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Birth of a Mystic, Maula-i-Rum
Rumi, Maula-i-Rum

Rumi prescribed ‘Love’ as the panacea for social suffering and moral infirmities of his times. Love has the capacity to transcend boundaries and territories. It has no Achilles’ heel. It can cure the incurable hearts and minds. The moral diseases of self-conceit and pride can be cured by love only. Love can also heal status and power-hungry egos.....

 

Shah Farhad: The Master of Jinns
Sadia Dehlvi

“You desire that your son stands with folded hands in front of kings, but Allah desires that kings should stand with folded hands in front of your son.” The father resigned himself to God’s will and entrusted the child to the mystic. Hazrat Dost Muhammad initiated Shah Farhad in the Abul Ulai order, an offshoot of the Chishti and Naqshbandi orders....

 

Hasan al-Turabi and Contemporary Islam
Dr. Hasan al-Turabi

The starting point for Turabi’s conceptual activism is his belief in the necessity of renewal of faith and thought (Tajdeed). His early writings on the necessity of renewal, as in his Tajdid al-Fikr al-Islami (“Renewal of Islamic Thought”), argued that historic change is inevitable in human societies. As a result, humans are required constantly to renew their faith and religious institutions in order to be able to be truly Muslim in constantly changing contexts. This emphasis on renewal was part of the broad Islamic modernism that rejected insistence on following precedents (Taqlid)....

The great woman mystic, saint and Qalandar of Islam had overcome herself (Nafs) through devotion, meditation, contemplation, patience as well as trust in God (Tawakkul). Rabia was constantly absorbed in the thought of God and had reached the pinnacle of mystic path --Fina-Fillah. More interesting than her asceticism, however, is the actual concept of Divine love that Hazrat Rabia reaffirmed. She was the first to introduce the idea that God should be loved for God’s own sake, not out of fear.....

 

The Prophet Mohammed’s Military Genius
Mohamed Elmenshawy

And thus, he was able to create the first regular Arab army based on faith with an integrated ideological doctrine, namely “Islam.” He was the first to introduce and use such concepts as “holy war,” “jihad,” and “martyrdom” for religion. The Christian world borrowed the “negative” concept of holy war from Muslims and used it later to launch the Crusades against Muslims themselves.....

Of an angel were to descend from the heavens and proclaim from the heights of Qutub Minar: Discard Hindu-Muslim unity and within 24 hours Swaraj is yours, I will refuse the preferred Swaraj but shall not budge an inch from my stand. The refusal of Swaraj will affect only India while the end of our unity will be the loss of our entire human world”.,,,,

 

Prophet Joseph: A Prophet against Odds
Sadia Dehlvi

My favourite story in the Quran is the most detailed one, that of Prophet Joseph. I particularly read it when I feel low. It’s a story about love, wealth, family, betrayal, tribulations, hope, failure, strategy, success and, above all, complete trust in God.....

 

A Cricketer And A Gentleman
South African Cricketer Hashim Amla

...Hashim Amla was a thinking captain as well as a thoughtful human being, judging by the manner in which he played from his debut. He has always walked, and built a deserved reputation for integrity. But it is the long walk he took from the captaincy, in the middle of a tough series against England, which will define his memory.

 

Lataif-e-Ashrafi:  Sufi Anecdotes of Makhdoom Ashraf Jahangir Simnani On the Islamic Doctrine of Tawheed
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

Hazrat Syed Makhdoom  Ashraf Jahangir Simnani (1287–1386 CE) was a revered Indian Sufi of Persian origin and an ardent follower of Shaikh-e-Akbar Ibn al-Arabi. He was particularly imbued with Ibn al-Arabi's spiritual doctrine of wadhat-ul-wujud (Unity of Existence).

Any society divided against itself would be destroyed, because it was going against the very nature of things. ...

 

Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) integrated Arabia and transformed it into a world power of reform and liberation without assuming the reins of a dictator. His way of governance was based upon consultation. He secured loyalty and obedience by his personal charm and charisma. His power did not proceed from the sword. Today, we need to live the true spirit of Islam. If the Prophet’s teachings are implemented in the right earnest, then the world peace will cease to be an unreal idea.

Humanity Remains Indebted for the Bounties of the Spiritual Sun — The Holy Prophet
Amin Valliani

...Holy Prophet’s spiritual message increases the radiance of the heart of the believer. Before the Prophet’s appearance in Arabian society, there were some who were engaged in looting the trade caravans, killing their newborn daughters and other unethical practices. But the Holy Prophet transformed their lives and made them into exemplary individuals. In this connection, the example of his companion Hazrat Abuzar Ghaffari can be cited.

Birthday of Love: Celebrating the Birth of the Prophet Muhammad
Louay Fatoohi

Rejecting the love of the Prophet (ṣalla Allah ‘alaihi wa sallam): Celebrating birthdays is an established and well-known practice. People celebrate the birthdays of their sons, daughters, siblings, parents, friends, and indeed others they admire for one reason or another. Those who argue that they are uncompromisingly against marking any birthday still have other occasions to celebrate. …

 

Abul Kalam Azad's Legacy Provides The Counter-Narrative For Radical Pan-Islamism
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad

There is none other than Abul Kalam Azad in the Indo Pak history who was par excellence in wisdom, erudition and clarity of thought. The nation aspire for such leaders and wait for centuries to have one like Abul Kalam Azad. He was an esteemed literary figure, poet, religious scholar and a unique statesman.

What We Can Learn From Saladin
Hasher Nisar

Salah ad-Din Yusuf ibn Ayyub (c. 1138-1193), popularly known in the West as Saladin, is a rare figure in Middle Eastern history that earned the respect of Christians, Jews, and Muslims alike. He is primarily known for defeating the Crusaders at the Battle of Hattin and recapturing Jerusalem in 1187. Like anybody, he had flaws, but history upholds him as a paragon of chivalry, compassion, and generosity. ...

Reflections of Sufism in Maulana’s life
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad

Through his fiery eloquence and revolutionary writings first in Al-Hilal and later in Al-Balagh in Calcutta during 1912 and 1916, Maulana Azad roused the Indians from their stupor and political apathy. Although he started his career as an aalim (religious leader), his faith in nationalism, as Mahatama Gandhi described it, was as robust as his faith in Islam.

India is a land of contradictions and nothing typifies this so starkly as the legend of Ghazi Miyan. There is a lot of talk of magical realism in literature but the legend of Ghazi Miyan introduces it in history – past as well as present......

 

Sufi Hazrat Inayat Khan: Muslim or Hindu is Only Outward Distinctions, The Truth Is One, God Is One, Life Is One
Hazrat Inayat Khan

"What has brought you here?" said he, and Inayat replied: "I have heard that the home of Manek Prabhu is not only a religious temple but a centre of music also and as I have taken this tour to pay homage to the holy men living on the soil of India, I first chose to visit this place." "But I am very surprised that you have chosen our place, instead of choosing the place of some Muslim Saint," remarked the astonished youth. To this Inayat replied: "Muslim or Hindu is only outward distinctions, the Truth is one, God is one, and life is one. To me there is no such thing as two. Two is only one plus one."….

Imam Husain Inspires People Towards Excellence, To Create A Better World For Mankind And To Reject Injustice And Tyranny
Qasim A. Moini

SO many centuries after Karbala, Imam Husain continues to inspire people across the world in many different ways. In fact, his magnetism seems to go beyond ritual and devotion; it speaks to the deepest parts of the human soul and tends to bring out the best in mankind.

Ibn-Al- Haytham:  The Father of Modern Optics
Asif Merchant, New Age Islam

An example of his independent thinking is his theory of vision. The earlier greats like Pythagoras, Euclid, Ptolemy, etc. believed that some rays are emitted from the eye, which bounce back from the object into the eye, enabling a person to see the object. Al-Haytham rejected this and explained vision as due to rays of light being reflected from the object into the eye. His experiments in dissection enabled him to understand the structure of the eye, and were able to identify and name the lens, cornea and retina. This led him to correct defective vision by the use of eye glasses. The pin-hole camera, or camera obscurais also his invention. By this he was able to prove that light travels in straight lines…..

 

Remembering Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, The Great Educationist And Secular Nationalist
Sir Syed Ahmed Khan

Born on October 17th, 1817 Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, founder of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) was not just an ordinary educationist, historian, author and jurist but an extra-ordinary reformer, secular nationalist and one of the most important architects of modern India….

Dr. Mike Mohamed Ghouse Dedicated both to Islam and to ‘the Other’
Dr. Mike Mohamed Ghouse

Dr. Ghouse is a proud, unapologetic Moderate Muslim and a passionate advocate of Pluralism in religion, society, politics, race, dining, clothing, dancing, sports and every aspect of life. He is a public speaker, thinker, writer and a commentator who is considered an authority on Pluralism and Interfaith relations in America, and he offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day. What is Pluralism? It is simply, he says, “respecting the otherness of others, and accepting the God-given uniqueness of each one of the 7 billion of us. When we do that, conflicts fade and solutions emerge.”....

The Story of the Prophetic Mission of Muhammad (pbuh) From the Qu’ran (Part 6): The People of the Book and Jiziya
Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

Where the practice of Jiziya can be faulted, is that it continued even after centuries of peace when it should have been abolished, after the state had introduced other taxes on land and produce and on commerce. Jiziya has no religious sanctity as proved by the fact that the Prophet himself did not implement it in the form it appears in 9:29. Verse 9:29 only proved to be an enabling mechanism for the Prophet to make the People of the Book in the territory in which he had become a political leader, agree to become willing subjects and pay tax for services rendered by the state. This was something he had failed to achieve as the political leader in Medina. ….

The Holy Prophet as a Revolutionary Social Reformer
Asif Merchant, New Age Islam

When the Prophet began his Mission, in Mecca, he was bitterly opposed by the vested interests who realized that if he succeeded, their powers would be diminished. So powerful was their opposition that the Prophet had to leave Mecca and relocate himself in Medina, which was not so prosperous, and did not have a powerful aristocracy. The number of dedicated followers increased, and in time, the Meccans had to come to terms with him. At the time of his death, the Prophet had a considerable spiritual following, but, in addition, he also had considerable political power. Most of the Arabian sub-continent was under his rule. The tragedy is that none of his close companions were anywhere near his spiritual stature….

The Indomitable Rumi Part - II
Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi

Maulana Rumi commented that whenever righteous people fall to the mercy of incompetent people, the latter try to convert them to their bad habits. If they refuse, they are subjected to ill treatment. And when the innocent weep, the angels collect their tears and rub them on their bodies and those tears become as valuable as the blood of a martyr.....

 
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