Maulana Sheikh Nazim Iconoclastic Imagination Versus The Rendezvous with Reality

In the Name of Allah Almighty, the Most Merciful, Most Beneficent and Most Munificent.
There is Reality and there is Imagination. Imagination can never be Reality and we find that
man lives mostly in imagination, for it is so easy, so beautiful and so peaceful for a person to
live his life though his imagination. However, our lives are important and they cannot be built
on imagination. Yes, you can’t base your life on imagination. Therefore it is necessary for
Mankind to look for Reality. Perhaps, at the beginning of our lives, we let our egos lead us
through imagination. Later on, as we progress through our life, we begin to understand that
we cannot build our life on this foundation of imagination. Therefore, at the beginning of one’
s life, one may be excused, but it is not for ever that we can follow our imagination.
Sometimes, we can say that women are excused. So many people are following imagination.
Buddhists, Christians, Jews all of them, they have now left Reality and are following a way to
do as they like. Is this not true?

The Lord says, “As you like”, but we must say, “O People, believe in Reality, even if you live
in imagination, for that is best for you”. You are insisting to keep to your imagination, yes,
even if you keep to your imagination, one day, when your eyes open you will find that Reality
is the opposite of your imagination and you will find a way and path that you can never
imagine. Therefore our brothers and sisters are all asking for Reality. Yes, we may ask for
Reality because everything must carry Reality in the end.

Even, for Buddhism there must be a Reality, because there are so many millions of people who
are inquiring and going about and following it. But they are not asking as to what is the Reality
in Religion, because there are so many imaginations, for example, like beating a drum which
makes that Reality disappear. However, through Buddhism there must be a Reality.
Imagination is only a cover, it is like a person who comes to search for a treasure and some
people in the locality divert the treasure hunter with his map, to various other points, so that he
does not find the treasure. The people of the locality cover this place and show the wrong
place and as a result, that treasure hunter never finds it. However the people of the locality
know that the treasure is somewhere and are waiting for this person to go away so that they
may look for it later on. This is what has happened for over three thousand years because
Shaithan was misleading millions and billions of people about Lord Buddha, by never letting
people find out the Reality in Buddhism and the Reality of its teachings. These teachings are
there, but they are covered with imagination. If the lock is shown to you, the key is not given.
If the key is given, the lock is not shown. Such things are done to misguide people who look
for the Reality of Buddhism.

Yes, as I said earlier, there is a Reality in Buddhism. There is Reality in all ancient beliefs,
because man was created and beliefs were planted in their hearts. They must believe in
something because without beliefs, no one can live. There are so many people who believe in
non-belief. They are unbelievers and they believe in non-belief. This is also a kind of belief.
They say, “We do not believe in anything, our belief is not to believe in anything.” Yes, atheism
is their type of belief, for they do believe in that. So I say that everyone has to have a belief in
something or another. It may be right belief or wrong belief.

The personality of the Buddha has disappeared through perplexity and mystification. Shaitan is
mystifying his personality and after three thousand years, you can’t make out a clear
personality as to when and where it ends. This is because it is Shaitan’s target to make
confusion by way of mystification and for its true teachings to lose its Reality. Therefore
Buddha was a real personality. He gave his teachings to people but he never told people to
worship him. He was not a foolish one to say that, “I am the one who created the Worlds”, or
“I am that Supreme Power, who is governing Universes”, and he was not such a one to claim
his power from super galaxies upto the creation of atoms. He never claimed to command or
look after anything. No person, unless he has a small mentality, will agree with such
wisdoms. It is impossible for Buddha, being a man of food and drink, of breath and sleep, of
growth and death, to claim to be such a Supreme, Great Power. How can he claim such a
thing? How is it possible for such an ordinary person to have such Supreme Power? In the
first instance, such Supreme Power will destroy his own body, as the body cannot take such a
Supreme Power in itself. If that power comes externally, the body will vanish and be
destroyed. It must mean that the body is under the control of a Supreme Power and that
Supreme Power is covering him from every direction both outside and inside. It should
command him, control him and cover him from every side and every direction. What is that
power? If that power is controlling him, only then can he be a representative of that Supreme

Today, they will not accept that Buddha was a representative of that Supreme Power.
Buddhiest people do not accept the fact that Buddha was a representative of that Supreme
Power. They are only claiming that Buddha was the Supreme Power in himself. If he was a
source of all Supreme Power, then that is imagination. It is against the Spirit of Reality and
when we speak of Reality, some Buddhist brothers may or may not accept this Reality.
Everyone has freedom in accepting Reality. Their acceptance or refusal is never going to
change this Reality. They can never be able to make the Buddha the main source of Supreme
Power. If he was the source of Supreme Power, he should be able to make the many status
of his image to move, to look and to see. If he was the source of Supreme Power he should
be able to put power through his statues and there will be no need to put a lamp or light in
front of these images. It should be, by itself at least, able to give a glow of light to all his
statues. However, this is imagination. There is a Supreme Power commanding and
controlling everything and that Supreme Power must be above our imagination.

Even Christians are falling into Iconoclastic Imagination. They imagine so many images of
Jesus Christ and of his Mother. Today, in the West, you do not have the image of the
unclothed, crucified Christ on a cross, outside their churches. Their statues have changed to
more attractive personality symbols for Christianity. They feel ashamed to make people to
believe in a person who has been crucified on a cross. Therefore even in Sri Lanka, in the
new churches, we may never find images of Christ on a cross. They are changing their
imagination to portray the image of Christ to be a representative of Supreme Power. They
now want to show Christ in perhaps more magnificent forms. They put a crown on his head
and put the world or a globe in his hands to make it more attractive to people. In Sri Lanka,
perhaps they may try to attract Buddhist people by saying that all the images of the Buddha are
always sleeping, but look at our King, he is King of the world. Look at his new image!

Therefore Christians have also been living in imagination for over two thousand years. They
are not able to separate Reality from Christianity. Real Christians know that they are following
imagination today and this imagination is creating the rituals that they follow. They seem to be
happy for the present, but as Seyyedina Ali (may Allah bless him) once said, “Mostly people
are sleeping throughout their lives in this world, and they only wake up when they are dying”.
What he means to say is that most people are sleeping in this life with their imagination and are
not searching for Truth or Reality. They like to live with their imagination and try to be happy
in this life, but this situation cannot go on for ever. When death comes, they must open their
eyes and when they open their eyes, they will see something else. Then they should see
Reality, and only at that time will they be surprised to look at the truth of Reality. Therefore,
temporarily, people seem to be happy today, practicing their imagination, making statues,
icons, and statues and performing rituals in front of them. Islam is a ‘Reality Seller.’ We
Muslims are not imagination Salesmen. We say, “La ilaha Illallah: There is no God but Allah,
the Only Supreme Power”. We say that all people were created from one source, from One
Supreme Power.

Science, Knowledge and Astronomy are committed to reveal this Reality. Knowledge has
come to us that the whole structure of this Universe is of the same structure that you find in
every atom. The first creation of the Universe is the same structure that you find through the
atom. It is the main source for the structure of this huge Universe and other Universes. It is
the same for the gigantic Galaxies, upto the smallest thing in creation, the main building source
is the minute atom. Who is commanding the atom or commanding the gigantic Galaxies? By
the way of knowledge and Science, you can see that ultimately all of them are controlled by
just One Supreme Power. It is impossible to have two Supreme Powers.

When you say Supreme Power, it cannot share that power with any other power. If any other
power is sharing that power, it cannot and will not be a Supreme Power. It is our belief that
the Supreme Power is controlling everything, but it is never controlled. We say that Allah
Almighty is that Supreme Power and that there is no one else controlling Him. This is Reality
and we are asking people through their positive Science and Knowledge to believe in this
important point, that everything is controlled by a Supreme Power. Even when you look at the
more than ten billion huge galaxies moving in one direction, you cannot find any galaxies
moving against each other and all of them are moving in the same direction and not one is
moving against another so as to collide with each other. You can find an excellent, most
perfect traffic throughout the galaxies.

When the Seal of Prophets (Sal) was on his night journey of Mihraj and watching the parade
of the angels in the Heavens, he asked Archangel Jibreel (alai) “From where they are coming
and to where they are going.” Archangel Jibreel (alai) replied that from the time he was
created, he has seen this huge row of Angels passing like lightning and that he does not know
when they began or when they will end or finish. Allah Almighty says, “They are My soldiers
and no one knows the number of my servants or Angels and no one knows the limits of My
territory. I am that One who has Supreme Power and I am that One who creates and governs
the movements of all Galaxies, to follow a direction, and in My Hands is that Real Supreme
Power”. Nothing can be against that direction and here, even on Earth, there is a direction to
follow. No one can go against the Supreme Power that controls the Earth and everything that
is out of Earth and throughout Space.

This is Reality. We in Islam are not calling people to believe in imagination. Whoever, who
wants to be happy with Reality may come to us and understand. If not, they may play like
small children with their imaginations and wait until death opens their eyes to Reality. We
cannot accept that Buddha claimed that Supreme Power was in his hands. He could not have
said this. If he had said this, we must ask the Buddha as to whom he was concentrating on,
meditating and worshipping. Where was he really running to and how was he reaching to that
Supreme Power’s Divine Presence? He was asking for this Supreme Power’s Divine
Presence, but people of wrong understanding make the Buddha their target. People became
narrow in understanding through this very short area of the understanding and they should
come out and see what is the Reality in the Buddha. Buddha was only a servant of his Lord,
Allah Almighty. Buddha was always meditating and asking to guide people towards this Divine
Presence of Allah Almighty – the controller of Supreme Power. However, today we only see
followers making it a business of making statues in this short life and wasting their precious
lives on the rituals of imagination. We are sorry that even today people are still insisting on
their wrong imagination. If they ask for Reality, they must leave all their images and must ask
to find through their hearts, the representatives of the Supreme Power. If they can really find
in their hearts that representative they can reach out of time and space.

The reality of Buddha was to teach people to get out of this time and space and when he was
meditating, closing his eyes he was teaching people by saying, “O people, you must try to get
out from the prison of this life, from the prison of your physical bodies and you must try to
reach the Supreme Power’s Divine Presence”. If you can do that, you should be happy and
when you are in real happiness, you are going to be free. Free from all the heavy burdens of
this life and only then will you reach out of time and space. You must follow the way of
Reality because you cannot be free from time and space when you follow the way of
imagination. You will carry the heavy burdens of life as long as you are not out of time and

The Lord, Allah Almighty wants to make your burdens of life lighter for He never likes to place
heavy burdens on His servants. He wants to make His servants’ burdens more and more light,
like the soul, without weight. When you are going to be as light as your soul, He will carry
you from your physical bodies to Divine Territories. He may take you to the real target of the
purpose of this life and that is to be taken to the presence of the Supreme Power and Divinity
and from Divinity to his Endless Kingdom and to find yourself in His Divine – His Supreme
Presence. That was and that is the real target of the Buddha. He was asking people not to
make themselves imprisoned with the status of imagination.

Masha Allah, I am asking forgiveness for me and for you from all types of wrong-thinking
people and asking for Divine Lights to make it easy for His servants to find Reality and to leave
imagination. Bi Hurmatil Habeeb, Bi Hurmatil Fathiha.

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