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Islam and Spiritualism

The Spiritual Hierarchy
Hazrat Inayat Khan
The Spiritual Hierarchy
Hazrat Inayat Khan

Those who view life mystically consider that they are not only at one with the teachers of this or that tradition of the past, but that in every soul there is a spark of that teacher. No soul is without the light of that spiritual teacher. Therefore, they have regard and respect not only for the spiritual hierarchy, but also for the spark of that light which has made every soul a part of the spiritual hierarchy. So they regard with respect and reverence every human being in the world……

“Love all and hate none. Mere talk of peace will avail you naught. Mere talk of Allah and religion will not take you far. Bring out all of the latent powers of your being, and reveal the full magnificence of your immortal self. Be surcharged with peace and joy, and scatter them wherever you are and wherever you go. Be a blazing fire of truth, and be a soothing balm of peace.  With your spiritual light, dispel the darkness of ignorance; and spread goodwill, peace, and harmony among the people. Never seek any help, charity, or favours from anybody except Allah. Never go to the courts of kings, but never refuse to bless and help the needy and the poor, the widow, and the orphan, if they come to your door. To serve the people is your mission. Carry it out dutifully and courageously, so that I, as your Pir-o-Murshid, may not be ashamed of any shortcomings on your part before Allah almighty and our holy predecessors in the Sufi order....

Ethics in Islam
Nikhat Sattar

The principles of ethics are often discussed with respect to gains and benefits to society at large. What is good or bad is supposedly determined by the rule of the majority, with little attention given to the principles of morality. Islamic ethics differ from the Western concept as these are derived from God, directly from the Quran, and from the practices of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). It is therefore a set of beliefs and actions that is divine and transcends the limitations of time, place and tradition.....

When they claimed that they were prophets sent down by God and that they were ordained to tell people not to worship false gods, they would be surprised as to how one who ate like men and wandered about in the market place be a prophet. They wondered if they were prophets sent by God why angels did not accompany them or why their appearance was not different from ordinary persons.....

Prayer Is Better Than Sleep
Idris Tawfiq
Prayer Is Better Than Sleep
Idris Tawfiq

Praying five times a day is at the heart of Islam. It is one of the things that distinguish a Muslim from everyone else in the world; that all the activities of life can be made significant by the cycle of prayer and praise which we offer to Almighty Allah. So why, then, do we have such a problem being faithful to prayer?....

Baba Farid composed meditation prayers in Punjabi for his disciples, many of which are still recited by his devotees. His verses had a deep impact on Guru Nanak. The Guru Granth Sahab, the Sikh Holy Scripture, contain 134 verses of Baba Farid....

 
The Collection of Qur’anic Verses into a Book Form: Prevailing Perceptions and Reality
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam
The Collection of Qur’anic Verses into a Book Form: Prevailing Perceptions and Reality
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

We Muslims need to take a hard look at the common perception about the collection of the holy Qur’an. It is generally believed that the Qur’an had not been duly compiled and shaped into a book in the prophetic era and that it was finally done later during the caliphate of the Prophet’s beloved companion, Hazrat Usman (r.a). The commonly believed story goes like this.  All the materials like parchments and shoulder bones of animals which carried different portions of the holy Qur’an were scattered in different places. The work of collecting them meticulously with collective testimony started in the lifetime of the first Caliph of Islam, Hazrat Abu Bakr (r.a.). But the Quran we read today was finally canonised in the time of the third Caliph Hazrat Usman (r.a) who then ordered the burning of all personal copies of the Qur'an. Though this story is entirely based on traditions, all reported through Ibn-e-Shihab Zuhri (r.a), I find it difficult to believe. For it contradicts what the holy Qur’an clearly speaks about itself.....

We need Istighfar to constantly purify and cleanse our heart. We are not born in sin, but we are born in weakness. We are prone to fall prey to the many temptations that are part of our test in this life. And when we do fall and commit a sin, it produces a dark spot in our heart. A famous Hadith, reported by Abu Huraira (RA), describes this process. When a person shows remorse and repents, that dark spot is removed. Otherwise it will stay there and grow with each additional sin....

 

The Islamic call to worship, known as Azaan and recited by the muezzin at prescribed times, had not been obligated in Makkah, as Makkan Muslims were a very small minority and hence they used to offer their prayers in secret places fearing the pagans of the Quraish. It was, then, impossible to openly announce the timings of the Islamic prayers to Muslims......

 

In Mecca, there were only two Rak’ats (cycles) in the Islamic prayers for both types of worshippers i.e. Muqeem (residents) and Musafir (travellers). But when the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) migrated to Medina and spent a complete month in it, two more Rak’ats were added to the prayers of the resident worshippers in the Islamic month of Rabi-ul-Sani. Hence, they were named “Salat-ul-Hazr” meaning the prayer of the residents. …..

Some Qur’an exegetes have referred to the Fajr as the middle prayer, while some others have referred to the prayer of Isha (the night prayer). Some declared the Jumu’ah as the middle of the prayers (4), while others have stated that it is “the collective prayer” or “Salat-ul-Khauf”. This contention went to the extent that even the prayers of Eid-ul-Fitr, Eid-ul-Azha and Witr have also been declared as the middle prayer by some or the other commentators of the holy Quran......

Rationality in Islam
Dr A Q Khan
Rationality in Islam
Dr A Q Khan

In Islam, all actions are supposed to be based on reason, logic and consideration of the feelings of others. This is derived from clear and emphatic instructions in the Quran (17:89). In the west, rationalism came in the wake of a massive social and cultural movement in the religious establishment, thus invoking reason as an alternative to religious precepts. This came about because the church had established absolute domination over society and had chained human thought and conduct to arbitrary clerical authority in the name of God. ....

Extremism in any form, of anything, in brief is an abnormal human behaviour, which is far from reasonable, or acceptable in a civilized society. Being too liberal or too harsh in understanding Islam is also an exercise in extremism, which is again not in line with normative Islam. Either of the approaches hence greatly hurts the image of Islam in its own way.....

 

First, the overwhelming majority of people who believe that their religion is supreme are tolerant, respect the beliefs of others, and happily co-exist with them. Second, fanatics show intolerance not only to those who embrace other religions, but also to believers who share their faith but whom they do not see as good believers. Clearly, intolerance here is the result of one seeing themselves better than other believers of the same faith. Third, fanaticism does not express itself in one’s relationship with God, but in one’s relationship with other people....

What I have mentioned earlier is that the Islamic prayer, initially, consisted of two Rak’ats (cycles) until the Salat-ul-Isra was revealed. This is a unanimous opinion based on the consensus of Ulema. As regards the reports telling that all the daily prayers were ordained on the very first day of divine revelation, they starkly contradict with the unanimous statement of Ulema who hold that the prayers were ordained during the event of Isra. Also, they do not corroborate the report that two prayers i.e. the dawn prayer (Fajr) and the evening prayer (Asr, which is also known as Salat-ul-Asha) were being performed before the event of Isra ....

 

Based on the books of Sirah and the Qur'anic exegeses, Islamic scholars conducted their researches and concluded that the five daily prayers were enjoined upon Muslims several years after the first Qur'anic verse was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Moreover, they have established that the Prophet PBUH would offer the Tahajjud prayer and engage in other night prayers before he proclaimed his prophethood. Hazrat Ibn Abbas narrates that the night prayers were mandatory for the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his Ummah at the advent of Islam. They continued with this practice for one or ten years until it was abrogated by the commandment of the five daily obligatory prayers....

 

Islam is the final religion and the Prophet Muḥammad   the final prophet and messenger.  Other prophets had miracles that they performed.  Moses parted the sea; Jesus raised the dead.  But those miracles were for those who were there to witness them.  Sure, we can try to imagine them, but unless you were there it's not the same.  That is more proof that it was meant specifically for their people.  While the Prophet Muḥammad   did perform some miracles, his most important miracle is the Qurʾān. ….

 

The Qur'anic exegeses point to the fact that the Prophet Muhammad PBUH used to offer Namaz (Salah) before people in the earliest three years of his prophethood, that too at the most manifest place of Mecca, known as “Muqam”. This is what outraged one of the chieftains of Quraish, Abu Jahal Bin Hisham, who threatened him for that. It implies that this verse had been revealed shortly after the revelation of the first verses of the Surah Iqra. It was at the time when the Prophet Muhammad PBUH and Abu Jahal came at odds with each other, as the Quraish could not tolerate the Prophet’s praying to a God whom they did not pray or believe, particularly at the place of Muqam. So, Abu Jahal attempted to stop the Prophet PBUH from offering his prayer....

... the commandment of Namaz (Salat) in Islam did not come at once, but it was revealed gradually, first in Mecca and then in Medina. Thus, It was completed after the Prophet (peace be upon him) migrated to Medina. We also get to know that the Prophet’s prayers consisted of only two Rak’ats when he was in Mecca, but they increased in number when he migrated to Medina. Moreover, prayers were categorized into Salat ul Muqeem (non-traveller’s prayer) and Salat ul Musafir (traveller’s prayer). In addition, some more prayers were introduced in Medina whereas they were never offered in Mecca. All this happened because of the nature of the Prophethood that attained its perfection after the Prophet’s migration to Medina. Since Namaz is one of the main pillars of Islam, its edicts progressed with the evolution of Islam…..

At the Alameda County Fairgrounds there were several non-Muslims who also attended and joined in the prayer for rain – including a man with a dog, who also was sitting in the last row of the men’s prayer lines. So perhaps God accepted the dog’s prayer? All joking aside, in our Dua (supplication), we ask God to give water to the plants and animals and ask God not to punish them as well as the innocent children for our sins…..

Humility and its Virtues
Abu Usama Ath-Thahabi

One of the clearest examples of his humility is that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) would sit in the Masjid with his companions and if a stranger or visitor came to the Masjid he wouldn’t know who the Prophet was until he asked, “Which one of you is Muhammad?” This is because he would not sit, dress, or be treated in a way that distinguished him from the people….

The Holy Book has termed this technique Sabr or patience. Invariably, God expects human beings not to be impatient. When faced with turmoil and pain, He insists that we should seek help from prayer and patience. As it is mentioned in the Quran, the Almighty is with those who hold on to the practice of patience. Those who practice Sabr become satisfied. Patience can be of multiple types....

Experience of the Presence of God
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
Experience of the Presence of God
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

The greatest achievement for someone in this world is to begin seeing God, to feel the presence of God near him. If he is truly alive, he will see the light of God in the brilliant rays of the sun. He will discern reflections of God in the verdant trees. He will experience the touch of God in the softness of the breeze....

Two Examples of Forgiveness
Khalid Zaheer
Two Examples of Forgiveness
Khalid Zaheer

Magnanimity, which includes forgiving others, ranks at the very top of all human virtues. If you are magnanimous, you are one of the very best of humans, no matter what your worldly status is. If you are someone who carries grudges in his heart against others, you are a very ordinary person, no matter how seemingly virtuous your deeds are. All prophets were magnanimous. We Muslims take pride in mentioning the magnanimity of our prophet, and rightly so....

 
Sufi Saints of Bihar
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam
Sufi Saints of Bihar
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam

‘Sufism’ comes from the Arabic word ‘Safa’, which means “purity”. The other meaning, which is derived from the term ‘Suf’, means “wool”, indicating lack of extravagance and signifying simplicity. In short a Sufi is one who lives a simple life and has purity of faith.....

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