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We Must Develop Ourselves as a Spiritual Personality: A Person Who Loves All Humankind
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam
We Must Develop Ourselves as a Spiritual Personality: A Person Who Loves All Humankind
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

Jesus Christ rightly teaches us that man cannot live by bread alone. It means that material things aren’t enough for man. Man needs spiritual food, too. I am a follower of Muhammad, and at the same time a follower of Jesus, too. The gist of Sufi teaching, according to my study, is Sulh-e Kul or love for all. It is the same teaching that we find in the New Testament....

 

When prophets leave us, the poets preserve their sacred aura for us. Imagine how poor religious life would be without hymns and songs of poets. We can live without food for some time, without families, without priests, without scientists but we can’t live without poetry. Poets defend us against demons within and without and if we could heed them we wouldn’t need armies.....

 
Why Do Some Men Rape?
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam
Why Do Some Men Rape?
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

Importantly, the rapist needs this emotional support too. They have a long and painful childhood from which they need a great deal of help to recover. It is this healing that will enable them to accurately identify the perpetrators of the violence they suffered and about whom they have so many suppressed (and now projected) feelings which need to be felt and safely expressed. You need a lot of empathy and the capacity to listen to address violence in this context meaningfully and effectively. You also need it to raise compassionate and powerful children in the first place.....

Why We Believe Obvious Untruths
Philip Fernbach and Steven Sloman

This is especially true of divisive political issues. Your mind cannot master and retain sufficiently detailed knowledge about many of them. You must rely on your community. But if you are not aware that you are piggybacking on the knowledge of others, it can lead to hubris....

 
The Dogmatic Atheists
Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam
The Dogmatic Atheists
Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

The earliest philosophers were also believers. They believed in an afterlife, an immortal soul and in justice finding perfection in our afterlife. They took the moral principles from religion and the ample empirical evidence that was available from practicing these within religious beliefs, and discovered that these made immense practical sense. The moral principles from religion appeared perfectly logical in hindsight. They therefore used reason, and developed theories of ethics based on reason and pragmatism. We therefore have theories of Utilitarianism, Consequentialism etc in philosophy....

The notion of the absolute and therefore single Truth was inherited by Islam which announced that while partial truths had been revealed earlier through the agency of prophecy, Muhammad was the last in the line of prophets and therefore the single ultimate Truth was embedded in the Quran. Indeed, a synonym of God in Islam is the Truth (al-Haq). The slightest deviation from any word of the Quran was tantamount to Bida’t (heresy) and strictly unlawful. It also imbibed the concept of the Day of Judgment from Christianity and therefore the other attributes of the singularity of Truth and its inevitable triumph over falsehoods, termed Kufr, with the same meaning and intensity as infidelity....

The child said, “Oh King! This is what God does. He brings down the higher ones to the lower levels and uplifts the lower ones to higher levels.”  The king, fully satisfied with the answers, bowed down at the feet of his new guru who enlightened him with the secrets of God. He realised that God exists everywhere in the universe but to see him we need to still our mind, shift focus ....

Nonviolent Action: Why and How it Works
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam
Nonviolent Action: Why and How it Works
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

At the end of the Salt March in 1930 Gandhi picked up a handful of salt on the beach at Dandi. This was the signal for Indians everywhere to start collecting their own salt in violation of British law. In subsequent campaigns Gandhi called for Indians to boycott British cloth and make their own Khadi (hand-woven cloth). These actions were strategically focused because they undermined the profitability of British colonialism in India and nurtured Indian self-reliance....

Man’s Story: In Possessing Freewill Man Is An Exceptional Being
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam
Man’s Story: In Possessing Freewill Man Is An Exceptional Being
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

God created humans as eternal beings. Human life consists of two parts: firstly, the pre-death period; and secondly, the post-death period. The first extends over a very short period of time, while the latter will continue for eternity.  Other than man, all beings in this world function completely according to the law of nature. They compulsorily do what the law of nature has destined for them. But man’s case is different. In possessing freewill man is an exceptional being....

 

But before I knew it, I had written 16 chapters and had enough content for a whole book. I just kept writing and writing. The more I researched this subject, the more I realised just how conducive Entrepreneurship to Islam really is. Thus, I presented every argument I could find as to why Entrepreneurship is the ideal career choice for the mu’min and then de-constructed and countered as many objections as I could as to why someone – as a Muslim – might not choose this as a suitable career path....

In recent years, the Right has managed to tell us stories that, for various reasons, seem more convincing to many: inevitable state-aided neo-liberalism, for instance. Narendra Modi’s victory in India, Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s in Turkey, and Donald Trump’s in the U.S. — all three are driven by powerful narratives that explain the ‘past’ and promise a ‘future.’...

 
What’s My Value?
Abu Umaymah, New Age Islam

Allah Ta’ala has created every person beautiful, unique and precious. Often, this value is neither recognized nor appreciated by the person himself or herself or by society. Society determines a person’s worth according to its own preconceived values and standards. This opinion of people generally determines how an individual perceives himself or herself....

 
Joy Of Serving The Unserved
Moin Qazi
Joy Of Serving The Unserved
Moin Qazi

When once asked to express in one word the guiding principle of happy life, Confucius replied, “It is altruism.” And what is altruism in its essence? It is a total orientation away from selfishness and towards the good of others, to the sharing of joys and sorrows of the whole world….

 

For me, the pictures of a white Jesus with straight hair and blue eyes, the Jesus that most people are familiar with, was not always revered and worshipped. Furthermore, I believe that theology is just as much political as it is spiritual. What we think as “always was” is in fact as a struggle that impacted both the Islamic and Christian worlds....

 
The Joy of Giving Surpasses the Happiness of Receiving
Sant Rajinder Singhji
The Joy of Giving Surpasses the Happiness of Receiving
Sant Rajinder Singhji

‘Then,” concluded the stranger, “is this not an inn in which one person enters and another leaves?” With this statement, the stranger disappeared. This exchange initiated Abou Ben Adhem on his search for God, as he realised that the things of this world were transitory and that what was more important to him was finding his soul and God....

 

Religion is often employed in the process as an added justification to recruit the ignorant others in the evil causes. Barbarism is also a religion of a sort. Yet many a sages and apostles have recognised all these evil traits and particularly the above. “How much shall we give?” asked the people of one past nation? “All that is beyond your need” was the reply of the Apostle. Morality and ethics was supposed to determine the proportions....

“We tell the world that Islamic teaching is the solution to the problems of the world. For that, we present the Quranic education. During my visit to Canada, a journalist asked what solution for the current problems do we present. I told him, "You worldly people and big global powers, in their own selves, have exhausted your efforts to solve problems, establish peace and stop terrorism. Problems are still there where they were. If it subsides at one place, the fire erupts at another place. You try to bring that under control, and the disturbances start at the first place. All the materialistic ways have been used up to stop these upheavals. There is only one way that has not yet been tried. And that is the solution in the light of the Islamic teaching."…..

I realized that our inner states attract outer events to our lives. I understood that how you feel within impacts your outer experience. After God awakened my heart to this truth, I began to work on feeling inner peace and joy within....

 
Life on Earth is Dying
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam
Life on Earth is Dying
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

As you read all this, you might say 'Not me'! But you are wrong. You don't have to be an impoverished African driven to killing elephants for their tusks so that you can survive yourself. You don't have to be a farmer who is destroying the soil with synthetic poisons. You don't have to be a soldier who kills and destroys or a person who works for a corporation that, one way to another, forces peasants off their land....

The Ways of the Walis
Roshan Shah, New Age Islam

It’s a remarkable sight! There are Muslims there, doing their Namaz and Zikr, and Hindus, taking the name of Hari and doing Bhajan-Kirtan, singing devotional songs—all of them in the same large space! Huge amounts of khichadi—made of rice, Daal and vegetables—...

 
A Lesson in Daily Charity
Roshan Shah, New Age Islam

He spoke lovingly about his master, a Sufi of the Qadri order, who had left the world a while ago. I thought I saw his eyes brimming with tears. He talked about truth being found in every religion. He also spoke of how faith must go along with good deeds. And then—not in order to show off but to demonstrate the point...

 
Seeking the True Path
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam
Seeking the True Path
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

Is there a way out? Yes, but it requires you to feel your fear, anger, sadness and other feelings at what has happened to you until you are powerful enough to reject both/all ‘bad’ options and to refuse the trinkets that parody ‘good’. And to ask ‘What do I want?’ It is only by consciously and deliberately rejecting all ‘lesser evil’ options that the magnificent array of incredible opportunities which you have never contemplated/discovered will open before you to choose as you wish....

 
The ‘Trumps’ Of the World
Nawar Fakhry Ezzi
The ‘Trumps’ Of the World
Nawar Fakhry Ezzi

Peace and development occur when we believe in the goodness of human nature and try to understand it and appreciate it with all its diverse forms and backgrounds by seeking knowledge and initiating dialogue with the “other”, which can lead to the understanding and the acceptance necessary for harmonious coexistence....

 
Life Isn’t for ‘Time Pass’
Life Isn’t for ‘Time Pass’
Roshan Shah, New Age Islam

We can also, if we so choose, not care at all about the purpose of why God created us and can spend our short spell of time on this planet simply doing ‘time pass’—in which case, we are bound, sooner or later, to meet with frustration and despair....

We can’t go back. The old model of state churches is dead or dying everywhere today. But something must replace it soon, or we may find that the French novelist André Malraux was right when he predicted that this century would be religious – or it would not be at all...

 
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