Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Footsteps Of Buddhism

Assalaamualikum Wa Rahmtullahi Wa Barakatuh,

Today I ...well I'd be lying if I said I read it today, I've been reading it for the past couple of weeks, it's not long, I'm just busy I suppose or preoccupied. Anyhow Buddhism, I always knew was very spiritual but I never knew how similar it was to Islam in some respects. Like often in Buddhas philosophy he would talk about dispelling selfishness and greed and attachment to worldly desires. Look at the image below for further information.

In fact he uses the term 'born' which makes a lot of sense, because when a hateful thought enters your mind, it is like it is being born as it can grow and become bigger in your head until it ...essentially takes over. This is my favourite 'because I foresaw the endless evil and harm that would follow them' we definitely believe that, it is evident in the fact that we do not free mix to prevent fornication, we do not take little bites of hell as it is essentially all of hell and not any sweeter. He uses superb metaphors which highlight the repulse we as Muslims hold for our nafs (greed etc.) 'vomit' is one word he uses which illustrates the point of throwing out the badness in us, allowing our souls to be nourished by the goodness. However though i praise some of Buddhas words I do not believe Buddhism has enough as it central to spirituality and removing personal desires, this in itself will not work as a religion in my humble opinion.

We as humans still need to cater to our human needs, as the Buddha realises when he has starved himself on the brink of death, (his rib cage can be felt)that in everything needs moderation only then can he separate himself from worldly desires. 

It's very interesting reading about the philosophy of Buddhism, I'd suggest you read it too. The prophet (saw) used to meditate in a cave infact, I'm not saying go be a Buddhist and say OM while levitating, no, but what we should gain is an understanding that we need time to reflect and become one with our souls, to allow us to dispel our bad habits and control our nafs.  

Sources: Smedt, de Marc: In The Footsteps Of The Buddha


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