Author: Henry Bayman
Publisher: North Atlantic Books; (May 2003)
Pages: 350 Binding: Paperback
Description from the publisher:
Since the September 11 attacks, Islam has come under increased scrutiny as people around the world attempt to understand what role this religion played in those events. In The Secret of Islam: Love and Law in the Religion of Ethics, western practitioner Henry Bayman offers a fresh look at Islam in all its dimensions, demonstrating that properly understood, Islam and terrorism are incompatible.
"Dear God, grant that we may sow peace wherever we go. Let us be reconcilers and unifiers, not sowers of dissent. Allow us to disseminate love where there is hate, forgiveness where there is injury, faith where there is doubt, hope where there is despair, light where there is darkness, and joy where there is sorrow. "
- Master Ahmet Kayhan
Addressing both the Divine Law, which regulates the Moslem's external conduct, and Sufism, which deals with spiritual matters, The Secret of Islam is based on the teachings of the great Sufi Master Ahmet Kayhan. By centering primarily on the ancient mystical secrets that provide the underpinnings of Islamic knowledge, Henry Bayman's focus on the power of love is the timeliest of all teachings about Islam.
As The Secret of Islam shows, the heart of Islam is the love of God, of one's fellow human beings, and of all creation. More than any of its predecessors, Islamic spirituality has charted the deep ecology of the human odyssey. The Secret of Islam presents a view of this spiritual journey, the goal of which is to become a perfect human being.
"Men are one half of an apple; women are the other half. "
- The Prophet Mohammed
With chapters that illustrate how democracy can be derived directly from the Koran and how women's rights were improved rather than curtailed by the Prophet, The Secret of Islam is sure to provide food for thought and provoke discussion for many years to come. In light of the difficult times we are now living in, The Secret of Islam is a welcome revelation of the true depth of a world religion with fourteen centuries of history and more than a billion followers.
"What is the full realization, the perfection, of our potential as a human being? According to the Sufis, it is to become a Perfect Human, a Friend of God, saint, or sage. "
- Henry Bayman