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"The primary conclusion that my mind takes me to is that Muslims enjoy fasting, and those who see us fast observe that enjoyment and want to try it out. It might seem like a simplistic notion, but when you really break it down, if I see you doing something and can see that you love doing it, it's going to incline me towards doing it as well."...

 

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Ramadan
Haroon Moghul

In all seriousness—Ramadan is amazing. I’m celebrating my first month in a Muslim country, and it’s so incredibly spiritually and psychologically uplifting to be in a culture that is saturated with worship, with remembrance, with charity—Muslims are crazy generous in Ramadan; you can get a free iftar almost anywhere—and the experience of fasting, and then breaking fast with friends, family, and other people of faith, creates a sense of community that is profoundly hard to communicate except to experience it firsthand....

 

Religious Harmony: A Biased Mind Cannot Grasp Reality
Dalai Lama

According to Buddhist philosophy, happiness is the result of an enlightened mind whereas suffering is caused by a distorted mind. This is very important. A distorted mind, in contrast to an enlightened mind, is one that is not in tune with reality....

 

Spirituality and Sufism
Dr A Q Khan

However, one should realise that science and technology alone do not turn a person into a fine human being, nor can they turn a brute into a kind soul. As a matter of fact, science and technology in the wrong hands can lead to what Hitler, Bush, Blair, Sarkozy, Obama, etc gave us in Europe, Russia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Pakistan, i.e. destruction, cruelty, violence, torture, etc....

 
The Notion of Fasting In Islam and Other Religions
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

The Notion of Fasting In Islam and Other Religions
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

The Islamic notion of fasting is comparatively broader and more result-oriented. Islam introduced a radical shift in the meaning, form and spirit of the fast. It made the fast more natural and effective. Before Islam, fasting was seen as a symbol of sadness, mourning, atonement for the sins, a reminder of disasters as well as self – mortification, but Islam radicalized such doom and gloom notions of fasting, into an enlightened concept of righteousness and God-consciousness....

Purpose of Life: Swami Rama's View
Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Ph.D

The stream of life is filled with numberless and mysterious currents and crosscurrents, and after making some initial efforts to meditate and noticing a good degree of improvement, students may experience unconscious memories and habit patterns springing up from the depths of the unconscious mind. At this juncture, they cannot escape – nor is there a need to escape – from their own unconscious materials, their Sanskaras....

Revival of interest in Buddhism – apart from movements like those of Ambedkar’s – rides on the simplification of Buddhist precepts in layman’s language, appealing both to the intellect and to the need to adapt insights to daily life. “Watch your breath,” says Thay. “Breathe in and breathe out mindfully, for you are alive.” The other overriding theme is to be free where you are as we all inter-are. “…I am in you and you/ are in me.” ...

 

For Swami Vivekananda, India Was Always a Spiritual Land
Swami Vivekanand

But it was Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) who altered the public discourse on India. He affirmed that India is fundamentally a spiritual land. His was an act of spiritual intuition not political cogitation. He first spoke of the spiritual characteristic of India in Chicago. The Chicago speech series was delivered in 1893, the same year another seer Sri Aurobindo returned to India. It was a year before Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, the lyricist of Vande Mataram, passed away. Bankim had anticipated this spiritual nature of India….

Terrorism Is the Product of Corrupt Minds, Hardened Hearts, and Arrogant Egos
Sheikh Ali Gomaa

Terrorism cannot be born of religion. Terrorism is the product of corrupt minds, hardened hearts, and arrogant egos, and corruption, destruction, and arrogance are unknown to the heart attached to the divine…..

Islam Is Panacea for All the Ills of the World
Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umri, Tr. New Age Islam

Islam Is Panacea for All the Ills of the World
Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umri

Friends! This community has been ordered to rise to establish justice. If this community decides that there should be justice in the world, there can be no injustice on earth. You say with pride that you are 20 crore in this world. May God increase our population. If the 20 crore people decide that there should be justice in our country, it is impossible that there is injustice. There is persecution in the world because you have retreated....

Meditation, Not Dogma, Leads to God
Dr Irshad Rabbani, New Age Islam

Many leaders of the Bhakti movement observed meditation to attain spiritual elevation of soul and being. In Sufism, the Muslim saints had the concept of Dhikr and Fikr through the Quran but in the Bhakti sect, the idea of meditation reached to them through the ancient religious traditions and scriptures that preached monotheism. This concept of monotheism was revived among non-Muslims by the spread of Sufism in India. Thus the practice of meditation found a confluence in both Islam and Hinduism......

Return To The Centre: Ramadan As The Month Of Meaning
Tariq Ramadan

Most of the classical religious teachings regarding the month of Ramadan insist on the rules being respected as well as the deep spiritual dimension of this month of fasting, privations, worship and meditation. While thinking about it more closely, one realises that this month marries apparently contradictory requirements which, nevertheless, together constitute the universe of faith….

 

The point of all this is that stopping the religious right is a global issue. The harm they do in America isn’t trivial, but they do far greater harm in developing countries where constitutional protections aren’t as strong, and where American money exerts an outsized influence. If we can’t stop them here, there are people all over the world who will suffer much worse repercussions…..

 

'Atheism Is, Contrary to What It Intended, a Powerful Factor in Nihilism'
Bernardo Cervellera

Yet, a religious revival of sort is underway in number of places, too often in partial forms through subjective values within a secularised mode, or as a form of religiosity that is detached from the Church, or through the reassertion of traditionalism or fundamentalism For Botturi, it is important to think about Christianity "after secularisation" so that through their contributions Christians and Muslims are not reduced to "passive receptors or adversaries" of modernity....

 

Descended from Berber, Arab and African slaves who once answered the Islamic call to prayer, generations later Wadud would be born to an open-minded Methodist pastor. She grew up witnessing African Americans sawing off the shackles of racial inequality during an often brutal period of US history. As a 16-year-old, Wadud would have watched in horror the assassination in Memphis of Nobel Peace Prize winner and human rights activist, Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.....

 

"Discover for yourself what Islam is and what it stands for", was the suggestion of Fr. Paul Jackson SJ, as he introduced us, to the world of Muslims.  With an anxious heart I, along with my companion, set out for Phulwari Sharif, (Patna, the capital of Bihar, a state of India) to discover Islam in its followers, which had been an alien religion to me.  In this paper I would like to deal with some profound truths that I discovered in my search into the ways of Muslims, whom I met in Phulwari Sharif...

 

Atheism Has Failed, Only Religion Can Defeat the New Barbarians
Jonathan Sacks

I have not yet found a secular ethic capable of sustaining in the long run a society of strong communities and families on the one hand, altruism, virtue, self-restraint, honour, obligation and trust on the other. A century after a civilisation loses its soul it loses its freedom also. That should concern all of us, believers and non-believers alike....

‘Converted' Gitmo Guard Turns Guardian of Inmates
Narayan Lakshman

Where does his passion for this cause come from? Not only conversations with inmates that showed their enduring faith but from the “atrocities” that he said he had witnessed committed at Gitmo. The long list of such acts that Mr. Abdullah describes supplies further context to the hunger strike that more than 100 of the inmates in the prison went on this year....

 

He wanted me to eventually go there to use my position in the country to talk to Muslim women and encourage the fledgling women’s rights movement. I thought this was a great idea. I had seen the Muslim women on TV; I knew they were a poor oppressed group, and I wanted to lead them to the light of 20th century freedom....

 

How Religions Change Their Mind
William Kremer

Once upon a time, animal sacrifice was an important part of Hindu life, Catholic priests weren't celibate and visual depictions of the Prophet Muhammad were part of Islamic art. And soon some churches in the UK may be marrying gay couples. How do religions manage to change their mind?...

 

Power Creates Knowledge: A Case of Islam
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam

With the continuous spread of the power of petrodollar Islam, a new kind of knowledge is being developed, challenging the true spirit of Islam. These “powerful” people are leaving no stone unturned in bringing about a “radical” change in the understanding of Islam. They have the power hence they are creating the knowledge that Islam is about dominating the world and subjugating people and forcing others to convert to Islam....

The Joy of Sorrow
Sadia Dehlvi

The Joy of Sorrow
Sadia Dehlvi

The truly enlightened soul realises that both affliction and bounties come from God and a friendship with Him requires that you embrace both with gratitude and patience. Those afflicted with a severe calamity should take comfort from the fact that those with the strongest faith are given harder trials....

Dangerous Emotions, Liberating Spirituality
Tariq Ramadan

Distancing ourselves from our selves whilst at the same time striving to achieve deep insight is, therefore associated with elevating consciousness above the physical dimension of the elements with a view to understanding their metaphysical meaning and their inscription within the cosmos....

 
Homes Are Peaceful Abode for Muslims
Sheikh M. Salih Al-Munajjid

If you think about those who are homeless, who live in shelters, or on the streets, or as refugees scattered in temporary camps, then you will realize the blessings of having a home. If you listen to a distressed homeless person saying, “I have nowhere to settle, no fixed place to stay. Sometimes I sleep in others’ house, sometimes in a café or park or on the sea-front, and I keep my clothes in my car,” then you will realize the disruption that results from not having the blessing of a home....

 

Here is a person singing the praise of his Lord. But the Lord he praises is not the Lord of any particular race or community or religious group but Lord of all the worlds, Rabb ul-Aalameen, the source of sustenance and mercy uniformly for all mankind. The devotee invokes God in the name of His attributes....

 


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