The Islamic Sufi Tradition - the Muslim Approach Towards Peace Building


The Islamic Sufi Tradition - the Muslim Approach Towards Peace Building

This Sufi way is an authentic Islamic approach towards peace building. Sufism’s doctrinal principles of “Sulh-i Kul” (peace with all), serious meditation, simplicity of lifestyle, and a life of deep contemplation to seek the divine.

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Peace Technology Connects the Mind of Man with Nature's Absolute Peace of Mind

Started by christer olsen, peace analyst. Last reply by Joy Harmon Apr 1, 2009. 4 Replies

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Comment by Joy Harmon on March 1, 2009 at 5:24pm
These are very important things you are saying. This is where we, as Americans and probably Eastern Europeans as well need much more discussion and clarity. These are the areas that cause FEAR because we don't discuss them so we don't trust each other. (I have an unnatural amount of TRUST in people). I feel that this discussion is the MOST IMPORTANT of everything that I am doing in life. I really want to understand and talk about these ideals that people hold dear........I know that underneath all of this talk we WILL find common ground--------LET'S GO! Thank you so much Sohail! I am honored at your presence in my life.........joyfully
Comment by Joy Harmon on March 1, 2009 at 7:41am
Do you feel that some Muslims get confused by taking the inside struggle to the outside-----blaming others (Americans) for their situation in life rather than continuing the struggle to find Peace within themselves? I know that I have had to work to NOT blame other people (especially my husband) for any situation that is happening to me. I realize the power I have to cause my own difficulties by allowing my mind to rule (less and less) over my heart. Is this the same thing that happens when people feel that bombing someone will cause the Westerners to notice the poverty of people and make changes for their betterment instead of finding ways to speak or act in more peaceful ways that also gets the attention of the Westerners to make positive changes in their behalf????
Comment by Joy Harmon on March 1, 2009 at 6:48am
Sohail---Thank you so much for your invitation. I have read much of what was written on the Sufis and I will continue to read. I think this is exactly what I need to find out the many varying perspectives from so many cultures in so many different places around the world. I particularly appreciate the desire for Peace through knowing oneself within that the Sufis seek so intently. As you say, when you know yourself, you can begin to know others. I do not know if the people where I may go in Africa will have a Sufi attitude or will be more ready to blame someone for their situation. I will continue to listen and learn and continue to feel/see/hear/experience similarities to how I also pursue Peace in my own life. One way that I feel Peace is by being with children for they seem so much closer to the simplicity of what I have discovered Peace to feel like. The children are so glad to be alive and see life as fun, even when they are working. That is the simplicity that we all need. The JOY of being alive...........again, thank you. I'll be back...........joyfully
Comment by James L. Foster on February 25, 2009 at 6:38pm
Dear Sohail

Your last two comments are very helpful. Thank you. I do not recall having sent you my creedal statement which I think reflects the spirit of Sufism.


As a citizen of the world...

I BELIEVE in the dignity of all humanity, that each person is a being of supreme worth.

I BELIEVE in the wholeness of the human race, undivided by economic, cultural, racial, sexual or national differences.

I BELIEVE in the stewardship of life and resources to the end that all may mutually benefit from the earth's bounty and that no person may have to go without food or shelter.

I BELIEVE in the primacy of human relationships as a person committed and responsible to other persons, regardless of their economic status, race, creed or nationality.

I BELIEVE in the global community, interdependent and mutually responsible for our physical and social environments.

I BELIEVE that we are One World and affirm that I am a citizen of this world. My allegiance to it and its people, my brothers and sisters, is primary over all other political entities.

I AM, therefore, committed to the promotion and care of the whole of humanity without partiality or prejudice and with such resources as I have at my command, both within and without.

I HEREWITH AFFIRM that I wish, as much as I possibly can, to base my actions on my beliefs and thus contribute to a world where justice and compassion rule and where greed and hatred are diminished.


Comment by Lynda Terry on February 21, 2009 at 7:53pm
Dear Sohail, thank you for sharing these many beautiful poems and quotes - I love these great beings and the beauty and truth that flows through them as words. And I'm delighted that you have included the writings of Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee. The Golden Sufi Center is in the region of California where I live, and I have heard Llewellyn speak many times and have read most of his books. He speaks often of the role of women and the Feminine in helping to heal the earth and our world, and that to me, is an important aspect of shifting Western misunderstandings around Islam. I read an article recently that showed how the mistreatment of women and children in some Muslim regions has no justification in the teachings and life example of the Prophet Mohammad. It is a similar issue to the misinterpretations around jihad, yes? And one I hope also will begin to be addressed more comprehensivley.

In the U.S., the recent situation, where a prominent media network executive who is Muslim apparently beheaded his wife because she wanted a divorce due to being physically abused by him, has sparked a national reaction and conversation - in general and among Muslim Americans. My hope is that out of this tragedy, a stronger resolve to end violence against women and girls - in ALL cultures of the world - will be ignited and spread.
Comment by James L. Foster on February 19, 2009 at 5:45am
Dear Sohail

As student of religions an as a Christian mystic, I have long had a deep appreciation for Sufism, which I have seen as the Muslim counterpart of Christian mysticism. The two traditions have so much in common! I have, however, never undertaken a formal study of Sufism. Reading your comments is helping to fill this gap in my education. For me it is like sitting at the feet of the master teacher to read your observations. Thank you for giving me this opportunity.

Comment by J.E.Rash -Shaykh Ahmed A Rashid on February 16, 2009 at 9:05pm
Dhikr , we need to remember , means 'to Remember' it is not to be thought of as just reciting the name "Allah "or la illaha il'Allah" e.g. but to realize and become conscious/aware that the beauty in nature, the kind word, the good work, the good though, the humbling experiences of life, the acts of repentence, even the feeling of regret, if they remind you of The Creator, are all acts of dhikr'ullah. In a sense , as we say in English, create in yourself the reality that 'seeing IS Believing.
Comment by M. Shahzad Qasim on February 13, 2009 at 6:36pm
Thank u Sir Sohail for inviting me to strugggle for peace.
Comment by Lynda Terry on February 13, 2009 at 12:01am
Sohail and all, I saw your post that spoke of Sufism and your further comments about it. It is such a wonderful aspect of Islam that many in America don't even know about. I have friends here who are Sufis and know that often, the way is to be silent and more "hidden" in one's practice. I wonder how me might create more awareness of Sufism in this country, as a way to further understanding and acceptance of Islam in general, yet also respecting the Sufi's right to practice their faith in this quieter way?
Comment by Chaka Ji on February 8, 2009 at 6:09am
I think Mullah Nasruddin was a Sufi ??

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