Sufism and nature
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By Muhammad Tauseef Ansari
IN a broad sense, the definition of nature includes anything that is not made by man. However, Sufis take a different view in light of their teachings.
With their interpretation, ‘La ilaha il Allah’, meaning ‘there is no god except Allah’, can also mean ‘La mojoud il Allah’ i.e. nothing exists except Allah.
All the creations are but not detached from their Creator, hence being one with the Creator requires not only a gnostic view of the environment around us but also the struggle to be one with nature.
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