refuge in Allah from the evils of the accursed
In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful, Most
the peace, the beneficence, and the blessings of God be
brothers and sisters, let us consider once more the true
meaning of Islam.
Allah. It is the kingdom of His qualities, His actions,
His compassion, His peacefulness, and His unity. Allah,
not man, is the only One who can rule that kingdom. With
His love and compassion He is the One who protects all
lives, who feeds and looks after all creations according
to their needs and their hunger. Allah alone rules over
all that is within His realm-the earth and all the
countries of the world, the trees, plants, the houses,
and the heart of man. Our entire life and everything
that happens to us is conducted by Allah, not by us. He
is the One who carries out everything, He is responsible
for the cause and the effect.
the acceptance of Allah as the Ruler over everything in
all the universes.2
He is the Master of our good thoughts, our good
qualities, and our good actions. He is the Guide for our
conscience, the One who teaches us justice and truth,
compassion and unity. He is the Leader of wisdom and
And it is through His peace that all hearts can obtain
peace and tranquility.
His is the
kingdom of truth. That kingdom cannot be ruled by what
the world today calls Islam. True Islam does not mean
trying to dominate the world, shouting, "I am in
command!" In this world and the next, in birth and in
death, the One alone who rules Islam is Allah. No man
has the power to govern that kingdom.
understand this with absolute clarity is to become His
and be filled with divine wisdom and perfect faith. That
is prayer. To accept Allah and His pure kingdom is true
Islam, the way of absolute faith, certitude, and
the way of the kalimah.6
This is the birthright of all the children of Adam. To
accept Allah's words and His commands is wisdom, and to
accept what He has given us is our plenitude.
All praise belongs only to Him.8
He is the One who gives us the wealth of our lives. He
gives us everything. The kingdom of Islam is His most
benevolent, pure gift. Should any man proclaim himself
ruler of that pure kingdom, he will only bring about his
own destruction. Allah is the sole ruler, there is no
one else who can do His work. We, the children of Adam,
who pray to God with faith and certitude, must know this
with absolute clarity.
be to God! God is the Great One! This is the true
meaning of Islam.
peace of God be upon us. May God help us all.
1. al-salam 'alaykum wa-rahmat Allah
affirmation of faith.
8. al-hamdu Allah
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2003, Bawa Muhaiyaddeen