By Shaykh Ibrahim
Our right to grow spiritually has been under attack for centuries. “Religion” has warped and deviated from its initial purpose. The essence of Religion is contain a spiritual foundation from which to understand and appreciate life. It is abuse when you are told what to believe. It is abuse to be compelled to “have faith” in something which makes no sense to you. It is contrary to the very nature of one’s heart when choice, sense and free will are removed. It is abuse when one’s heart is ignored and discounted.
When abused by people claiming to represent religion we tend to shut off all things connected to that source of pain. The refusal to accept the spiritual, though a natural consequence of abuse, is understandable. To push away all things spiritual is reactive, but perhaps childish.
To be human is to seek the spiritual, as well as to seek love, a job, family, etc. in this short life. The source of religion is the spiritual. A river has to start somewhere. The best way of accessing the spiritual headwater is through love, joy and choice. We learn through choosing and taking responsibility for those choices.
To freely give one’s heart to seek the meaning of one’s being is a Right. You deserve the Right to find your own sprititual balance. It is a human Right to explore and choose a spiritual system that is rational, moderate and embraces the vast complexity of sciences and infinite knowledge that swells over us every moment. You have the human Right to seek the Divine and fulfill your heart’s true desire.
This is the purpose of Sufism.