In True Islam Life IS Sacred!!

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, Most Merciful!  

“You shall not kill any person,
for God has made life sacred!”
(Sura al-Isra 17:33)

masood_islamic_crescentOn this blog I have written many times before as to how the Holy Qur’an forbids Muslims from killing another human being save in the course of justice (capital punishment ordered by a court).  Once again I feel the need to write about this subject again and reference some MAJOR teaching in the Qur’an which forbid murder and which condone fighting in self-defense ONLY.

Sura al-Isra is the 17th chapter in the Qur’an and in this case I am sighting verse 33 which makes it clearer than clear that murder is wrong and a SIN.  How much more plain can it be that murder is wrong and sinful?  Life is sacred! The reason life is sacred is because God (Allah) has created all life and everything that Allah has created is sacred to the True Muslim, True Christian, True Jew, True Buddhist, and others!

Sadly today we see those who have hijacked Islam and who commit atrocities in Allah’s Name killing innocent people be it by terror attacks or suicide bombers (suicide is also a sin strongly condemned by the Qur’an).  Taking ANY human life except in the course of justice (capital punishment by a court) if absolutely FORBIDDEN in the teachings of the Qur’an!  It is for this very reason that those who commit acts of terrorism are clearly NOT True Muslims but are EVIL PEOPLE who are attempting to justify their own hatred and actions by using God’s Name (which in itself is yet another sin, frankly).  Even in the course of justice capital punishment is discouraged by the Qur’an!  As True Muslims we should use capital punishment as a last resort.  Sadly, what we are seeing today being committed by evil people in the Name of Islam and Allah is just the OPPOSITE of what the Qur’an teaches and of what True Muslims believe!  ANYONE can commit ANY ACT in the name of God by whatever name they call Him.  BUT that does NOT make that person a True Muslim or a True anything else!!

Contrary to popular MIS-conception Islam does NOT teach violence, murder, or suicide!  In FACT, the Qur’an forbids aggression!  In the Quranic teachings fighting is ONLY permitted in SELF-DEFENSE.  God (Allah) does NOT love the aggressor and the Qur’an makes this too absolutely clear in several Suras.  Over and over again God repeats in the Qur’an that He does NOT love the aggressors and that we are NOT to be aggressors!  ONLY is a True Muslim is attacked by an aggressor are we allowed to fight back in self-defense.  Further, if the enemy offers peace we are commanded by Allah in the Qur’an to STOP fighting.

All aggressors have evil selfish goals and they will do anything to achieve those goals EVEN using the name of God to Carnation-China-Rosejustify their horrors and sins!  But, just because they use the name of Allah to commit their terror acts does NOT make them True Muslims.  In fact, it doesn’t make them Muslims at all period!  What it makes them is hypocrites and Allah detests the hypocrites more than any others.  The fact is people who are aggressors and who engage in terror acts are EVIL people who have lost The Way and The Path.  They are blindly following Iblis (Satan) and they don’t even know it.  Satan will do anything to turn people away from the True Path of God.  ANYTHING!  Think about how many people the terrorists have turned away from God by their own actions already and how many more they will turn away from God by their continued actions.  And you don’t think they aren’t going to be held accountable for their terror acts and turning away people from Allah on the Judgment Day?  Think again!

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Inner Jihad: Knowing God and Quenching Ego

CosmosSufism is the third branch of Islam after the Sunni and Shia sects.  Sufism has been described as the “esoteric” or “mystical” branch of Islam since it focuses on the inner self and self transformation.  Jihad (Holy War) in Sufism is primarily viewed as an inner struggle.  A struggle between the ego self and what we might call the “higher self” or “transpersonal self.”

In Sufism the purpose of life is considered to be to Know and Love Allah (God).  This purpose is described in the Hadith Qudsi (when God speaks to the prophets) in regards to the question of creation.  In this Hadith, Allah says:

“I was a hidden treasure and I loved that I be known,
so I created the creation so that I can be known.”

Thus, the purpose of life and our reason for coming into this material dimension of life is to know God (Irfan).  And it is to know Allah regardless of the illusions of this physical world and all of its smoke screens.  It is our duty to peer through the veils of this world and most especially it is our task to peirce the veil of our own selves which is the most powerful veil of all.

Our task then becomes to fight against our own ego self which is very difficult.  If it is not difficult then we really are not being honest with ourselves at all and we really aren’t doing the work of fighting our ego selves (Jihad).  It is our deep desire to know God that makes the fight against our ego possible according to Sufi teachings.  This is because Allah Himself has placed this desire in our hearts whether we know it or not and this desire is in all men and women.  When we move from desire to expression, meaning we begin to fight and rise above our ego self, then we are considered to be Saleks (travelers) on a journey towards what some call God Consciousness.

The Qur’an teaches that this physical life is a test.  We move through various tests and obstacles in our lives that are set in our way by Inshal’llah (the Will of God).  It becomes our task to not stray from the Straight Path of Islam (submission to God) and to not give into various temptations put before us.  It becomes our task in this Jihad to remain focused on the real reason for our spiritual sojourn which is to know Allah (God).  And the ultimate goal of this Jihad is our return to unity with Allah.  This ultimate goal is repeatedly stated in the Qur’an as follows for example: Continue reading

Sufism: Islam of the Heart

Islam of the Heart

Within Islam there are three primary branches.  They are the biggest known as the Sunni which is the most widespread sect of Islam.  It is the Islam of Saudi Arabia and most of the Arab world.  The second branch of Islam is the Shi’a that is mostly found in Iran and in parts of Iraq.  We hear much about these two primary branches but there is a third that we don’t hear much about at all.  The third branch of Islam is Sufism or simply the Sufi which has been described as “Islam of the Heart” by some authors and commentators.  So what is Sufism?

Sadly when many people think of Islam they associate it with radical fanatics carrying out suicide bombings and acts of terrorism.  Yet the fanatical elements in Islam as a whole are small and fanatics do NOT form the majority of Muslims.  The FACT is that MOST Muslims are NOT terrorists nor fanatics.  That being said Sufism offers common ground today between Muslims and people of other faiths such as Christianity and Judaism.  Sufism is a blend of the mystical and rational tendencies within Islam.  Some have described it as the “esoteric arm” of Islam or as the “mystical arm” of Islam.  And indeed it is for Sufism focuses on Islam’s spiritual dimensions and rationalism. Continue reading

God is Spirit and Love!

Sometimes when I look around at the world I do so with absolute disgust.  Humanity seems to spend a lot of time fighting, making war, and killing each other and this is NOT what we are suppose to be doing at all.  God did NOT create man and woman to kill each other nor to fight or war against others.  He created humans in His image.  What is God’s image?  Both the Koran and the Bible make it very clear.  God is Spirit!  So when God created us in His image He created us in his SPIRITUAL image.  This fact alone should speak volumes to the truly faithful but, sadly, most seem to ignore the fact.

In Islam there are 99 attributes (or names) of God and two of those names are Al Wadud and Ar-Rahman.  Al Wadud means “The Loving” and Ar-Rahman means “The Exceedingly Compassionate.”  So God is Spirit and two of His primary attributes are that He is Loving and He is exceedingly compassionate.  Aren’t we suppose to be the same?  I think so.  In NONE of those 99 attributes is God given the traits of fighting, war, and killing.  Those things are of darkness and since God is Light He wants nothing to do with darkness.  When God the Light comes He chases away the darkness.  We, like our Creator, are suppose to be loving and exceedingly compassionate because we are of the LIGHT not the darkness.  God has given us free will and we can choose the darkness if we want to but to our own peril and demise most often.  God desires that we choose Light not darkness so when we choose Light then we realize that we too must be loving and exceedingly compassionate just like our Creator is.  Of course there are those who try to make God out to be some murderous killing machine and they cannot be more WRONG.  God is not a killer.  God is not motivated by unquenchable hate.  He is loving, compassionate, and exceedingly merciful as we who are among the truly faithful must be also.  And that’s why I get so disgusted when I look around at the world.  Because most of us are NOT these things that God wants us to be.  Because so many among us have chosen darkness over Light!  Just think how different the world would be if we did what God desires us to do and chose Light.

We, the human race, has much to learn and open our eyes to today.  In many ways we’ve missed the boat almost completely.  I can only imagine when God looks down at us how disgusted He must become seeing that we so love the darkness and try our best to spurn Light.  I bet many times He wants to jerk a knot in our tails!  My disgust must be nothing compared to God’s disgust.  He certainly has far more mercy than I’d have if I were Him.