If You Believe as I Believe

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

If you believe as I believe, that the waters of the world are the overflowing bounty of life emanating from God’s love, then the pollution of oceans, seas, and rivers is a sin, as we are corrupting the source of all life and love.

If you believe as I believe, that the air we must breathe is part of the very nature of life on land and sea, then the pollution of the skies is a sin, and we are corrupting the foundation of our very existence.

If you believe as I believe, that the earth we live upon is sacred ground for ourselves and the generations to come, then the pollution of the earth is a sin, and we are corrupting the ground we tread, the soil we sow for food, the rock on which we make our home.

If you believe as I believe, that the world in modern life, with its wonders and dangers, is part of the evolution of life and humanity toward its Source, then pollution of water, air, and earth is a crime against ourselves and a blasphemy against creation, of which we are all guilty, all sinners.

May God forgive us, and may we learn to live in peace and harmony with our world and with each other. Amin.

Ya Haqq!

Note: See also the poem, Blessed are the Peacemakers

12 Responses to If You Believe as I Believe

  1. The Prophecy says:

    SIN = Sustainable It’s Not

  2. Achelois says:

    Ameen. So beautifully said.

  3. PBSweeney says:


    One of those moments that comes from you full of the natural elegance and flow of Truth, and thereafter it resides in one calmly and sweetly, taking up permanent residence.

    So good.


  4. fatima says:

    Masha Allah, that is beautiul and true.

  5. Safiyyah says:

    Salaams Dear Brother:

    Lovely as usual, Masha Allah!

  6. Irving says:

    Salaam Dear Sisters:

    Thank you all for the kind comments :)

    And beloved, the inspiration for all that I write and do and am is your love :)

    Ya Haqq!

  7. Rabia says:

    Dear sir Irving

    I really do love your beautiful words. However I still do feel it is almost impossible to live in the society of the West without contributing to the cruel exploitation of human beings, animals and their environment. We can all say beautiful things and tell the truth to each other, but what does this mean for the people and the animals who really suffer for our cruel and seemingly unavoidable Western lifestyles?

    Who of us on this part of the globe is really prepared bear the concequences and risk his or her own comfort and reputation?

    We all seem to know that we are doing wrong, that our aid industry is usually only making things worse. To be able to really serve people and be charitable is a privilige and this very privilige itself is leading us astray from our original intentions…

    Because in reality we are afraid of the other. We do want to serve, however when it comes down to giving up the very priviliges that sustain oppression and taking risks we do run away behind huge fences, security guards and border police.

    Does God want all this?!?

    “It is easier for a Rich Man to go through the eye of a needle than it is for a Camel to…” Rowan Atkinson

  8. Abdur Rahman says:

    Ya Allah! Forgive us!

  9. Green Sufi says:

    heartfelt & moving. God bless

  10. Irani Iran dost says:

    This is through too as well as everything else in life, I would think if he wasn’t a Sufi what would he have done? (Everybody is innocent until proven guilty)

  11. Ian Wijanarko says:

    May Allah bless you all

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