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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?...

 

Set your alarm clock for the duration of your Chat-and-Paw session. Then, take your pen and your Chat-and-Paw notebook, sit in a comfortable position and start your conversation with God.  As the conversation proceeds, write down all the things that you tell God...

 
Tips for Tranquillity
Dr A Q Khan
Tips for Tranquillity
Dr A Q Khan

One big advantage of believing in the Creator is that, whenever in distress, there is something solid to hold onto, someone to pray to and seek favour and hope from. Those who do not believe in a higher being have nothing to hold on to, nobody to seek relief from for their problems and nobody to ask for guidance and help or remain close to them when in a difficult situation....

 
Life Fundamentals
Amin Valliani
Life Fundamentals
Amin Valliani

Though the relationship among family members can come under stress due to modern lifestyles, with love and affection one can make the family a fortress. The art of compromise and give and take is an essential component of life. In case of rigidity and inflexibility, the family breaks up. This creates a terrible situation for all the members of family but the children suffer the most....

 

      The word (Sukhan), according to Bedil, constitutes “the soul of the universe and the true principle of the reality of the existing things. When the word strives in the path of concealment of meaning-reality, it is like a whole world locking its breath in its breast. And when it boils over to reveal the text, it is a whole world growing up and rising upon it.” Encountering the Real in the poetic way is what the key practice of Zikr aims at....

 
There Is an Enormous Energy Reservoir in You
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
There Is an Enormous Energy Reservoir in You
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Man himself is the master of his destiny. It all depends on how much a person has unfolded his mind and how much energy the mind has released.  One achieves greater or smaller successes in life depending on how much energy one’s mind releases.  Every man is a self-made man.  But the quantum of success depends on one’s own planning. ...

Junk Planet: Is Earth the Largest Garbage Dump in the Universe? Concluding Part
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam
Junk Planet: Is Earth the Largest Garbage Dump in the Universe? Concluding Part
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

Remember Gandhi? He was not just the great Indian independence leader. His personal possessions at his death numbered his few items of self-made clothing and his spectacles. We can’t all be like Gandhi but he can be a symbol to remind us that our possessions and our consumption are not the measure of our value....

The world has shrunk beyond imagination. Television technology remains in a state of rapid flux. Thousands of channels are now available via satellite on the click of a button. It has become impossible for governments to hold or manipulate any information from people at large. Where information has flooded our minds, our libraries have been deserted. Information once mined from libraries, books and encyclopaedias is available at a single click from Google....

 
Junk Planet: Is Earth the Largest Garbage Dump in the Universe? Part One
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam
Junk Planet: Is Earth the Largest Garbage Dump in the Universe? Part One
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

The garbage, otherwise labelled ‘pollution’ that we dump into our atmosphere obviously includes the waste products from our burning of fossil fuels and our farming of animals. Primarily this means carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide generated by driving motor vehicles and burning coal, oil and gas to generate electricity, and agriculture based on the exploitation of animals. This is having a devastating impact on Earth’s climate and environment with a vast array of manifestations adversely impacting all life on Earth....

 

Erasmus sought to warn his fellow Christians of the catastrophe he saw looming—in vain. After his death, in 1536, Europe descended into a century of religious-fuelled violence, culminating in the Thirty Years’ War (1618–1648)—the continent’s most destructive conflict before World War I. Erasmus’s ideas about tolerance, peace, and clemency were ruthlessly suppressed. Both Catholics and Protestants dismissed him as a weak, vacillating man who lacked ardour and conviction...

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