Thursday, March 16, 2017

Quran Justice

Quran Redeemed Excerpt/ The book, Quran Redeemed, is accepted to be published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing UK. Below is excerpt from the upcoming book./ Surah Eighty-Five/ Al Buruj/ True justice cannot be perceived until the veil of selfishness has been removed from the eyes./ The development of the sense of justice lies in unselfishness; one cannot be just and selfish at the same time./ The selfish person can be just, but only for himself./ He has his own law most suited to himself, and he can change it, and his reason will help him to do so, in order to suit his own requirements in life./ A spark of justice is to be found in every heart, in every person, whatever be his stage of evolution in life; but the one who loves fairness, so to speak blows on that spark, thus raising it to a flame, in the light of which life becomes more clear to him./ We cannot be a judge of the action of another until we ourselves are selfless./ Only then will justice come to us; only then will we understand the nature of justice./ Self is the wall between us and justice. There is only one thing that is truly just, and that is to say, 'I must not do this.'/ Real justice cannot be perceived until the veil of selfishness has been removed from his eyes./ The least spark of selfishness will prevent man from being just./ He will continue to have a partial interest, because he will be looking after his own interest./ Whatever furthers his own interests, he will call his right and his justice./ The prophets and the holy ones have all recognized the justice of God as the only real justice./ What is the nature of the justice of God?/ It can only be learned from the self within after selfishness has been removed./ Our limited self is like a wall separating us from the Self of God./ God is as far away from us as that wall is thick./ The wisdom and justice of God are within us, and yet they are far away under the covering of the veil of the limited self./ Whoever has arrived at that realization of the nature of God's justice is able to see things in a different way from others./ His whole outlook on life becomes different. Hazrat Inayat Khan/ In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful/ By the heaven holding mansions of stars. (85:1 Quran)/ And by the Promised Day. (85:2 Quran)/ And by the witness of that whereunto he beareth testimony. (85:3 Quran)/ Lo! He it is Who produceth, then reproduceth. (85:13 Quran)/ And He is the Forgiving, the Loving. (85:14 Quran)/ Lord of the Throne of Glory. (85:15 Quran)/ Doer of What He will. (85:16 Quran)/ Hath there come unto thee the story of the hosts. (85:17 Quran)/ The Pharaoh and the tribe of Thamud? (85:18 Quran)/ Nay, but those who disbelieve live in denial. (85:19 Quran)/ And Allah, all unseen, surroundeth them. (85:20 Quran)/ Nay, but it is a glorious Quran. (85:21 Quran)/ On a guarded tablet. (85:22 Quran)/ The God Ideal (4) Hazrat Inayat Khan/ There are different conceptions of God existing in various periods and known to different people./ The people, in all ages, seeking for the Deity have pictured Him in some form or other./ It is natural with man./ If he is told about someone he has never seen or known, he makes a conception of that person and he holds his conception as his knowledge of that person until he sees him./ There are some who make a conception in their mind of a person they have not seen, almost as real as the person./ The human heart is an accommodation which conceives the idea of God and pictures Him according to man's mentality./ The Buddha of China has Chinese features, and that of Japan has the eyes of Japan, the Buddha of India has the Indian likeness./ Man cannot conceive of an angel being any different from a human being, except that he attaches two wings to the angel in order to make it a little different./ If the angel were not pictured as man it would not be an attraction to a human being./ Therefore it is natural that in every period people have conceived the personality of God as a human personality./ And no better conception could they have given, for there is nothing in the world which is a more finished personality than the human personality./ People have called God He, recognizing the might and power of the Deity./ People have called God She, recognizing in the Deity that Mother-principle and beauty./ And it is the differences of conception from which have come the many gods and goddesses./ And it is true, too; for as many conceptions, so many gods./ And yet many gods means many conceptions of the One Only God./ By ignorance of this truth many have fought over their different gods; and yet the wise man in every period of the world has understood God to be the One and Only Being./ For the ordinary mind, to feel the existence of someone in the idea is not sufficient./ It is too vague./ One wants to feel the existence of someone with his own hands, then only he can acknowledge something to be existent./ The wise, therefore, have given different objects to such mentalities, and pointed them out to the people as gods./ Some said: see God in the sun, and the person understood./ He was not satisfied to think that God was in the idea; he was much more pleased to know now that God is seen by him, and God is incomparably even as the sun, and that God is not reachable./ Some wise men have said: He is in the fire. Some said, to a simpleton who asked to see God: Go in the forest and find out a certain tree, and that tree is God./ The search for that tree gave something for that man to do, which was the first essential thing./ And the patience with which he sought the tree also did something in his soul./ And the joy of finding a rare tree was also a pleasure, and in the end he found, for God is everywhere./ ‘The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren and to do good is my religion.’ /Thomas Paine/ ‘It is shame to let ignorance and complacency be stronger than wisdom’/Marcus Aurelius/ ‘One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life./That word is Love.’/Sophocles