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The news are replete with imageries of crimes, violence, human rights violations, wars, and conflicts between people and nations. Images of ISIS beheading their civilian captives; ethnic wars which led to genocide in Africa and Eastern Europe; America’s pre-emptive war against Iraq which killed thousands of civilians; and tortures of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay are some contemporary examples of the evils that humans are capable of doing to their fellow human beings. Then there is the contemporary struggle of mainstream moderate Muslims against Islamic militant groups such as the Taliban.....

 
Legacy of War
Robert J. Burrowes for New age Islam

Sometimes when we reflect on war, we talk about sacrifice for a good cause. Other times, we talk about the cost, in lives or liberties lost. Occasionally, we talk about the horror. Sometimes we talk about the gains, nationally or internationally, for freedom and democracy. And rarely, we analyse the causes of war and lament that one day we might end it....

 
Love Wins: Happy Easter!
Kitty Chappell for New Age Islam

The living God who lovingly created everything and holds our world, the universe and all the galaxies in balance. A God who, by creating mankind—you, me, us— in His own image, endowed us with a powerful gift that only he and we have....

Dates on a Calendar
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

Dates on a Calendar
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

One is to simply pass your time, and the other is to avail of your time. If you live just to pass time, you are simply wasting your life....

 

India’s Heart Is in the Right Place
Peter Ronald Desouza

In India’s new expressive humanism, in the form of the green corridor for heart transplants, there are no caste, community, or gender biases. None of India’s prejudices can be seen in this act of giving life to total strangers. How different it is from the politics of today where the other is regarded as a hostile other....

 
Who’s a ‘Friend Indeed’?
Roshan, New Age Islam

There are some people who don’t even have an animal as friend, though, but even they have, if they choose to remember, a friend they can always rely on: God. As the Hindi/Urdu saying goes, Jiska koi nahi, uska Khuda hai (‘He who has no one [as a friend] has God’)….

 

Dealing with difficult situations isn’t easy, of course. It requires great wisdom, patience, large-heartedness and tact. How quickly we succumb to the temptation to react to such situations immediately and unthinkingly, completely forgetting that we’re doing ourselves much greater harm than the person we get angry or irritated with!....

Always Be Ready For Reassessment:  the Future Is Yours
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

It is dangerous to live in the past. Also, it is disastrous for a person to refuse to go beyond the present. This kind of thinking is not good for anyone, neither for individuals nor for nations. One has to reassess and re-examine one’s life on a daily basis. Only by adopting this practice can you save yourself from negative results. ....

 

I wasn’t pleased with myself then, as you can imagine. I had taken to prayer recently, but I had never bothered to pray to God for the victims of any of the terrible incidents that I had read or heard about in the media. Not once had any of these people—victims of wars, terror attacks and communal riots, of rapes and murders, and all other sorts of horrific crimes—ever figured in my prayers. Instead, my prayers were essentially all for and about myself...

The other extreme reaction we often take, especially as Christians, is passivity.  We become like doormats and we allow difficult people to walk all over us.  This is how we interpret Jesus' words in Matthew 5.  We think the best response is no response.  We think difficult people will repent when they see our inaction, hear our silence, taste our saltiness, or feel our love.....

 

On our first date, she asked me if I believed in God. I told her that I did, but I wasn't sure about religion. She, too, was raised culturally Muslim. She told me that she didn't drink alcohol, that she prayed regularly, and that her relationship with God was very important to her. I was quite surprised that we were talking about this on our first date. Both of us were comfortably "out" to our friends and were involved in social justice activism - where sexual politics are familiar topics - but I wasn't used to discussing my relationship with religion and faith in this context…..

 

Get Rid Of Depression: Discover the Creation Plan
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Man has a dual personality; physical and spiritual. In physical terms, man's body measuring no more than a few feet is very limited. Due to this limited being, man develops boredom as far as his physical domain in concerned. But, his spiritual or intellectual being has no limits. Your mind travels in an unlimited space. It travels by means of thinking, and there is no boundary for the thinking process. It continues its journey unfettered, by crossing all kinds of barriers…..

 

In Maya, the Killer and the Killed
Devdutt Pattanaik

Those who felt gleeful self-righteousness in mocking the Prophet are in Maya. So are those who took such serious offence to it. The killer is in Maya and so is the killed. Those who judge one as the victim and the other as the villain are also in Maya. We all live in our constructed realities, some based on measurement, some indifferent to measurement, each one eager to dismiss the other, rendering them irrelevant: The other is the barbarian who needs to be educated. The other is also the intellectual who is best killed….

 

Pinky, Khush, Husain, Divya, the Cats, Curly and the Squirrels may not have scripted any tomes on spirituality, God or religion. Nor have they trained in theology at seminaries and universities. But they are all helping me learn and understand God and faith better than many wordy and voluminous tomes could. Truly wonderful spiritual teachers they are! A huge ‘thank you’ to them all!.....

Relating to God directly and dispensing with institutionalised religion, we can be free from what we earlier imagined was the obligation to let religious professionals, texts and traditions dictate what our relationship with God should be….

 

Even as news comes in from Paris of gunmen attacking a French magazine office and killing 12 people, I grope to comprehend the minds of people who can snuff out lives —whether men, women or even children. In a story by Krishan Chander, two soldiers are returning home in a pensive mood after world War II . One soldier hopes that someday all soldiers will lay down their arms and refuse to fight.  The other responds that in that case the enemy would win. The story captures our innermost insecurities and conditioning of our minds, which would require an enemy even when none might exist. The search for peace is a journey which must begin with a reality check within, of our real anxieties, fears and hopes, and the realisation that these are common concerns.....

 
Life's Journey in 2015
New Age Islam News Bureau

Life's Journey in 2015

"Worrying does not take away tomorrow's troubles; it takes away today's peace".....

 
Lou Ann’s Gift
Kitty Chappell

Lou Ann’s Gift
Kitty Chappell

During this coming year, I pray each of us will strive to let those around us know how much they are loved. If we can’t easily express our love, we can give words of appreciation and gratitude which will make them feel loved. We can offer a heartfelt compliment, give praise when it’s due, return kindness for their rudeness when they’re having a bad day, and we can smile. These thoughtful acts of kindness—that really cost us nothing other than cultivating an awareness of others, is small gifts with potential for big impact. For they clearly say “I don’t know you, but I love you.”.....

Welcoming the New Year!
Shu Shi, New Age Islam

I really don’t believe that the onset of a new year is anything to be celebrated or to be unusually excited about. If it’s the newness of a new year that is supposedly cause for celebration, then why not celebrate the newness of every new day? Or, better still; why not celebrate the newness of every new moment?....

 

Goodness is greatly infectious—perhaps more so than evil. As we begin to radiate goodness, we will find it rapidly spreading all around us, reaching out to and embracing ever increasing numbers of people. And then, who knows, the little efforts that we start off with may all go on to converge and coalesce into a mighty global movement that might one day embrace the whole world!....

'You Get What You Give'
Roshan, New Age Islam

On the other hand, if you find yourself depressed and fed up of life, it is likely that you have been nursing ill-will against all and sundry or against specific people. If you are down and out and feel that no one in the world loves you, it is because you haven’t been very loving to others yourself. If you’re upset because you are lonely and no one wants to be friends with you, it is likely that you haven’t bothered to be friendly with people either. If you think others, even close relatives and people you once thought of as good friends, ignore you, it is very likely that you’ve been ignoring them yourself or even secretly resenting their presence….

The Gift of Peace
Father Dominic Emmanuel

The Gift of Peace
Father Dominic Emmanuel

The first intimation of the first “Christmas” by the heavenly hosts, when Mother Mary gave birth to her only beloved son Jesus in a stable, surrounded only by cattle and their fodder, was to the shepherds minding their sheep in the field. They woke up by the flashing of shining lights and were told, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, good will toward men”!....

 
The Real Xmas Present: You
Francis Gonsalves

The Real Xmas Present: You
Francis Gonsalves

You give little when you give something; you truly give when you give some one: yourself! That’s the sum and substance of Christmas celebrating the greatest of God’s gifts: God’s presence as “personal present” in God’s Son, Jesus! Sadly, with the moneymaking merriment that market forces shamelessly peddle, the profoundest meaning of Christmas gets eclipsed. Let’s restore it…..

 

The Fault Lies In Religious Upbringing
Rafeeq Ahamed

Not just prophets, even the Zen gurus, Sufis and yogis realised that organised religion fettered humanism and insisted on slavish obedience, and that the priestly class was an impediment to spiritual development. Spirituality is beyond classification into Islamic, Christian or Hindu identities. It provides space, even for the non-believer, and encompasses unconfined humanism. It results in the merger of the human self with nature. The unholy nexus between religion and politics exists from the time when priest and king were the same and extends beyond the age of modern democracy……

Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Sanity
InasYounis, New Age Islam

Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Sanity
InasYounis, New Age Islam

Sometimes the only thing standing between man and total despair, when everything in life takes on an intoxicating and futile picture flow, is a need for a meaningful exchange to counteract the psychic deafness of a world consumed by information overload.  ... Sometimes the only thing standing between man and total despair is a humble prayer for life, liberty and  the kind of sanity which comes with the understanding,  that life and liberty can never last until they command -  JUSTICE FOR ALL!!

 


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