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New Age Islam: Supporters Of Peace And Enlightenment

Dallas New Age Spirituality Examiner Sandra Smith

April 29, 6:10 PM

The word Muslim is usually thought of as synonymous with terrorism.  According to Webster’s New World Dictionary, the definitions of Muslim and terrorism are a follower of Islam and the use of force or threats to intimidate, respectively.  According to Islamic history, Islam had come to the world to fight the Jahiliya; however, the use of Jahiliya  has been ignored for centuries.

New Age Islam is a group of Muslims living in the Middle East and North America who find the thought of supporting Jahiliya completely unacceptable.  Promoting non-violence across the globe, this movement desires to align work that enables the sharing of enlightenment with others and to educate young people about the dangers of being susceptible to misinterpreted beliefs including activities that endanger other Muslims as well as innocent people.

Of utmost importance is the constant emphasis on the Islamic spiritual traditions of tolerance, pluralism and acceptance of multinational-cultures.

The following historical passages, taken directly from, serves as a reminder of divine wisdom that illuminates a way to live in peace and harmony with all living things.

Mansur al-Hallaj
(The Essential Rumi, p. 13)
“Lo, I am with you always means when you look for God, God is in the look of your eyes, in the thought of looking, nearer to you than your self, or things that have happened to you.  There's no need to go outside. Be melting snow.  Wash yourself of yourself.”

(Signs of the Unseen: The Discourses of Jalaluddin Rumi,
p. 221)

“What do we mean by saying that God is not in heaven?  We do not mean that He is not in heaven, but that heaven cannot encompass Him.  He encompasses heaven.  He has an ineffable connection with heaven just as He has an ineffable connection with you.  Everything is in His omnipotent hands; everything is a manifestation of Him and subject to His control.  So, He is not outside the heavens and the universe but is not totally inside them either, that is, they do not encompass Him but He encompasses them totally.  Someone asked where God was before the earth, skies, and Divine Throne existed.  We said that the question was invalid from the outset because God is by definition that which has no place.”

Sandra's Quote for today:

"When choosing to live in perfect love, putting aside past wounds; fear, which breeds hate, cannot exist.  A shift in perception can bring forth the light existing in each and every one of us.  Imagine a world without prejudice, violence, greed, envy and domination.  It is possible.  Will it start with you?"

Love and light to all - Sandra