Monday, 17 December 2007

Humanity, Hate and Love

Humanity, Hate and Love
December 2007
This manifest is an appeal to the whole world for love and tolerance.
Progressive Sufi Muslim Movement

Some Muslims believe they are superior to everyone else. They don’t accept a dialogue about the Koran and the Islam with Christians or Jews or any other religion. If we make a dialogue with them from Muslim to Muslim and we can show them that their conception of Islam does not correspond to the Koran, it will be a powerful logic.

It is more reasonable to participate in an international dialogue about the human rights in the Koran, than to sit in the corner and release Fatwas against human rights.
We are an organization of independent members. The name of the organization is Progressive Sufi-Muslim Movement. We are concerned about the sources of inspiration and we are concerned about the future of humanity.

We hereby launch an international appeal to have a dialogue about the place of the human rights in the Koran.
The crisis

The conflict between the East and the West is a reality, which existed and exists. In the Eastern countries there is a bad reminiscence of the period of colonialism. Perhaps because of this period and the reminiscence of the negative consequences for the population in this region, there are a lot of people in the Middle East, who do not look at all with friendly eyes unto the Western countries and they desperately hate the culture there.

The authorities, the government of certain Muslim dominated countries they try to manipulate this historical conflict of the Eastern population against the Western cultures and countries, to manipulate them by the way of religion. They are using the religion as an instrument of manipulation of the mass. They are manipulating the mass by religion and they are manipulating the religion for manipulating the mass. The authorities of certain Muslim countries say: if we tell the people, USA is the Satan and if you go to suicide yourself for damaging the interest of, for example USA, you will reach paradise, and it is God, who promises you to reach paradise by doing so, this person will accept to do a suicide act because of the perspective offered to him. For his believe he accepts to do. Thus it is very easy to manipulate the mind of the people by the instrument of religion. So if we put away this instrument, how can we manipulate the people, or how can we resist in the confrontation with the Western countries?
In certain Muslim countries authorities spread populist messages in their public speeches: “Each aspect of a religion like the Islam has a political note.”(1)
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[1] Rouh ollah Hossienian/ ref- http://www.insideofiran.com/ 3 july-2007/ 12 /4/1386

آیت‌الله نوری همدانی گفت هدف از ترویج تصوف سرکوب اسلام خروشان و ناشی از فرهنگ اهل بیت(ع) است و سلاطین جبار با پرو بال دادن به شخصیت هایی چون بایزید بسطامی و فضیل عیاض، قصد بدل سازی برای ائمه اطهار(ع) را داشتند تا به وسیله ارتباط با این افراد، تدین خود را که برای مردم اهمیت داشت، اظهار کنند. اینها بلایایی بود تا اسلام دارای فرهنگ جهاد را به کشکول و تبرزین و سبیل و چله نشینی تبدیل کنند
Ayatollah Nouri Hamedani, Qom/ Wednesday 4th July 2007/ 13/4/1386, http://www.sufinews.blogfa.com/; http://www.insideofiran.com/;
Ayatollah Nouri Hamedani gave a warning about the development of Sufism in the Muslim-World .The Excellency Ayatollah Hossein Nouri Hamedani, one of the religious authorities of Qom, warned about the danger of Sufism in the world of Islam and told: This sect made bear the worst knock to the religion of Islam. IRNA’s report says: He reminded during his teachings of “Kharej” in the biggest mosque of Qom: the world-vision of Sufism is very dangerous and harmful against the Muslim-world, and we should watch their conspiracy.

He told also: a lot of points in their thoughts and ideas are closer to the polytheism, and it is rejected from our point of view. He told: They [the Sufis] try to make the propaganda of their thought in different gatherings and assemblies, and because of this danger, the Muslims entirely should be aware and awoke in front of them.

This religious authority told: the Sufis are the disastrous phenomenon for Islam, and he added: a lot of very considerable important men of the religious sciences like Ayatollah Mar’ashi Najafi have felt their dangers, and warned about their harmful knocks against Islam.
He added: a lot of Sufis are supported by the enemies of Islam in order to harm the religion.
Ayatollah Nouri Hamedani, Qom/ Monday 5th December 2007 / 26/9/1386 http://www.insideofiran.com/en/?p=694
Sufis and the Koran

The answer of the Sufi is: God never send the holy books in order to be manipulated by humans in times of crisis for their own purposes. They must refrain from commenting and interpreting the Koran. They must not involve Koran and Islam and the belief of the people in their calculation and in their policy. This is not fair. Not only that people cannot resist in front of imperialism and capitalism - but more than this, the country becomes weaker and weaker, because people are losing their faith and their belief and they start to abuse drugs and alcohol. One of the biggest problems of Iran of today and a lot of Islamic countries is the problem of drug abuse. It is very widespread and really out of the control of the governments.
People lose their hope to religion and to spirituality. For giving quietness to their mind, they choose to use the drugs. The time for manipulation of the belief of the people is very, very short. It is not a long term plan. And the people responsible for these manipulations know themselves this fact. So it is better to find another solution to confront as they pretend to do with the imperialist and former colonialist countries, than to use the Koran for their purposes. It is not allowed at all to manipulate God and Gods book and the belief of the people to God for political affairs.

There is confusion about the intentions of Sufism. As we are writing these thoughts, we can be sure to be accused by these same governments to work on account of the imperialist countries and that we don’t want people to be revolutionary in the name of Islam. But what we would like is not to stop the revolution of the people. The revolution of the people has nothing to do with Sufism. The Sufi as a right Muslim would like to defend the respect of the holiness of the Koran and the Islam. Each Sufi should be engaged in this way to defend the respect and the dearness of the holy book of the Koran and of the Islam teachings. A Sufi cannot rest closed hands in front of what is happening against Islam, because the damage that the fundamentalist authorities are making to Islam is certainly more than the damage that the Imperialists and the Capitalists are making for the Muslim countries. So the authorities must find another solution for their own problem. We as Sufis would like to defend the holiness of the book. This is very important for us.
The Eastern and Western countries are in the summit of their historical conflict which started with Marco Polo. Each one of them would like to have the supremacy in the world and they are confronting each other. It is clear that after the dismantlement of the Soviet Union, the
ideology of Marxism-Leninism based on the dialectical materialism was eliminated and meanwhile the event of Islamic revolution in Iran with the Shiite ideology, took the place of the Soviet Union as a pole to the USA and Islam became a governmental religion, a religion in service of the government. Of a government that manipulates religion in its own benefit.
Before this event in Iran the Madresse, the religious seminaries in Iran, like in Mashad, in Qom etc. were independent from the government. But after the revolution all of the religious centers lost their independency. All of the independent religious persons lost their position and place in Iran. Now the system manipulates the religion. The religion is in service of the system and it is said that it is a religious system and religious government and a governmental religion. Besides there are a lot of other fanatic and extremist movements like Salafism, like Wahabism, like the Islam of the Taliban etc which are more radical than the Extremists in Iran. So we see that the world is going more and more towards a big dangerous hole, which opens its mouth like a dragon to swallow everything. And first the human rights and the human values are going to be swallowed in the mouth of this dragon.

How are these problems to be solved? This is the most important dilemma of our time. First thing which is sacrificed in this conflict of this agitated world is the holiness of the Koran and the holiness of the teachings of the Prophets who came to bring a spiritual education for human beings and showed the way of the substantial evolution to each individual. All of these teachings which are the content of each religion, including Islam, are totally forgotten and each aspect of extremism and non-tolerance is introduced to the entire world as Islam. We would like to understand what Islam really is. We would like to know if there is another version of Islam and if there is another understanding of Islam defended by Muslims, who like to rest in the frame of the Koran, outside of the historical conflict of Sunnism and Shiism and all of this. We would like to discover what the Koran teaches us and how we can understand better the Koran to find the place of the Koran of today. What is another version of Islam, which can help to bring peace in the entire world and peace in each individual? By this we are going to discover Sufism.
What is Sufism?

There are different possibilities to explain what Sufism is. We can refer to a lot of books and a lot of explanations given by a lot of Sufi teachers and Sufi Masters very differently. But if we would like to extract the common point of all the Sufi masters in the world during the centuries, we reach to this point that it means: study the book of yourself, it is enough for you. (1) (اقراء کتابک کفی بنفسک ) In other words we can tell: know yourself and you will know God. It is the same thing.
But „know yourself and you will know God” is older than Sufism. It is written in an antique temple in Greece (Delphi: Gnothi seauton).
This message kept being respected by the Sufi. But we have this other sentence: „read the book of your own creation, of your own existence, it is enough for you.” We would like to explain a little more about this sentence. (2)


[1] اقْرَأْ كِتَابَكَ كَفَى بِنَفْسِكَ الْيَوْمَ عَلَيْكَ حَسِيبًا Koran/ S 17- v.14
2سَنُرِيهِمْ آيَاتِنَا فِي الآفَاقِ وَفِي أَنْفُسِهِمْ حَتَّى يَتَبَيَّنَ لَهُمْ أَنَّهُ الْحَقُّ Koran/S 41- v.53


It is said that a sign orienting the attention of the searchers for the creator exists everywhere in the universe, in each horizon and in the researcher in the creation of the researcher. So when a researcher starts to do a research for himself, he reaches to the truth. He understands that the truth is true. And only by his personal research he can reach to the truth. So this sentence is very important. It says: „study the book of yourself, it is enough for you“.
This is a verse of the Koran. It means that in the Koran the individual is invited, to know himself after a deep study about himself, about a substantial study. To pass layer by layer toward the substance of him or herself, to emerge in the ocean of his or her own self.
So the common point of Sufism and the teachings of all Sufi Masters during the centuries is: know yourself and you will know the truth. It is amazing to know that this sentence is the most important appeal of the Koran.

But how can I emerge in the depth of myself? How can I know myself? By which method can I get to know myself? I don’t know. Only by me and my reason it works not, because reason is limited. My Self is not limited. A not-limited thing cannot be understood by limited equipment. How can I do?

The Sufi says that out of his clemency God send his own teachers, the spiritual teachers, to bring an adequate method and teach us how to know ourselves.
In the eyes of the Sufi the method of Self-realizing and Self-understanding is the main message of the spiritual teachers who are named the Prophets and the Saints. So for the Sufi each Prophet is a spiritual teacher. Each Prophet is send by God, to bring to humanity the method of self discovering, how to study yourself. By this manner we see that the message of the Sufi for each individual is how to discover your Self.

The Sufi didn’t invent anything about this method of self discovering, but they know this method from generation to generation, either by the divine teachers or the Prophets. The Sufi masters are the frame-keeper of the spiritual teachings of the prophets, which permit to the individual to discover him or herself.

This is the main message of the Sufi.

Further on the Sufi tells, you don’t know your creator and you don’t know your universe and you don’t know your neighbor. When you don’t know yourself you are living in ignorance. The ignorant people are used to put themselves as the center of the universe and to claim everything for themselves and to start conflicts and wars and a lot of problems for others, because they are not in quietness in themselves. When you know and discover yourself you reach to a universe of quietness. When you don’t know yourself you are living in an inner conflict inside of yourself.
The first step in Sufism is to know your Self. After you discover yourself, you discover quietness and your way changes, you start to become tolerant. You understand the meaning of the quality of tolerance.
In the eyes of the Sufis the main problem of the conqueror is that they are after something, but they don’t know what the subject of their search is.
They are going from the East to the West and vice-versa. The reality of the purpose of their search is inside of themselves, but they are going so far from themselves.
What is the purpose of Sufism? What is the method of Sufism? What is the source of inspiration of Sufism? What is the world vision of Sufism?

All of this what we explain, you can find in the explanation of every Sufi master. This is the message of Hafez, this is the message of Shah Nematollah, and this is the message of Saadi, of every important Sufi master. Especially we find all of this in the teachings of Rumi. We can give a thousand examples of this appeal of each Sufi.

Know yourself. When you know yourself you become tolerant. When you know yourself you can control and dominate your emotions, your imagination, you reach to control yourself. Thus you can reach to inner peace. And when peace dominates inside of your existence, you will be in peace with everything outside of you.

This is the message and the purpose of Sufism.

Mewlana Rumi is well known in the entire world. He gives us a manner of self-discovery. He thinks by applying this manner a lot of individual and social problems will be solved. He is convinced by this.

I give this example: when two persons close a pact with each other, they marry or associate to each other, they are very very sincere, but all of a sudden something happens which was not expected.
Why does something happen? I do something which is totally unexpected to my friend, and my friend would like to break with me and will tell me: “I didn’t know you are like this, I didn’t know that you are able to do this. If I had known before I would not have made a pact with you.”

And it is true. But in reality the person who is pointed at with the finger, which is accused of doing something unexpected in the eyes of the other one, did not expect herself to do something like this. The person’s friend says: “I didn’t expect you to do something like this, I didn’t know you.” But in fact the person does not know herself. I am not aware about myself and about my reactions. There are a milliard possibilities and I don’t how to do. How can I control myself?

So only when something happens the persons who are around me criticize me for doing this or that and not doing something else. They say: “we didn’t know you might be able to do this”, and they are right, “because I didn’t know myself that I was able to do like this”. All of the problems which happen in the society between the individuals are due to not-understanding oneself. So everything is possible. It is right for everybody. For everybody is the same thing. Nobody knows him or herself.

I would like to know everything about everything, not about myself. And this is the biggest wrong that we are doing. We are going so far out of ourselves.

There is a Persian proverb: You are thirsty and the water is in the jar. And you are going so far for searching the water. You are going next the sea, searching for the river and you cannot find the river, it becomes more and more complicated – and the water is in the jar.

Your friend is in the house and you are travelling everywhere in the world for searching the trace of your beloved. And your beloved is in the house.

So the truth is inside of yourself. You are going everywhere for finding the truth and you forget finally the truth and yourself and everything will be possible.

As a Sufi master Rumi is applying exactly the appeal of the Koran which invites each individual to study the book of his own creation, of his self to discover oneself. Rumi first worked on his own discovery and afterwards he guided people in this way and he gave an appeal to humanity, to the history of humanity to do a personal research for finding oneself.

I would like to give a very important example of this fact of the book of Rumi.

Rumi explained in the 6th volume of the Mathnawi about a man whose father passed away and let a lot of money for this man. And because this man who had a sudden access to all this wealth had never worked and never had a hard time to gain this heritage, he didn’t know the value of that heritage. So he started to spend largely this money and after a few years he became poor. He didn’t have any money left. He was not used to work and had no profession and no job. So he started to cry and asked God to help him to find a way to have something to eat. One night after a lot of crying and a lot of insistence to God, he slept and during his dream he saw a hidden treasure and for finding this hidden treasure he should go to Baghdad. So he travelled from his own city in Egypt to Baghdad, where he was put to jail the moment he arrived in Baghdad. He was mistaken for a robber whom the police in Baghdad was looking for since very long. And the police wouldn‘t believe his words claiming not to be the robber and to be in Baghdad for the first time and keep him in jail. And only after a period of long investigation they started to believe him that he is for the first time in Baghdad and not at all the searched for robber. But before they let him go, they asked him why he had left his country and had gone to Baghdad. And he talked about his dream where he had seen the treasure and was send to Baghdad. When the investigating policeman heard about the dream he laughed and told the man how stupid he was, because he had once found a map where a treasure was marked in exactly the city in Egypt in the street and in the house where our dreamer came from. So he went back to Egypt and dug in his garden for the treasure and found it there.

So in his dream he was told there is a hidden treasure. For finding this hidden treasure he should go to Baghdad. And he understood that he must go to Baghdad for finding the treasure in Baghdad. But it was meant that he had to go to Baghdad to find out how to find the treasure. So finally the treasure was under his feet. This story existed long time before Rumi and Rumi talked about it in his book.

But Nezami, who lived 150 years before Rumi, explained a story about a man who was living in a ruin. In that ruin there was a hidden treasure. This man was very very poor. He was a beggar. Every day he went into the streets for begging and came back in the night to the house. He died like this and the treasure rested covered and hidden under his feet. His whole life he was a beggar. So he gives this message that we are the same beggar. We are asking the money from left and right and the most valuable treasure exists in ourselves. But we are not aware of this and we are indifferent to this.

So we must start to dig a vertical channel to our substance to discover this hidden treasure which is given by God to us.

Rumi like other Sufi masters pointed out for discovering this hidden treasure the method of the Vali and of the Prophets and the Saints were always different than the method of the thinkers and the philosophers and the scientists.

Why? Because they are using their five senses and their intellect for reasoning by a rational manner to find the things and to think about the things and to understand the mechanism of the things.

Rumi says that the method of the Sufi is different.

The method and interest of the Sufi is to develop the supra-sensorial senses for opening the door to another dimension, because the substance of human being is a spiritual substance which is coming from divinity. It is the breath of God. And via the ordinary equipment like the five senses and the intellect, we cannot understand it. So by using our five senses we cannot discover our real self. By reasoning we cannot understand our real selves. How we should do for discovering our real selves to develop the extraordinary senses?

Rumi and all Sufi masters, who follow the trace of the Prophet say: It is clear that the appeal of the Prophet and of the Koran is: study your own book of life, it is enough for you. It is not necessary to make war, to stifle conflicts and so on. Try to know yourself.

Here we understood two things: it is necessary to know ourselves. For this we must use a particular method. Because by using our intellect as the philosophers do, we cannot discover our real selves. Our real self is a spiritual reality which is coming from another world and has nothing to do with the material world and with nature. So we cannot discover our spiritual nature by material equipment.

Rumi said we need to use another method in order to develop another capacity inside ourselves which permits to discover ourselves and this other capacity is the supra-sensorial understanding. So this grants us another perspective and deeper understanding of ourselves.
When someone discovers the real reality of love, the energy of love starts to run in his existence. By this he starts to understand what love is and the interference of the whole universe and each particle of the universe to each other. So he starts to be in love with the Creator and with creation.

The result of self-discovering, self-understanding, self-realization, self-accomplishment is this energy of love, which is enormous and which doesn’t stop as Hafez says: „I am dear, in the eyes of the server of the fire temple, because the eternal fire which never dies is in my heart. “
The result is there. If we see, that Hafez is full of love, the style of Hafez’ poetry, of Rumi‘s poetry, of Saadi’s poetry and so on is full of energy of love, it is because they discovered themselves. They accomplished this travel inside of themselves. Saadi says: “I am in love with the entire world. My beloved is in every piece of the world, so I am in love with my beloved, who is running everywhere in everything.”


Developing an extra sensorial understanding

For this the Sufi method is very very clear. The method of the Sufi education is based on two pillars. One pillar is silent meditation and being connected to the muscle of the heart. Second pillar is to fly to other dimensions with the wings of specific rhythms.

This method is taught by Rumi to his students and by his students to other students. Before Rumi it was like this and after Rumi it rested like this, that mainly and absolutely the method of Sufi education has nothing to do neither with reasoning nor with sensorial perception. They are developing the extra sensorial perception by meditation in silence and by using the rhythms.
The source of inspiration for the Sufi is the Koran. It could be all of the divine and holy and sacred books in the world. But the particularity of this time is that there is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding and amalgam about the Koran teachings.

A lot of people who name themselves a Muslim they are doing a lot of acts which can only be described as fanaticism and they are doing all of this, they permit to do all of this, they permit to cross every red limit under the name of Islam. But what is the source of their inspiration? About which Islam are they talking? Often they are talking about a revolutionary Islam. But what does it mean a revolutionary Islam?

Finally each kind of Islam should be in correspondence with the Koranic teachings. It cannot be in the opposite sense of the Koranic teachings. So we must know from which Islam they are talking. We would like to know if these persons who proclaim to be Muslim they really believe to the Koran or not. Do they accept the Koran as the main source of inspiration or not? If we look at the Koran a lot of things which happen now under the name of Islam, are not possible to do according to the principles you will find in the Koran.

The importance of Sufism is that their own method of education, their purpose, their goal, their destination, their point of departure is extracted from the Koran teachings and it is based and referred to the Koran verses. This is not the case with the non-tolerant people who do everything under the name of Islam and they are transgressing the teachings of the Koran.
One of the reasons for which we think that Sufism was always looked at suspiciously and badly in past times and nowadays, is that the Sufi are relying on the Koran.


The importance of the Koran

Why is the Koran important? In the Islamic countries all of the other books, like the Bhagavad-Gita, the Bible, the Thora, the Avesta and other holy books, cannot be an alternative to Islam in the Islamic countries. The Islamic countries have the population who believe to Islam, and you cannot tell that something else is written in the Bible or in the Bhagavad-Gita or in any other book of revelation, because the Muslims say, all right it is good for them. We are following our belief to Islam and we are not interested to other books and other culture or other religion. For us is important the content of Islam.

Throughout the history the Sufi appeal to the Muslim people to become aware of the question what Islam means, what conception of Islam they have. We don’t know their conception, but for us the main pillar of Islam is the Koran and what is written in the Koran we are applying in daily life. For each thing that we are doing we have the support of the Koran. So we are Muslim but we have another version of Islam. Thus we must compare our version of Islam with each other to know which one is closer to the Koran. The main source of Islam is the Koran. And we must choose by this method, which is the way of the Koran. The Koran is the talk of God; it is the speech of God. Afterwards, every other thing is the reasoning or the pretention or the invention of mankind. The Koran is sacred, other things are not sacred. So when we have the Koran why should we refer to other books? So the Sufis proclaim to try to follow the teachings of the Koran, no more, no less. That is all. For this reason Sufism was always considered as an alternative of Islam in the Muslim countries which existed always in the margin, because nobody under the name of Sufism governed any country.


Past and present mission of Sufism

Sufism is for developing the super sensorial understanding in order to accomplish oneself, to discover oneself. But what is important for the entire world is that the main source of inspiration is the Koran and nothing else. The Sufi are the real Muslim, they think that they are the real Muslim. They think they have the knowledge of the Koran and everything they do is corresponding to the Koran. Rumi précised and insisted very much in this fact. Rumi lived in a very agitated time of history. It was the time of attack of the Mongolian army in many regions of the world, especially in the Muslim countries.

So Rumi could not give advice Dschingis Khan in that moment. There was no ideological relationship between them, because Dschingis Khan followed the order of Jassa, his own book. But Saadi or Hafez could criticize the emperor of their region and time, because he pretended to be Muslim. Hafez told him: „what you are doing doesn’t correspond with Islam, because it is against the Koran.

Why is this not only important for Muslim countries?

The main attention of the entire world is how to deal with the problem which is coming from the Muslim countries. Many people from Muslim countries want to destroy and attack the signs of civilization and modern times by the name of Islam. If we can solve the problem of the misunderstanding of Islam, if we can tell to the Muslim people, that there is another way closer to the teachings of the Koran, another version of Islam more human and closer to the spirit of the teachings of the Koran, if a lot of Muslim people will change their mind, a lot of problems in the world will be solved.

It is the importance of Sufism in this moment. It was always important, but the difference to our times is there that Sufism was always busy by its own purpose which was giving the teachings and the education to each individual to bring peace and quietness inside of each person. But now the question is how we can bring the message of peace, to show a way to peace to the entire world. This is the mission of Sufism nowadays.

The Sufi would like to tell that if you look at the Koran with open eyes and read the Koran you will find that there is another version of Islam. We can be Muslim and not be reactionary, we can be Muslim and not be fanatic, we can be Muslim and be tolerant, and everything is possible. Nowadays Sufism has a hidden historical mission: to show to the whole world and not only to the Muslim people that there is a big misunderstanding about the teachings of the Koran, about Islam.

Mohammad’s mission

In this time we are confronted with a very big dilemma. When Mohammad was living in Arabia 15 centuries before our time, he was born in a tribe, which was immersed in superstition and obscurantism. They were people who were not able to write or read. They worshipped the idols of stone and wood. They were people who didn’t have any experience of rationality, philosophy, science, wisdom. Mohammad was a prophet, a divine messenger, a spiritual teacher and one of the consequences of his mission was the accomplishment of a cultural revolution in the region in which he was living. For the first time he brought to his people the word of Ketab: the book. What does it mean a book? How to write a book? How to read a book? How to study a book? He taught them all of that.

He told his people don’t worship the stones and in place of that go the way of God. How? By knowing yourself. Study yourself, it is enough for you. He showed them the way of culture and wisdom and transmission of science and of wisdom to the coming generation by the manner of writing and reading books. It was a very big historical mission in his time. But now we see that in certain parts of the world with the majority of the Muslim population we see that despite of the fact that the people are Muslim and they think that they are followers of Mohammad they are going in the contrary sense of the Cultural Revolution and spiritual mission of their own prophet. In the time of Mohammad they converted the Beytullah, the house of God in Mecca to an idol house. It was filled with 360 idols. Each tribe had posed its stony idol inside. So it was no longer the Allah house, but it was the house of the idols. It was the time of the reign of superstition and obscurantism and darkness. The mission of Mohammad was to delete and to eliminate all of the idols and to put away the idols from the house of Allah.


The necessity of our time

Now we live in the 21st century and we see people who worship and expect the miracle from a dried and forgotten well in the middle of the desert.
So if this is not superstition, what is superstition? This belief to the dry well and to expect the miracle from the dry well has nothing to do with Islam, with the Koran. It is on the contrary sense of the mission of Mohammad.

It is very hard to accept and unbelievable that there are Millions of people who follow this way, the way of superstition. And they think they are the good Muslim. They think that they are the best people ever created by God. In the Koran there is a verse which says: „the most loser people are the persons who are doing the wrong things and they think they are doing the good thing. “ They are losing their energy and their time and they believe they are doing the good thing and they are doing the worst thing. They are the most loser creature of God. This is the example what we experience today.

The problem is that a lot of superstitions are applied each day under the name of Islam. Because Islam is unknown, because Koran is unknown, because the majority of those people don’t know what the teachings of the Koran are. It is necessary to tell them that all of this is contrary to the teachings and the mission of Mohammad.

It is not something we would like to invent; it is being said for 15 centuries by the Sufis. The Sufis don’t expect any miracle from any dry well. They are searching for Gods light in their heart. If the way of Sufism is known by the Muslim people and by Non-Muslim people, it will be peace and tolerance between the civilization and the cultures and the religions. From the other hand it will be less room for superstition inside of the Muslim countries. I regard this as very very important.

The necessity of our time is to build a barrier against superstition.

We must sensitize the societies in the entire world and especially in the West to talk about the real Islam, because we see that in the Western countries this misunderstanding about Islam is going to be developed more and more among the Muslim people who live in the Western countries. They think if they are against the society or are angry against the society they are good Muslims. We must tell the world it is not true. The Islam is the way of evolution and progress and discovery. It is very important to sensitize the entire world to the teachings of the Koran and the fact that the Islam has nothing to do with all of the violence and intolerance, and emphasize on the fact that worshipping the dry well and things like this has any place at all in Islam and it is not necessary to fanaticize the people and wash the minds of the people by this kind of things and bring them to do the suicide act and to do the violent actions against modern society and to place bombs and so on.

Only by an intellectual manner or by delivering speeches about the human rights, it is not possible to achieve anything in the minds of the people in Muslim countries. When the UN for example condemns the Muslim government for not respecting the human rights, the Muslim government replies: „ You are following the human rights that you invented by yourself. We are following the right written in the Islam which is the inspiration of God and for us it is more important than your human rights. But we must tell them, that it is not true. What they are following is not written in the Koran. In the Koran is written the contrary of what they are doing.

We must talk with them from Muslim to Muslim. Christian people or say Buddhist people cannot criticize, because their point of view is not accepted by a Muslim from the beginning. A Muslim says he is right, because he is already a Muslim and a Non- Muslim is wrong, because he simply is not a Muslim. It is not possible to make a dialogue. They believe they are superior to everyone else. But if we make a dialogue with them as a Muslim and we can show them that their conception of Islam does not correspond to the Koran, it will be a powerful logic.

It is more reasonable to participate in an international dialogue about the human rights in the Koran, than to sit in the corner and release Fatwas against human rights. We launch an international appeal to have a dialogue about the place of the human rights in the Koran. P-S-M-M
(Progressive Sufi –Muslim Movement)

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