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Can You Be Too Religious?
Giles Fraser

The multitude of your sacrifices – what are they to me? says the Lord. I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals; I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats. Stop bringing meaningless offerings! Your incense is detestable to me. New moons, Sabbaths and convocations – I cannot bear your worthless assemblies….

British Catholics' Quandary
Kenan Malik

Religious institutions necessarily spurn the modern and the fashionable, in favor of the traditional and the sacred. But it points up the dilemma in which religion finds itself in the modern world. If religious institutions do not change, they risk becoming obsolete……

The book is not the religion, nor is the statue, the building or the priest. These are only “containers.” What does the book teach us? What does the statue represent? What qualities are the priests supposed to embody? This is the “content”…..

 

Other studies have discovered that as people age, they seek out situations that will lift their moods — for instance, pruning social circles of friends or acquaintances who might bring them down. Still other work finds that older adults learn to let go of loss and disappointment over unachieved goals, and hew their goals toward greater wellbeing. So if you thought being old would make you miserable, rest assured that it's likely you'll develop a more positive outlook than you probably have now.....

Religious powers can serve as a true Higher Power to enforce restrains of selfishness, identification with an in-group to promote strong social bonds, to incur a moral imperative to follow rules. Now with the more recent advent of agriculture and permanent settlements, in the past 10,000 to 12,000 years, hierarchical societies emerged based on division of labour. More elaborated religion served in part the objectives of maintaining social order and sometimes justifying hugely powerful royalty.....

Sex, Doubt and the Pope
Gary Gutting

Even more important are Pope Francis’s remarks about the role of uncertainty in religious life. The stubborn refusal to admit mistakes is the original sin of the Catholic Church. But Pope Francis speaks of the “uncertainty” always involved in the process of spiritual discernment and emphasizes that “the great leaders of the people of God, like Moses, have always left room for doubt. You must leave room for the Lord, not for our certainties.”

Are You Taking Your Blessings For Granted?
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

It is the culture of ingratitude that has ruined people’s sense of morality. If you are ungrateful to God, you will be ungrateful to man as well. Gratefulness is directly related to moral values. A society lacking in gratitude is also bereft of moral values….

 

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The Blessings of Gratitude: One Who Does Not Thank People Does Not Thank God

 

In Story 1 the Pope may be sneaking out at night to deliver alms to the poor just like he did as a bishop in Argentina.  In Story 2, a US Bishop has donned the disguise of a homeless man and faced prejudice in the one place he thought he would never see it......

 

I would continue to attend Hightower’s services on Thursday nights and then go to Jumu’ah on Fridays for at least nine months and over the last part of those nine months I began to ask Allah to show me the straight path because although I still proclaimed to be a Christian I knew that Islam was a true religion. Slowly Islam touched my heart and I stopped attending the Christian services there shortly after I took my Shahadah (Masha-Allah) and my life changed drastically ever since!.....

 

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Freeways to Decongest Human Thoughts
Rashid Samnakay, New Age Islam

The societies which had balanced these freedoms, that of expression of thoughts and propagated their ideas with responsible conduct, have progressed and prospered but those that furrowed within ruts had constricted, restricted use of intelligence the nature’s gifts had stagnated, regressed and finally ruined.....

 
Day of Ashura
Sadia Dehlvi

Day of Ashura
Sadia Dehlvi

It is believed that the arc of Prophet Noah came to rest on mount Judi after sailing on the sea for six months. Noah and his followers fasted to thank the Lord. The Red Sea is said to have parted on the tenth day of Muharram, delivering the followers of Moses and drowning the oppressive Egyptian pharaoh and his army…..

Paths Are Many; The Rishi’s Call It By Many Names
Yogi Baba Prem

One of the most common quotes I hear from Hindu’s is that we are all one, all the religions teach the same thing, and there is no difference between Hinduism and other religions. Ironically, we do not hear this view from Christians, Muslims or other groups. The Christian and Muslim are not likely to embrace Krishna when he said, “All paths, Arjuna, lead to Me.” (Bhagavad Gita 4.11) Likewise, the Christian view that Jesus is the only path is not embraced by Hinduism, nor does the Muslim believe that Allah or Mohammad is Krishna…..

 

Nationality and Religion Are Two Different Aspects of Ones Identity
Chetan Bhagat

If we went back to strict orthodox Hinduism of the 16th century, for instance, it would hamper us from being part of today's globalised world…..

1 Muharram in any Hijrah year was the day that saw the Hijrah or migration by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the early Muslims from Makkah to Madinah that took place on 622 AD. It was the day that transformed the Muslims from a downtrodden, abused and discriminated people to a free, civilised and sovereign people. The Hijrah not only impacted positively on the Muslims but also the whole world….

 

Lamps for Diwali: Lit By Wisdom
Swati Chopra

May this Diwali bring to us the rare light of wisdom and illuminate not only our hearts and homes, but also every nook of this great land of ours. As we trundle into another election year, it is a prayer that will probably resonate with most Indians this Diwali…..

Life and Saying of Buddha (Part II)
Syed Manzoor Alam, New Age Islam

Buddhist philosophers constantly ask themselves ‘what do we mean by ‘self’’? The answer though varies amongst philosophers but on one thing there is total harmony and that is the avoidance of extremes in their thinking and answers. They cannot affirm too much identity to the ‘self’ and they also cannot deny it too much because it needs to be taken seriously to pursue the religious life…..

Falsehood of Fustian Priestly Labels
Rashid Samnakay, New Age Islam

Self-promotion and self-preservation is an instinct in all creatures created by the Creator. But hypocrisy of classification of the learned is intellectual fraud; cowardice on the part of the silent minority, and ignorance on the part of the common people. People are confused with arguments, hence:

نقطے کے زِير و زَبر سے، ہمخُداسے جُدا ہوے…….

 
Life and Sayings of Buddha (Part I)
Syed Manzoor Alam, New Age Islam

Buddhist tradition too believed in the Doctrine of Reincarnation. People assumed that human being did not live just one life; rather they believed that they cycled around again and again in a perpetual process of death and rebirth. This process was known as Samsara- which means to travel from one life to the next….

Religion and Its Universality
Swami Ramdas

Christ, Buddha, Krishna or Mohammed are not for being held merely as great ideals to be worshipped from afar. We have to mould and transform our lives so that we may become like them - rise to their stature and know our real divine and immortal nature. Inherently every soul is bathing in the light and joy of God. If we only attain to the awareness of this glory, we can bring peace and goodwill in the world, otherwise not. Mere preaching, without becoming a flaming example that touches, elevates and transmutes the hearts of men, can do little good….

 
The ‘Islamisation’ of Violence
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

The ‘Islamisation’ of Violence
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

A second, even more frightening, form of ‘ideological violence’ was that which emerged in parts of the Muslim world. In the first half of the twentieth century, this extremist ideology got a major boost. Two Muslim parties were particularly responsible for developing and spreading this ideology—the Ikhwan ul-Muslimeen or ‘Muslim Brotherhood’, in the Arab world, and the Jamaat-e Islami, in the non-Arab world….

 
Peace, the Means for Security
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Peace, the Means for Security
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Muslim ‘leaders’ from across the world have wrongly branded secularism as ‘irreligiousness’ (la-Diniyyat), unleashing not just verbal but actual physical war against it. In this way, they have unnecessarily become enemies of secularism. Thereby, they have lost the valuable protection that the secular system provided them….

Given all our conflicts and wars, even among people of one faith, one writer reflected over the life of Abraham and raised the question of whether we treated our religions as idols, a practice Abraham and Muhammad sought to abolish. Both gained many enemies in trying to convince their people of the futile worship of idols — the story goes that Abraham was even cursed by his own father, whose main occupation was crafting the statues of the gods….

Changing Your Enemy into Your Friend
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

If a person realizes this fundamental truth and remains deeply aware of it, he will never blame others for his problems and inflict violence on them. Instead, he will engage in a comprehensive and unconditional examination of his own life…..

Contemporary Hajj of Islam
Dr Syed Javed Hussain

The occasion of Hajj with the largest concentration of believers of any faith on earth provides tremendous opportunity to Muslims. Muslims however, are yet to fully exploit its political, social, ideological, economic and intellectual potentialities.  So far, they are content with assimilating its religious, spiritual and divine realities....



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