a Statue, and Jesus Never Kneeled Before a Cross" - yet they go on doing exclusively that which was never the point.

Moses brought you the Clear Signs; then, after he left, you adopted the golden calf idol and were wrongdoers. (2:96)

That has  been the case, again and again. Not only the Israelites of the past who became engrossed in creating and decorating an idol as soon as Moses were out of the sight, but its still unfolding among those who claim to be doing religious rites by bowing down to 'that which is a false reality'. If you look at every organized religion, you will find one way or another they are busy worshiping 'a golden calf', even though the shape and reality of the calf sometime may be "money", "power", "political authority" or "authoritarian abuse".

Despite the truth that every teacher proclaimed to be universal and opened his teachings to all without exception (which is the only natural state of any enlightened being) every community with their self-centered collective psychology busied themselves claiming their own teacher exclusively. This has happened to all past religions and traditions, but we are approaching a new dawn to embrace and reclaim the teachers of humanity as ours again.

The over-arching unity of the real enlightened beings is that all of them were khalifatul haqq (agent of truth). The truth is unchanged that every enlightened messengers and prophets are sent by the same Source. Mankind is also specifically commanded by God to make no hierarchical distinctions among His chosen prophets and messengers. They were universal in their embodiment and their teaching and their mission. In the Final Testament this is reminded with no uncertain terms:

Say, "We securely believe in GOD, and in what He has sent down upon us, and what He has sent down upon Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, and the Patriarchs; and in that was given to Moses and Jesus, and what was given to the Nabi from their Sustainer. We make NO DISTINCTION among any of them. To Him alone we have submitted." (2:136)

The Messenger believes in what was sent down to him from his Lord, and the believers (also). All of them securely believe in GOD, His angels, His scripture, and His messengers: "We make NO DISTINCTION among any of His messengers." They say, "We hear, and we obey. Forgive us, our Lord. To You is the ultimate destiny." (2:285)

Surely those who cover up (the truth) about GOD and His messengers, and want to (find) differences between God and His messengers, and say, "We believe in some and disbelieve in others and want to find a way in between." They are those who really cover up (the truth) and We have prepared for the concealers (of truth) humiliating punishment. (4:150-151)

And those who securely believe in GOD and His messengers, and DO NOT DISCRIMINATE  between any of them, are those whom He shall give their reward. And GOD is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (4:152)

So one of the most fundamental aspect of the great guides to humanity is the fact that no discrimination or distinction are to be made. All of them are sent by God and to deny some of them and to make discrimination among them is like denying the underlying unity of reality.

God did not create the heavens and the earth and all that is between them in vain play. God did not create them except for a true purpose, but most of them do not know. (44: 38-39)

The universality of the divine messengers is one of the most important concept to be internalized before the golden thread between their teachings, from time immemorial to the present and advancing further to the latter days, are to be realized. This understanding expands our consciousness immensely and importantly opens up our receptivity to exalted guidance.

"The Prophets are brothers of the same father with different mothers, and their religion is one."
- Muhammad Mustafa

Universality of Divine Religion

The universal understanding is that Islam was not “founded” by Prophet Muhammad but instead revived by him for the last time with a new Law. In fact he proclaimed the Primordial Religion back out of the moral confusion that had crept everywhere over the ages. Its equally true to other messengers and biblical prophets who never invented a 'new religion' but continued the chain of divine message. All the Messengers preached the same primordial, unchanged values and teachings of truth which flowers in its reclaiming of the peace through divine submission with a tranquil heart which is birth right of every human soul. Just as pure peace is the birth-right of every human soul, so is the divine submission to the Creator is His Right as Lord of the souls, King of the Day of Reckoning.

Even Jesus was no exception when his transmission of this divine peace is epitomized in his beautiful saying, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid." (John 14:27)

Infact that peace when translated in Arabic is salaam which is the root (S-L-M) of the world "Islam" and one who is recipient of this peace through divine submission is called a Muslim (literally means, 'one who submits'). Thus in broader reality, all enlightened beings, illuminated guides of humanity preached 'Islam' and they themselves and their true followers were Muslim when they achieved this state of tranquility of heart and soul called "Islam".

For divine submission the essential pre-requisite is divine gnosis or recognition of that which is Real. This has been the mission of every messenger, to give the gift of gnosis, recognition, remembrance of the Real, Who is called by many Names.

This universal divine religion is called 'Din' in Quranic term which means Divinely Sanctioned Way of Life and its acknowledged to be the same in truth in every age.

To Him belong the keys to the heavens and the earth. He enlarges the provision for whom He chooses or He cuts it. He is the Knower of all things. He has ordained for you the same holy way of life (Din) that was enjoined upon Noah, and that We have revealed to you, and which We had already enjoined upon Abraham and Moses and Jesus, (saying), "Establish the Din and do not be divided in it." To those who worship other things than God, hard is the way to which you call them. God chooses for Himself whom He wills, and guides to Himself those who return (to Him). 

And yet (the followers of earlier revelations) did not become divided until the knowledge (of truth) came to them, out of envy between themselves. (45:12-14)

The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ

Just as every individual human being is unique, every messenger is uniquely placed in a particular age among specific group of people to transmit teachings of truth. But among that uniqueness some are specially unique, gifted with distinct gift by the One Beautiful and Bounteous Giver.

Those Rasul (Messengers) God endowed with gifts, some above others: To one of them God spoke directly; others He raised to degrees (of honour); to Jesus the son of Mary We gave clear (Signs), and strengthened him with the holy spirit. (2:253)

Among the successive chain of messengers, Jesus stand at a very unique cross road for humanity. While many former messengers preached law and doctrines - Christ did not bring a new revealed law, or reform an earlier law, but introduced a new path or way (tariqah) based on the love of God. For this reason he has been dear heart to the mystics of Islam, the Sufis who see the existence through the lens of divine love. The Sufi philosopher al-Ghazali described Jesus as "the prophet of the soul" and the Sufi master Ibn Arabi called him "the seal of saints".

In the fire of the Divine love, behold!
I saw a whole universe,
Each particle there possessed Jesus’ Breath.
- Rumi

When Christ left the realm of the seen for the realm of the unseen, he didn't leave behind any writings, nor any coherent community nor great many disciples. Infact the early followers of Christ were a very small strange band of Jewish people who received God-intoxication through their companionship (sohbet) with the great God-intoxicated Jewish Mystic Guide by the name Jesus of Nazareth.

This small group of original followers faced harsh persecution, many were martyred (became shaheed). Now only after one generation, Christ whose mission was "only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel." (Matthew 15:24) when his teachings overwhelmingly reached outside the Hebrew people, many projection and biased interpretation crept in into the teachings. In the process of institutionalizing a new religion which in the first place was never meant to be, many doctrines were invented which never have crossed Christ's own mind.

The uniqueness of Christ was his intense God-Consciousness (taqwa), his 'not being of the world' (zuhd), his love for the poor (fuqara), his fearless standing for truth against the unjust, a spotless heart and soul which enabled him to transmit holy healings to those in need and his high station as a guide of the soul - are some of the essential characteristics of Insan Kamil (the completed human being). In order for one to see with the heart of one's eyes how an evolved new human being who is dyed in the Beautiful Color of God (Sibghata-Llah) is, one needs to look at Christ. Not at the imaginary medieval portrait of a man in blond hair and blue eyes, not a Christ figure who was created borrowing elements from then-contemporary local religions - but at a Christ who was the perfect flowering of divine attributes within a human being.

One of the most important function which every new revelation does is that it clears all the false myths and false doctrines which abstruse the truth of reality. Every messenger during his mission provide ample hint for his successor to appear because that is the way. The chain of transmission continues. In a number of places of the Canonical Gospel (as well as the Hidden Gospels) the tradition records that Jesus is speaking of the golden thread of transmission of the teachings of truth to unfold even after his passing away.

Jesus says: And now I go away to Him who has sent Me... And sorrow has filled your hearts.  Nevertheless, I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go away, for if I do not go away the Helper will not come... I have yet many things to say unto you, but you cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth;
- John 16: 7, 12, 13

If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Paraclete. (14, 15-16)

But the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.  (14, 26).

And when Jesus, son of Mary said, "O Children of Israel! I am indeed a messenger of God to you, making clear that which remains of the Torah and brings good news of a messenger who shall come after me whose name is Ahmad." (The Quran 61:6)

The true successor of Christ in the chain of universal brotherhood of Messengers is to be recognized objectively, not subjectively. A tree is recognized by its fruit, so shall the authentic chain of transmission from Christ to the next is to be recognized.

When Muhammad was touched by divine revelation in the cave near Mecca, the land where Abraham the great common Patriarch of Judeo-Christian-Islamic tradition, one of the most important task for his was to restore the true image of Christ. To transmit the truth that Christ was a God-sent messenger, not God Himself. Christ was a human being, humble and hallowed by Godly qualities.

Prophet Mohammad said, “Both in this world and in the Hereafter, I am the nearest of all the people to Jesus, the son of Mary. The Prophets are brothers of the same father with different mothers, and their religion is one. I am the closest in relationship to Jesus, the son of Mary, because there was no prophet between him and me. Jesus will descend. If you see him, then know him. He is a man of a moderately ruddy complexion. He will be wearing two faintly yellow garments. His hair will seem to have drops of water upon it, even though it will not be wet”.

In the classical biographies of Muhammad, who, entering the city of Mecca in triumph in 630AD, proceeded at once to the Kaaba to cleanse the holy shrine of its idols. As he walked around, ordering the removing of the pictures and idols of the 360 or so false deities, he came across a fresco on the wall depicting the Virgin and Child. He covered it reverently with his holy cloak and decreed that all other paintings be washed away except that one. Such was the deep reverence and awe that Prophet Muhammad had for his previous teacher of truth.

The Hadith or Prophetic Tradition of Muhammad depicts Jesus, son of Mary as a figure who will come at the end of days to help bring the world to its end. Jesus Christ significantly brackets the era of Historical Islam, standing right at its beginning and right at its end.

When the Counselor comes, sent to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me. - John 15:26

The Prophet Muhammad in one of this inviting letter to the King of Abyssinia (current Ethiopia), an ancient center of Christianity wrote, "..I bear witness to this truth that, Jesus, son of Maryam is Spirit of Allah and His Word, breathed into pure and holy woman Maryam, upon them both be peace. Just as Allah created Adam by breathing His own spirit, Jesus was created in that likeness. I invite you to Allah Who is One and without partner..." In return Negus the King of Abyssinia wrote back (quoted partially here), "O Messenger of Allah! What you've written about Jesus, I swear by the Lord of the Heaven and Earth - that is what Christ was."
There is a famous saying of Prophet which confirm the Second Coming of Christ which mankind awaits: Prophet Muhammad said, (paraphrased here on the level of interpretation) "By Him in Whose Hands my soul is, surely Jesus, Son of Mary will soon descend amongst you and will judge mankind justly (as a Just Ruler); he will break the Cross (abolish organized Christianity) and make pure that which are impure in way of holy life and there will be no unjust tax. Socio-Economic equality will be such that there will be no inequality in the world, and such will be the state of human realization that a single prostration to God (in prayer) will be better than the whole world and whatever is in it." Then the Prophet recited the following verse of the Quran "And there is none of the people of the Scriptures (Jews and Christians) But must believe in him (i.e Jesus as a Messenger of God and a human being) before his death. And on the Day of Judgment He will be a witness."

Everything that Christ taught during his lifetime was refreshed by Prophet Muhammad through his teachings as well as what God revealed in the Quran about Jesus. But most importantly one of the teaching reminded by Prophet Muhammad, successor of Christ in brotherhood of messengership that Christ himself never claimed divinity or the right to be worshiped.

“Why do you call me good: No one is good but One, that is, God.” (Matthew 9:17, Mark 10-18, and Luke 18:19)

“My Father is greater than I.” (John 14:28)

“I do nothing of myself, but as the Father taught me, I speak these things.” (John 8:28)

“Most assuredly, I say to you, the son can do nothing of himself …” (John 5:19)

“But I know Him, for I am from Him, and He sent me.” (John 7:29)

“He who rejects me rejects Him who sent me.” (Luke 10:16)

“But now I go away to Him who sent me …” (John 16:5)

“Jesus answered them and said, ‘My truth teachings are not mine, but His who sent me.’” (John 7:16)

“For I have not spoken on my own authority; but the Father who sent me gave me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.” (John 12:49)

Remembrance and Gnosis of Christ in the Last Testament

Jesus, or Isa, as he is known in Arabic, is referred to by name in as many as 25 different verses of the Quran and six times with the title of "Messiah" (Christ). He is also referred to as the "Messenger" and the "Prophet" but, perhaps above all else, as the "Word" and the "Spirit" of God. No other prophet in the Quran, not even Muhammad, is given this particular honor. In fact, among the 124,000 Messengers and Prophets said to be recognized by Islam - a figure that includes all of the Jewish prophets of the Old Testament - Jesus is considered second only to Muhammad, and is believed to be the precursor to the Prophet of Islam.

In the Quran, there is without a doubt no woman that is given more attention than Mary. She is mentioned 34 times in the Quran and there is an entire chapter dedicated to her and her history, Chapter 19 entitled Maryam by her Aramaic name. No other woman is mentioned in the Last Testament by name. As a matter of fact, Maryam is mentioned more times in the Quran than in the entire New Testament, and there is more information about her life contained in the Quran than in the New Testament. John (Yahya) 7 times and Imran (Amran), father of Mary and grand father of Jesus is mentioned 3 times.

Below are the verses of the Last Testament about truth of Christ and his exalted station. May God sanctify his soul and bless his true gnostics.

* Virgin Birth of Jesus through his mother Mary whom Allah chose and purified
Quran 3:42-43, 45-60 Surah Ale-'Imran (The Family of 'Imran)

And (remember) when the angels said, "O Maryam! Truly Allah has chosen you and purified you and chosen you above all the women in the world." "O Maryam! Be obedient to your Lord and worship with those who worship."

When the angels said, ‘Maryam (Mary), Allah gives you good news of a Word from Him. His name is the Messiah, ‘Isa (Jesus), son of Maryam, of high esteem in this world and the Next World, and one of those brought near.

He will speak to people in the cradle, and also when fully grown, and will be one of the righteous,’ she said, ‘My Lord! How can I have a son when no man has ever touched me?’ He said, ‘It will be so.’ Allah creates whatever He wills. When He decides on something, He just says to it, ‘Be!’ and it is. He will teach him the Book and Wisdom, and the Torah and the Gospel, as a Messenger to the tribe of Israel, saying: ‘I have brought you a Sign from your Lord. I will create the shape of a bird out of clay for you and then breathe into it and it will be a bird by Allah’s permission. I will heal the blind and lepers, and bring the dead to life, by Allah’s permission. I will tell you what you eat and what you store up in your homes. There is a Sign for you in that if you are truly faithful.

I come confirming the Torah I find already there, and to make lawful for you some of what was previously forbidden to you. I have brought you a Sign from your Lord. So have taqwa (God-Consciousness) and obey me. Allah is my Lord and your Lord so worship Him. That is a straight path.’

When ‘Isa sensed disbelief on their part, he said, ‘Who will be my helpers to Allah?’ The disciples said, ‘We are Allah's helpers. We believe in Allah. Bear witness that we are submitters to Divine. Our Lord, we have faith in what You have sent down and have followed the Messenger, so write us down among the witnesses.’ They plotted and Allah plotted. But Allah is the best of plotters.

When Allah said, ‘‘Isa, I will take you back and raise you up to Me and purify you of those who cover up the truth. And I will place the people who follow you above those who cover up until the Day of Rising. Then you will all return to Me, and I will judge between you regarding the things about which you differed.

As for those who are cover up the truth, I will punish them with a harsh punishment in this world and the Next World. They will have no helpers.’ As for those who have have and do right actions, We will pay them their wages in full. Allah does not love wrongdoers.

That is what We recite to you of the Signs and the wise Reminder. The likeness of ‘Isa (Jesus) in Allah’s sight is the same as Adam. He created him from earth and then He said to him, ‘Be!’ and he was.

It is the truth from your Lord so do not be among the doubters.

Praise of Mary
Quran 66:11-12 Surah At-Tahrim (Banning)

And Mary the daughter of 'Imran who guarded her chastity; and We breathed into her (body) of Our spirit (Ruh); and she testified to the truth of the Words of her Lord and of His Revelations and she was one of the devout ones.

* Jesus was strengthened with Holy Spirit
Quran 2:87 Surah Al-Baqarah (Heifer)

We gave Jesus the son of Mary Clear (Signs) and strengthened him with the holy spirit.

* They follow only conjecture, they neither killed him, nor successfully crucified him, but Allah raised Jesus to Himself
Quran 4:155-159   Surah An-Nisaa (The Women)

(They have incurred divine displeasure): in that they broke their Covenant: that they rejected the Signs of Allah; that they slew the Messengers in defiance of right; that they said "Our hearts are the wrappings (which preserve Allah's Word; we need no more)"; nay Allah hath set the seal on their hearts for their blasphemy and little is it they believe. That they rejected faith: that they uttered against Mary a grave false charge.

That they said (in boast) "We killed Christ (Maseeh) Jesus the son of Mary the Apostle of Allah"; but they killed him not nor crucified him but so it was made to appear to them and those who differ therein are full of doubts with no (certain) knowledge but only conjecture to follow for of a surety they killed him not. Nay Allah raised him up unto Himself; and Allah is Exalted in Power Wise. And there is none of the People of the Book but must believe in him before his death; and on the Day of Judgment He will be a witness against them.

* Exemplifier
Quran 4:59  Surah az-Zukhruf  (Ornaments of Gold)

Jesus is but a worshipful slave whom We blessed and made an example for the Children of Israel.

* In the footstep of other messengers came Jesus
Quran 5:46 Surah al-Maaidah  (The Table Spread)

And in their (previous message bearers of God) footsteps We sent Jesus the son of Mary, confirming the Law that had come before him: We sent him the Gospel: therein was guidance and light, and confirmation of the Law that had come before him: a guidance and an admonition to those who fear Allah.

* A Conversation between God and Jesus in the Post-Eternity
Quran 5:116-119  Surah Al-Maaeda (The Table Spread)

And (remember) when Allah said, "O Jesus, son of Mary, did you say to your people, "Take me and my mother as gods beside One God"? Jesus said, "Glorified are You! It would be not have been possible for me to say what I had no right (to say). Had I said such a thing surely You would have known it. you know everything that is in myself, but truly I do not know what is withing Yourself. Surely You are the Knower of the Unseen."

I said to them only what you commanded me: 'Worship God, my Lord and your Lord.' And I was a witness over them when I lived among them but when You took me You alone were the Watcher over them. And You are the Witness over all things. If You punish them - so, truly they are Your servants; and if You forgive them - so, truly, You alone are the All Mighty, the Wise."

Allah will say (on the Day of Judgment), "This is a Day on which the truthful shall profit from their truthfulness; theirs are gardens beneath which rivers flow - they shall live in them forever." And well pleased is Allah with them and well-pleased are they with Him. That is the supreme triumph.

* Say Not "Trinity": Desist: it Will Be Better for You: for God Is One 
Quran 4:171-173  Surah An-Nisaa (The Women)

O people of the Book! Do not exaggerate in your religion (din): nor say of God aught but truth. Christ (Maseeh) Jesus the son of Mary was a Messenger of Allah and His Word which He bestowed on Mary and a Spirit proceeding from Him: so believe in Allah and His Messengers. Say not "Trinity": desist: it will be better for you: for God is One: glory be to Him: (for Exalted is He) above having a son. To Him belong all things in the heavens and on earth. And enough is Allah as a Disposer of affairs.

Christ (Maseeh) disdaineth not to serve and worship Allah nor do the angels those nearest (to Allah): those who disdain His worship and are arrogant He will gather them all together unto himself to (answer).

But to those who believe and do deeds of righteousness He will give their (due) rewards and more out of His bounty: but those who are disdainful and arrogant He will punish with a grievous penalty; nor will they find besides Allah any to protect or help them.

* Turning Jesus into God is covering up of truth
Quran 5:17, 72-75  Surah Al-Maaeda (The Table Spread)

They who say Christ is God, have indeed covered up (the truth). Say: Who then could control anything as against God if He wished to destroy the Messiah son of Maryam and his mother and all those on the earth? And God's is the Kingdom of the heavens and the earth and what is between them; He creates what He pleases; and God has power over all things.

They surely cover up (the truth) who say that God is the Messiah. The Messiah himself said, "O Children of Israel, worship God, my Lord and your Lord. Truly whoever ascribes partner to God - God shall forbid him the Blissful Abode of Hereafter and his abode is the Fire. 

They surely cover up (the truth) who say that God is the third of Trinity - when in reality there is no deity save One God. And if they do not stop saying this, then truly a painful punishment shall befall those who cover (the truth) from among them. Will they not return (in repentance) to God and seek His forgiveness? And God is Ever-Forgiving - Singularly Compassionate. The Messiah, son of Mary was a Messenger, many messengers who passed away before him. And his mother was wholly truthful (saddiqah). And they both ate food (as human). See how We make clear for them the Signs and then see how they are deluded.

 * The Plain Truth
Quran 61:6: Surat as-Saff (The Ranks)

And when Jesus, son of Mary said, "O Children of Israel! I am indeed a Messenger of God to you, making clear what remains of the Torah and bringing good news of a messenger who shall come after me whose name is Ahmad." But when he came to hem with Clear Proof they said to him, "It is nothing but clear magic."

And who is more unjust oppressor than the one who invents a lie about God when he is being called to the Divine Surrender (al-Islam)? And God does not guide a people who are unjust oppressors.

They desire to extinguish the Light of God with their mouths, but God will perfect His Light however much the deniers (of truth) are adverse. He it is Who has sent His Messenger with the Guidance and the Religion (din) of Truth, that He may uplift it above all the religions however much the polytheists are adverse.

O you faithfully believe, shall I point to you a deal that will save you from painful suffering?

You shall believe in One God and His Messenger and struggle in the Way of God by your wealth and your souls. This is better for you if you but knew - He will forgive you your sins and bring you to gardens through which flow rivers, and into fragrant resting places in the Garden of Eden. That is the sublime triumph - and the other things you love - help from God and an Opening which is near. 

Transmit good news to the faithful believers.

O you who securely believe! Be helpers in the Cause of God - even as Jesus, son of Mary, said to his apostles, "Who will be my helpers (ansars)? They said, "We shall be helpers in the Cause of God." And a party from the Children of Israel believed securely, while a party covered up (the truth). Then We strengthened those who securely believed against their enemy and they became the one who prevailed.

* Not to cross the limits set by God
Quran 5:77-78  Surah Al-Maaeda (The Table Spread)

Say, "O People of the Scripture, do not exceed the limits of  your religion (by believing in something) other than the Truth, and do not follow the vain desires of a people who went astray before and have led many (others) astray, and still stray from the sound path.

Those of the Children of Israel who went astray were cursed by the tongues of David and Jesus, son of Mary. That is because they rebelled (against God) and transgressed beyond the bounds (set by God).

My hope if my age is prolonged to meet Jesus, son of Mary, but if death hurries me along, then let the one who meets him give my kind regards. - Prophet Muhammad, upon him and upon Christ and all the illuminated beings be salutation of peace

The Soul Must Suffer Secrets That Can not be Said

Jesus Christ is a wonder. Whom God calls as Spirit from Him, as Word from Him, a Sign for the World and New Adam, can he be anything but wonder! Some secrets are never meant to be unveiled by words and logic only. Human intelligence have its boundaries. Even if you try too hard, some wonders will remain ever wondrous unless Allah the Immense grant your heart the understanding of inner meanings concealed within. Thus Christ's true status remains a Secret known in full only to the Knower of the Secret of Soul. Even though the Final Testament, the Quran recaptures and restate some of the essential truth about Christ's position among children of men, yet he remains an enigma.

In Gospel of Philip we find this enigma echoed, "Jesus took them all by stealth, for he did not reveal himself in the manner in which he was, but it was in the manner in which they would be able to see him that he revealed himself. He revealed himself to them all. He revealed himself as great to the great, as small to the small. 

Because of this his word hid itself from everyone. On the mount he became great, but he made the disciples great, that they might be able to see his greatness."

Isn't that a wonderful fitting description of a Master of the Mystic Path whose face always remain veiled because he is from the Light and the world can not look at the Real Light with naked eyes.  There is a beautiful prayer in the ancient text of Isha Upanishad, "O my Lord, Sustainer of all that lives, Your real face is covered by Your dazzling effulgence. Kindly remove that covering and exhibit Yourself to Your pure devotee".

May we pray so that our heart is given the capacity to recognize the true station and status of Christ, the  true lover and accepted beloved of God and may we benefit from his qualities and attain intimacy to that which he received from His Eternal Father, His Lord and Lord of the Universe. And Allah know the Best.

And from God the Most High arrives the Truth!
Amen (sealed in faith, trust and truth)

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. The Muslim Jesus by Tarif Khalidi
. Jesus: the Muslim prophet
. Who were the Indian Prophets?
. Jesus in The Religion of Islam
. The Message of the Messengers
. Muhammad: The Natural Successor to Christ
. Jesus' Last Dialogues: The Paraclete of John's Gospel
. The Islamic and Christian views of Jesus: a comparison
. We Need the Qualities of God, Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Discourse Pin It Now!