Discovering God

The theme of this book is the realization of God. The realization of God is the essence of religion. Realization of God (ma‘arifah) is the beginning as well as the end of religion. The position of ma‘arifah in God’s religion is that of the seed. Just as a seed grows gradually into a full tree, similarly ma‘arifah shapes the entire personality of a person. Without ma‘arifah, religion is reduced to a spiritless form. With ma‘arifah, religion is like a lush green tree and without it, religion becomes like a dried up tree. If religion is the body, ma‘arifah is its spirit. In the book Maulana Wahiduddin Khan explains that the journey of realization begins with a questing spirit. Seeking is an intellectual journey. If a person is sincere and one hundred per cent honest in his search, if there is no negativity in his thinking, if he is free from prejudices, if he has become a completely complex-free soul, attainment of ma‘arifah for him is as certain as the dawn of light after the rising of the sun.

Discovering God