by Hameed Nedjam
“All serve” is like saying “all are Muslim…whether they know it or not.”
Naturally most do not, at least not yet.
Still, it will probably be a matter of some irritation to those who now think of themselves as “the good Muslims,” when there is a sudden rush of these other odd people in from all over the World, and with all sorts of alternative ideas about the postmodern meaning of The Faith, our Holy Quran, The Hadith of MuHammad (pbuh) and The Commandments. And not to mention integrating the western newfangled obligatory tattooing of the young! As the Sufis have long noted, however, all can be of help in the work. It is after all simply a matter of coordination of right persons, right tasks.
As to the militants, in this connection sometimes the bad examples are necessary too.
In much the same way as with al-Qaeda then, even the tattooed and other Sufi aspirants who are still raw in as much as ninety-nine percent of their daily lives right now can play an elementary part. And this is still so even if not themselves as “The” Guide Of The World And The Baffled. On a daily basis it may nevertheless be so that not a few of the semi-regenerated can actually manage to lend one-by-one a few more milliwatts of energy…to the emerging phenomenon of “guidedness” if you will.
A longterm contention among Sufi popularizers has been that in any living generation there is always one living individual who is The Magnetic Pole Of The Age And Pillar Of Reality….
Now this circumstance is undergoing a certain functional redefinition in the course of ongoing evolution, along with the enhancement of responsibility among numbers of individuals taking part at any one time in the work.
[Emmett R Smith
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[11 August 2008]