- About This Book and Author -
"The Truth and Unity of Man"
by His Holiness, M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen
(may God be pleased with Him)
Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Rahim. In the name of God, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate. Al-salam 'alaykum wa-rahmat Allah wa-barakatuhu kulluhu. May all the peace, the beneficence, and the blessing of God be upon us all. May God help us all. Amen.
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1. The Political Setting for this book of letters - as copied from back cover of the
In November 1979, students storm the American embassy in Iran, taking hostages. Crowds march through the streets of Iran, waving banners, shouting, and inciting hatred for America in the name of Islam.
His Holiness, Bawa Muhaiyaddeen (may God be pleased with Him) writes the following letters:
a. The True Meaning of Islam - published as a news release to the people in
b. A Letter to President Sadat of Egypt
c. Three Letters to the Ayatollah Khomeini - the religious leader of Iran at
In the United States:
As the crisis continues, some Americans begin to voice doubt in their leadership, criticize the government, and resent necessary personal sacrifices.
His Holiness, Bawa Muhaiyaddeen (may God be pleased with Him), writes the following letters to the American people, publishing them as news releases:
a. Dispel Your Differences
b. A Plea for Unity
c. Maintain Your Honor
d. Who Will Protect America?
2. The Publisher of This Book
The title of this book is, "The Truth and Unity of Man - Letters In Response To a Crisis", by His Holiness M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen (may God be pleased with Him). This book was published by the Fellowship Press, the publication department of the Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship, 5820 Overbrook Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, copyright 1980.
His Holiness, M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen (may God be pleased with Him), is a revered sage and holy man who emerged from the jungles of Sri Lanka in 1914. Little is known of his history prior to this time, except that he traveled extensively throughout the Middle East and India.
He has spent his entire life as a student of the world's religions and an observer of the subtle secrets of God's creations.
For the past fifty years, His Holiness has been sharing these experiences with thousands of people from all over the world. Though he teaches within the framework of Islamic Sufism, people from the Christian, Judaic, and Hindu faiths also come to him in their search for wisdom.
Respected by scholars and leaders of various philosophies and spiritual traditions, His Holiness has the unique ability to distill the essential truth from all religions and to renew faith within the hearts of men.
Responding to the invitation of several individuals, His Holiness first came to the United States in 1971. During His subsequent visits to this country, he has appeared on many television and radio programs and has spoken on university campuses throughout the United States and Canada.
The author of over twenty books, His Holiness has also been the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles including Time, Psychology Today, and The Harvard Divinity Bulletin.
4. A Little More About His Holiness, Ceylon, And The Fellowship
Ceylon, which is now called Sri Lanka, is a small island located just off the tip of India. This is where His Holiness lived prior to coming to America in 1971. From 1971 to 1986 His Holiness commuted back and forth between Ceylon and America, attending to His disciples both in America and Ceylon until He physically left the world on December 8, 1986.
His Holiness is buried in America just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in a small area establish by His Holiness for the burial of His Children in America, which has become affectionately known as "The Farm".
Over the place of His burial, the Children of His Holiness have built a shine, called a Mazar, as an act of love, devotion, and respect for His Holiness. This Mazar or shrine has become a place of pilgrimage for people throughout the world, and all are welcome.
Click HERE to go to the Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship Web Site (www.bmf.org) to learn more about His Holiness, the Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship, and the Mazar, as well as the Shaikh Muhammad Rahim Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Mosque, that was established in Philadelphia by His Holiness in 1984.
My love you (anbu) - Shaikh Muhaiyaddeen (Louie Beutler).
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