Say: 'O My servants who have transgressed against your own souls: do not despair of God's mercy, for God forgives all sins. It is S/He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.' Qur'an (39:53)

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I was just visiting a wonderful blog called A Sufi Metamorphisis and enjoyed a post titled “Are Sufis Escapists?”.  Below is the comment I left after reading the post.


I don’t think a Sufi can escape life; its more like Tao where we go with what is and do not resist it. Its about life on God’s terms vs. resisting by wishing life was different. The more we get to know the Beloved, the more we know about life. Life is not necessarily about the earthly body; its the journey of the soul confined in a body. The Quran often advises us to contemplate on the universe to know God. For example:

Truly, in the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of the night and the day. There are indeed Signs for men of understanding, Men who remember (celebrate) the Praises of Allah, standing, sitting and lying down on their sides and contemplate the (wonders of) creation in the heaven and the earth, (with the prayer): “Our Lord! Not for nothing have You created (all) this! Glory to You! Give us relief from the Penalty of the Fire. (Quran 3:190-191)


The Prophet said, “An hour’s worth of contemplation is better than a year’s worth of worship.”


Muhammad, peace be upon him, uttered lovingly,

“On every day in which the sun rises,

charity is due from each limb of a person.

Doing justice between two people is charity.

To help a person ride his mount or to place his baggage on it is charity.

A good word is charity.

Every step taken on the way to prayer is charity,

removing something from the path that is harmful is charity.

Everyone is created with three hundred and sixty joints.

Whosoever bears witness to the Greatness of Allah,

praises Allah, bears witness to His Oneness, exalts His Holiness,

asks His Forgiveness, removes a stone, thorn or bone from a path frequented by people,

encourages good, or forbids evil

in the number of three-hundred and sixty, has rescued himself from the Fire.”

Muhammad, peace be on him, said, “Muslims will always earn the reward of charity

for planting a tree, sowing a crop

and then birds, humans, and animals eat from it”

(Al-Bukhari and Muslim)


Dalai Lama’s words really got me.  This isn’t about you or me.  Its about every citizen of this planet.  I include in that all the species who we share the universe with.  I include birds, rainforests, whales, panda bears…and on an on it goes.  Quran tells us every type of creature is a community of believers.

“Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.”

-Native American proverb-

There is not an animal (that lives) on the earth,

nor a being that flies on its wings, but (forms part of) communities like you.

Nothing have we omitted from the Book,

and they (all) shall be gathered to their Lord in the end.

—Quran 6:38

The Prophet, may he be showered with Allah’s Peace, said,

“Whoever says la ilaha ill Allah – there is no other God but God – enters Paradise

even if he commits adultery and even if he steals (i.e. even if he commits great sins).