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Learning to Be a Good Parent
Sheeshu Hee, New Age Islam

Resources to equip oneself to be a good parent are available in plenty. One such resource is the rich spiritual traditions of the world. Scriptures and other spiritually-inspiring texts contain great wisdom related to good parenting. Reading the biographies of men and women of God from different religious backgrounds and spiritual traditions is a wonderful way to learn about how they were brought up, and if they went on to become parents, about how in turn they related with their own children....

 
Ramanujan and Salam — What Inspired Them?
Pervez Hoodbhoy
Ramanujan and Salam — What Inspired Them?
Pervez Hoodbhoy

The ancient civilisations of China, India, Greece, Arabia, and modern European civilisation all claim superiority over others because of the creations of their most brilliant minds. But in fact an individual’s exceptional genes and fortunate circumstances — not some supreme transcendence — are the real reasons. While sources of inspiration do differ, empirically and logically deduced results don’t. Science and its heroes belong to all humankind, not to any one tribe....

How Faith Helps
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
How Faith Helps
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Faith in God enables one to turn to Him for recompense in times of grievance. A man of God does not make others the target of his negative feelings. Instead, he diverts them towards God. The deluge of his emotions, which might have caused immense damage to human beings, falls instead into a diversion pool....

 
For This Sufi Saint, Harmony Begins At Home
Ibrahim Sutar
For This Sufi Saint, Harmony Begins At Home
Express News Service

“In my speeches, I tell people how all religions preach peace and harmony. We must not focus on the negative elements of any religion. For peace, we must thoroughly know our religion and honour other’s religion. Now, the relations between various communities have soured. The Maulvis and Dharmgurus have a larger and responsible role in shaping our youngsters, to lead peaceful and prosperous lives. One must understand we are Indians first, then Muslims or Hindus,”....

Why Fear and Self-Hatred Destroy Human Sharing and Solidarity
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam
Why Fear and Self-Hatred Destroy Human Sharing and Solidarity
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

Conscious self-hatred is an intensely unpleasant feeling to experience, however, and because the child is systematically terrorized out of expressing and acting on most of their feelings (which is why 100% of children go to school wherever school is available and compulsory: children are not given freedom of choice) the feeling of self-hatred is suppressed along with these many other feelings. Having learned to do this, subsequent opportunities for this self-hatred to be felt are progressively more easily suppressed….

      "His presence is at once endearing and bracing, drawing—unintentionally—the most attention. He becomes for you the most intimate of all and the most understanding. You never feel more at ease than when you are near him, but at the same time he forces you into a corner and makes you see your inadequacies and failings. He overwhelms you with the warmth of his goodness and makes you ashamed of how far you have fallen, of how far you have sunk in your artificiality, superficiality, and duplicity....

 

Immortality has been at the core of fundamentals that drives us, an obsession, to overcome death.  As old as the quest of Greek philosophers’ about life, through the Egyptian era of mummifying, to the present day, scientific endeavours to uploading our minds into a computer, living forever has been a fundamental struggle throughout time. Who does not want to live one more day, year, a decade and so on, if they were told today was to be last day of their lives....

 

I would apply Ibn Arabi’s estimate of atheism to Russell. For Ibn Arabi atheists too have Tawhid though somewhat limited understanding of it and he invites them to preserve the question that is Reality i.e., shun dogmatism and move on and be receptive to wonder and mystery of existence. We can assert that “The part Russell misses is the rich spiritual life and the rich life lessons that come out of religious thought.”...

 
God Created This Limited World To Put Us On Trial
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
God Created This Limited World To Put Us On Trial
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

A perfect Paradise cannot be inhabited by less-than-perfect beings. So, God created perfection-seeking beings—us. He intended us to spend a period of trial on this present and imperfect world and after this, according to our deeds; we will earn the right to inhabit the perfect and eternal world...

The study of the universe shows that everything gives something to the others without taking anything in return. For instance, the sun provides light and warmth to inhabitants of our little world, but it does not take anything in return. The atmosphere continuously provides life-sustaining oxygen, without taking anything in return. Similarly, all the natural resources of the world serve us without taking anything in return....

 
Fault-Finding and Complaining Can Be Disastrous
Dada JP Vaswani
Fault-Finding and Complaining Can Be Disastrous
Dada JP Vaswani

When we focus on others’ faults, we only draw those negative forces unto ourselves. Fault-finding, constant criticism and magnifying the mistakes of others are poor, ineffective ways of changing the world. A sunny temperament and a healthy sense of humour can do wonders for you. Learn to laugh with others; try a smile or a kind word – you will find that wrongs are easy to set right, and ‘wrongdoers’ are set back on the right track....

 
Future Plan: Be Prepared With Option B
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
Future Plan: Be Prepared With Option B
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Death does not mark the end of life. In the physical sense, it means an end but not in the ideological sense. Everyone has valuable experiences that he can share with others – we must discover these experiences and then record them for posterity, so that they may be an inspiration to others. Such a concept of life ensures that the journey of life is not one of frustration, but rather one of eternal hope....

 
An Old Woman's Courage
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
An Old Woman's Courage
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

The truth is a force in itself. The conviction of being in the right makes one bold. One who utters the truth does so without fear. His speech is free from contradiction and artificiality. There is no inconsistency in what he says. There is no trace of guilt on his face when he speaks, and no hesitancy in his voice....

 

Western philosophy, as Heidegger pointed out, is oblivious to the ground of being. It is not open to the sacred mystery of Being. It is not the philosopher but the poet who can show the track of the holy, to the sacred mystery of Being. Nothing in the world of known can express the Divine Darkness. All quests end in wonder. In the last analysis man knows nothing to its depth by means of senses and reason....

 
Transforming Sorrow into Song
Dr Muhammad Maroof Shah

One of the greatest contributions of Islamic culture – great poets of Marsiya and traditional exponents of Shiite perspective – to the world heritage is teaching how suffering/tragedy may ennoble us and be an instrument of gnosis (Irfan). Our most blessed task consists in blessing that which made the blessing called life possible and this task is performed by na’t defined as praise of the Principle of Manifestation or Pole of Existence. Marsiya genre as an extension or version of na’t asserts our right to grieve, sometimes with “the noble language of eyes,” since “the touch of God is marked by tears.”...

 

Tackling destructive emotions and practicing loving-kindness isn’t something we should be doing with the next life, heaven or nirvana in mind, but how we should live in the here and now. I am convinced we can become happier individuals, happier communities and a happier humanity by cultivating a warm heart, allowing our better selves to prevail....

 
Killing the Biosphere to Fast-track Human Extinction
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam
Killing the Biosphere to Fast-track Human Extinction
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

This is because if you want to solve a problem or resolve a conflict, then it is imperative to know and act on the truth. Otherwise you are simply acting on a delusion and whatever you do can have no desirable outcome for yourself, others, the Earth or its multitude of creatures. Of course, most people are content to live in delusion: it averts the need to courageously, intelligently and conscientiously analyse what is truly happening and respond to it powerfully. In short: it makes life ‘easier’ (that is, less frightening) even if problems keep recurring and conflicts are suppressed, to flare up periodically, rather than resolved....

The Perfect World Is Paradise
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
The Perfect World Is Paradise
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

The present world is limited. It does not have the means to fulfill our unlimited desires. It has the means to provide us subsistence at the physical level, but does not have the means to give us fulfillment at the spiritual level….

 
A Sufi Perspective on the Spiritual Worth of the  Present Moment , The Master of Time (‘Al Sahib ul Waqt’)
Prof. Henry Francis B. Espiritu, New Age Islam
A Sufi Perspective on the Spiritual Worth of the Present Moment , The Master of Time (‘Al Sahib ul Waqt’)
Prof. Henry Francis B. Espiritu, New Age Islam

The search for existential significance is the foremost priority in a life of genuine authenticity. In my reading of books written by Muslim spiritual mystics, the Sufi saints call an authentic person “Ibn ul-Waqt”, the offspring of the present moment. Hazrat Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi, the great Sunni Sufi saint of medieval Turkey even calls the authentic human person “Sahib-ul-Waqt”, the master of the present moment (See Rumi’s Mathnawi, p.34). By mastering the present moment, Hazrat Maulana Rumi says, the authentic human person, leaves his past behind with no regrets and faces his future with no fear at all....

A Case of Spiritual Time Share
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
A Case of Spiritual Time Share
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

The third Guru Amar Das had two sons and two daughters. One of the daughters, Bhani, was married to a devotee, Jetha, and both of them continued to stay with and serve the Guru. One day, Bhani asked her father for a boon – that the Guru shall be from within the family. While granting the boon, the Guru said that leadership was the result of devotion and sacrifice, and warned that tying it down will cause much sadness.  Soon, he arranged a test…..

Everyone is a Traveller towards Death – Concluding Part
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, New Age Islam
Everyone is a Traveller towards Death – Concluding Part
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

All information about a human being is contained inside the DNA—but with just one exception, and that is, death. DNA’s very list of contents is bereft of the concept of death. The concept of death is not present in human consciousness. This is why while a person sees other people dying, he never thinks about his own death. But it is this that is man’s test. One’s death happens not in accordance with the programming of one’s DNA, but, instead, directly in accordance with Divine decision. A successful person is one who creates anti-programming thinking within himself, that is, who is able to think about death even though he has not been programmed in this manner. He discovers the reality of death and plans for his life accordingly….

 

Few of us know that play invokes and evokes the Sacred. Fewer know why we play and why children are so close to God by virtue of their passion for play. “Happy is he who still loves something he loved in the nursery: He has not been broken in two by time; he is not two men, but one, and he has saved not only his soul but his life.”….

 
Everyone is a Traveller towards Death - Part One
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, New Age Islam
Everyone is a Traveller towards Death - Part One
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

If people were to really seriously reflect on the phenomenon of a child emerging from a woman’s womb, they would discover the existence of the Creator. When they see and deeply reflect on a living human being born, a being that can move, see, hear and make sounds, they would realise that every human being is a mobile sign of the Creator’s existence. Every human being would seem a living introduction to the Creator. When a human being is born and comes into this world, he finds that there is an elaborate life-support system in place for him....

 
In Good Faith: Rumi’s challenge
Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi
In Good Faith: Rumi’s challenge
Raj Ayyar

Rumi refuses to be boxed in to any faith label, including Islam — the “box of cold words”, a coffin. What does Rumi mean when he argues that the coffin is the labeller’s coffin too? One possible interpretation: When I “box” in the Other, I am also “boxed” in — a symbiotic dance that locks the labeller into his/her own label. Perhaps this refurbished Hegelian dance of self and other, lies behind the popular dictum that when I point a finger at the Other, the four other fingers point back at me.

 
The Healing Power of Prayer
The Healing Power of Prayer
Arundhati Mukherjee

Prayer is a direct communication of the soul to supreme soul. During the state of traumas, when all the doors are closed for a soul to go further to get healed, soul has a single alternative to go and knocks the door of supreme soul. Supreme soul can be Shiv, Durga, Ishwar, Sai Ram, Allah or many more as there are religions and beliefs. All are the name of one single energy pervades all around and in us, Omniscient and Omnipresent GOD.

 
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