SUFISM IN A NUTSHELL
When it is said
that Islam is the religion of 'nature', or is a natural
religion, it means that Islam suits human nature and
can meet all its requirements. But what is human nature
and how can the tenets of Islam satisfy it?
all know that man is a combination of body and soul
(or spirit). The existence of man's soul has now been
scientifically proven, with evidences taken from experiences
of telepathy, levitation, clairvoyance, and other 'extra
sensory perception'. Photographs of the soul's aura
have also been recorded by scientific means.
Since the human
body belongs to the material world, it has the tendency
to pull us downward to its low earthly origin. The soul,
however, is of Divine nature and has the tendency to
pull us upwards to its spiritual origin.
Human life is thus
the name of the constant tug of war between the lower
bodily and higher spiritual forces. If the former gets
stronger, man succumbs to greed, anger, arrogance, and
is ruined. If, however, the latter gains the upper hand,
he gets exalted to Divine nearness, presence and union,
and wins the battle of life. All the prophets of God
and heavenly books came to warn and help mankind to
keep a happy balance between the body and soul and to
reach the final destination of God without difficulty.
characteristic of human nature is that both the body
and soul need food to survive. The body is material
and its food is material, while the soul is spiritual
and gets restless without its spiritual food. The relationship
between body and soul is similar to that of a horse
and rider; both are needed to complete the journey:
the horse to bear the rider, and the rider to guide
the horse to the proper destination.
In fact, the present
day restlessness, worries, conflicts and confrontation
in the whole world in general and in the West in particular,
are due to the fact that while everything is being done
to feed the body (the horse), pretty nothing is done
to feed the soul (the rider) who in the end really matters.
It is hoped that
the collection of books on Sufism presented here will
provide guidance to readers in feeding their souls with
spiritual food that will lead to the tranquility, contentment
and happiness that has been long sought after.