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‘Signature’ of God
Nikhat Sattar
‘Signature’ of God
Nikhat Sattar

“When I have fashioned him (in due proportion) and breathed into him of My spirit, fall ye down in obeisance unto him” (15:29). This is one of the Mutashabihat verses of the Quran about the creation of Hazrat Adam, the reality of which is known only to God, but it implies the breathing of a spirit from Him, making humans unique to all other creations....

 
Message of Rabi-ul-Awwal
Zeeshan Rasool Khan

Today almost every nation claims to be standard-bearer of female rights but history is testimony the Holy Prophet (PBUH) is first in defending rights of women. In pre- Islamic era the women was not more than a serf and experienced every sort of discrimination. Taking them as mark of contempt people even practiced female infanticide by burying them alive. After advent of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), prohibition was enforced on this despicable practice. the Holy Prophet (PBUH) denounced the practice of female infanticide, safeguarding the repute and rights of women....

Death is a return to our Creator. A return signifies going back to where we came from: in short, our real home. “To Allah We belong, and to Him is our return” (2:156). Our stay in this world is a mere journey, to be lived briefly, but with constant reminders of our origin. Returning to God is returning home, and we will find that it was our stay in this world that was strange. Our real and natural abode is the one promised to us when we have exited to the afterlife....

 
A Tale from Rumi’s Masnavi
Dr A Q Khan
A Tale from Rumi’s Masnavi
Dr A Q Khan

His poetic collection, Masnavi, is regarded as a divine work. This is because when he recited his verses in Persian, he would go into a trance and his disciples would write them down. Rumi’s own devotion to the Almighty and His apostle was expressed in this verse: “When I am praying, by God I don’t know what and which part of it I am following and I don’t know who the Imam is”….

 

Death is a reality that no one can deny, whether you believe in God or not. We witness people departing this world around us all the time, in the news, on social media, even in our communities and families. Death knows no age and no race. Healthy or unhealthy, no human being can ever know when they shall taste death but as the Almighty reminds us, “Every soul shall taste of death; and We try you with evil and good for a testing, and unto Us you shall be returned.”…

 
The Immeasurable Value of Human Existence from the Perspective of Islamic Sufism
Prof. Henry Francis B. Espiritu, New Age Islam
The Immeasurable Value of Human Existence from the Perspective of Islamic Sufism
Prof. Henry Francis B. Espiritu, New Age Islam

A great Sufi saint of Sunni Islam, Hazrat Imam Al-Sana’i once said: “God loves and values you more than you can ever love and value yourself” I find this short sentence pregnant with profound truths on the immeasurable value of our own human existence—of the existence of each human person. We need to be reminded time and again that it is God, the Necessary Existence Himself that willed us to existence. God finds immense worth in our existence, even though our earthly existence is ephemeral and impermanent....

 
The Quest for Peace: God Is Peace and God Wants People To Live In Peace
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam
The Quest for Peace: God Is Peace and God Wants People To Live In Peace
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

Terrorism is today a global menace, and much of this terrorism is by Muslims. Terrorism must be condemned and opposed by all peace-loving people. Today, the world is crying for peace. And one question vast numbers of people are asking is: how can we establish peace in the world? If we want peace, there is no way other than to change our way of thinking. We have to become positive thinkers. Peace and positive thinking are closely inter-related. They are intertwined. Positive thinking is the inner content of peace, and peace is the external expression of positive thinking....

 
God Has a Plan of Creation
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
God Has a Plan of Creation
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

A perfect Paradise cannot be inhabited by less-than-perfect beings. So, God created perfection-seeking beings—us. He intended us to spend a period of trial on this present and imperfect world and after this, according to our deeds, we will earn the right to inhabit the perfect and eternal world....

 
Huquq-ul Ibad: Caring for Others
Nikhat Sattar
Huquq-ul Ibad: Caring for Others
Nikhat Sattar

Caring for others is also known as Ihsan: adopting an attitude of ensuring better for others and less for oneself. Islam asks its followers to be sensitive to the feelings of others, especially if they are strangers, or if there is a chance of hostility. This becomes important when Muslims live and work in foreign lands, where their way of life and worship might be other than the norm. Their attitude towards their adopted countries should be that of guests caring for the possessions and feelings of hosts....

The sitting position even includes the re-creation of the conversation that took place between the Prophet (PBUH) and Allah during the Heavenly Ascent. The Prophet (PBUH): “All greetings, blessings, and good acts are for Allah.” Allah: “Peace is upon you oh Prophet, and the Mercy, and the Blessings of Allah.” “Peace be with us and unto the righteous servants of Allah. I bear witness that there is no deity except Allah.” “And I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger.”....

 
The Beauty and Wisdom of the Sufi Teaching on 'Tawakkul' or Divine Surrender
Prof. Henry Francis B. Espiritu, New Age Islam
The Beauty and Wisdom of the Sufi Teaching on 'Tawakkul' or Divine Surrender
Prof. Henry Francis B. Espiritu, New Age Islam

The reason why I sometimes wanted to declare my “independence” from God is my feeling that there are many things that are going-on in my life that I cannot understand, and I sometimes feel that if I am the one truly in-charge of my life, then all will be well. However, when I looked back at my past and saw for myself the wrong directions I had taken and the mistaken decisions I had made, and the many heartbreaks and complications that came due to my stupid decisions, I cringed at the idea of my seeking “independence” from God; and right there and then, I sincerely repent of my arrogance and confess with utter humility that God is still the God of Divine Wisdom Who holds my very life in the Palm of His Hands….

We are required to read/contemplate books of self (Anfus) and cosmos (Aafaq) to fulfil our potential as humans.  We are called to learn from prophets, sages, saints and poets who inherit them and all of them preserve and teach us the Tradition that is our true Home and salvation. This tradition has not necessarily to do with past or custom but is timeless and like language one is, indelibly, already marked by it. It is defined as that which connects man to Heaven/Perfection/Reality/Being.....

Good communication requires a conversation between two parties, that is you talk to Him and He talks to you. How can we do that with Allah (Allah Izz o Jal)? Among many reasons, one of the reasons why Al-Hakim (the All-wise) taught us to pray was this. It not only means offering our five daily prayers, it also means TALKING to Allah (the All-Mighty) through Dua....

 
Sufism: A Search for Freedom and Self-Authenticity
Prof. Henry Francis B. Espiritu, New Age Islam
Sufism: A Search for Freedom and Self-Authenticity
Prof. Henry Francis B. Espiritu, New Age Islam

As I step-up and deepen my readings on Islamic spirituality, I sensed that Sufism as a philosophy and as a movement has strong affinity with those movements that seek human authenticity and freedom: say for example the hippie movements, the counter-culture, the Gypsy lifestyle, and the anti-establishment movements in the 1960s and the 1970s. I really feel that there is a strong similarity between the aspirations of the Sufis of Islam and the hippies and the anti-establishment movements concerning the human person’s freedom and authenticity to choose for himself how to live one’s life in the midst of the nauseating hegemony of the society that forces us into unthinking conformity to conventional conditioning and tyranny of the majority opinion on how to live one’s life.

 

Similarly the Qur’an approvingly mentions many other practices, like the call to prayer (azan) and the Friday prayer, but never gives commands about them. Again, why? Is there any other explanation possible except for the obvious one that there is a parallel source of instruction in the person of the Prophet (PBUH)? Actually in the form of Hadees, Muslims have an unprecedented branch of knowledge....

 

In Madina, there was a group that was declared hypocrites or Munafiqun by the Quran. This group opposed and criticised the Holy Prophet in the wars of Uhad and Tabuk and were disobedient to him on several occasions. Although the Quran strongly condemned their activities, they were allowed to live in peace as part of the Muslim community. Abd-Allah ibn Ubayy was the leader of the hypocrites. On his death, the Prophet led his funeral prayer at the request of his son.....

Let’s Be Humble, We Come From Him
Sadia Dehlvi
Let’s Be Humble, We Come From Him
Sadia Dehlvi

The 13th century Sufi master Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani of Baghdad said, “All the doors of God are crowded except one, the door of humility and humbleness.” Moses once asked Allah, “Oh my Lord! Who is the most deserving of your wrath and displeasure?” He said, “It is one whose heart is filled with arrogance, tongue abusive, eyes lustful, hands miserly and whose character is doubtful.”...

 

The Book says Hajj is meant for the benefit of mankind. The planet earth as a whole was and is populated by mankind. To suggest that Makkah, the ‘city of peace’, ironically having been attacked often should be a center on the surface of the globe is to say the least insulting human intelligence and limiting the universality of the Creator.  2-177 dispels this fixation…

So let us begin with such questions as “Who am I?” and what is the difference between/hierarchical relationship believing and seeing, knowledge and gnosis, reason and intellect, soul and spirit, God and Godhead, theology and metaphysics, Shariah and Deen, Fiqhi Akber, Fiqhi Awsat and Fiqhi Asger, Quran-i-Takweeni (cosmic Quran), and Quran-i-Tadweeni (textual Quran), Sulooki Nubuwwat (prophetic way) and Suloooki Wilayat, (way of the saints), Islam and other religions at metaphysical and esoteric plane from other Semitic and Non-Semitic religions, religion and philosophy and religion and ideology.

 

Traditionally the word Zakat, which appears in the Qur’an repetitively in the expression Aqimus Salata Wa Aatuz Zakata is translated as ‘mandatory charity’ or the institutional Zakat that is collected and disbursed by the Islamic state. The Qur’an, which largely pre-dates the formation of Islamic state under Caliph Umar, connotes this word with care and concern for humanity. Accordingly, the Meccan Muslims (23:4, 31:4), the ancient prophets (21:73) the wives of the Prophet (33:33)and the persecuted followers of Prophet Moses (2:83), who lived prior to the introduction of mandatory Zakat, were asked to exercise Zaka…

Modesty, not inspired by fear or inferiority complex, is a preeminent component in the Muslim's character. That is so because the Shariah loathes arrogance, condemns the arrogant, and warns them of awful consequences on the Day of Recompense as shown in the Hadith: "Paradise is out of reach of anyone with a grain of arrogance in his heart" (Muslim). Pilgrims in Haj, especially on the Day of Arafah, the central event of the pilgrimage, appear so like one another that all seem brothers....

 
Edicts for Humanity’s Betterment
Dr A Q Khan
Edicts for Humanity’s Betterment
Dr A Q Khan

Deal gently with people (3:159). Restrain anger and pardon all mankind (3:134). Be good to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, neighbours, the needy, strangers and the wayfarer (4:36). It is not for you to be arrogant because man is the meanest of creatures (7:13). Hold to forgiveness, command what is right and turn away from the ignorant (6)....

 

In sum, the populist model of Zakat in this era is liable to gross manipulation or rationalistic interpretation by the rich, who can become richer and richer without sharing their wealth with the poor in any substantive way. This has created virtually an Islamic Capitalism that frustrates the Qur’anic message on social justice, and widens wealth gap and income disparity between the rich and the poor in practically all Muslim countries. Hence, there is an urgent need to redefine the base and arithmetic of Zakat to bring it in line with the economic order of this era…..

 
Reflections on Qur'anic Message - Part-10: Spending For Others in Need – Or In Charity
Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam
Reflections on Qur'anic Message - Part-10: Spending For Others in Need – Or In Charity
Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

The Qur’an that dominated the social, commercial and civil ethos in early Islam must have greatly reduced the income disparity of the times but the remoteness of the era and from the Qur’anic ideals has turned the clock back by many centuries in the Islamic societies. This is reflected in rampant poverty, rising income disparity, lack of social securities, growing number of beggars and child labor, and an increasing availability of cheap industrial and domestic labor in most 3rd world Muslim countries. Hence, the rich and resourceful Muslims who recite the Arabic Qur’an or listen to its beautiful recitation from U-Tube must also heed what it says…

 

Human mind is constantly stalked by evil thoughts and there is a perpetual tug of war between depravity (Fujurah) and moral uprightness (Taqwa) in man’s sub-conscious mind (Nafs) (91:8, Reflection 7). The depravity of mind can trigger a whole series of mental defilements such as anger, jealousy, greed, arrogance, hatred and contempt of others, cruelty, vengeance, and other negativities, and disturb the equanimity of mind and keep it locked in futile thoughts with adverse impacts on personal, social and family life and in the overall well-being of the community….



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