Traditional Islām, Sacred Path of Love and how society benefits


Traditional Islām in the words of Professor Rudolph T. Ware in this book ‘The Walking Qur’an ‘states that the traditional method was built on perfecting the children of Adam, molding their characters into that of the Qur’ān so that they might understand their proper relationship of service to Allāh and fulfill their prescribed role as His Khalīfah on Earth (. Doing so entailed not only the memorization of texts but also, a more important, their internalization – first practically and spiritually, then discursively so that religion could be performed or en-acted in any conceivable real-world context by expert practitioners.

This traditional approach to the transmission of knowledge takes place from heart to heart, such that it transforms the receiver’s heart to the potential of the giver’s heart, in this way, knowledge is preserved in the embodiment of a person and not solely in books. This is related to the saying of our liege-lord ‘Alī bin Abū Tālib when he said: ‘He who knows himself, know his Lord.’ Coming to know one’s Lord is much more than memorization of text in a faultless manner or the deducing of proofs; but rather knowing Allāh is experiencing reality as it is in one’s very self such that the meaning of Lā ilaha illa Allāh comes to mean that there is no reality that I am facing except that it is Allāh who is the First, the Last, the Apparently Manifest and the Hidden. How one comes to become His Khalifah is through submitting to the Muhammdan reality expressed by ‘Muhammad Rasūlullāh’. This comes through understanding, submitting and manifesting Islam, Imān and Ihsān in each moment of our lives. Knowing the Seerah of the Prophet is indispensible, for it teaches the way in which the Noble Messenger lived his life and interacted with creation and with his-self congruent to knowing that Allāh is the Reality. Islām teaches how one submits his limbs to Allāh, whereas Imān teaches the heart’s submission to Allāh and Ihsān teaches a man’s soul, his real self to submit to Allāh.

These things are correctly transmitted through companionship with such a man/women who has realized in his-self the human potential of service to Allāh and service to Allāh is reflected in his service to creation. To this effect, the Messenger of Allāh from Abū Juhayfa said, ‘Ask the scholars, mingle with the wise and keep company of the great ones.’ Shaykh Ahmad bin Muhammad al-Tijānī mentions in the Jawahir al-Ma’ānī that the scholars teaches you the path to Paradise by instructing you that which is lawful and that which is harmful. The wise, they bring you to proximity with Allāh and the great ones, they bring you to Allāh and end in Allāh.

In the Sacred Path of Love, our main concern is the building up of the children of Adam and restoring to them the zeal in fulfilling their human potential. We are concern with social issues that has plaque society due the manifestation of a heart longing for Allāh. A heart that is in need of help manifest traits other than what it was created for. The heart is a locus of tranquility and when that tranquility is lost, that is a sign of a person seeking for Allāh, for this life is but a journey from Him and to Him and He has made this world such that happiness is momentarily by external stimuli and sadness is also momentarily but true peace is not dependent of that which is outside but rather the soul that knows the Permanent One. Our attachment to other than Him veils us from seeing the Giver and in His Mercy, He sends us trying times to break us and let our heart cry ‘Allāh, Allāh’. Sacred Path of Love aims to be a channel through which people may come to know the pathway back to Allāh.

The scholars that we have selected are men and women who have sat and kept company of great men from whom they have drank and from whose hearts their very hearts have been filled with the meanings and reality of La ilaha illa Allāh Muhammad Rasūlullāh. Our humble aim at Scared Path of Love is like a perfume shop, one who comes into any leaves it fragrant and will come back for more till they become the perfume by which society will benefit from.