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Najm ad-Din Razi: With 'no god' (la ilaha) the practitioner negates other than the Real

Najm ad-Din Razi: With 'no god' (la ilaha) the practitioner negates other than the Real
 
Photo: Malcolm X in Cairo, September 1964.
 

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​'With 'no god' (la ilaha) the practitioner negates other than the Real, and with 'but God' (ila Allah) he affirms the Presence of Exaltation. When he does this constantly and clings to it, the spirit’s attachment to other than God is gradually cut with the scissors of 'no god'. The beauty of 'but God’s' authority discloses itself from behind the Pavilion of Exaltation. In keeping with the promise, 'Remember Me, and I will remember you' [2:152], the remembrance is disengaged from the clothing of letters and sound. The specific characteristics of Everything is perishing but His face [28:88] become evident in the disclosure of the light of Divinity’s magnificence.'

(Najm ad-Din Razi)

 

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As the specter of religious extremism has become a fact of life today, the temptation is great to allow the evil actions and perspectives of a minority to represent an entire tradition. In the case of Islam, there has been much recent confusion in the Western world centered on distorted portrayals of its core values. Born of ignorance, such confusion feeds the very problem at hand.
 
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Nasr challenges members of the world's civilizations to stop demonizing others while identifying themselves with pure goodness and to turn instead to a deeper understanding of those shared values that can solve the acute problems facing humanity today. "Muslims must ask themselves what went wrong within their own societies," he writes, "but the West must also pose the same question about itself . . . whether we are Muslims, Jews, Christians, or even secularists, whether we live in the Islamic world or in the West, we are in need of meaning in our lives, of ethical norms to guide our actions, of a vision that would allow us to live at peace with each other and with the rest of God's creation." Such help, he believes, lies at the heart of every religion and can lead the followers of the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) as well as other religious and spiritual traditions to a new future of mutual respect and common global purpose.

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