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Parenting the Spiritual Way
Sheima Salam Sumer

This life is like one day, while the next life is eternal. Discussing the purpose of life is a parent’s most important job. True success is to gain God’s approval. But I don’t think many parents discuss this issue with their children because they only focus on this world....

 

n a path breaking message for the World Day of Peace 2019, Pope Francis writes, “Everyone can contribute his or her stone to help build the common home. ...

 

Additionally, a nuclear war would dramatically lower temperatures, possibly throwing the planet into a new Ice Age.  The effects of a nuclear war on agriculture would be very marked.  Atmospheric scientists tell us that even a “small” nuclear war between India and Pakistan in which each side used 50 nuclear weapons on the other side’s cities would put enough soot into the stratosphere to block warming sunlight, shorten growing seasons, and cause mass starvation leading to some two billion human deaths.  A major nuclear war would produce even more severe effects, including the possibility of destroying most complex life on the planet....

The relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims, the relationship of Muslims with the state, and Muslims’ relationship to the prevailing legal system wherever they live … Within the classical tradition, the relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims is assumed to be one of segregation and enmity....

More Russian Horror against Muslims
Daniel Pipes
More Russian Horror against Muslims
Daniel Pipes

Do you think the issues raised about Trump's connections to Russia should concern NATO?

Yes, especially as we do not know the full extent of those connections. What Trump may be hiding presents problems to both the American public and to NATO allies. By the way, if the Democrats win one or both houses of Congress in November 2018, they will likely release Trump's tax returns, which will provide some insight into this topic...

 

It should not be absolutely impossible to discern the calling of God, for it makes no sense that God calls us and yet would give us no clue to this calling! The providential turnings in our life, as long as we are on a sincere search for our individual vocation, will tell us about what God wants from us. This includes the voice of our conscience, inspirations from reading Holy Scriptures and the lives of holy persons and the messages of our life experiences and encounters with certain persons and events. Listening to the voice of God in the spirit of prayer and meditation is very helpful in this regard....

My hope is that our leaders don’t act like a 21-year-old from Brooklyn who wants to avenge his brother’s death, but that they will be the adults in the room, develop a grand strategy to protect the U.S., our allies and our interests and not fall for the sunk-cost fallacy, where we are continuing to invest in Afghanistan because of costs already incurred....

 

Despite contemporary perceptions that homosexuality is a Western phenomenon, same-sex dynamics of many varieties are an integral part of Islamic history and culture. The Quran contains no word that means “homosexuality” as an abstract idea denoting a sexuality of men who desire pleasure with other men or a sexuality of women who desire pleasure with other women. The closest the Quran comes to directly addressing homosexual people is the phrase “men who are not in need of women or have no sexual guile before women.” The Quran presents this phrase descriptively in neutral tone, not linked to denunciation or legal proscription....

 
Reflections on the Purpose of Life
An Interview with Sheima Salam Sumer

There exist many revelations of God sent to Prophets, such as the holy books. If people choose to believe that these revelations are not from God that is their choice. However, the fact that these books have so much in common is evidence that they came from the one God. The fact that God sent revelations is proof that it’s possible to know something of God. If there was no chance of knowing God, why would God reveal His messages?...

 

A strong desire for women’s empowerment and gender agency has been at the core of women’s engagement with Islam for the past century. Even within what we might see as traditional, conservative family frameworks, they were trying to express agency and power in order to uplift their communities. Many Muslim women themselves would not call it feminism; they’d say, “I’m trying to empower my community” or “I’m trying to submit to Allah.” I argue that this constitutes a desire for gendered liberation.....

 

Pakistan’s hard-line Islamist parties do not usually do very well at the ballot box. Khan’s nickname of ‘Taliban Khan’ and his support of the blasphemy law indicates that he will, if not out-rightly, support the Islamist parties. Because he shares some of their beliefs he may want to work with them as prime minister. In his first address to the nation Imran Khan sounded positive and statesmanlike regarding better ties with India and the United States but he has often gone back on previous statements....

 
Atheism, Faith and Interfaith
Fr. Sebastian Athappilly
Atheism, Faith and Interfaith
Roshan Shah

Even atheists have to admit that the elements of this Earth have their predictable properties and are governed by certain fixed laws. To hold that the universe came to exist by mere chance and that it is governed by mere chance and that the laws that govern the universe came about by mere chance one needs stronger faith than the faith of the theist in God the Creator! The “faith” of the atheists is thus stronger, but ridiculous! Atheists sometimes point to the problem of evil and suffering in the world and use it as an argument for their claim about the non-existence of God. But they have no answer to the existence of so much good and beautiful in this world....

 

My Gita translation project is very much rooted in the classical Muslim tradition of learning and inquiry. I am a practising Muslim, and moreover a convert who accepted Islam after so many years of study; I consider the Gita as one of the finest forms of human reflections on God and various questions related to the spiritual life of human beings. In the Gita, we can see the stress on knowledge (Ilm in Arabic), devotion (Taqwa) the good action (Amal Al-Salih) as the path to knowing God. Of course, Islam approaches the path to God through the principle of Tawhid or an uncompromising belief in the oneness of God; however, as a Muslim, I can see the spark of Tawhid in the Gita, as Al-Biruni pointed out over a thousand years ago....

But there is something bold and fierce about all of these voices. One of the common threads is the realization that if you claim to love God, you have to love humanity. If you claim to love God, you cannot stand silent when you see humanity suffer....

 

“Being a Muslim and following the holy book, the Quran, in almost every volume of the holy Quran, it says, “Why don’t you ponder? Why don’t you think? Why don’t you explore?” It says, “Why don’t you explore the world?”” The emphasis being on questioning rather than blindly following. He believes, whether humanist, Muslim, or another belief system, that the point is to not be a “blind follower.”...

I’m sure if you spoke to any of the preachers at these mosques, they would say, “We did not personally coach an ISIS fighter, we did not personally sent or financed jihadists out to Syria or Iraq.” But their language and their words are actually pure Islamism, which is casually known as radical Islam, masquerading as the true religion of Islam. What you just described, the enmity, not just mortal, but cosmic, towards Judaism or the barbaric punishments that they think are deemed for LBGTQ people, are classic central tenants of a political totalitarianism known as Islamism....

If the husband and wife want to be husband and wife again, who can stop them? In my case, I had filed a case under Section 498 [of the Indian Penal Code], but when my husband promised to be good to me in future, and swore by the Quran, I took back the case. I even paid for his bail. But what did I get in return...

Listen; regarding the possibility of war, it is real. As for the degree of probability, we cannot rule it out, not even for a moment. Because with such a mentality, such an administration... And whatever they say, it's not just Trump, but the Vice-President, the whole of this administration, their vision... You see how some approached the cause of Al-Quds. He approached it with a religious point of view! These things are related to.......

 

The status of such a woman isn’t clear at all: is she still married because of a Talaq which has been declared void, or is she divorced? How will such thoughtlessly made provisions do any good to anyone – either the oppressed woman, her children, or her family?...

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2.     Triple Talaq Row: Social Boycott as Punishment Is Juvenile; AIMPLB Scholars Must Follow Quran and Accept Inevitability of Change

3   Triple Talaq Must Be Invalidated Constitutionally and Criminalized – Inclusion of Prohibitive Clause in Nikahnama Could Allow Its Perpetuation by Defaulters

4.      AIMPLB Advocates Of Instant Triple Talaq Are Gender Terrorists And Traitors Of Islam And May Be Sued For Human Rights Violation Under Cover Of Religion

5.      The Process for Divorce in the Quran

6.     Sultan Shahin Raises Triple Talaq Issue at UNHRC, Asks Muslims to Engage In Serious Rethinking Of Islamic Theology and Bring It In Line With the Needs of 21st Century

7.     The Triple Talaq Case: The Unjust Muslim Men and Their Unjust Leaders

8.      Instant Triple Talaq Judgment and After

There are many voices in Pakistan and of Pakistanis living in the diaspora that can only be raised effectively outside Pakistan and we hope that these voices will start having a resonance back home. It is important that the discourse on Pakistan that has been streamlined and subject to specific parameters defined by the Pakistani establishment opens up. That people start asking questions that they are not allowed to ask....

 

Thus, Islam's position is that self-knowledge and knowledge of the other are interwoven and complementary, being integrated in an overarching knowledge of God. In that regard, the goal of dialogue in Islam is not to assert one worldview over the other, but, instead, to see the process of dialogue, like all forms of relationship, as a Mirror of Consciousness pointing towards the Divine, eventually allowing for the means of self-realization and in an  ultimate sense realization of God....

Hezbollah has vastly upgraded its capabilities. It has tripled the size of its rocket arsenal and increased the accuracy of its missiles (i.e.: the Fateh-110), and will inflict significant damage on Israeli cities and civilian infrastructure in any future war....

 

Neither side was making that distinction. On the left, people were saying that if you have any criticism against Islam, then you were a bigot against all Muslims. On the right, it was like, there are a lot of problematic things in Islamic scripture, so everyone who is Muslim must be banned, or profiled, or demonized. Both sides weren't making that distinction between challenging ideas, which has historically moved societies forward, and demonizing human beings, which only rip societies apart....

Radical Islamists are promoting a global world view which is destabilising us. Look at all the civil wars which radical Muslims have started. Bangladesh is well in the frame to become a serious democracy. There are established madrasas in Dhaka where a lot of money is coming from Saudi Arabia and Gulf countries. These seminaries produce people who hack people to death simply because they don’t agree with them....

If we did see more terrorist interest in using virtual currency for the dark web, I’m not sure this would create any major developments. For example, in 2014, a Virginia teenager who was an Islamic State supporter posted a white paper he wrote encouraging others to fund IS through bitcoin payments. So, this idea of using virtual currencies as a way to support terrorism has been out there for a few years, without it seeming to play a significant role in inspiring others. ....

 
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