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Sufism and science are striving for
the same destination. Science wants to know: How did the universe
come into being and what is its nature? Is there any Creator?
What is He like? Where is He? How is He related to the universe?
How is He related to man? Is it possible for man to approach
Him? Sufism has found the answers and invites the scientists
to come and have that knowledge.
Islamic Sufism is many centuries ahead of modern science.
This can be born out by the fact, among numerous others, that
Umar the second Caliph of the Prophet, while addressing a
Friday congregation in Madina, shouted, "Ya Sariah-al-Jabal."
(O Sariah capture the hill!) The army commander, Sariah, fighting
a battle at Nihawand in Iran heard his voice, captured the
hill and won the battle. This shows Umar could see the situation
at several thousand miles away and make his voice heard by
the army commander without the aid of telephone or wireless
which were not known in those days.
But man is a limited being. His position in the universe
is infinitesimally small. The astronomers tell us the farthest
star of our solar system, known as Millets, is at the distance
of several thousand light years from the earth. (The speed
of the light is one hundred and eighty six thousand miles
per second, and a light year is the distance covered by light
in one year's travel). They also tell us that there are millions
of suns and solar systems like ours in the universe. Now what
is the position of our planet in this vast universe? It cannot
be more than a speck. What can the position of man be in this
speck? Not even a dot or drop in the ocean! Now this dot or
drop is out to explore and unearth the realities secrets and
wonders of the universe. Not only that, he is out to know
its Creator as well! Can that be possible?
Yes, it is possible only if he is prepared to utilise the
spark of light in himself, which when set ablaze, works like
a spaceship which carries him far beyond the limits of time
and space into the blissful domains of Divine Proximity, Divine
Presence and Divine Union. Here man is endowed with Divine
Attributes of power and knowledge, knows the secrets of Creation
and is able to see the whole universe as a speck lying before
him. Not only that, he is made to visit the eighteen thousand
subtle unseen worlds which the great Sufis of Islam give tidings
of in their accounts of Sair-fi-Allah (Journey in God), Sair-bi-Allah
(Journey by God) and Sair-ma-Allah (Journey with God). Science,
therefore, would do well to seek the assistance of Sufism
to fathom the otherwise unfathomable depths of Divine Secrets
and secrets of Creation.