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(Yoga Vashishta Tr. Prince Dara Shikoh - 5) جوگ بسشت: بیراگ پرکرن: رام چندر کا کلام
Yoga Vashishta

اور رام چندر کا کلام اس مذہب کی حقیقت کی طرف اشارہ ہے اور اگر کہیں صبر کر یہاں  تلک کہ مرشد کامل طے میرا جوا ہے کہ تلاش اور دوڑ دھوپ کا وقت جوانی ہے جو گذری جاتی ہے او رمرشد کامل کا دیدار دور نظر آتا ہے اور اگر کہیں دوسری تدبیر کرتا کہ مطلب حاصل ہویا جو کچھ دریافت کرتا ہے آپ سے حاصل کر کہ سب کچھ  تجھ میں ہی ہیں کہتا ہوں کہ دوسری تدبیر میرے اختیار میں نہیں ہے اس سبب سےکہ کوئی چیز ثابت اور قائم نہیں دیکھتا ہوں کہ اس پر دل نہاد ہو کر آرام اور قرار مہم  پہونچاؤں اور آتما کی صورت میں نہیں دیکھتا کہ اُس سے اس بلند مطلب کو حاصل کروں۔ Yoga Vashishta, Translated from Sanskrit into Persian by Prince Mohammad Dara Shikoh

 

God Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth, Needs No Defence
Kelly James Clark

God is omnipotent yet we treat him as though he is a wimp who couldn't survive without our assistance. God is all-powerful yet we act as though his feelings are easily hurt by infidels who don't believe or behave in just the right ways. Violence and intolerance in the name of God is to misunderstand, not to follow, God....

(Yoga Vashishta Tr. Prince Dara Shikoh - 4) جوگ بسشت: بیراگ پرکرن: مہا پرلے کی نشانیاں
Yoga Vashishta

شاستروں میں ہے اور بعض کہتے ہیں کہ تمام مخلوقات ایسے فنا ہونگے کہ دوسری بار موجود نہ ہونگے یہ بات پنائے شاستر اور سانگھ شاستر میں مذکور ہے ۔ اوربعض پنڈت بھی اس بات پر متفق ہیں لیکن اکثر علما بید یعنی فلاسفہ آلیات کا اس پر اتفاق ہے کہ اس قسم کی  پرلیے یعنی قیامت نہیں ہوتی بلکہ یہ ہوتا ہے کہ ایک عالم جاتا ہے اور دوسرا عالم آتا ہے اور حق سبحانہ و تعالیٰ ظہو ر سے خالی اور فارغ نہیں رہتا ۔زمانہ دنیا کے اجزا کو انسان ہوں یا جنات فرشتے ہوں یا اور کوئی سب کو تسبیح کے دانوں کی طرح ایک ڈوڑے میں کھینچ کر اپنے گلے میں ڈال لیتا ہے۔ Yoga Vashishta, Translated from Sanskrit into Persian by Prince Mohammad Dara Shikoh

 

(Yoga Vashishta Tr. Prince Dara Shikoh - 3) جوگ بسشت: بیراگ پرکرن: بسوامترا رامچندر مکالمہ (حصہ دو
Yoga Vashishta

نہیں معلوم کہ وہاں کیا پیش آوے اور کیا کیا دکھ درد دیکھنے اور سننے پڑیں ۔ بوڑھا آدمی حرص کے مارے چاہتا ہے کہ سب ارمان نکل جائیں مگر ہاتھ پاؤں کے جواب دینے  سے مطلب کو نہیں  پہنچتا ۔ اس سبب سے ہمیشہ سوز وگداز مین رہتا ہے ۔موت ایک بادشاہ قہاّ رہی جس وقت جی چاہا شہر وجود پر  چڑھ دوڑتا ہے  اپنے لشکر کو جس کا نام پیری دلاغری ہے آگے بھیجتا ہے اور سفید بال اِس لشکر کے لیے گویا پھر ہرے نشان کے ہیں ۔ تین ارمان جو تمام عالم کو اپنا بندھوا اور تابعد ار کیے ہوے ہیں  حالانکہ اُن ارمانوں سے نشانی تلک باقی نہیں رہتی ۔Yoga Vashishta, Translated from Sanskrit into Persian by Prince Mohammad Dara Shikoh

 

(Yoga Vashishta Tr. Prince Dara Shikoh - 2 جوگ بسشت: بیراگ پرکرن:  بسوامترا رامچندر مکالمہ (حصہ ایک
Yoga Vashishta
جس کی لہر یں جو اوپرتلے آتی ہیں دل کی پریشانی کی باعث ہوتی ہیں بعد ازاں بشوا متر نے کہا اے رام چندر دلی درد جو چوہے کہ طرح دل کے گھر میں سوراخ کرتے ہیں کیا ہیں اور کتنے ہیں او رکس چیز سے پیدا ہوتے ہیں او رکہاں رہتے ہیں اور اس حقیقت کے دریافت کرنے کا سبب یہ ہے کہ ہم سے تمہیں وہ چیز ملے گی جو تمہارا درد دُکھ دور کرے جیسی آرزو تیری ہے ویسی ہی تو دیکھے گا۔ رام چندر کا بشوا متر کی باتیں سننے سے  رنج اور غم جاتا رہا جس طرح بادل کی آواز سن کر مو ر کا غم برکھا کی جدائی سے دور ہوجاتا ہے اور بشوامتر کی باتیں آبدار جواہرات کے موافق تھیں ان کے جواب میں رسائیں سے کہا اے حضور جو کچھ پوچھنا تھا وہ سب مجھ سے آپ نے پوچھا اور میں اگرچہ لیاقت اس کی نہیں رکھتا کہ آپ کے سوال کاجواب دوں۔  Yoga Vashishta, Translated from Sanskrit into Persian by Prince Mohammad Dara Shikoh

Pakistan on the Brink: Ahmed Rashid Holds Political Class Responsible For All That Ails the State Today
Pakistan on the Brink

PAKISTAN SEEMS to be developing uniqueness as a crisis-prone state, lurching from one crisis to the other, however, without collapsing. Ahmed Rashid’s Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of Pakistan, Afghanistan and the West is a worrying account about what might be in store for the country unless some fundamentals are set right. It is a highly unstable country, vulnerable to terrorist violence, radical political change and economic collapse. It is not yet a failed state, but sliding down the path to becoming one. ...

 

Quranic Hermeneutic For Meeting the Contemporary Needs Of Muslims Living In Islamicate And Non-Islamicate Societies
Dr. Adis Duderija, New Age Islam

All religious traditions based on the notion of Divine scriptures, as professor El-Fadl astutely points out, inevitably need to come to terms with the conundrum of reconciling seemingly paradoxical claims of historicity of Revelation with its claims to universality. This is well attested by vast bodies of literature written by Muslims over the last 14 or so centuries on the Qur’an may that literature be exegetical, jurisprudential, ideological/sectarian or mystical in its orientation. A number of interpretive strategies and methodological tools have been developed in order to deal with the Qur’an’s need for interpretation /meaning.....

Woman's Account of Syria's Tyrannical Regime
Samzar Yazbeck

She was arrested, blindfolded, pushed into an office; then her blindfold was removed, and a senior police officer hit her hard in the face, and jeered at her for falling down and being unable to get to her feet again. "Well, well, what a hero, you went down with just one slap," he said. "Isn't it awful when such an angelic face gets hit?" Then they showed her what she was risking: the filthy cells where tortured young men lay in their own blood and excrement, waiting for the next beating, because they had been on a demonstration. ...

 

The Poetry of the Taliban: A Lesson You won’t Forget
Poetry of the Taliban

An old Persian adage goes Mushk aan ast ki bebooyad, na aan keh attaar begooyed (a great perfume announces itself by its fragrance, it’s not the one that the perfumer says is good). The work claims to be aimed at preserving and introducing to the world what Faisal Devji calls the Taliban movement’s ‘aesthetic dimension’. The editors maintain that “the very idea of members of the Taliban writing and publishing poetry undermines many of the traditional stereotypes we hold dear about them.”...

 

Terrible Period of Mankind's History
'Pakistan on the Brink'

Rashid chooses to follow the western understanding of 2 Talibans- the Afghan Taliban run by Mullah Omar that fight NATO and the Afghan Army, and the Pakistani Taliban or the TTP that engages the Pakistani Army. But for Pakistan watchers, Indians in particular, it is the spectre of the Lashkar e Taiba and other allies like the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Sipah-e-Sahaba that target India and minorities including Hindus, Christians and Shias that pose a more insidious threat in the long term. ...

 

Moving the Mountain: Beyond Ground Zero To A New Vision Of Islam In America
Moving the Mountain

I am an American citizen born in Kuwait of Egyptian parents. I grew up in Great Britain, Malaysia, and Egypt and have lived in the United States since 1965, when I was seventeen. When I arrived in America, I experienced serious culture shock. This was the heyday of the “God is dead” movement. Islam was almost always portrayed negatively in the media and larger culture. Arabs were then considered uncouth, dirty, and uncivilized. ...

Indonesia's Ahmadis Look for a Home in a Novel 'Maryam'
Maryam By Okky Madasari

How does it feel when you are not allowed to go to your own house? How does it feel to know that your house was burned down and someone else now occupies it? “Maryam,” the third novel of author Okky Madasari, is a story about the suffering of the repressed Ahmadiyya sect in a small coastal village called Gerupuk in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. Maryam, the main character, was born and raised in an Ahmadiyya family. ...

“Celebrating Divine Presence” is a book that aims to—and in so many ways succeeds at—revitalizing our experience of all religions by bringing them together as “beads on one string,” to quote the words of the twentieth-century spiritual master Meher Baba. In these chapters, the authors, all practitioners, and many scholarly, invite you into their personal faith journeys. The tone of this book is personal and conversational, while also featuring in-depth studies of ten religious traditions....

 

The Origins of Islam: Tom Holland Explains New Book In the Shadow of the Sword
Tom Holland

In an excerpt from his new history of Islam, ‘In the Shadow of the Sword,’ Tom Holland explains why he has written a revised history about the origins of the Quran, the home of Muhammad, and its connection to the Judeo-Christian tradition…

 

Centuries of Shariah law: A British Muslim Lawyer’s viewpoint
Sadakat Kadri is an English barrister and author

"It would be literally impossible to follow all of them because plenty of them directly contradict each other. So you have to make choices and Muslims have been making choices for ... the last 1400 years. "There are interpretations which do justify stoning, which do justify the concealment of women behind Hijabs, which do justify the execution of adulterers. But those are just interpretations of the Shariah….

Saudi Society: Response to New Media

Prince Muhammad bin Saud bin Khaled discusses pros and cons of modern communications technology in his new book titled "Rejection and Acceptance." He gives a theoretical view in the first chapter while explaining the relation between religion and science and its products. He has included the viewpoints of Muslim scholars and researchers in the light of the objectives of Islam and its philosophy in dealing with new scientific developments and innovations. …

Talking to Terrorists: Face to Face with the Enemy
A. Faizur Rahman is the Secretary General of Islamic Forum for the Promotion of Moderate Thought

In his Meditations, the great Roman emperor and stoic philosopher, Marcus Aurelius had written; “Facts stand wholly outside our gates; they are what they are, and no more; they know nothing about themselves, and they pass no judgment upon themselves.” Lest we act in haste, Taylor cautions us that the word “terrorist” is not easy to define and is therefore effectively banned on the BBC World Service and Reuters. …

 

The Pakistan Forecast
Dr. C. Raja Mohan is the Strategic Affairs Editor of the Indian Express

Cohen now brings us a collection of essays written by him and others on the future of Pakistan. The contributors include scholars from Pakistan, India, Britain and the United States. Together they help us reflect on the prospects for a country that is the sixth largest in the world. It is the world’s second largest Muslim nation and with its fast growing population will soon overtake Indonesia as the first. …

 

What’s Inside Muslim Minds?
Ishtiaq Ahmed is Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Stockholm University.

Multiple meanings and interpretations of Islam are possible. The two main interpretative approaches are those of the apologists who strive to reconcile Islam with modernity and the Islamists who fiercely oppose it. The author has adhered to the highest standards of honest and qualified research. The result is a mine of information and profound insights.  … 

Letter from Haripur jail, Pakistan

It is also an inspiring account of the writer’s own struggle against despair and cynicism. Through the author’s graphic descriptions, the reader learns of the conditions of our jails and the treatment meted out to prisoners that virtually criminalise them. But there is also a human dimension to this tale of brutalisation as exceptions are always present. …

Christian Jihad: Why We Can’t Ignore the Bible’s Violent Verses

Is it true that the Bible teaches peace and the Koran war? Only if you approach the books selectively, taking the gentlest of Jesus'' teachings and setting them against the harshest of Muhammad''s. Philip Jenkins''s challenging new book Laying Down the Sword shows that the Bible contains incitements not just to violence but also to genocide. ...

Constructing Religiously Ideal ‘Believer’ and ‘Muslim Woman’ Concepts: Author Adis Duderija explains his book for New Age Islam readers

The concern of my book Constructing Religiously Ideal ‘Believer’ and ‘Muslim Woman’ Concepts: Neo-Traditional Salafi and Progressive Muslim Methods of Interpretation (Manahij) is to explore how on the basis of different manahij, and the assumptions that inform them, the two contemporary Islamic communities of interpretation, NTS and progressive Muslims, conceptualise their respective versions of a religiously ideal ‘Believer’ and ‘Muslim Woman’ concepts. -- Adis Duderija for NewAgeIslam.com

In The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America, Andrew McCarthy demonstrates that leftists and political Islamists have mounted a dynamic double-front against American and Western traditions. McCarthy begins with the historical foundation for the deep natural attraction that draws Islamists and leftists to pursue many of the same ends by employing similar means.  The shared touchstone is centralized control of society for the end of accomplishing social justice -- at least, as respectively defined. -- Karen Lugo

Desai says that he played in the Mahatma’s lap as a child would type letters which Gandhiji dictated to his father Mahadevbhai. The documentary is a tribute to Desai’s commitment to communal harmony too. It is catharsis of an old soldier, a devout disciple of peace’s paragon. “The post-Godhra pogrom of 2002 shattered me. I don’t blame Narendra Modi alone for it. I, as a Guajrati, felt guilty. I felt I too was part of the mob,” recalls Desai in the documentary. “I am doing Prayschit (penitence) through Gandhi Katha”. His daughter insists that Desai is brutally honest in calling 2002’s pogrom a “blot on Gujarat” because he doesn’t seek any favours. -- Adab Nawaz, NewAgeIslam.com

 

British would not even have spoken to Indian leaders or thought of transferring power, and the emergence of Pakistan and India could not have been envisioned, unless the rulers understood the grave threat posed to their rule by this awakening brought on by “Al-Islah” and the Khaksar Movement.” The author said, “it must be realized that behind partition were vested interests of Muslim and non-Muslim leaders. Endorsement of partition breeds hatred between Muslims and Hindus and serves no purpose; therefore, writers and speakers must shun the justification of partition. To obtain peace in the region, the history of both countries needs to be rectified and re-written; peace in the region will not be found, unless it is realized on both sides (India and Pakistan) that partition was not endorsed by the majority of Muslims and Hindus. Partition was a blunder and was sought to meet political ends.”-- Nasim Yousaf

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