"SURRENDERING TO THE WILL OF ALLAH, THE SUPER- UNKNOWABLE".
"WHO ARE YOU?" THE DEVOTEE ASKED. GOD REPLIED: "YOU"!
by Ishqee - e - Hakiki Amongst the humanity on this earth, there are several Religions. All of them are the messages from God. Therefore each of them is a huge statement of Truth. The original source of each is the same. The ultimate aim as proclaimed by each is the same. The difference lies only in certain disciplines, devotions, 'tarikat's, procedures of life. For a Muslim, 5 Nemaz and Ramzan fast is a sacred tarikat. For a Parsi, Sudreh- Kushti is the holy spiritual exercise and "Aalaat" i.e a sacred object with divine energy sparkling form it. The holy Cross is such Aalaat for a Christian. Again, certain rules of life are common to all Religions, particularly the moral virtues like love, selflessness, compassion, non-violence, service. But we observe that different Religions lay more emphasis on some one or the other virtue and more importance is given to the spiritual doctrine or Truth from which the particular virtue emanates or is derived. Thus Christianity gives pre-eminence to love and meekness; Buddhism to compassion; Jainism to non-violence; Hinduism to "Nishkam Karma" i.e. desireless works; Zarathushtrian to alchemy of "druj" into "gava" and resistance to the evil within; Judaism to the silent suffering for God. Every Religion has, thus, its own lustre and glory. God in His Wisdom has bestowed on the humans this variety of Religions and decreed that one should practice one's own Religion of birth, and look at others with profound respect. Very often some, spiritual Truth is elaborated more in one Religion than the other and it is a matter of great joy for our heart when the other Religions clarify some Truth which is not so clearly declared in our own Religion. Like, Swami Vivekanand teaching certain Vendantic Truths to the Christians to make them better Christians and understand their own Religion in a clearer way. During the five years of its life this humble Parsi Pukar have touched the other Religions to show their sublimity. Today I would love to present to my open minded readers some beautifully divine colours of spirituality contained in ISLAM. Islam is a glorious Religion. Its mystical dimensions are many splendored. Great Sufi Saints and 'Awlia' have adorned it with lustrous writings, poems, stories, even humour-from Maulana Rumi's heart throbbing poems to the Sufi Master's creation of the famous character of Mulla Nasruddin. Let us enter into this fragrant garden of Allah. Meaning of the word 'Islam' is submissiveness, surrender to God and His word. Pious Muslims say: does not the blood circulate as Islam i.e by surrendering to Allah? Is not the motion of the stars Islam itself? Do not the plants grow by way of surrender to Allah? Every motion in Creation is surrender to Him. So, should not the humans do the same? The great German artist poet, Goethe, who wrote Ghazals in German language has defined Islam thus: "Wenn Islam Ergebungin Gottes Willenhebit In Islam leben und sterben wir aile." "If Islam means surrender to God's will, then all of us live and die in Islam" KEEP SMILING AT HIS WILL. The poet is not talking of any narrow idea of conversion to Islam. He points out to the great teaching of surrender to God, which is found in one form or the other in all Religions. Whatever comes from Him, be it happiness or misery, welcome it, thank God for it - more for the misery than happiness. The same Truth is in
the great formula in Patet Pasheymaani: "Az Anaai Khorsand Hom" - I am happy, pleased and smiling towards any misery or calamity coming on me. Since it is His wish and will, I am smiling. The same idea is hidden in the "Sthit-pragnya" state in Hinduism, that is, to be balanced, peaceful and undisturbed to Karmic storms, whether good or bad, comforting or burning, smooth or rough. The same idea is hidden in "the suffering for servant...