Spiritual Chapter 01 - Original Version                                           About Chapter 01
Title of Chapter 01: "Oneness of Religions"
From Spiritual Book 10 - "Wisdom of The Divine: Volume 01"
Author:  M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen (may God be pleased with Him)

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Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Rahim.  In the name of God, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate.  Al-salam 'alaykum wa-rahmat Allah wa-barakatuhu kulluhu.  Wa 'alaykum al-salam wa-rahmat Allah wa-barakatuhu kulluhu.  May all the peace, the beneficence, and the blessing of God be upon us all.  May God help us all.

My love you (anbu) - Shaikh Muhaiyaddeen (Louie Beutler).

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"Certitude is founded on the Kalima (There is no god, but God); and the Kalima has existed from the beginningless beginning (Awwal) from which it came forth.  Whenever you utter the Kalima, know that you do so in the presence of God, and that it is been uttered in the beginningless beginning, in the present and that it shall be uttered in the hereafter.  That utterance will be the result of conviction and  faith in the truth of the Kalima.   I solemnly vow that you, whoever you may be, and that I must utter the Kalima at these three times:  In awwal, in this world and in the next world.

That Kalima which we have uttered in the time that was beginningless must grow, and it must continue to grow, like a tree.  It must grow within the sanctuary of our heart,   and it should after  a time show strong and firm growth.  Not only must we constantly foster the growth of that beautiful tree, but we must induce it to bear fruit, so that the fruits of that tree ripen to perfection and be always delectable. That tree should reflect the mature and ripened fruits of Iman.  These fruits of Iman, we must constantly gather in our lives, so that they can satiate our spiritual hunger.

How best would that fruit be described?  You are aware of the two wings of a bird.  It has the gift of flight; it becomes elated and flies high into the sky.  But however high it may soar into the sky in the appreciation of the gift of flight, yet it must sometime soon seek a branch of a tree to rest.  If there is no such branch it will be compelled to come down to earth. 

Man is like that too.  Whatever spiritual rank or distinction elevates him will be reflected in the tree of his Kalima.  That tree would have to have grown and the fruits of his certitude would have to have ripened and matured in the time measured from the beginningless beginning  to the end.  And if in this time, the tree has grown and the fruit has ripened, then by the very perfection of his iman, he will realize fulfillment in the present and in the time to come.

Therefore, to whatever heights he renders worship, he would still be able to rest awhile on the tree of his certitude, like a bird flying in the sky.  If his certitude has grown from awwal to akhir, then he can fly with the wings of his worship, and like the flight of a bird on its wings, he can rest awhile on the perfection which is his iman.

When this tree has grown up to that center where God reposes in Absolute truth, up to the Throne of God, then he can eat the fruit of certitude there and repose in that state of fulfillment.

The growth of the tree of the kalimah must be fostered in order that it will grow with a luxuriant growth and then that it would flower, and then that it would fruit, after which the fruits would mature and begin to ripen.

This requires time and the assiduous cultivation of the kalimah, the essence of which is certitude.

This is a basic necessity for the present and for the future, for life and for death.  It is incumbent upon us to acquire it soon. It is very necessary for every act of worship, for all our prayers, for our many methods of worship and prayer, and finally for the contentment to be derived from that certitude.  Amin."

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