Meinhaj Hussain, email@example.com
A response to an email by a sister from Swizterland who wrote about her interest in Rumi and love:
I have traveled much and spent time with living sufis, up in remote places, so perhaps we could have a good conversation.
The highest form of love is worship. Some people worship (love to the nth) cars, others football teams, others men / women, others money others...
Its surprising but, you will never find a human being who doesn't worship anything! Even the staunchest atheist will have something he is irrationally, extremely fond of, maybe golf, maybe cars, maybe sex, maybe drinking, maybe gambling, maybe power...
Islam is not really a "religion" but a "way of life". In short summary, Islam is to love (and highest form of love, worship) the Most Sublime.
If you worship a man, he may disappoint you, be insincere, cheat on you...If you worship your career, it too will come to an end.If you worship Manchester United, that team may fail you.
But to worship the Most Sublime, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, you will never be failed. "Truly, in the remembrance of Allah, do hearts find rest" (Quran)
Allah is not male, or female. He is One and Only, Unique, he does not need to eat or drink. He is closer to your jugular vein. He (we use he here but He is the wrong word as He is not male..) He does not make children, and he is born of no one. He has no beginning and no end.
"Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The similitude of His light is as a niche wherein is a lamp. The lamp is in a glass. The glass is as it were a shining star. (This lamp is) kindled from a blessed tree, an olive neither of the East nor of the West, whose oil would almost glow forth (of itself) though no fire touched it. Light upon light. Allah guideth unto His light whom He will. And Allah speaketh to mankind in allegories, for Allah is Knower of all things." (Quran)
Allah is the one true Love who will never let you down. To love Him, is also to love everything around you, because He created everything and loves all His creation. And He loves us many times more than our mothers even.
He is our Creator, our Maker, to Love and worship, the highest form of love, Him gives you meaning in loving all that is around us.
Coming back to Rumi:
"Love is the religion and universe is the book."
We have just considered a bit of the first part "love is the religion" let us cover a bit the second -
There are two revelations in Islam - the universe around us and the Holy books sent by Allah, like the original Torah, the original Gospel and finally the Quran. So you have "Ayatul quwaniya" or "verses of the universe" and "ayatul Quraniya" or verses from the Quran.
Because Allah created all things, to study the universe is to learn about Him. Similarly, to study the Quran, His words, is also to learn about Him. There should be no conflict between the two. Thus, I can explore science and learn about my Creator, and how He created things, and / or I can read the Quran. Both of them lead to the same path - to get closer to our Creator, to love and worship Him...
After all, how much can you love someone you don't know about? The two revelations help us to know Him...