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    Allah allows you to think

    This work is imperfect. I go on. Do you reason sensibly by practical and worldly understanding, and use it when it does not violate the will of Allah? Some dispute this thinking. They say we must follow Allah always, and there need be no other method. If they give the same answer we can use it. We know being sensible gives us a decision as we see it when we do not have full knowledge. If Allah gives us this, it may be said it can be used even if on occasion we know it to be faulty. We know as a teaching of equal or more importance, Allah allows you to rest. Do not think in your pursuit of the thinking of Allah, Allah forbids you to rest. Allah knows his own thinking anyway, and even if you think you have much insight in the way this happens, the fact that Allah has bequeathed you the ability and need to rest must be adhered to, even if you are pursuing the thinking of Allah. Therefore Allah commands you to rest. Also it may be added, and the situation is entirely comparable, Allah allows you to enjoy yourself. If Allah bequeathes you the ability to enjoy yourself, do not forbid it in the pleasure of thinking about Allah, but do it direct. Allah instructs, but more considerations follow. Suppose your brother says: attend to the way you dispose of your socks, so that they may be washed properly. Do not say: this is a trivial instruction, I must attend to my studies of the will of Allah, and this is more important. If you have done your prayers, think that Allah, who knows all, has instructed you to attend to your socks in the way your brother instructs. You know full well from your studies that Allah says we must extend our love of Him to others. Thus if you do not attend to the situation of your brother's socks before your intense study of Allah, you have failed in attending to his will and get low marks, though not nil. It is sensible therefore, having attended to your prayers as you must, to attend to the essential task of dealing with your socks in the way clearly demonstrated by your brother, so that the love between you is increased and in other minor ways, and you know that in this small step you have increased the love and binding and help between you, and this is a major teaching that the Mosque gives you. Then you may think that having achieved this matter and having enough time available, you may spread the understanding of Allah further by attending to the tasks of those around you and offering help. In all this Allah does not instruct that you forget yourself in this, for he loves you too. In doing this you will increase the happiness of yourself, and doing that in your activities of others we may well expect that you are spreading this happiness to others, and that is just.

    There are some who think they do minor work, and that is of no importance. But if something were of no importance, why would Allah, who has created the universe and has
    attended to everything, create something of no importance? Think therefore even if everyone else thinks what you are doing is of no importance, Allah is correct and it is.
    Therefore consider that if Allah has plans for all, it includes equally plans for those that are important combined with plans for those thought unimportant, and Allah who is
    important as you justly acknowledge has important plans for all of you together. To conclude, there are those who justly think they have studied the work of Allah in many
    ways and consider they have important things to say too. Do not ignore them, if you think this thinking is just. Everything is in Allah's plans, including those who think they
    are important, who as a gift to others in love wish to share it with you. You do not have to look at this thinking all at once. Allah will decide what importance is to be given to
    it, and will enable you to make judgements on it, and how much or little you need immerse yourself in it. Do not think that if knowledge is available everyone must understand
    everything about it. That is unreasonable. How many stars are in our Galaxy alone, each one something like the sun which you see in the sky and the planet Earth that surrounds
    it? Do not think it is reasonable to consider it a necessity to know everything about your planet. Clearly it is not. But we may consider reasonably that there is some knowledge
    which we must understand about our planet, it is reasonable to study them, this information may and on occasion will be of use, even of great use, and we can find it. Allah
    permits you to know and understand.

    A. Having reflected, I have recently looked at a priority system to condition my behaviour between the people I meet. 1 has higher priority than 2, which has higher priority
    than 3.
    1. The truth is the most important.
    2. The ethics of social relations is the second.
    3. My littleness, that is, my accommodation with others, is the third.
    This is a teaching, so I am presenting my will to you. I do not claim it represents the truth. My observation is that it seems to work. I change my ideas often. At the moment
    I am pleased that it seems to spread happiness to those around me. Before I sought to assert my power. Now, almost always, I seek to minimise it. I invite you, if you wish, to
    experiment to see if it works for you.

    B. I frequently change my mind. This has happened here, and the files have been restored. The text which follows comprises my original argument. I had thought a task I might
    wish to perform would be to go to Hiroshima and Nakasaki and listen in tranquility and peace to the words of the generals who did this. The text itself contans a prequel. I
    occasionally write in a bombastic style which I later amend or reduce. There is no urgent need to do this for the prequel.

    Having written a work Prayer to Humanity as the first item in this section, I had cause to reflect. It is a depiction of the great evils which I see inherent in our history, and is
    in the form of a service with formulistic rituals and movements of observance, expressed in an evocative and poetic language. It expesses no more than that, neither in support
    nor in condemnation. I had thought it would be interpreted as a condemnation of the actions of our race, to be taken independently of all urging, and on reflection that it seems
    a true picture of ourselves, and the attitudes that have produced these horrible events.

    This work is withdrawn.

    I had become concerned that there is a religious group in our society which has been marginalised and persecuted. It is my intention to marginalise and persecute nobody, and
    allow always religious expression.

    Paganism, involving the worship as I understand of the devil, has long historical roots in our society. I am unfamiliar with its texts and I am unable to comment on them. I
    would have thought, inexpert as I am, that an opinion within paganism is that evil is a ruling principle in our world. I would expect that a strand of this belief is that we
    accommodate to it.

    Aware also that religions have many denominations, it might well be the case that an additional idea would be to promote evil.

    The latter idea I cannot accept.

    I then came to the conclusion that for the Prayer to Humanity, expressing as it did parts of the human psyche with which I am in revolt, and vivid depictions in history of its
    effects, that I was in fact presenting a service to a Satanic Church, and this might well be accepted as a complete description of the intentions of this strand of paganism, and
    in its poetic description of evil it might well be attractive to them.

    I cannot allow this to happen, because although I allow the description of evil and people who commit it, I state my intention and action is the opposite. My attitude to those
    who wish to do evil is to state that my wish is the reverse. My attitude to those who wish to do evil is that I cannot harm others including those who wish to do evil even to me.
    It is incompatible with this viewpoint that my work should be used as a medium to assist the idea that activity which is evil is one to promote. The work must be withdrawn.

    O Lucifer, read your books!

    Prayer to Humanity

    A realisation opens.

    When I find myself, and everything that is within me, and there is no boundary to myself between what I am and what I am not, then will my soul and my love extend to the
    universe and be at oneness with myself.

    Rejecting nothing, neither Satan nor all his works which is within me, and the horror of what I am, and these worlds of beauty in which I am a part all this will become apparent
    to me.

    Gnostic texts

    Littleness