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Islam and World Peace - Explanations of a Sufi
by M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen

Jerusalem

The following letter was written in February, 1980, and was
sent to prominent leaders of the Middle East and the free world.

A Letter to the Leaders of the World Who Still Have Faith in Their Hearts

In the name of God, Most Merciful, Most Compassionate. May God grant His help to all our brothers and sisters who have faith. Amen.

Jerusalem is not just the name of a city. Salam means peace, but today Jerusalem has become a place of conflict. We all have to reflect upon this. We must examine our hearts and consciences and ask ourselves, "What purpose is served by fighting and conquering lands? Does any conqueror live forever? Does anyone live forever?" We must analyze what has happened in the past and find a way to bring peace to Jerusalem.

The first part of this letter is a history of the events that took place in Jerusalem in the past. Please read this carefully. We write it in the hope that if we learn from the past we will correct our mistakes. If we realize the futility of these continuing conflicts, we can release ourselves from the bitterness that binds us and see our rightful duty toward all mankind. The second part of the letter describes how we should act in the present. We trust that each of you will read this with clarity in your hearts and then strive to bring peace and tranquility to the Holy City and to the world.

Please forgive me if there are any faults in what is written here. We are not attempting to present a complete history of Jerusalem; we merely wish to illustrate the futility of the constant warfare and bloodshed that has plagued the Holy City. All of us must join together and bring peace to Jerusalem. May God give good qualities, peace, and wisdom to all who trust in Him. May God give these to each heart. Amen.

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