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The Head of the Sufi Saints Sheikh Abdul Quadir Jilani and the Contemporary Relevance of His Discourses
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam
The Head of the Sufi Saints Sheikh Abdul Quadir Jilani and the Contemporary Relevance of His Discourses
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

Scores of Sufi-minded Muslims the world over subscribe to his Tariqah (Sufi order) mainly in Egypt, Iraq, Turkey, Indonesia, Malaysia and, of course, India. In his time, people of great positions including rulers and governors of states figured among his disciples venerating him as the pioneer of the noble Islamic mysticism.  Being a great Sufi saint, Islamic theologian, earnest preacher, Sheikh Abdul Quadir (r.a) was a veteran and well-versed mystical writer. He wrote and spoke quite a lot. Some of his major mystical works that have been serving the humanity as a great source of spiritual inspiration down the ages.....

Islamic prayer is a phenomenon of a Human’s relationship with God. The chief purpose of Namaz or Salat in Islam is to act as a person's communication with and remembrance of God. It is an integral part of the essential Islamic duties that has to be carried out either in person or in congregation. It is a form of gratitude to God for His divine blessings as well as a supplication to Him asking for the fulfilment of one’s yearnings and wishes 1. Therefore, there are two basic elements in the Namaz or Salah: (1) Giving reverence, praises, thanks and gratitude to God and (2) asking for His divine blessings believing that He is the giver to all the needy. Namaz or Salah is one of the prayers that existed, in one form or the other, in almost all previous Shariats (revealed religious laws)......

Allah himself answers this question in the Qur’an: “Had the Qur’an been from other than Allah, they would have found in it many contradictions.” Part of our criterion for determining authenticity is that the Book should not contain contradictions and it should not conflict with established scientific fact. We have today those Books which people claim are from Allah. (i.e., the Torah, Bible, Qur’an, etc) Our focus here is not to test each book and discover its mistakes….

In the words of renowned exegete of the Quran Abdullah Yusuf Ali, delivered at a Muharram Majlis in London in 1931, Imam Husain’s “blameless and irreproachable life was in itself a reproach to those who had other standards. They sought to silence him, but he could not be silenced”......

EVERY language has one or more terms that are used in reference to God and sometimes to lesser deities. This is not the case with the term ‘Allah,’ which is the specific name of the one true God. Nothing else can be called Allah. The term has no plural or gender. This shows its uniqueness when compared with the word ‘god,’ which can be made plural, as in ‘gods,’ or made feminine, as in ‘goddess.’ It is interesting to notice that the name ‘Allah’ is referred to in Aramaic, the language of Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) and a sister language of Arabic….

The present world has been created for a limited period of time. After the completion of this period, all the human beings born in this world will be presented before God. According to the records prepared by the angels, God will decide the future of every man. Those men and women whose records show that they lived in the world with nobility of character, and used their freedom according to God’s will, thus proving that they were fit to be lodged in the environs of paradise, will be selected to inhabit the Gardens of Paradise. And all those who failed to demonstrate nobility of character will be rejected and sent to the universal dustbin…

 

Failures, mistakes, losses, wound and pain always have a lesson for us to learn and hold the key to right destination, triumph and success. One of the most important lessons is to think seriously, live responsibly and work properly, on common lines if working with others, for the right purpose, good reason and just cause…..

 

Muslims down the generation and to this day recite it particularly during the travails of life seeking divine assistance to a way out of the peril befalling their lives. Thus, Muslim students from traditional families going to take an exam or patients waiting to be taken to the OT for an operation recite it unceasingly, while a calligraphic inscription of the invocation hangs in the walls of millions of Muslim homes.....

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Invitation from God
Sadia Dehlvi
Invitation from God
Sadia Dehlvi

In this month of Zilhijj, the 12th and last month of the Islamic calendar, millions of people from different nationalities would have performed the Haj pilgrimage. Haj is an invitation from God to liberate the soul by submission to Him alone. Haj, one of the five pillars of Islam, literally means, “To set out for a higher destination”....

Similar to some New Age beliefs, water could have a 'healing power', such the water from the well of Zamzam in Makkah, which the Prophet said about: "The Angel Gabriel once descended through the ceiling of my house when I was in Makkah and washed the inside of my chest with Zamzam water and then poured faith and wisdom in it …"….

 

For example Jesus spoke Aramaic but there is no original manuscript found which Jesus spoke till date, what we have is the translations. The Christian world boasts of twenty-four thousand manuscripts of the Bible but no two are identical. The Old Testament was originally in Hebrew and the New Testament was in Greek and in parts Aramaic; however we don’t have the original Hebrew manuscripts of the Old Testament…..

Now this might sound strange to our Jewish or Christian or even Hindu brothers. I have never heard of anyone having memorized the entire Bible from A to Z, word for word. Even if we take into account of the Vedic literature, the four Vedas: Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda and Athar Veda, I have not heard of anyone who has memorized all or even one Veda. There are claims made about many people memorizing them but it is not the truth. Some people have memorized quite a major chunk of the Sama Veda (as it is the most musical) but never from A to Z....

What do you mean by Word of Allah? Do you mean it has to be specifically in a title of a book given in the scriptures? The word Bible was not uttered by any of the Prophet. The word Bible is not in the Bible. When we speak about the Word of Allah, we mean His revelation, His guidance. That guidance can come and did come from one prophet and then elaborated or repeated to another prophet. So when we speak about the Quran as the last preserved Word of Allah and revelation, it is the Word of Allah preserved!...

The Greater Jihad
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
The Greater Jihad
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

According to a Hadith report, one’s faith increases and decreases. To save one’s faith from erosion itself requires a continuous jihad. Living along with other people, one is repeatedly attacked by negative feelings or emotions, such as anger, jealousy, revenge, pride, ingratitude, greed and so on. These negative emotions constantly threaten to weaken or decrease one’s faith. ….

 

One of the first steps on the path to Allah Most High is to ensure that we seek forgiveness from those wrong actions we have committed in the past. Each time we sin, disobeying Allah or leaving one of his commandments, we add a layer of spiritual filth onto our hearts. The result of this is that when we try to perform Dhikr and other acts of worship, we cannot fully experience them, because that filth becomes a block between the reality of that act, and its receptor in the body, which is the heart….

 
Sarmad: The Fearless Sufi
Sadia Dehlvi
Sarmad: The Fearless Sufi
Sadia Dehlvi

An Armenian Jew, Sarmad embraced Islam and changed his name to Mohammed Said. A trader from Persia, Sarmad arrived in Delhi in 1654. He stayed with Khwaja Syed Abul Qasim Hare Bhare, a Qadri Sufi, and became his disciple. Prince Dara Shikoh was amongst the devotees of Sarmad….

 
Violence Is Not an Option
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
Violence Is Not an Option
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

“Don’t wish for confrontation with the enemy. Always ask for peace from God.” It means that violence and war are not options. You must try to establish peace at any cost. The only exception is when you are pushed to war compulsorily and out of compulsion, for a temporary period. ...

Understanding the Quran: A Study
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
Understanding the Quran: A Study
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

The Quran is the word of One who has a perfectly positive Mind. He—God—is entirely free of negative thinking. Hence, to really understand the Quran, its reader must also have a positive mindset, free of negativity. Without this, he or she will not be able to truly fathom the Quran. Only those with a positive mindset, fully free from negative thinking, can reach the Quran’s inner significance. Only on such people will God open the doors that lead to the deep meanings of the Quran. ….

What Islam Has To Say About Family Values?
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam
What Islam Has To Say About Family Values?
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam

Family values should not be judged by what the Muslims do or what the Muslim society does. It should be judged according to the authentic sources, that is the Quran and the Sahih Hadiths....

 

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The Creation Plan of God
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
The Creation Plan of God
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

A Western philosopher has written that it appears that man is a stranger in this vast universe. It seems that neither has man been made for this world, nor has this world been made for man. Both seem mismatched….

 

It is important that we know that through spiritual ideas we can resonate with higher realities. There is a big difference between the kind of conceptualizing that blocks reality and the true metaphysical speculation that opens us to spiritual Intellect. There is something in the soul that is not created and not creatable. This is the true Paradise….

The Divinity Of 99
Sadia Dehlvi
The Divinity Of 99
Sadia Dehlvi

The metaphysics of the Quran can be found in these 99 names that contain His essence. Some of these include, The Compassionate, The Beneficent, The All Merciful, The Sovereign, The Constrictor, The Provider, The Restorer and The Just…..

The Spirituality of the Last Ten Days (Aakhri Ashra) of Ramadan
Arman Neyazi, New Age Islam
The Spirituality of the Last Ten Days (Aakhri Ashra) of Ramadan
Arman Neyazi, New Age Islam

Night prayers provide a person to introspect and evaluate the life one is living. The calmness of atmosphere and serenity of the environment takes the soul to a different plane where one feels close to the God. If the prayers have sincerity in them, these are accepted and in reward one's sins are remitted....

Month of Ramadan:  A Test of Willpower
Kristiane Backer
Month of Ramadan: A Test of Willpower
Kristiane Backer

 The very first time I tried fasting eighteen years ago, it was a bit of a disaster. I'd gone out the night before and drunk a few glasses of champagne and the next day lay in bed with a pounding headache, hung over and dehydrated. At 3 pm I gave up, thinking Ramadan is not for me. I'm embarrassed to say it was winter time which means the fasts are very short compared to now.....

The Form and Spirit of Ramadan
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
The Form and Spirit of Ramadan
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

The Arabic word for fasting is ‘sawm’ meaning abstinence, restraint from desires. That is, saving oneself from all kinds of distraction, including basic needs, for a temporary period of time. The main purpose of fasting is going through the Quran with complete focus and dedication. This is a very serious study....

 
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