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Peace King

1 Peace King
2 Published By
3 Preface
4 Crown of Glory
5 Introduction
6 THE MAN AND HIS WORK
7 A VISION FOR PEACE
8 THE SPIRITUAL LEADER
  8.1 Dr. Richard L. Rubenstein
  8.2 Metropolitan Paulos Mar Gregorios [1922-1996]
  8.3 Dr. Kailash Puri
  8.4 Sohanlal Jain Gandhi
  8.5 Ven. Khamba Lama Choijiljav Dambajav
  8.6 Rt. Hon. Nagendra Prasad Rijal
  8.7 Dr. Ron Burr
  8.8 Dr. Nicholas N. Kittrie, KtSJ
  8.9 Dr. Jameson Kurasha
  8.10 Hon. W.J.M. Lokubandara
  8.11 Rev. David A. Hart
  8.12 Professor Sulayman Nyang
  8.13 Dr. Charles Selengut
  8.14 Ven. Cheol Ki Lee
  8.15 Imam Haitham Bundakji
  8.16 Sen. Mjr. Rev. Abednego M. Dlamini
  8.17 Prof. Masahisa Hayashi
  8.18 Rev. Bertil Persson
  8.19 Vlad Ciubucciu
  8.20 Ven. Shoshu Murei
  8.21 Eva Kanturkova
  8.22 Prof. Lianying Wang
  8.23 Dr. Carlos Enrique Peña
  8.24 Dr. Emmanuel D. Bezzina
  8.25 Dr. Klaus Rohmann
  8.26 Dr. Michael Higatsberger
  8.27 Dr. Paul Badham
  8.28 Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Kuftaro (1915-2004)
  8.29 Prof. Obediah Mpfurutsa
  8.30 Dr. Shuki Y. Ben Ami
  8.31 Dr. Clinton Bennett
  8.32 Holger A. Santana
  8.33 Abdul Wahid Pedersen
  8.34 Dr. A. Abdul Santoe
  8.35 Dr. Raheem Khan
  8.36 Dr. Raphael T. Keita
  8.37 Dr. Hisatoki Komaki
  8.38 Professor Irving Hexham
  8.39 Haji Roshan Khan
  8.40 Dr. Hoosen Auchbaraulee
  8.41 Qamrul A. Khanson
  8.42 Dr. Saifullo Safarov
  8.43 Tatiana Lee
  8.44 Michel Kamano
  8.45 Hafiz Farid
  8.46 Dr. Juergen Redhardt
9 Photographs
10 List of Contributors

Hafiz Farid

Fellow inmate with Rev. Moon at Danbury Federal Prison, USA

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 was one of the few people at Danbury who believed in God. I was the leader of the Muslim organization in the prison. I was called an imam. There were about ten or twelve inmates in our organization; sometimes even as many as twenty. Our religion has had similar propaganda to Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s movement, and has been vilified by the press, so I could understand his circumstances very, very well.

I had seen how religious people, people such as Martin Luther King, Jr., were sent to prison. So I was looking at Rev. Moon from a different point of view from most people. I now had a chance to meet Rev. Moon face to face [when he arrived in Danbury prison in 1984 to serve an eighteen-month sentence on income-tax charges]. I knew that it was a magnificent opportunity—a great opportunity. I recognized that my being in Danbury was a blessing from God. My reason for being in prison started to unfold.

I saw Rev. Moon sitting there and I took the opportunity to go over to see him. No one was talking to him at the time. I heard that the night before a couple of people had come down to speak with him, mostly out of curiosity. But I think I was the first person to actually come over and sit down and talk with him. I asked Mr. Takeru Kamiyama [Rev. Moon’s assistant, sentenced to prison together with him] what his name was. I said my name was Hafiz Farid, and that I was glad to meet him. Mr. Kamiyama is a very warm, personable individual. Not that Rev. Moon is not also that way, but Rev. Moon, like all religious people, has a certain firmness and strength.

One has to be very strong to be a true servant of God. One has to make sure in this world that one has high moral excellence, uncompromising standards, and no weakness. But on the other hand, he has a loving aspect, a compassionate aspect. I’m sure his pictures convey this. He is a very loving man, and a warm man, but he is also very stern, firm, and strong.

So Mr. Kamiyama and I started talking. I said I didn’t know whether Rev. Moon spoke English at that time or how well. I had heard that Mr. Kamiyama was designated as his interpreter. I said I’d like to ask Rev. Moon a question. And then he kind of turned to Rev. Moon, and Rev. Moon said, "Not now." He referred to the fact that the guards were watching very closely so that he didn’t preach to the inmates. But I said I just wanted to know what the basic tenets of Rev. Moon’s church were.

Having been told not to preach, Rev. Moon and Mr. Kamiyama didn’t want to start talking. It was their first day in prison and they were trying to comply. But I said, "Well, we’re just talking."

Then I explained to him that I was the leader of a Muslim organization, and there was the immediate recognition. You know, religious people have a sort of affinity toward each other, a common bond that you just don’t see among atheists. My saying that kind of struck a warm chord, so I sat down.

Rev. Moon answered my question very briefly. He said, "Unification. Oneness. All religions should come together to fight Satan." Then he asked me a question. He said, "Do you think God likes to see Muslims killing Christians, Christians killing Muslims, Jews killing Christians, or Jews killing Muslims? God does not like that."

I could find no reason not to accept that truth. It was basic to my own teachings and I think true of all religious teachings. In Islam, we believe there is one God, the father of all humanity. And the prophets are a line of messengers sent to preach to the people. The ultimate aim of all people is to return to God. So the historical and scriptural teachings of Islam are compatible with Unification thinking. So because of what I believe in, I was immediately impressed by what Rev. Moon said. I didn’t see any way-out, cultish type of ideology in anything he had said thus far. I automatically could understand, because we were speaking from a universal plan of consciousness.

We continued to talk, and Rev. Moon said that he had recently sponsored a world tour for young people to visit all the religious centers of the world. I was amazed. In our religion, in Islam, for a man to sponsor a trip to send people on a religious pilgrimage around the world would be one of the greatest acts of charity that could be done. To go yourself would be a great act of obedience, but to send other people at your expense would be an act of devotion that would please God immensely. I just thought about the greatness of a man who would do that. I started to see the greatness of Rev. Moon and his relationship with God.

Every morning, Rev. Moon could be seen with Mr. Kamiyama sitting outside at about 5 o’clock, meditating and reading. I would be up going to work and I would see them. I wouldn’t interrupt them at that time. We Muslims have prayer in the very early morning hours also.

Someone asked me once, one of his followers, "Is it true that Rev. Moon prays all the time and gets only two or three hours of sleep?" And so I said, "Well, I never watched Rev. Moon twenty-four hours a day. But I can tell you this: his entire lifestyle, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, from what I and other people have seen, is an act of submission to God."

Prayer is a ritual, and different religions have different rituals. But the real meaning of prayer is when you actually get up from the prayer—how it reflects in your life, your will and your thoughts. In our attitude, we have to be bowing every day.

So his life is prayer. I’ve never seen him angry; I’ve never seen him complain. I never saw him speak harshly to another individual. I never saw him reject any individual’s question, or refuse to answer him.

Rev. Moon was always reading. One thing that really impressed me about him was that he was a man of great knowledge and great wisdom. I knew that he had to have a lot of knowledge, to be able to speak about the subjects of God, theology and religion while withstanding the attack of scholars and scientists. And yet with all his wisdom, he was continually studying. And this made me understand that he is still open to new knowledge. He has not reached that point that some men reach where they think they know it all.

I’ll never forget the day I left. Danbury. I wanted to say goodbye to him. When I told him I was leaving that day he just smiled from ear to ear, with genuine happiness. Usually when someone is getting ready to leave you can feel the negative vibrations, the anger and jealousy among the other inmates. But I really felt Rev. Moon’s warmth. He reached out and embraced me and he said, "We will connect on the outside." And then he said, "Farid, we have had many, many talks about doctrine and scripture."

He had given me some of his books while he was there and I had had my friends search and search through New York for a Qur’an to give to him. First we found a Chinese Qur’an, and then we finally found him a Korean Qur’an.

He said, "Always remember one thing, Farid. God’s love is greater than God’s law." That very profound statement really kind of summed up all the conversations we had had. No matter what dogma you follow, no matter what particular faith you have, if you don’t have love—God’s love for humanity, for people and for creation—then the law doesn’t mean very much. God’s love is greater than God’s law.

8 THE SPIRITUAL LEADER

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