Spiritual Realities

Reality is not what you choose it to be, but rather it is what God Has Created. People of a superficial outlook typically become dominated by their biological and psychological urges to obtain luxury, ease and power. In their quest for these things such people often lose touch with any higher reality, be it morality, humanity or spirituality and thus to them all the world seems a meaningless ferment and fellow Children of Adam (and animals) are thus harmfully seen as being either potential threats to be fought or appeased or prey to be exploited in some way. What a lowly state Satan has brought many of us into.

Happily it is that many people are not like this at all. These are the people who recognize the Signs of God and who live in worship to their Creator and love and mercy to their fellow beings. These wise men and women with a depth of spiritual perception have, from time immemorial, been explaining to people not to be overly dominated by this worldly life, because it is just a temporal and limited place and a testing ground for the human soul.

‘The world is an illusion, yet also a reality.’….

‘The world is without a (true) substance.

It is only a collection of happenings,

Which subside by God.’…

(Ahmad of Sirhind (ra)

The worldly existence, in reality, may be seen as a mere secondary existence that God Almighty has created as a place where Children of Adam may choose either to serve Him and follow the path of goodness or to prove themselves worthy only of punishment. Although it may seem real, concrete and eternal this Universe is in fact impermanent and God Almighty has not even created it to run on its own. Rather He is the constant Cherisher and Sustainer of the cosmos and the foundation of every ‘law’ of physics is His command of ‘Be!’…

’The present world is just a dream,

but the dreamer imagines it to be real.’

(Rumi (ra)

When we die only then do we awake to the true existence. After we Children of Adam pass away the veil of worldly existence that once surrounded us is lifted and we then see the spiritual realities that we have made for ourselves. These true realities are very beautiful for the best of people, very horrible for the worst of people and somewhere in between for the rest of the people, those who have mixed good and harmful deeds. Divine scriptures inform us that in the grave and in the hereafter there will be no opportunities to increase for us to increase our score of good deeds and therefore e this is why sensible people dedicate their lives in a quest to live a good and charitable life, whilst avoiding doing harm or breaking the Commandments that God as laid down for us. Ali ibn Talib (raa) advised the people to

‘Work for this life as if you will never die.

Work for the hereafter as if you know that you will die tomorrow.’

When we wisely follow the guidance the Divine Scriptures and the teachings of the Prophets, limit our desires to the realistic, avoiding sins and things leading to sins and doing our best to avoid harmfulness and seeking to be benevolent and we trust in God, the Creator, trusting that He wishes well for us and remembering that one who loves the Holy Prophet (may God bless him and give him peace) and God will one day be with those whom they love then God-willing we will have pleasant personal realities through our lives, through the rough and smooth of it, the hard and the gentle of it.

Life is a Sea of Choices

At the start of the day; the ignorant man thinks about what he will do that day’ ….

‘At the start of the day; the wise man thinks about what God will do with him’

(Sheik ibn Ata’ullah (ra).

If you’re swimming in the sea of choices and experiences that is the worldly life, having fun or just swimming along and then you find that its full of sharks and crocodiles who want to drag you down to a terrible place where you will be devoured, head for this Island of Blessings, Safety and Rewards, the route there is a straight one, but there are many distractions, ignore them, focus on that island and hold on to the only handhold that doesn’t break and God willing you’ll get there soon enough, do you want to be the fool who says ‘I’m having fun, the island is far away, I like it here’ and swims round and round in circles until the predators get him and drag him down.

(Anon)

Rumi (ra) once compared the world to the witch of Kabul who held men prisoner with her decorations and perfume. He informed the people that we may free ourselves from the witchcraft of the world by repeating;

‘I take refuge in the Lord of daybreak’

He reminded us to beware of the world and that to escape from her snares we need to follow a guide whose; breath is cool, who can loosen our shackles and who understand the mystery of ALLAH does whatever He chooses. The world is a trap and its bait is lust. We can escape from this trap by turning our faces to God. Rumi reminds us that when we go along the right way we have blessings, but when we wander on the wrong path we do not do too well.

Throughout the Mathnavi Rumi (ra) calls us to abandon desire for the unnecessary worldly things so that we can receive the mercies of the Creator and then we can find that without moving we can travel from His prison into His beautiful rose-garden.

Benevolence in Islam

Those who spend (of that which God has given them)

in ease and austerity,  those who control their wrath,

And are forgiving to human kind; God loves the good.’

(Holy Qur’an, Surah al Imraan, 134)

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‘..A kind word and forgiveness

is better than charity followed by injury.’

(Holy Qur’an, Surah al-Baqarah, 263)

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    None of you has faith until he loves for his brother or his neighbor what he loves for himself.

    (Sahih Muslim 1:72)

(Imam Nawawi (ra) explains that this refers to all people)

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Benevolence towards Human Beings. This is the valuing of human beings, their needs for actualization, well being and existence within an Islamic context . Islam says love your neighbour and indeed there are many Islamic sayings that promote agape, general mercy and the golden rule. The golden rule is a universal moral rule of moral conduct that has existed through the ages. It is a key to human moral and social well being that has come from the mouths of sages from every land, every civilization and every continent from the earliest times of written history onwards.

Most importantly for Muslims it was a principle mentioned several times by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saws) and is recorded in dozens of hadeeth, most notably it was even included in the Prophet’s farewell sermon in which he re-emphasized the most important things of the Revelations and guidance that God (the Merciful and Compassionate One) had sent through him (saws).

All wise and spiritually developed people live by this rule and never forget that a person should treat others considerately and according to how they would like to be treated by other. It is a wisdom that may often be heard coming from the mouths of children, yet which can be lost in a busy world and a hectic distracted life, but we must remember it as it is an essential basis for the well being of society. If we live by this rule will not only will the creatures (of different sorts) that we come into contact with benefit, but we ourselves will find immense rewards for it both of an emotional and interpersonal and a spiritual nature.

Mercy is a way of being that was taught beautifully by the Prophets and sages of Divine Religion it is a key value that every wise person should adopt and make a rule in their life. Mercy is the opposite of cruelty of any form and the opposite of violent extremism. A narration passes on the messages that the absence of mercy in a thing renders it defective, we must be very careful that we never render ourselves similarly defective.

Benevolence in Families. The family is the basis of safety and security and support of the individual in society. It is the cocoon in which future generations should be nurtured with mercy and warmth, the sub-unit of society that should be the first line of defense for the weak, the needy and the sick. Families consist not just of the nuclear family (wife-husband + children) but just as crucially the broader extended family structure in which elders are looked after and grown siblings and cousins and other relatives help each other. This should not be an issue of a family taking a predatory view of those not of the family, but rather a benevolent one, but one that does not deny the importance of family.

Benevolence Towards Elders. The Prophet (saws) and the sages of the religion treated old people with the utmost respect and consideration. Older people have the right to be treated well, with dignity, care and respect by younger generations and we forget this at our peril, not only will God judge us based upon how we treat elders but we too will probably one day become elders ourselves and we risk bring such low treatment against ourselves. Respect for the Elders is an important part of Islam. Wise people seek to be polite and considerate to elders in all reasonable ways.

One time Rumi was lecturing when he saw a young man seat himself in a way that was disrespectful an older man already present. Rumi responded by telling how in the past young men who had disrespected old ones had been punished by God and gave the allegory of how one time Angel Gabriel (as) delayed the Holy Prophet (saws) from the prayer so that Ali ibn Abu Talib (ra) could get to the Mosque on time. Ali (raa) had been late as he refused to overtake an old Jewish man on the footpath – due to his respect for elders.

Respect for the Elders is an important part of Islam. True believers strive to be polite and considerate to their elders in every reasonable way. An allegory is recounted in the Acts of the Adepts that one time Rumi was lecturing when he saw a distinguished young man seat himself in a way that disrespected an older man who was already there.

Rumi responded by telling how in the past young men who had disrespected old ones had been punished by God and an allegory of how one time the Angel Gabriel had delayed the Holy Prophet (saws) from the prayer so that Ali ibn Abu Talib (ra) could get to the Mosque on time, despite refusing to overtake an old Jewish man on the footpath out of his respect for elders – even though it nearly meant that he himself became late for the prayer as a result.

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Lo! men who surrender to God, and women who surrender

 

And men who believe and women who believe

 

And men who obey and women who obey

 

And men who speak the truth and women who speak the truth

 

And men who persevere and women who persevere

 

And men who are humble and women who are humble

 

And men who give alms and women who give alms

And men who fast and women who fast

 

And men who guard their modesty and women who guard (their modesty)

 

And men who remember God much and women who remember God much

 

God has prepared for them forgiveness and a vast reward.

(Surah Al-Azhab 35)

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…Fear God in your treatment of women,

 

as you have taken them (as wives)

 

(only) through the trust of God…..

(Muslim, Sahih)

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It is not proper for a believer to dislike his wife,

 

If he dislikes her behaviour in one respect

 

he should be happy with her on some other account.

(Muslim, Sahih)

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The most perfect in faith of the believers

 

is he most cordial in his disposition

 

and the best ones amongst you

 

are they who treat their wives most properly.

(Tirmidhi)

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‘Who amongst the people is most deserving of good treatment from me? He said; ‘Your mother’.

He asked; ‘Then who?’

The Prophet (may God bless him and give him peace) said; ‘Your mother’.

He asked ‘Then who?’

The Holy Prophet) said; ‘Your mother’.

He again said; ‘Then who?’

Thereupon the Holy Prophet

(may God bless him and give him peace)

said; ‘Your father.

(Sahih Muslim)

Benevolence Between Men & Women. The Prophet (saws) treated women well and with great consideration and respect. God has given the women an honoured place in creation, just as He has given them men one. Women must be treated well, with respect and given the chance to live good lives. Husbands must work to give their wives good lives and avoid domineering them – rather they should discuss things between them and come to decisions together.

Husbands should allow their wives to be the Amir of the household and respect them in this. People should always remember that Paradise lies at the foot of the mother not at foot of the father and so how ever much respect that is enjoined upon the children for their father, more so for their mother. Men too have rights to be respected and treated decently by others. They must must not be abused just as other people must not be abused. Wives should allow their husband to be the Amir of the family and respect them in this. Men should not be belittled or mistreated, nor should they have their rights taken from them by family, tribe or society.

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The creatures are the family of God –

 

Thus He is most dear to God of all people

 

who treats them kindly.

(Bayhaqi in al-Sha’b Narrated by Abu Hurayrah)

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Fear God in your treatment of the animals

 

Ride them properly and feed them properly

(Abu Da’ud, Sunan)

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Those who are kind and affectionate to God’s creatures,

He bestows His kindness and affection upon them.

 

Therefore show kindness to the dwellers of the earth

 

so that God may show mercy and kindness to you.

(Mishkaat)

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Benevolence Towards Animals. The Prophet treated animals well and they came to him with love and obedience. Animals share much with human beings. Animals have feelings and within reason we must work to save all animals from pain and suffering, they must seek to allow them to live happy lives and do nothing to harm them. Muslims are allowed to farm and to eat humanely produced halal meat, but they must not interfere with or harm other creatures and they must take utmost care of the well being of those creatures in their lives.  

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‘If a Muslim plants a tree or grow grains

and a bird, a person or an animal eats from

it will be counted as a charitable deed for him (each time).’

(Bukhari & Muslim)

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Benevolence and the Environment . God placed the human beings as vice-regents upon the Earth. We are here not only for our personal exam to see whether we shall deserve reward or punishment in the next life, but also to look after our home planet for future generations. Helping look after our world and our local environments is a pressing duty upon all of us.  The Prophet even established an area near Madinah where the cutting of trees and the killing of animals was forbidden, Muslims could do well to follow his example.

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Hold fast to the Rope of Allah, all together, and be not divided.

(Holy Qur’an, 3:103)

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  The diseases of the former peoples are creeping towards you,

(these are) envy and hatred and hatred is the razor

I do not say that it shaves hair, but rather it shaves the religion

and none of you has faith until he loves others;

shall I tell you what will establish that for you?

Spread peace between yourselves.

(Tirmidhi, Resurrection, 2510)

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    You will not enter the Paradise until you believe and you won’t believe until you love each other.

Shall I show you something that, if you did, you would love each other?

Spread peace between yourselves.

(Sahih Muslim, 1:96)

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Benevolence Between Muslims. This is crucial for the well being of the Muslim world. It is enjoined by God in many places. Non Sectarianism. This is the important wisdom of being a Sunni Muslim, not a this or a that, not a person wrapped up in any particular faction or leaning within Ahlus Sunnah to the exclusion of other parts of Ahlus Sunnah, but rather just to be a Muslim and tolerant of established and reasonable differences amongst the Sunni Muslims. This is the way of the wisest Muslims, whilst the way of the people of the argumentative, sectarian, partisan groups is the way of the Muslims of limited perception. The best Muslim help and support other people (and wish them well) be they Muslims or non-Muslims.

Benevolence in Politics. Politics is a game played by the people of the world. Some are involved in politics for their own base reasons, others are in politics because they have real ideals and want to make things better – most in politics have a mixture of these two motivations. Non-Muslims can rule their countries as they wish, it is between them and God, but wise Muslims accept that the Sovereignty belongs to God and they live and rule according to how He has instructed them, where there is not instruction from Him they must rule according to the general spirit and values of the true religion.  People get hung up on systems and waste a lot of time trying to change them – in the end they find nothing has changed because they only changed the system – not the way people think and behave. The best system in the world will produce only horror if it is being run by people who are evil due to their ignorance and amoral or immoral attitudes and behaviours, whilst the silliest system may produce a pleasant life, peace, security and positive spiritual influence if it is influenced by good wise people.

Sufi Wisdom

Rumi once explained that there are two types of intelligence or wisdom. The first is that acquired intelligence which is gained through education; studying from books and lecturers, memorizing, reflecting and forming concepts. This intelligence has its uses, but it can also sometimes be a burden. The second type of intelligence is a gift of wisdom from God.

Acquired intelligence is like water supply entering a house from outside, if the supply is blocked the house may go without water, but the wisdom that is a gift from God flows from the heart. therefore e he advised the people to seek the wisdom that God may bestow upon a person more than acquired intelligence.

Intuition is an internal wisdom that exists at the core of each individual. This includes the intuition of the Fitra (the true nature of humans) and the subconscious memory of seeing God before entering the fetus, the memory of Him informing us that He is our Lord and Creator and that we should worship Him.

Intuition exists somewhere between intellect and emotion and it is the product of repeated pattern recognition. It is not intellectual, although intellectual knowledge aids it and neither is it emotional, although emotion informs it. Rather than intuition being the slave of emotion or intellect it is their true master.

The ‘humanist’ 20th century psychologist Carl Rogers became aware of the inner wisdom that resides in each individual whilst he was working as a psychotherapist. He called this inner ability to perceive things accurately, and to function in ways that promote well-being, the Organismic Valuing Process. Others such as Abraham Maslow have also become aware of the innate intuitive human ability of self-actualization.

Prophet Muhammad (may God bless him and give him peace) is reported to have explained that ‘Religion (Islam) is sincere talking helping and good advice’ (Bukhari). He (may God bless him and give him peace) often gave wise counsel to the people such as explaining ‘make the most of five things before five others, life before death, health before sickness, free time before becoming busy, youth before old age, and wealth before poverty.’ (Saheeh al-Jaami).

Imam Jalaluddeen Suyuti (ra) recorded a narration that summarized the Holy Prophet’s (may God bless him and give him peace) practically talking helping a person over a broad range of areas in one meeting. Suyuti (ra) records how one time a person came to the Holy Prophet (may God bless him and give him peace) and asked him to counsel him on some important issues. The Holy Prophet’s counsel is paraphrased below;

Question,

O Rasoolollah I desire to become an Alim.

Answer,

Fear and obey God and knowledge and wisdom will come to you.

Question,

I desire to be wealthy.

Answer,

If you choose contentment you will be wealthy.

Question,

I wish to be of the best of people.

Answer,

The one who benefits others is the best of people…..

Question,

I want to become a just person.

Answer,

Do for others what you like for yourself so you may become a just person.

Question,

I wish to be liked in the court of God.

Answer,

Then practice the Dhikr of God Ta’aala.

Question,

I desire to be amongst the devout.

Answer,

Worship God as though you are seeing Him….

Question,

I wish that my faith should be perfect.

Answer,

Correct your personality and your faith will become perfect.

Question,

I wish to be classed amongst the obedient.

Answer,

Perform your Fard duties so that you will be counted amongst the obedient.

Question,

I wish to be resurrected with light in the Resurrection.

Answer,

Avoid oppressing others and you will be resurrected with light on the Day of Judgement.

Question,

I desire God’s Mercy.

Answer,

Show mercy upon yourself and the creation of God Ta’ala and He will show Mercy to you.

Question,

I wish for my sins to decrease..

Answer,

Seek God Ta’ala’s forgiveness and your sins will decrease……

Question,

I wish to be honoured.

Answer,

Avoid complaining in difficult times and you will be honoured.

Question,

I desire abundant provisions..

Answer,

Always remain in a state of purity so there will be blessings in your provision.

Question,

I wish to become the friend of God and His Prophet (may God bless him and give him peace).

Answer,

Like the things that God and His Prophet (may God bless him and give him peace) like and dislike that which they dislike….

Question,

 

I desire to be saved from the anger of God Ta’ala.

Answer,

Do not become angry with anyone without having a valid Shariah reason so that you are saved from the anger of God.

Question,

I wish to become a person who’s supplications are accepted by God.

Answer,

Abstain form unlawful things and unlawful speech.

Question,

I desire that God won’t disgrace me in front of everyone on the Day of Judgement.

Answer,

Hide the faults of your brother and God Ta’ala will cover your faults.

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“A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.”

(William Blake – a wise saying)

A rich profligate

 

is a lump of earth gilded

 

and a pious ascetic worshiper

 

is a sweetheart

 

covered in earth.

 

The latter

 

is the patched garment of Moses

 

and the former

 

is the bejeweled beard of Pharaoh.

 

Nevertheless good men

 

retain a cheerful countenance in adversity

 

whilst the rich droop their heads

 

even in prosperity.

 

Who possesses wealth and dignity

 

but therewith succours not those

 

whose minds are distressed,

 

Warn him wealth and dignity

 

will not be his the mansion

 

of the next world.

(Saadi)

Many wise people have explained that the secret of happy life is to be in harmony with your Merciful Creator and enjoy it, appreciating the things He gives you.

 

When fortune is a person’s slave

 

His heart is perpetually disposed towards obedience.

 

It is not fit to turn aside one’s head from servitude,

 

since fortune is obtainable from obedience.

 

Happiness is procured from obedience;

 

The heart becomes illumined from the light of obedience.

 

If you girds thy loins with submission,

 

Thou wilt open the door of everlasting happiness.

 

The wise man doth not turn his head from obedience,

 

since no excellence is more lofty than obedience.

 

Keep your ablutions freshened with the waters of obedience,

 

so that to-morrow you may be free as from fire.

 

Establish your prayers with sincerity,

 

So that you may attain everlasting prosperity.

 

Enlightenment of soul springs from obedience,

 

Just as the earth derives light from the sun.

 

Worship the Creator;

 

Sit down in the portals of obedience.

 

If you makes choice to worship the Creator,

 

you will be a chieftain in the kingdom of fortune.

 

Raise thy head and keep not abstinence in thy pocket,

 

for Paradise is the abode of the abstinent.

 

Lighten the lamp of your soul with piety,

 

that you may become happy, like the prosperous

 

Whoever is clad with the garment of genuine spirituality

 

has no fear for the trials of the day of Judgement.

(from Saadi)

Spiritual Teachers and the Animals

 Said Nursi and the Animals

From his Anatolian childhood onwards the great thinker Bediuzzaman Said Nursi had a close relationship with and a real love for the animals and the natural world, which he perceive as the handiwork of God and as a signpost pointing to him. He was fascinated by the living creatures, mountains and streams of the land, and for all the creatures he felt an inner sense of love and compassion.

In his biography Bediuzzaman recorded how, when engaged in study staying in retreat in the mausoleum in Tillo, he shared the food that was brought to him by the villagers, with the ants of that place, calling these little believers and praising them as examples hard work and cooperation.

Bediuzzaman would discourage people from harming or killing wild animals, such as stopping a gamekeeper from shooting nearby partridges, by reminding him it was the nesting season.

One time on of Bediuzzaman’s students killed a lizard and Bediuzzaman became angry with him, asking him whether it was he who had created it? Thus reminding him that it was a creature created by the Creator for a reason that he had killed, one that was merely living in Islam according to Divine designs.

Another time when Bediuzzaman was imprisoned by the tyrannical state apparatus he saw that flies were being killed by spraying for no great reason. He was most upset by this and responded by writing a short treatise on flies.

Bediuzzaman used to develop close ties and companionship with all sorts of creatures, although they may be often limited in intelligence and form compared to the human beings, he could see their essential selves for the pure hearted non-human believers that they are, servants of God who, unlike human beings, never deviate from Islam.

Although not a Sufi in the commonly understood meaning of the word, Bediuzzaman was infused with the inner spirit of Islam and through it he formed relations with the universe and everything around him, enabling him to establish a deep empathic and real relationship with all creatures founded on wisdom that we are all the creations and servants of God and compassion like that which was demonstrated to the creatures by the Holy Prophet.

Abu Yazid and the Animals

One day the great Sufi Abu Yazid Bistami (ra) was walking along a narrow way with his disciples, when a dog approached, coming the other way. Abu Yazid moved to the side to kindly allow the dog to pass, but one of his disciples inwardly disapproved of this act of mercy and secretly he thought to himself that;

‘God Almighty honoured humankind above the creatures and Abu Yazid is the King of the Sufis, with such a following of disciples, yet he makes way for a dog! How can this be?’

Intuiting the disapproval of the disciple Abu Yazid explained to him that upon seeing the dog in this predicament the intuition had come into his head that the dog had mutely communicated; What failings was I guilty of at the dawn of time that I was given the form of a dog and what exceptional merit did you acquire that you were robed in honour as the King of the Sufis?

Sofyan al Thauri and the Animals

And that this was why he had given it the right of way. One day the great Sufi Sofyan al Thauri (ra) was walking through the market when he saw a caged bird for sale that was fluttering and making a pitiful sound. Feeling mercy for it he bought it and set it free, but rather than fly away it lingered round Sofyan’s home and would accompany and watch him as he prayed, sometimes even perching upon him.

When Sofyan passed away the bird was bereaved and it followed the Sufi’s shrouded body as it was carried away by the funeral procession. When Sofyan’s body was buried the sorrowful bird dashed itself upon the ground trying to reach its beloved friend and patron, and as a result it too passed away.

It is said that the people then heard a heavenly voice declare that Almighty God had forgiven Sofyan as a result of the compassion that he had shown to the animals.

Sahl ibn Abdullah and the Animals

In Nawawi’s Bustan ul Arifeen it is recorded that many people of Tustar noticed how Sheikh Sahl ibn Abdullah (ra) used to receive visits from wild carnivorous beasts and he would entertain them as guests, feeding them meat before sending them home.

Rumi and the Animals

Jellaludeen Rumi’s life was an act of charity and from the gifts which the nobles and powerful people would give him he was able to assist many poor people in the city. He would even give things away until he had nothing left and on those days when he had even given his food away he would say that he was being blessed by having the smell of saintliness in his home.

Rumi was an exemplar of mercy and although he was normally mild he would become angry if he saw someone mistreating the weak or needy and remind them that all people were brothers and sisters to one another.

He was a paragon of mercy to all creatures and one day he saw a dog sleeping in an alley thus blocking the way, but rather than move it or step over it he merely waited for it to awaken, however, another pedestrian came along and moved the dog so that he could pass and Rumi chided him for causing needless trouble to the dog.

Another time Rumi was traveling in the country with one of his disciples. He explained to his companions that although asses are the vehicle of the humble many Prophets (may God bless him and give him peace) had ridden upon them, such as Seth, Ezra, Jesus and Muhammad (may the peace and blessings be upon them all).

Soon afterwards one of the asses upon which they were riding began to bray very loudly and the disciple upon it responded by beating the poor beast upon the head to try and quieten it. Rumi ordered him to desist from this and reminded him that the animal was only remonstrating because of his worldly needs and pointed out that as all animals were motivated by such then why would the student not beat all of them upon the head. Seeing the cruelty and foolishness of his ways the disciple dismounted and then kissed and stroked the poor animal.

It is recorded in the Acts of the Adepts that some butchers purchased a heifer to be slaughtered, she broke loose and ran away. A crowd ran after her, trying to return her to the butchers, but she would not return and became aggressive.

Rumi happened to be passing and on seeing him the heifer became calm and quiet. She gently came towards him and then stood as though talking to him with her heart and pleading for her life. Rumi patted and hugged her.

When the butchers arrived Rumi begged for the heifer’s life, explaining that she had placed herself under his protection. The butcher’s therefore let her go free and Rumi said to his disciples that if an animal being led to slaughter, breaks loose and takes refuge with me, God granting it immunity for my sake, how much greater so is the case when a human being seeks God with heart and soul, devoutly turning to Him?

God certainly saves such people from Hell and leads him to Heaven, an eternal abode. The disciples were made happy by these words and thus began a celebration of song and worship that lasted into the night.

Some Beautiful Quotes

Minds should be enlightened with science, and hearts need to be illumined with religion.”
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Said Nursi
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“So I say to you, Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.

Attributed to Jesus Christ (as)
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“Love sometimes wants to do us a great favor: hold us upside down and shake all the nonsense out.”

Hafiz of Shiraz

“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.”

Attributed to Jesus Christ (as)
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“Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.”
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Attributed to John the Baptist (as)
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“I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.

Attributed to Jesus Christ (as)
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“Those who seek everything in materiality know only what their eyes see, and such eyes are blind in spiritual matters.”
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Said Nursi
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“Do what you do only for God’s sake, start for God’s sake, work for God’s sake, and act within the sphere of God’s good approval.”
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Said Nursi
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“Those who attend to the good side of everything contemplate the good. Those who contemplate the good enjoy life.”
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Said Nursi
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“If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”
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Attributed to Jesus Christ (as)
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“But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?”
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1 John 3:17 purported Gospels
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Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days. Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.
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James 5:1-6 purported Gospels
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“And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.”
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Matthew 21:12-13 purported Gospels
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“Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
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Matthew 6:2-4 purported Gospels

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“It was to these books that I turned for an answer to the question: What is the meaning of there is no god but God? Again I was disappointed. The books were about Islam, not about God. They covered every subject you could possibly imagine except for the one which really mattered.”
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Said Nursi
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“If knowledge lacks the insight of the heart, it is ignorance. If the laws of government are not combined with the principles of wisdom, and the bonds of force not combined with the laws of truth, they will not be fruitful among the mass of the people.”
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Said Nursi
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“A person who sees the good in things has good thoughts. And he who has good thoughts receives pleasure from life.”
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Said Nursi
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“What gives life to people is hope, while what kills them is despair.”
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Said Nursi