nobody is born wicked….

MaHIKn’s contact with the outer world is such that there is a continual mechanical interchange going on; every moment of his life he is partaking of all that his senses allow him to receive. Therefore very often the man who is looking for faults in others, who is looking for evil, even though he may not be a wicked person, is yet partaking unknowingly of all that is evil. Once deceived, a person is always on the look-out; even with someone who is honest he will look for deceit, as he holds that impression within himself. Thus a hunter who, comes from the forest where he has just received a blow from a lion, will shrink even from the caress of his mother; and when we consider how many impressions, agreeable and disagreeable, we receive from morning till evening, we realize how someone may become wicked without meaning to.

For in point of fact. Although the body belongs to the earth, yet the soul belongs to God, and from above man has received nothing but goodness. With the wickedest person in the world, when one can touch the deepest depths of his being one finds nothing but goodness there. So if there is any such thing as wickedness or badness, it is only what man has acquired; and he has not acquired it willingly but simply because he is open to all impressions, as it is natural for every man to be open to impressions.

The Alchemy of Happiness – The Interdependence of Life Within and Without, Hazrat Inayat Khan

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serving the world….

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Strive constantly to serve the welfare of the world;

by devotion to selfless work one attains the supreme goal of life.

Do your work with the welfare of others always in mind.

Bhagavad Gita

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And behold, those who have chosen to be graced with belief,

and do works that help others –

it is they, they who are the best of all created beings.

Qur’an 98:7

salutations upon our beloved prophet…

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To be drawn into the Light of Allah and not be blinded,

O brothers and sisters, repeat with longing and with love:

as-salatu wa-s-salamu alayka Ya Rasulallah

as-salatu wa-s-salamu alayka Ya Habiballah

Heartfelt and profound greetings to your sublime soul,

O incomparable Prophet and uniquely beloved one of Allah.

—Atom from the Sun of Knowledge

Adiyat al-Tawaf’s Forgiveness Prayer

Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim

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Adiyat al-Tawaf’s Forgiveness Prayer

O God, truly You have said in your Word,
“Call onto Me and I will answer you.’

We have called onto You, O Lord.
So forgive us in accordance with Your command.

For You do not break your promises.

Our Lord, truly we have heard the caller calling us to faith:
‘Believe in your Lord.’
And, ‘O Lord, we have believed.
Then forgive us our trespasses and rid us of our iniquities.
Let us be called hence with the righteous.

O Lord, in You have we trusted,
to You we have returned.
Yours is the ordering.

Forgive us, O Lord,
and our brethren who have preceded us in the faith.

Let there be no ill will towards those who have believed.
For You are kindly and merciful.
O Lord, Make our light complete and forgive us.

You art powerful over all things.
I take refuge with You.

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amin amin amin

Hadith Qudsi 35

Our Lord (glorified and exalted be Hu)
descends each night to the earth’s sky
when there remains the final third of the night, and Hu says:
“Who is saying a prayer to Me that I may answer it?
Who is asking something of Me that I may give it her?
Who is asking forgiveness of Me that I may forgive him?”
Hadith Qudsi 35