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Islam and Spiritualism (25 Aug 2017 NewAgeIslam.Com)


  • Ghulam Mohiuddin Sahab,

    The secular/ liberal view you propounded is captured by a great poet of British India (I think Altaf Hussain Hali) in these words:

    yehi hae ibadat yehi deen o imaan == ki kaam aye duniya me insaan ke insaan

    By muhammd yunus - 8/27/2017 9:17:29 AM

  • In a liberal/secular view, "Belief in God" can also be read as "Belief in what is good".

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 8/27/2017 12:11:27 AM

  • Dear Syed Khaleq Ahmed!
    In your comment you state:"So,  good deeds alone without belief in One Allah as per Quranic teachings will be of no use in the Hereafter. This is the huge lacunae in this article."
    This statement suggests that the article isolates 'Good deeds' from faith in God. But this is not true.

    Each of the quoted verse espouses belief in God and only shows that the Qur'an ascribes the quality of doing good deeds to those who believe in God or surrender their will to Him.

    The article is designed as reflection on the Qur'anic verses and the readers are requested to read what the Qur'an says closely and reflect on what comes under their eyes. The article is indeed true to the Qur'an and there is no misrepresentation of what it says and there is no suggestion whatsoever that 'good deeds without belief in Allah' is central to Islamic message. 

    By muhammd yunus - 8/26/2017 8:09:04 PM

  • 'Good deeds' alone is not central to the religion of Islam.  What is central to Islam is the belief in One and Only One Allah and everything comes after that.  And this is clear in Mr Imran Khan's statement as quoted by Mr Yunus. The same is also clear from one of the Quranic verses quoted by Mr Yunus himself. So,  good deeds alone without belief in One Allah as per Quranic teachings will be of no use in the Hereafter. This is the huge lacunae in this article. I hope this will be corrected appropriately in the next part of the series. To buttress my point,  I would like to remind the readers about the strong support given to the Prophet (SAWS) by his uncle in preaching Islam when every body had turned against him in Makkah. Yet,  the Prophet asked his uncle at the time of the latter's death to recite the kalima that ' there is no Allah but only One Allah and Mohammed is the Messenger of Allah' so that Allah may have mercy on him  and forgive his sins.  Hope this makes things clear to one and all. 
    By Syed Khalique Ahmed - 8/26/2017 6:33:50 AM

  • Yunus saheb's excellent "Reflections" can be put together in  a book for genral readership. Such a book can also serve as a guide for those who deliver khutbas.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 8/26/2017 12:03:05 AM

  • What people should do when they meet others is in the following Surah:

    (103:1) By (the Token of) Time (through the ages),(2) Verily Man is in loss,

    (3) Except such as believe, and do righteous deeds, and exhort each other to uphold what is Right, and to practice Patience and Constancy.

    We pray in Surah fateha:

    (1:6) Show us the straight way,

    (7) The way of those on whom Thou hast bestowed Thy Grace, ,,,,,

    Who are the people on whom God has bestowed his Grace?

    The answer is in 4:69

    They are the Siddiq (seekers and upholders of the truth), the Shuhuda (exemplars of Islamic virtues) and the Saliheen (people who do good deeds). 

    While the first two categories are difficult to achieve, every Muslim is expected to practice good deeds which is an essential requirement to attract the Grace of Allah.

    By Naseer Ahmed - 8/25/2017 8:25:32 AM