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Let us love all people in the world in His name. Let our hearts go out in compassion and sympathy towards all those who are in sorrow and suffering. Let us invoke His blessings upon them. May we become His true children inheriting the qualities of our Divine parentage!

The Folly of the ‘Expert
The Folly of the ‘Expert
Sheesha He, New Age Islam

Confronting her dark secrets and reflecting on some of the many mistakes she had made hadn’t been at all easy. But at the end of it she was very glad that she went through the process, for two valuable lessons it had helped her learn—the need to develop a close relationship with God, and the need for this relationship to be expressed in the form of an ethical life, lived for a purpose higher than a mere paid holiday....

 

As Muslims, our role model in treating children is the Prophet, peace be upon him, who was extremely kind and merciful when dealing with children. It is narrated that Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “We were praying ‘Isha` prayer with the Messenger of Allah — prayer and peace of Allah be upon him — when he prostrated Al-Hassan and Al-Hussain would jump on his back, when he rises with his head he picks them gently from the back and places them (on the floor) kindly, so when he returns (to prostration) they return to what they do, and when he ended his prayer he would put them on his thighs.”....

 

If there’s still hope for the world, it must have something to do with the fact that there are still good people like Hasan around, who, refusing to being overwhelmed by what  seem like impossible hurdles, turn them into a means for hope and joy for others....

 
Seeing God Equally in All Things
Dr Muhammad Maroof Shah

“The just are so set on justice that if God were not just they would not care a bean for God…To the just man nothing gives more pain or distress than when, counter to justice, he loses his equanimity in all things. How so? If one thing can cheer you and another depress, you are not just: if you are happy at one time you should be happy at all times. If you are happier at one moment than another, that is not just. The true lover of justice is so established in what he loves that it is his very being: nothing can drag him from it, and he cares for nothing else.”....

 
Era of Peace
Swami Ramdas
Era of Peace
Swami Ramdas

Let the mind be purified and disciplined through communion with God and let the hands and feet be active in the service of suffering humanity. Life is intended for attaining immortality and union with the Divine. Life, if it is not illumined with His radiance and action, if it is not in consonance with His will, goes only to add to the existing discord and disorder....

 
Why Should We Be Grateful To God?
Sant Rajinder Singhji
Why Should We Be Grateful To God?
Sant Rajinder Singhji

With all that has been given to us, we blame God when one thing goes wrong. How would we think God feels when that happens? Few are grateful to God for the good they receive so that when something goes wrong they tell God, “its okay, God. I still love You, I am grateful to You, and I know You are there....

 

It pained him to think of how he had so much of his life trying to reform others but with no success. One day, tired of these haunting memories, he turned to God and poured out his heart: “Lord, I’ve wasted my entire life! Trying to change others while never once thinking of changing myself only made me a very bitter person—and it didn’t help make others any better. My desire to change others made people avoid me, and it completely ruined my family.”...

 
The Quest for World Peace
Swami Ramdas
The Quest for World Peace
Swami Ramdas

There is only one way out of the impasse. That is for every individual to realise the great Truth that underlies the entire universe and thereby establish true harmony and goodwill on this distracted earth. Peace is within us. It is in the Self, the Atman, which, as the Upanishads declare, is Shanti Samriddham Amritam – is full of Peace and is immortal. So we should set about realising the Divine within our hearts and spread the glory of God everywhere and shed on all the people who come in contact with us the light which we have gained for ourselves....

This situation places an enormous responsibility on people who insist on appearing in public in this distinct manner—for, now they are responsible, in a major way, for the reputation that their religion and community has among others. How they behave in public will play a major role in shaping how others look at their religion and community. It is likely that people who see them will associate their behaviour with the religion that they claim to follow and to their community....

 

How, Baldwin asks, can white Americans live normal lives among the descendants of the slaves who built their wealth? How, for that matter, can men live normal lives alongside women, whose sacrifices and labour were invisible for so many years? How can immigrants from poor and war-torn countries live normal lives as Americans?...

 

It is time to change the religious mind-set of people to do just that, and obey the Creator's command that He has forbidden to take life except “Rightfully”. There cannot be a more compelling “Rightful” purpose than maintaining the dignity of “Life” at every stage of its journey in this world, for a sensitive person of sound mind and mature age. In dying there is a concern for others. If David Goodall, a nonbeliever in the After-life, but a believer in Life-after was to lobby Muslims for his cause; he would have echoed 'Iqbal's' thoughts to them:

Maut May Bhee Zindagani Kee Tarap Mastoor Hai

Concealed in Death is also the Concern for Life.....

God is the ultimate truth and God is the ultimate love. Or, as a physicist would say, electromagnetic waves are the ultimate phenomena which determine how the universe works. Without light and without God everything will be dark....

 

Now, in many societies we witness a distinct shift from a love-ethic oriented society to one that is based on economic motivation. Under this new value system where accumulation of money, ruthless competition and conspicuous consumption become the order of the day, people become objects that can be used, discarded and disposed of at will....

 
Nonviolence or Nonexistence: The Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam
Nonviolence or Nonexistence: The Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

Despite the vastly more perilous state of our planet, many people and organizations around the world are following in the footsteps of Gandhi, King and other nonviolent luminaries like Silo, and are engaged in what is effectively a last ditch stand to end the violence and put humanity on a path to peace, justice and sustainability. ‘Men for years now have been talking about war and peace. Now no longer can they just talk about it. It is no longer a choice between violence and non-violence in this world, it is non-violence or non-existence. That is where we are today.’...

 
Are We Already Living in Virtual Reality?
Joshua Rothman
Are We Already Living in Virtual Reality?
Joshua Rothman

“I need you to think of a personal problem that is causing a bit of distress in your life,” Neyret said, while I went through a few embodiment exercises. “You will explain the problem to Freud. Then, when you finish speaking, you will press this button”—she guided my hand to a controller—“and you will enter Freud’s body. Listen carefully to yourself, and try to give yourself some advice.” The virtual world shifted. I was sitting at a desk in an expansive, glass-walled house. Outside, wildflowers punctuated a sunlit lawn. Across from me, behind his own desk, sat Sigmund Freud. There was a large red light on my desk. It turned green....

 
The Essence of Prayer
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
The Essence of Prayer
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

The truth is that inconsistency of this nature can only come from artificial prayer—prayer performed because it is the done thing rather than as a conscious expression of awareness of God. True prayer comes from remembrance of God, and one who remembers God cannot forget Him….

 
Loving God and Living Fully
Rev. Dr. Richard Howell
Loving God and Living Fully
Rev. Dr. Richard Howell

In fact, it requires our lives, which in turn saves our lives (Mark 8:35). This external and internal nature of obedience helped Robert grow up spiritually. It helped him integrate various parts of his character that were either in conflict with another or alienated. Initially, Robert shared; he used to avoid intimacy because he found it difficult to trust people....

 

Every day, according to some estimates, human adults kill 50,000 of our children. The true figure is probably significantly higher. We kill children in wars. See, for example, ‘Scourging Yemen’. We kill them with drones. We kill them in our homes and on the street. We shoot them at school. We also kill children in vast numbers by starving them to death, depriving them of clean drinking water, denying them medicines…

 
The Global Elite is Insane Revisited
The Global Elite is Insane Revisited
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

All those individuals – politicians, businesspeople, academics, corporate media editors and journalists, judges and lawyers, bureaucrats…. – who serve the elite, including by not exposing and resisting it, are also insane. And it is important to understand this if we are to develop and implement effective strategies to resist elite violence, exploitation and destruction but also avert the now-imminent human extinction driven by their insane desire for endless personal privilege, corporate profit and political control whatever the cost to Earth’s biosphere and life forms (human and non-human alike)….

 

He and many others leading thinkers have argued for decades that literature, art and music are essential for our cultural awareness, creativity and humanity. They ought to be more than mere hobbies or pastimes. Instead, rigorous engagement with art allows everyone, including the hardcore scientists, to see the world in a different light, to learn from masters of a different discipline and above all recognise the beauty in creativity. ...

 

When we’ve been through years of living on this planet, doing this and that, and finally begin to approach the end of our journey here, we, too, must begin the process of ‘packing up’ our ‘luggage’ that’s lying around, like passengers on a long train journey who are about  to arrive at their destination. This ‘packing up’ of our ‘luggage’ that’s strewn about could mean different things to different people....

 

The imported versions in the Muslim countries, though, had even that component filtered out. And the results are visible. We can solve our problem once we realise our mistakes. The first purpose of our education system must be to produce qualified citizens and leaders for the Islamic society. Islamic moral training (Tarbiyat) must be an integral part of it. This must be the soul of our education, not a ceremonial husk....

 
The Secret of Happiness
Ahmed Al-Arfaj
The Secret of Happiness
Ahmed Al-Arfaj

Happiness is something we create as Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said “Knowledge means taking it upon one’s self to learn, meekness (showing patience and humility) means taking it upon one’s self to be meek and patience means taking it upon one’s self be patient”....

 
Saying a Prayer I Don’t Believe In
Jay P. Lefkowitz
Saying a Prayer I Don’t Believe In
Jay P. Lefkowitz

Whatever its origins, the text of the prayer leaves me cold. Each day as I say the Kaddish, I struggle with the fact that I am praising a God who, according to Jewish tradition, created the world “according to His Will.” Does God really will that the world endure the cruelty and suffering we see so often? And, on a more personal level, did God will that my father, an intellectual who suffered from dementia, would lose the ability to communicate and have the mental faculties of a 5-year-old during his last 18 months on earth?...

 
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