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


I seek refuge in Allah from the evils of the accursed Satan.
In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful, Most Compassionate.

May all the peace, the beneficence, and the blessings of God be upon you.1

My brothers and sisters, let us consider once more the true meaning of Islam.

Islam is 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.

Islam is 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 divine knowledge.3 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.

To understand this with absolute clarity is to become His slave4 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 determination, 5 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.

God is Most Great!7 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.

All praise be to God! God is the Great One! This is the true meaning of Islam.

May the peace of God be upon us. May God help us all. Amen.


1. al-salam 'alaykum wa-rahmat Allah wa-barakatuhu kulluh
2. Rabb al-'alamin
3. 'ilm
4. 'abd
5. iman
6. The affirmation of faith.
7. Allah Akbar
8. al-hamdu Allah


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