The One Lord is within both Hindu and Muslim;
Kabeer proclaims this out loud.
Sri Guru Granth Sahib
There is One God.
He created all beings,
And He exists beyond the beyond of religions,
Beyond the separations of race,
Religion, and philosophies.
He is beyond mind, desire, and physical vision
He is beyond the world, lust, torpor, and illusion.
God resides in that spotlessly pure place known as the heart
And sees and knows everything.
He sees each and every heart and mind and understands all things.
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.
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.
God and God’s family,
the community of mankind,
all came from one point.
The whole society of mankind is one family.
They all emerged from one God, one truth.
God has told us
that we are all different parts
of the same thing.
No matter what
our external differences may be,
we are all one.
We are all one.
Muhammad Raheem Bawa Muhaiyaddeen (Ral.)
Come to the Secret Garden:
Sufi Tales of Wisdom, p. 133
I identify myself as a Muslim because The Qur’an speaks so clearly and eloquently about Tawheed, the infinite coherence of The One Reality.
I embrace Islam because I understand Tawheed to mean: All life, all matter, and all movement is nothing more or less than The Pure and Perfect Resonance of The One Eternal Presence. All of reality, including our very most secret thought, arises because God’s voice is resonating metaphorically with the word “BE!”
I identify myself as a Universalist because of what Tawheed implies; Everything and everyone is both essential and holy. Universally: everything and everyone is an inseparable aspect of The One Coherent Flow of events that IS The Real’s self-instantiation. There is nothing that should, or even could, ever be negated.
I embrace Universalism because it would be a division of causation and a denial of Tawheed to attribute either power or beauty to any aspect of reality. All power and all beauty are of The One. To postulate any division of causation would negate all possibility of coherence within reality and make any understanding of it completely impossible. No thought that denies the unity of causation can be coherent.
I aspire to embody Universalist Islam because that is what I feel/understand Truth/Love to be requiring of me. I understand that my aspiration to goodness is God’s enactment of goodness. It is God’s gift of goodness to being. When people aspire to love and justice, that is God instantiating love and justice.
When someone fails to so aspire, while no less lead by God, they are by God and self assigned to live in alienation and become a blessed test for others to pass or fail.
Either way, all pain endured, and all credit accrued, is subsumed in the Moment of Standing Before God. Then, the egoic self in which we have lived our lives is consumed by Truth so that the soul can be at last united within and as The One.
Universal Causation is not confined to Islam. Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhist, and Atheists too exist no less as the Resonance of The One Eternal Presence. Their egoic selves are no less consumed in the Standing Before Truth. And their dis-encumbered souls are no less eventually united within and as The One.
Naught is but The Pure and Perfect Resonance of The One Eternal Presence.
All who have faith in God
are striving and searching for the same thing.
Therefore, we must have no divisions of race,
religion, or caste, for wherever there are separations,
we can never see God.
Only in the place where no divisions exist can one see God.
These divisions keep us apart from His qualities,
from His grace, from His treasure, from His justice,
from His knowledge, and from His truth and peace.
They separate us from God.
Those who have such differences within will never find peace.
Muhammad Raheem Bawa Muhaiyaddeen (Ral.)
Islam and World Peace, Explanations of a Sufi- pg. 54