The Islamic viewpoint on Leadership & Government
Manifest religious tolerance: Amongst your subjects there are two kinds of people: those who have the same religion as you [and] are brothers to you, and those who have religions other than yours, [who] are human beings like you. Men of either category suffer from the same weaknesses and disabilities that human beings are inclined to; they commit sins, indulge in vices either intentionally or foolishly and unintentionally without realizing the enormity of their deeds. Let your mercy and compassion come to their rescue and help in the same way and to the same extent that you expect Allah to show mercy and forgiveness to you.
Equity is best: A policy which is based on equity will be largely appreciated. Remember that the displeasure of common men, the have-nots and the depressed persons overbalances the approval of important persons, while the displeasure of a few big people will be excused... if the general public and the masses of your subjects are happy with you.
The rich always want more: They are the people who will be the worst drag upon you during your moments of peace and happiness, and the least useful to you during your hours of need and adversity. They hate justice the most. They will keep demanding more and more out of State resources and will seldom be satisfied with what they receive and will never be obliged for the favor shown to them if their demands are justifiably refused.
A healthy society is interdependent: The army and the common men who pay taxes are two important classes, but in a well faring state their well-being cannot be guaranteed without proper functioning and preservation of the other classes, the judges and magistrates, the secretaries of the State and the officers of various departments who collect various revenues, maintain law and order as well as preserve peace and amity among the diverse classes of the society. They also guard the rights and privileges of the citizens and look to the performance of various duties by individuals and classes. And the prosperity of this whole set-up depends upon the traders and industrialists. They act as a medium between the consumers and suppliers. They collect the requirements of society. They exert to provide goods.... Then comes the class of the poor and the disabled persons. It is absolutely necessary that they should be looked after, helped and provided.... at least the minimum necessities for well-being and contented living....
Ensure an honest judiciary: You must select people of excellent character and high caliber with meritorious records.... When they realize that they have committed a mistake in judgement, they should not insist on it by trying to justify it.... they should not be corrupt, covetous or greedy. They should not be satisfied with ordinary enquiry or scrutiny of a case but...must attach the greatest importance to reasoning, arguments and proofs. They should not get tired of lengthy discussions and arguments.They must exhibit patience and perseverance... and when truth is revealed to them they must pass their judgements.... These appointments must be made... without any kind of favoritism being shown or influence being accepted; otherwise tyranny, corruption and misrule will reign.... Let the judiciary be above every kind of executive pressure or influence, above fear or favour, intrigue or corruption.
Poverty leads to ruination: If a country is prosperous and if its people are well-to-do, then it will happily and willingly bear any burden. The poverty of the people is the actual cause of the devastation and ruination of a country and the main cause of the poverty of the people is the desire of its ruler and officers to amass wealth and possessions whether by fair or foul means.
Corruption undermines national well-being: I want to advise you about your businessmen and industrialists. Treat them well.... They are the sources of wealth to the country.... One more thing.... you must keep an eye over their activities as well. You know that they are usually stingy misers, intensely self-centered and selfish, suffering from the obsession of grasping and accumulating wealth. They often hoard their goods to get more profit out of them by creating scarcity and by indulging in black-marketing.
Stay in touch with the people: You must take care not to cut yourself off from the public. Do not place a curtain of false prestige between you and those over whom you rule. Such pretension and shows of pomp and pride are in reality manifestations of inferiority complex and vanity. The result of such an attitude is that you remain ignorant of the conditions of your subjects and of the actual cases of the events occurring in the State.
Peace brings prosperity: If your enemy invites you to a peace treaty...., never refuse to accept such an offer, because peace will bring rest and comfort to your armies, will relieve you of anxieties and worries, and will bring prosperity and affluence to your people. But even after such treaties be very careful of the enemies and do not place too much confidence in their promises, because they often resort to peace treaties to deceive and delude you and take advantage of your negligence, carelessness and trust. At the same time, be very careful never to break your promise with your enemy; never forsake the protection or support that you have offered to him, never go back upon your word and never violate the terms of the treaty.
History reveals all: Do not reserve for yourself anything which is a common property of all and in which others have equal rights. Do not close your eyes from glaring malpractice of officers, miscarriage of justice and misuse of rights, because you will be held responsible for the wrong thus done to others. In the near future your wrong practices and maladministration will be exposed and you will be held responsible and punished for the wrong done to the helpless and oppressed people.
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The Universe Inside The Brain
Decoding The Quran
Why Decode the Quran from a Sufi Perspective?
The Quran addresses the intellect. In the most basic terms it underpins two truths.
1. There is no 'god out there' administrating existence from afar. There is only the One denoted by the name 'Allah.' It is this existence, which comprises man's essential reality, whose knowledge man should strive to acquire.
2. Man - in terms of the Names and qualities of Allah comprising his essence - is immortal. Therefore, he should align his life in accordance with this inherent endless potential within.
As with B'ismillah-arRahman-arRahim, the letter 'B' in the Quran alludes to these essential truths. In fact, the reality symbolized by the letter 'B' has been the underlying essential groundwork for all schools of Sufism, throughout all ages. If, on the contrary, this truth is not grasped, the Quran will inevitably be misconceived as a book referencing a god in the heavens. Whereas, Allah is the limitless eternal Oneness, invalidating all concepts of an 'other' in terms of space and dimension!
In Decoding the Quran the reader is given the opportunity to read through the lens of this reality.
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Verses from the Quran, For Inquisitive and Free Minds...
86. “No calamity befalls you on earth (on your physical body and outer world) or among yourselves (your inner world) that has not already been recorded in a book (formed in the dimension of knowledge) before We bring it into being! Indeed for Allah, this is easy. We inform you of this in order that you don’t despair over your losses or exult (in pride) over what We have given you, for Allah does not like the boastful and the arrogant!” (Quran 57:22-23)
87. “...Perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah knows, while you know not.” (Quran 2:216)
88. “Whatever good comes to you it is from Allah, but whatever evil comes to you it is from your self (from complying with your conditioned beliefs including your alleged ‘moral codes’)...” (Quran 4:79)
Editorial Reviews for Books
Decoding The Quran - Turkish journalist offers a more universalist interpretation of Islam that could help bridge cultures among students of spirituality. In Decoding the Quran, Turkish journalist Ahmed Hulusi offers a "new construal" of the Muslim sacred text "in the light of the realities of today, the modern age." His willingness to share (without personal profit) the fruits of his religious erudition demonstrates both a bold will and a generous heart. To appreciate Decoding the Quran fully, one must peel back the layers... - Foreword Reviews
Prologue to Decoding The Quran - A short introduction to the author's interpretation of the Muslim holy book, the Quran. The author has written a number of other books on "decoding" the Quran's meaning. Here he presents a brief overview of his theory, centered on his understanding of the meaning of the letter "B" as used in the Quran's text... After several introductory essays, he includes a list of all the Quranic names for God, with explanations of the meanings of each, and a selection of verses from the Quran... An intriguing overview of a unique approach to reading the Quran. - Kirkus Reviews
The Essence of Man - A mystical interpretation of the Quran and the nature of Islam. His interpretation appears to be that God, as explained in the Quran, is less a deity than a concept that humans can incorporate, and those who treat God as a separate being are missing the point of the religion... The details of this interpretation are explained in part through metaphor, as when the author contrasts the open-platform aspect of the Linux operating system to the closed nature of Windows; in part through advances in neuroscience and other forms of research... - Kirkus Reviews
The Observing One - Throughout the book, Hulusi is relentlessly unforgiving of small-mindedness. He challenges the reader to confront the reality that "You live and dwell within your imagination and your imagination alone!"- Foreword Reviews
Muhammad's Allah - "Hulusi explicates one of the most difficult concepts in mystical Islam--the notion that "Allah," commonly misunderstood in the West and even in parts of the Muslim world... Readers interested in learning about the Sufi spiritual philosophy hinted at in Rumi's poetry might profit from this deeply considered study." - Kirkus Reviews
A New Understanding
What is Islam? It's certainly not a social or political regime. So what exactly is it?
Islam has been revealed to us for a purpose: for man to identify himself according to the mechanics of existence and the universe, and for man to unveil the prime attributes from his true essence.
The holographic reality states that all that is present throughout the Universe also exists within the human mind. Islam provides the realization that the path for man to reach his creator is through his own mind... Islam provides you with the system and mechanics to reach your creator, to unleash the true potential within.
Islam was revealed to you, FOR you.
The Great Misconception
Existing translations of the Quran do not reflect its true essence nor its core thought process! Such translations base their premise on the fundamentals of a God beyond, and depict the Purveyor of the word of Allah as a 'messenger' mandated to spread God's message to humanity.
Oneness means there is only Allah and nothing else. It does NOT mean that Allah is the only God. To separate Allah from the cosmos, people and other beings is defined in the Quran as Polytheism.
The Quran emphasizes that all that is perceived and all that is beyond perception exists within the names of Allah. The Quran demonstrates time and time again that we cannot attain all that is referred to by the names of Allah by praying towards the skies. We must turn within, to our depth, our essence!