Peace, one and all…
A beautiful poem, one that stirs my soul. Enjoy and may it be of benefit.
In the Name of God, the All-Merciful, the All-Compassionate:
If you want to discover the essence of Religion,
follow these principles and convictions:
First, put your faith in God
Who is Unique, invisible, without equal or associate,
Who is, without birth or death:
that is enough to define Him with certainty.
Second, consider every creature as good, whatever it may be,
for no being is created bad.
If someone does wrong, it is their action that is bad.
Your duty is to struggle to keep from performing such actions.
And as for the people of good, whoever they are and whatever their rank,
you consider them as they are known to be.
Third, in every time and every place,
put into practice for yourself and towards others
what those who are wise consider to be good
and what engenders harmony and peace for human beings,
what is based on Right and Truth;
and avoid everything that is contrary to that.
Beyond that, whatever creed you may choose, if it is not contrary
to these principles, is allowed to you,
but on condition that you faithfully apply its commandments.
Nur Ali searched and discovered that
which is in truth the essence of the religions.
Nur Ali Elahi, quoted in The Path of Perfection