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Imagine any question on theory and practice of prayer and read Schuon in Prayer Fashions Man and Maulana Thanawi’s crisp and profound remarks in diverse contexts on prayer and one, generally, finds the answer. Theognis said, “Do not ask God for something that you have; for God gives everyone what suffices him. You should rather ask God for something that you don’t have – that what you have may suffice you.” Heschel substantiates the same point “It is the momentary disregard of our personal concerns, the absence of self-centred thoughts, which constitute the art of prayer.”...

 

Conception of God Is Founded Upon the Principle of Universal Harmony and Peace
Swami Ramdas

Let us love all people in the world in His name. Let our hearts go out in compassion and sympathy towards all those who are in sorrow and suffering. Let us invoke His blessings upon them. May we become His true children inheriting the qualities of our Divine parentage!

The Folly of the ‘Expert
Sheesha He, New Age Islam

The Folly of the ‘Expert

Confronting her dark secrets and reflecting on some of the many mistakes she had made hadn’t been at all easy. But at the end of it she was very glad that she went through the process, for two valuable lessons it had helped her learn—the need to develop a close relationship with God, and the need for this relationship to be expressed in the form of an ethical life, lived for a purpose higher than a mere paid holiday....

 

Beating a Child to Pray: Violence Will Only Breed Violence

As Muslims, our role model in treating children is the Prophet, peace be upon him, who was extremely kind and merciful when dealing with children. It is narrated that Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “We were praying ‘Isha` prayer with the Messenger of Allah — prayer and peace of Allah be upon him — when he prostrated Al-Hassan and Al-Hussain would jump on his back, when he rises with his head he picks them gently from the back and places them (on the floor) kindly, so when he returns (to prostration) they return to what they do, and when he ended his prayer he would put them on his thighs.”....

 

If there’s still hope for the world, it must have something to do with the fact that there are still good people like Hasan around, who, refusing to being overwhelmed by what  seem like impossible hurdles, turn them into a means for hope and joy for others....

 
Seeing God Equally in All Things
Dr Muhammad Maroof Shah

“The just are so set on justice that if God were not just they would not care a bean for God…To the just man nothing gives more pain or distress than when, counter to justice, he loses his equanimity in all things. How so? If one thing can cheer you and another depress, you are not just: if you are happy at one time you should be happy at all times. If you are happier at one moment than another, that is not just. The true lover of justice is so established in what he loves that it is his very being: nothing can drag him from it, and he cares for nothing else.”....

 
Era of Peace
Swami Ramdas

Era of Peace
Swami Ramdas

Let the mind be purified and disciplined through communion with God and let the hands and feet be active in the service of suffering humanity. Life is intended for attaining immortality and union with the Divine. Life, if it is not illumined with His radiance and action, if it is not in consonance with His will, goes only to add to the existing discord and disorder....

 

Why Should We Be Grateful To God?
Sant Rajinder Singhji

With all that has been given to us, we blame God when one thing goes wrong. How would we think God feels when that happens? Few are grateful to God for the good they receive so that when something goes wrong they tell God, “its okay, God. I still love You, I am grateful to You, and I know You are there....

 

It pained him to think of how he had so much of his life trying to reform others but with no success. One day, tired of these haunting memories, he turned to God and poured out his heart: “Lord, I’ve wasted my entire life! Trying to change others while never once thinking of changing myself only made me a very bitter person—and it didn’t help make others any better. My desire to change others made people avoid me, and it completely ruined my family.”...

 

The Quest for World Peace
Swami Ramdas

There is only one way out of the impasse. That is for every individual to realise the great Truth that underlies the entire universe and thereby establish true harmony and goodwill on this distracted earth. Peace is within us. It is in the Self, the Atman, which, as the Upanishads declare, is Shanti Samriddham Amritam – is full of Peace and is immortal. So we should set about realising the Divine within our hearts and spread the glory of God everywhere and shed on all the people who come in contact with us the light which we have gained for ourselves....

Searching for Motives in Mass Shootings
Elif Batuman

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?...

 

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

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

“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....

 
The Global Elite is Insane Revisited
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

The Global Elite is Insane Revisited

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)….

 

Immersion in Art: Literature, Art and Music Are Essential For Our Humanity
Muhammad Hamid Zaman

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

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

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

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....

 
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