Life, in itself, is a truth. It is at once a mirror of, and an avenue to, the ultimate ontological truth. Every aspect of the multi-tiered phenomenon of life, conceptual or physical, stands for an aspect or feature of the essence of the absolute truth. The two are indivisible, needing one another for their full actualization and function.
There is nothing plainer and, at the same time, more powerful than the truth. The truth about life is readily available everywhere and in everything. It easily proves itself because it is the only reality. It is the only thing that actually exists. Everything else is illusory and is, in actual fact, non-existent.
One of the longest and toughest battles in history was the Battle of the Bulge. The daily battle against bulging body forms is not less hard, if not as bloody. Many people are getting increasingly obese, and obesity is stepping in early nowadays.
What a bold statement! I said to myself, “Either this book is a lie or it is the Truth”. But as I read, it became very clear to me that there is no falsehood in it. I was not able to put it down, I read and read through the whole night. I was shocked and amazed, I said to myself: “This is simply the Truth”.
Mysticism, by definition, has no – or at best, has extremely little — place in Islam because in Islam there is no room for mysteries, myths and legends that often defy human intelligence, or for secretive aspects of the fundamental truth.
These are powerful images that provide a serious atmosphere for what comes next. Doomed are the people referred to as the “people of the ditch.” The people of the ditch (sometimes translated as trench) were the agents of a tyrannical King…
“Are you Muslim?” I asked him. He nodded, and with some prodding, revealed to me that Muslims both recognize and honor Jesus as a prophet. That detail caught my attention and got me thinking: Could Islam be the source of clarity that I was seeking?
I’ve heard many people in the past say to me, “Well, I believe in God, but I don’t belong to any religion”. They all seem wrong to me. This was my feeling exactly, however, I didn’t want to just let it go at that and just accept it. I knew that if God exists then…
The most amazing thing in my life happened. I was sitting, focusing my thoughts on God. I thought that was amazing by itself. I had not been able to focus on any one thing in the last few weeks. Then I just started shaking. I was not cold, and I did not know of any reason why I would start to shake.
I learned that God is not floating on a cloud far from our problems. But He is near. Even though He is above His throne, He is closer to us than even our own jugular vein for He knows what is in our very hearts. My image of God matured as my faith did.