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Finally remember, an insulting word said even in jest can break a heart; the meanest phrase in the English language is “let bygone be bygone”, it is pure selfishness.  Avoid the situation where any of you would have to say that.....

What Little Shom Taught Me
Su Niye, New Age Islam

Sometimes, when I do that, I bend down to touch her feet. Guess where I learnt that from? From little Shom! He, that 2 year-old adopted son of a ‘domestic servant’ taught me how to respect my 102 year-old grandmother!...

Practise Forgiveness Instead of Revenge
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

Practise Forgiveness Instead of Revenge
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Sooner or later, everyone is bound to do something wrong. Then the saying ‘To err is human’ should be borne in mind. This being so, taking revenge means making not just one mistake, but making mistake after mistake. ...

My Child's Beginning To Believe In God, and It's Partly My Fault
Asavari Singh

Around the time I got pregnant, I was deeply impressed by a CNN iReport, "Why I Raise My Children Without God" written by a Texan mother who outlined under succinct subheads all the reasons why god is a pretty useless concept to teach kids: "God is a bad parent and role model... God is not logical... God is not fair... God does not protect the innocent... God is not present... God Does Not Teach Children to Be Good... God Teaches Narcissism... It all made tremendous sense then and it makes tremendous sense now...

 

Share Your Spiritual Experiences with Others
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

If you discover the value of well-wishing, and decide to live as a well-wisher for all humankind, then you are one who engages in applied spirituality. Likewise, if you have a bad experience with your neighbours, but avoid treating this as a departure from normalcy and face those neighbours with a smile, then that too is an example of applied spirituality. Spirituality comprises a set of values. ....

Water from Stones
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Water from Stones
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

This is a sign of God, providing us with valuable lessons about the amazing potentials and possibilities that God has kept for us in this world to access. A rock is a hard, dry object but water can start to drip from it when a certain action is performed on it!...

 
Life is…a Life-Long School
Roshan Shah, New Age Islam

Life is…a Life-Long School

One way of looking at life is to think of it as a school that extends, quite literally, from womb to tomb. Life is a life-long process of education that provides us with innumerable potential educative experiences, each of which can teach us something valuable for our spiritual evolution. At every moment of our lives, we are faced with a particular situation.  Each such situation is a ‘class’, as it were, for us to learn from. But that learning can happen only if we seek to discern what the situation we are faced with can teach us....

 

Why I’m Not Cribbing about the Heat This Summer

So, if you come up to me and start complaining about how hot it is and I don’t join you in that, but, instead, start talking about how wonderful the mango trees look, bursting with their summer fruits, how amazing the summer sky, empty of clouds, seems or how delicious this summer’s watermelons are, please don’t think I haven’t heard you or that I’m not bothered about how terrible you feel about the heat. If I don’t join you in moaning about the weather it’s only because I want to be happy, and I want you to be, too! ....

I heard the Koel singing its soulful song early this morning!

I felt it was praising the Lord after munching summer fruits on the tree.

The summer sun displays hope, joy, and long days of work and action!...

The Perils of Prejudice
Roshan Shah, New Age Islam

The Perils of Prejudice

Prejudice takes a heavy toll on relationships. It had destroyed my relationship with my father. Prejudice, I can vouch from my own experience, hurts the one who harbours it more than whom it is harboured against. This holds true at both the individual and collective levels. Prejudices can lead to wars within families as well as between communities and nations....

Spirituality and Parenting
Roshan Shah, New Age Islam

The materialist understanding of the purpose of human life is, of course, in total contrast to the religious. And as materialism advances—it being as missionising a religion as any of the ‘traditional’ religions—it infects the ways in which appropriate parenting is seen by many, even by those who do not consider themselves atheists, because of which they pay little or no attention to the innate spiritual needs of their children. ....

 
I Wish You Had Not Done What You Had Done
Rashid Samnakay, New Age Islam

The lesser gods and higher echelon is duty bound to clean up their act and consider the obvious consequences of their strategies, personal or national to prevent the rise of the Biblical Beasts of Revelation such as Tony Blair’s Islamic State or Barak Obama’s mythological many-headed Hydra whose one head when chopped off would re-grow many more.....

 

Charity is demeaning to the receiver and the code of Islam commands the State for the establishment of a system to ensure that human dignity is not violated by receiving charity.  وَاَتُوالزَکاوتہ and proffer Zakat, the tax; as against offer, as an act of worship or devotion for holy reward; is not the function and obligation of a responsible State....

 

“My father was a B.A., and my mother studied till Class 5. They lived in a small, rented apartment till the end. In the eyes of the world, they weren’t very well ‘educated’ or economically ‘successful’,” Mangal continued. “But, despite that—or maybe because of that—they provided us with a spiritual and value-based approach to life, which is what true education ought to mean if you ask me.....

 

In addition to the burgeoning literature on parenting, there’s another wonderful source of wisdom on the subject: listening to people reminisce about their childhood experiences. This isn’t as simple as it sounds, however, because people today are generally so caught up with their ultra-busy lives that few might be willing or able to spare the time you need for this. Recently, though, I was fortunate to find someone generous enough to share two whole hours of his, sharing the story of his childhood and providing me some amazing ideas about wise parenting....

Exit Spirituality: The Heart Must Have Space For Dissent
Maria Sartaj

Our religion is pre-decided at birth and from then onwards we keep on defending it for the rest of our lives. Not many get to explore the good virtues of other faiths and even if one starts reading up on them it is already late, for the mind has been conditioned to process them negatively.

Understanding Self-Hatred in World Affairs
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

Understanding Self-Hatred in World Affairs
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

If you love yourself enough to be part of the struggle to end the violence and exploitation of those who are full of self-hatred, you might like to consider signing the online pledge of 'The People's Charter to Create a Nonviolent World'.

Minna’s Torch of Faith
Roshan Shah, New Age Islam

“No, Bhaiya, I don’t feel scared at all,” she smiled. “I don’t need a torch at all. I just tell God, ‘Lord, You walk in front of me and I will follow You.’ I have full faith that He will take care of me and bring me safely home. He has been doing that all these days, and I am sure He will do it in future, too.” .....

Good Deva-Bad Asura Divide Misleading
Devdutt Pattanaik

Here, Asuras are villains and enemies of the Devas, or gods. Both Devas and Asuras are children of Kashyapa, born of different wives. Devas are called Adityas, because their mother is Aditi. Asuras are Daityas and Danavas because they are children of Diti and Danu. The Devas and Asuras are constantly fighting each other. Indra, leader of the Devas, constantly begs his father, Brahma, to save him from the Asuras just as Asuras seek boons that enable them to drive Devas out of Swarga......

 
My Parents, Myself
Mariam Mahmud

But I fear becoming my father more than I fear death. The cycle of trauma, emotional, is passed from generation to generation. Most people do not break the cycle of abuse they experience. Rather, counter intuitively, they repeat it without regret, without remorse, justifying it. The bitterness is their vehicle that allows it. The failure to recognise anything beyond their own pain isolates them inside their own trap from what they once were when they were pure at least in some form....

 
The Grief of Death
Mariam Mahmud

Izrael returned to Hazrat Musa and relayed the message from God to his prophet. Hazrat Musa asked him, “And what will happen then after these years are added to my life?” “The same that happens today,” said Izrael, “I will return for your soul”. Hazrat Musa paused for a second, then said, “What you will take then, take now for this is what He wills.”....

 

Legacy Of A Karma Yogi, Swami Vivekananda
Swami Vivekananda

Vivekananda believed that the West was material while the East was spiritual. The materialism of the West was destroying morals and endangering social values. In this situation, the East, particularly India, must come forward to reform the things both in India and the world over. ...

A World Citizen With a Muslim Name
Ali Ashraf

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime." - Mark Twain.

 
I Have Decided to Stick With Love
Martin Luther King Jr.

I Have Decided to Stick With Love
Martin Luther King Jr.

And so I say to you today, my friends, that you may be able to speak with the tongues of men and angels; you may have the eloquence of articulate speech; but if you have not love, it means nothing. Yes, you may have the gift of prophecy; you may have the gift of scientific prediction and understand the behavior of molecules; ...

Love Makes You Tolerant: Tolerance Is A Specifically Human, And Humane, Quality
Amit Chaudhuri

Over centuries, a picture begins to emerge about this relationship. God is powerful, much-loved, unfathomable, occasionally unjust, sometimes remote; man is indulgent, delusional, at once clear-eyed and blind, always generous, always forgiving of God’s weird distribution and withholding of rewards. Man is tolerant.

 
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