The Light!

RESPLENDENCE
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Come, my children. Look up, and you will see a resplendent light with many brilliant colored lights emanating from its center. From this one great resplendence, ninety-nine smaller lights are emerging, some much brighter than others. Each one of those lights contains within it another ninety-nine lights, and within each one of them, there are yet another ninety-nine. Endless groups of ninety-nine within ninety-nine are revolving within that great resplendence. Look at them. So much can be seen with each one.

Now direct your wisdom and your qualities solely on the resplendence in the center. Surrender to it and remain focused on that one point until you come to a state in which you can speak to it. Focus all your thoughts, your mind, your intentions and your whole being on that light in the center and listen to what it says. Can you hear each ray speaking to you? Listen to every atom of that sound. Absorb each word and be absorbed in that light alone. Fix the focus of the life of your soul and your heart on that resplendence.

The radiant power in the center is Allah. And the lights you see emerging from Him are His qualities and His duties and actions, or wilayats. They rule all the universes in this world and the next. My grandchildren, you must make your wisdom, qualities and good conduct disappear into that resplendence. You must seek only to surrender to that light. Your one thought must be, “Accept me.”

It was in such a state that Moses (a.s.) spoke to Allah on Mount Sinai. And it was through this light that Moses (a.s.) met God. In the same way, your eyes, your wisdom and your faith, certitude and determination, your iman, must not turn toward anything else. They must all be directed solely toward that one point of Allah. To Him, you must say, “Only You are God, Ill-Allah.” To everything else you must say, “There is nothing other than God. La ilaha.” Now, let your soul journey directly to that point of surrender and become a part of the light.

~Bawa Muhaiyaddeen (ra), A Mystical Journey, Chap. 6, pp. 81-82

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No divisions…

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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