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Many a times, we hear people say “Oh well, It was never in my destiny for this to happen” or “What’s written for you will happen”. But is it really like that? I mean, we Muslims believe that God has created us with free will to make our own decisions, that’s why there is a Day of Judgement. Because if we didn’t have free will and everything was written for us already, then there would be no point of having a Judgement Day as we couldn’t be rewarded nor punished because nothing was in our hands. But it isn’t like that...

Lament for Humanity: A 50 Year Reflection
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam
Lament for Humanity: A 50 Year Reflection
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

Despite this readily available information, governments continue to prioritize spending $US2, 000,000,000 each day on military violence, the sole purpose of which is to terrorize and kill fellow human beings, now or in the future....

 
Prayers and Peace for Orlando
Sahar, New Age Islam

I dedicate a lantern of peace to the grieving people of Orlando, as a symbol of solidarity with the victims of the terror attack. I pray that God, who is so loving that He rushes to help a tiny helpless baby squirrel in distress, will help the world become a peace-filled place one day very soon...

A Critique of Human Society since the Neolithic Revolution
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam
A Critique of Human Society since the Neolithic Revolution
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

From the evolution of homo sapiens until the Neolithic revolution, human beings lived as hunter-gatherers following the seasonal round. During this long period, virtually all activities from hunting and gathering food to a multiplicity of social and cultural activities were simply manifestations of a felt desire to do something functional, meaningful and enjoyable...

 
Welcome Criticism as an Intellectual Mirror
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
Welcome Criticism as an Intellectual Mirror
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Criticism promotes thinking along new and different lines. It is the result of thinking in a fresh and original way and, as such, it is a healthy factor in society. Because, as it has been said, when all think alike, no one thinks very much. Critical thinking is constructive thinking....

 
The Psychology of Denial
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam
The Psychology of Denial
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

This fear/delusion combination arises because, in the emotional sense, the person probably does have 'very little'. If a person is denied their emotional needs as a child, they will often learn to regard material possessions as the only measure of value in the quality of their life. And because material possessions can never replace an emotional need, no amount of material wealth can ever feel as if it is 'enough'....

Formula for a Harmonious Marriage
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, New Age Islam
Formula for a Harmonious Marriage
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

In line with their emotional nature, most women are more soft. They are able to solve problems using this softness that they have been blessed with. The good that lies in men’s stubbornness is that where needed, they can deal with issues in a stronger way....

 
The Possible and the Impossible
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
The Possible and the Impossible
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

Our first task is to discover that the universe is functioning on the basis of the law of nature that has been established by the Creator. This law is not going to be changed for anyone’s sake...

 
Look Within To Find Solutions
Sadia Dehlvi
Look Within To Find Solutions
Sadia Dehlvi

The Quran has an entire chapter called Namal (ant), named after one of God’s tiny creations. It contains the enchanting story of Prophet King Solomon and his encounter with the ant colony. God gifted Solomon, son of David, with special powers to hear and understand the communications of all Jinns, birds and animals....

 
Ignoring the Creator A Grave Sin
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
Ignoring the Creator A Grave Sin
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Failing at first to acknowledge the favours of one’s fellow men leads on to failure to give wholehearted credence to the Lord of the Universe. There is no greater loss in this world than one who has failed to acknowledge his Creator without whose favour one’s existence would have not been possible. ...

 
Burden or Blessing?
Shopa, New Age Islam

Often, we have no control over the difficult situations we are confronted with. But what we can certainly control are our responses to them. If we choose the right responses, even in the midst of very trying situations we wouldn’t want to give up on life or fall prey to the temptation to think of life as a heavy burden, and not the blessing that it is...

 

Finally remember, an insulting word said even in jest can break a heart; the meanest phrase in the English language is “let bygone be bygone”, it is pure selfishness.  Avoid the situation where any of you would have to say that.....

What Little Shom Taught Me
Su Niye, New Age Islam

Sometimes, when I do that, I bend down to touch her feet. Guess where I learnt that from? From little Shom! He, that 2 year-old adopted son of a ‘domestic servant’ taught me how to respect my 102 year-old grandmother!...

Practise Forgiveness Instead of Revenge
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
Practise Forgiveness Instead of Revenge
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

Sooner or later, everyone is bound to do something wrong. Then the saying ‘To err is human’ should be borne in mind. This being so, taking revenge means making not just one mistake, but making mistake after mistake. ...

Around the time I got pregnant, I was deeply impressed by a CNN iReport, "Why I Raise My Children Without God" written by a Texan mother who outlined under succinct subheads all the reasons why god is a pretty useless concept to teach kids: "God is a bad parent and role model... God is not logical... God is not fair... God does not protect the innocent... God is not present... God Does Not Teach Children to Be Good... God Teaches Narcissism... It all made tremendous sense then and it makes tremendous sense now...

 
Share Your Spiritual Experiences with Others
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
Share Your Spiritual Experiences with Others
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

If you discover the value of well-wishing, and decide to live as a well-wisher for all humankind, then you are one who engages in applied spirituality. Likewise, if you have a bad experience with your neighbours, but avoid treating this as a departure from normalcy and face those neighbours with a smile, then that too is an example of applied spirituality. Spirituality comprises a set of values. ....

Water from Stones
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
Water from Stones
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

This is a sign of God, providing us with valuable lessons about the amazing potentials and possibilities that God has kept for us in this world to access. A rock is a hard, dry object but water can start to drip from it when a certain action is performed on it!...

 
Life is…a Life-Long School
Life is…a Life-Long School
Roshan Shah, New Age Islam

One way of looking at life is to think of it as a school that extends, quite literally, from womb to tomb. Life is a life-long process of education that provides us with innumerable potential educative experiences, each of which can teach us something valuable for our spiritual evolution. At every moment of our lives, we are faced with a particular situation.  Each such situation is a ‘class’, as it were, for us to learn from. But that learning can happen only if we seek to discern what the situation we are faced with can teach us....

 

So, if you come up to me and start complaining about how hot it is and I don’t join you in that, but, instead, start talking about how wonderful the mango trees look, bursting with their summer fruits, how amazing the summer sky, empty of clouds, seems or how delicious this summer’s watermelons are, please don’t think I haven’t heard you or that I’m not bothered about how terrible you feel about the heat. If I don’t join you in moaning about the weather it’s only because I want to be happy, and I want you to be, too! ....

I heard the Koel singing its soulful song early this morning!

I felt it was praising the Lord after munching summer fruits on the tree.

The summer sun displays hope, joy, and long days of work and action!...

The Perils of Prejudice
The Perils of Prejudice
Roshan Shah, New Age Islam

Prejudice takes a heavy toll on relationships. It had destroyed my relationship with my father. Prejudice, I can vouch from my own experience, hurts the one who harbours it more than whom it is harboured against. This holds true at both the individual and collective levels. Prejudices can lead to wars within families as well as between communities and nations....

Spirituality and Parenting
Roshan Shah, New Age Islam

The materialist understanding of the purpose of human life is, of course, in total contrast to the religious. And as materialism advances—it being as missionising a religion as any of the ‘traditional’ religions—it infects the ways in which appropriate parenting is seen by many, even by those who do not consider themselves atheists, because of which they pay little or no attention to the innate spiritual needs of their children. ....

 
I Wish You Had Not Done What You Had Done
Rashid Samnakay, New Age Islam

The lesser gods and higher echelon is duty bound to clean up their act and consider the obvious consequences of their strategies, personal or national to prevent the rise of the Biblical Beasts of Revelation such as Tony Blair’s Islamic State or Barak Obama’s mythological many-headed Hydra whose one head when chopped off would re-grow many more.....

 

Charity is demeaning to the receiver and the code of Islam commands the State for the establishment of a system to ensure that human dignity is not violated by receiving charity.  وَاَتُوالزَکاوتہ and proffer Zakat, the tax; as against offer, as an act of worship or devotion for holy reward; is not the function and obligation of a responsible State....

 

“My father was a B.A., and my mother studied till Class 5. They lived in a small, rented apartment till the end. In the eyes of the world, they weren’t very well ‘educated’ or economically ‘successful’,” Mangal continued. “But, despite that—or maybe because of that—they provided us with a spiritual and value-based approach to life, which is what true education ought to mean if you ask me.....

 


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