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What Do the ISIS Supporters Want?

Suddenly, the Islamic State in Iraq, led by an ambitious former graduate student who called himself Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, saw its fortunes brighten anew. Baghdadi dispatched a handful of fighters to Syria and within a few months they were running operations across much of the country. Iraq promptly returned to chaos, and in April 2013, Baghdadi, presiding over a vast fief that stretched from the Iraqi desert to the outskirts of Damascus, rechristened his group yet again — as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS — and appointed himself caliph.....

 

The most difficult subject for non-Muslims to understand is how peaceful Muslims can exist simultaneously with Muslim terrorists. This is the same problem Catholics, Protestants and Jews have had to grapple with throughout the centuries as adherents of each of those religions used violence to further some aim. Ghobash explains the differences among Muslims by describing Islam as a pyramid: “The fundamentalist, reductive, ‘authentic’ Muslims are at the top with the loudest voices and the clearest plan....

A Spiritual Treasure Trove
Roshan Shah, New Age Islam

A Spiritual Treasure Trove

Positive thinking is at the very root of the spirituality that he talks about.  It is based on realizing and acknowledging the existence of the Creator through reflection on the amazing universe. This connection with the Creator is to be expressed in relating positively with the creation in one’s daily life. To live in this way on an everyday basis is to lead a spiritual life....

 

Human Suffering and the Thoughtless Cruelty We Heap On Others Living In Our Shadow

Despite the memory of such horror, we see these women of Gujarat not only resurrecting their self-respect but even taking charge of their shattered communities. The voices we hear in this book are unique. Some international reports dryly relate the surprising strength African women have shown after the horrendous bloodbaths of Rwanda, but none that lets us hear their inner voices. Perhaps, this book when read could encourage African women to tell their stories.....

Islam: More than a Religion

Rather than seeing the contradiction between wine and Islamic practice as deeply paradoxical, Ahmed regards the relationship as ‘mutually constitutive’ within the broader frame of a ‘common paradigm of Islamic life and thought’....

This is art of a beauty that takes us straight to heaven. And it reminds us of how much we don’t know — but, given a chance like this, will love to learn — about a religion and a culture lived by, and treasured by, a quarter of the world’s population....

Even though Dr. Brown is a Muslim, he is still a Western academic with some Western secular influences. Dr. Brown does an excellent job in questioning the use of a noble lie and weak Hadiths, but for some reason provides simplified responses to questions raised about the two issues. Instead, his main in-depth response is formulated around the fact that Western religious scholars did the same, almost subconsciously...

Inclusive Spirituality: We Feel More Complete In Our Spiritual Identities Because Of Our Sharing

This immensely useful book is a beautiful testimony to the power of spiritual friendship in dissolving barriers and biases and in bringing people of diverse faith backgrounds to recognize their common humanity and their one Creator and to recognize their responsibilities to both....

Why Can’t We Have a Global Media to Tell the World the Right Way to Live, Asks PM Narendra Modi at RNG Awards
Narendra Modi, Indian P.M

They could express themselves through poems but at the same time encourage people for revolution through their journalism. In those times, they could realise a greater force in journalism than in literature. So they had literature for their own satisfaction and journalism for national interest. The British government also knew that these learned people posed one of the biggest challenges to its empire and that it must make some arrangement to keep them silent....

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The Meaning of Jihad: Men of War

Jihadists are a subset of the puritanical Salafist movement that seeks “progress through regression”, as Mr Maher puts it. The movement aims for perfection by following the example of the first three generations of Muslims known as al-Salaf al-Salihin, starting with the companions of the Prophet Muhammad...

 
Giving Up Jihad
Robert Fulford

Giving Up Jihad

Those he calls Salafi-jihadists believe, Maher says, in progress through regression. They are the most extreme of fundamentalists. Salafism seeks to revive the purity of the first three generations of Islam, starting with the Companions of the Prophet. Only a small fraction of the world’s Muslims accept that idea, but their impact is large….

“There is a model in Egypt and the UAE where they monitor mosques. We have the technology today to hear everything… We used to have many Imams coming from different walks of life. Somebody upset; he would say ‘Why don’t you kill the Christians, and Jews, and Hindus’. The message of hate should stop. Religion didn’t come from hate....

 
Be Rich toward God
John Ortberg

“God said, ‘You fool. This very night your soul will be required of you. And the things you have stored up—whose will they be?”...

 

Voltaire tells a fable about a Jesuit, a Danish and a Dutch chaplain in China arguing ferociously among themselves: a mandarin, disturbed by the noise, asks for an explanation, and when they continue fighting he throws them all in prison until they agree. They will never agree, he is told. Well, they must forgive each other, he says. That, he is told, is also impossible. In which case, he says, “they must remain in prison until they pretend to forgive each other”....

 

Aphrodisiacs? Search This Medieval Islamic Encyclopaedia

Centuries of diverse scholarly activity and textual exchange buttressed the encyclopaedia. Al-Nuwayri quotes earlier thinkers extensively, including figures who may be familiar to Western readers, like Aristotle, Avicenna and the ancient Greek physician Dioscorides. In a self-­effacing note in his preface, he insists the compendium is the achievement of other writers. His own words “merely interpret the book’s contents and frame them like eyebrows over the eyes.”...


 

Religions Come Into Being to Call Us Back To the Spiritual Paths from Which We Have Strayed

The religions that the authors identify with—Judaism, Christianity and Islam—belong to the ‘Abrahamic family’. They contain rich spiritual treasures. Yet, much evil has also been, and continues to be, fomented in their name (as is the case with many other religions, too), including war, hate, terror and oppression. As the authors tell us: Religions come into being to call us back to the spiritual paths from which we have strayed, the paths that lead to healing. But religions themselves, as institutions, go astray, too...

Inter-Religious Dialogue—Some Proposals for Building Peace Together

Linked to the crucial role that interfaith dialogue can play in peace-building is what it can contribute in terms of providing spiritual direction to humankind. At a time when materialism is at its zenith, when moral values face a grave crisis, and when the market is the new deity for vast millions, the crisis of the lack of religious and spiritual values affects people across all religious boundaries. ...

 

Islamic Critique of the Politics-Centric Misinterpretation of Islam

The ideology of totalitarianism in the name of Islam that underlies various forms of Muslim extremism can be countered on other grounds (for example, on the basis of secular human rights), but to be acceptable to Muslims for whom Islam forms their frame of reference, the critique has to be in Islamic terms, and in this task this little book excels....

 

Celebrating the goodness in cultures and faith traditions other than the one they identify with, the contributors to this volume discuss the ethics of harmonious coexistence in a multi-religious society, something that is of global importance today, particularly in the context of endemic violence in the name of religion in many parts of the world....

 

Meet Generation M: The Young, Affluent Muslims Changing the World

Generation M are the Muslim millennials, the global generation born in the past 30 years, but with a twist. Unlike their Christian counterparts in the US and western Europe, most of whom are turning their backs on organised religion, Generation M has “one over-riding characteristic, which is that they believe that being faithful and living a modern life go hand in hand, and there is absolutely no contradiction between the two,” ...

The 'Boytrap': When the Islamic State Goes to Play Soccer

“IS policy towards soccer is driven by opportunism and impulse. The group fundamentally despises the game, yet can’t deny that it is popular in its ranks and in territory it governs,”...

 

The Only Sensible Way to Deal with Life’s Many Hurts Is Forgiveness

Many of us choose to nurse our wounds, making them even worse by refusing to forgive those we see as responsible for them. We think they deserve to be hated. This gives us a deceptive sense of power over them. We feel that forgiving them might mean that condoning their actions or that we are weaklings. Little, however, do we realise that the resentments that we so carefully cultivate against others for what they may have done only damages us further....

Islam Gave Rise to a Movement of Women’s Liberation That Shook the Social Sphere of the Time

Islam gave rise to “a movement of women’s liberation” that “shook the social sphere of the time, which was essentially grounded in a merciless patriarchal system.” It encouraged women to speak for themselves as they entered the social sphere and sought their rights that tribal tradition had denied them....

Christians and Muslims Should Embrace 'The Jihad of Jesus': After All, This Is Our Shared Jihad

... the "open perspective" fosters inspirational personal growth and transformational social change by opening people up to positive elements of other religious traditions. In doing so, Christians and Muslims leave behind the "ideology of religious supremacy," and acknowledge the "mercy of God,"...

 

This is what Allah's servant `Imam Ali, Amir Al-Mu'minin, has ordered Malik ibn al-Harith al-Ashtar in his instrument (of appointment) for him when he made him Governor of Egypt for the collection of its revenues, fighting against its enemies, seeking the good of its people and making its cities prosperous.


هذَا مَا أَمَرَ بِهِ عَبْدُ اللهِ عَلِيٌ أَميِرُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ، مَالِكَ بْنَ الْحَارِثِ الاْشْتَرَ فِي عَهْدِهِ إِلَيْهِ، حِينَ وَلاَّهُ مِصْرَ: جِبْوةَ خَرَاجِهَا، وَجِهَادَ عَدُوِّهَا، وَاسْتِصْلاَحَ أَهْلِهَا، وَعِمَارَةَ بِلاَدِهَا.


He has ordered him to fear Allah, to prefer obedience to Him, and to follow what He has commanded in His Book (Qur'an) out of His obligatory and elective commands, without following which one cannot achieve virtue, nor (can one) be evil save by opposing them and ignoring them, and to help Allah the Glorified, with his heart, hand and tongue, because Allah whose name is Sublime takes the responsibility for helping him who helps Him, and for protecting him who gives Him support. He also orders him to break his heart off from passions, and to restrain it at the time of their increase, because the heart leads towards evil unless Allah has mercy.



 
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