What is Real Love? – A Sufi Perspective – Shaykh Hisham Kabbani


O Destroyer of Fear, this is Your Ceremony of Light….


Upon that cosmic plate of the sky, the sun and the moon are the lamps.

The stars and their orbs are the studded pearls.

The fragrance of sandalwood in the air is the temple incense, and the wind is the fan.

All the plants of the world are the altar flowers in offering to You, O Luminous Lord. ||1||

What a beautiful Aartee, lamp-lit worship service this is!

O Destroyer of Fear, this is Your Ceremony of Light.

The Unstruck Sound-current of the Shabad is the vibration of the temple drums. ||1||Pause||

You have thousands of eyes, and yet You have no eyes.

You have thousands of forms, and yet You do not have even one.

You have thousands of Lotus Feet, and yet You do not have even one foot.

You have no nose, but you have thousands of noses.

This Play of Yours entrances me. ||2||

Amongst all is the Light-You are that Light.

By this Illumination, that Light is radiant within all.

Through the Guru’s Teachings, the Light shines forth.

That which is pleasing to Him is the lamp-lit worship service. ||3||

My mind is enticed by the honey-sweet Lotus Feet of the Lord.

Day and night, I thirst for them.

Bestow the Water of Your Mercy upon Nanak, the thirsty song-bird,

so that he may come to dwell in Your Name.


–From the Sri Guru Granth Sahib–

And He exists beyond the beyond of religions….


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.

Bawa Muhaiyaddeen

serving the world….


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


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

True Islam only brings peace…

bawa-muhaiyaddeen-in-sri-lanka-1977Isläm does not usurp that which 
was given to another by God; 
it neither destroys nor takes anyone else’s place. 
There is no room in Isläm for hurting others, 
taking their possessions or their homes. 
Isläm sees its neighbors as brothers,
not as different or separate. 
It does not kill others. 
It shows them love, compassion, and patience, 
and gives them the wealth of ïmän, faith, sabür, inner patience,
shukür, contentment, and tawakkul, trust in God.
True Isläm brings only peace; 
it contains no enmity whatsoever.
We who are in Isläm must realize this 
and know that Allähu ta‘älä has given to every creation a place, 
a country, a spouse, a treasure, or a kingdom. 
We must be content and say, “Tawakkulun ‘alAlläh,
Alläh is responsible for everything. 
Al-hamdu lilläh, all praise is due to Him alone.”

Muhammad Raheem Bawa Muhaiyaddeen (Ral.)
Islam and World Peace–pg. 85

We are all one…we are all One…

hands held

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

No divisions…


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