The following lines of Rumi were inscribed on a wooden epitaph over his
tomb, now placed over his father’s grave that speak of how even the physical
structure of the grave is full of life. “If wheat is grown on the clay of my
grave, and if you bake bread of it; your intoxications will increase, the dough
and the baker will go mad and the oven will begin to recite verses out of
ecstasy. When you pay a visit to my tomb, it will seem to be dancing, for God
has created me out of the wine of love and I am still the same love even if
death may crush me.”....
Hazrat Nizamuddin’s teachings added a new dimension to the
understanding of Islamic ideals. He emphasised that looking after the destitute
had greater value than mere formal religious practices. He taught that although
many ways lead to God none was more effective than bringing happiness to the
human heart. He reiterated that the love of God should be the sole motivation
for the righteous and not the desire for heaven or the fear of hell....
Maryam, of course, is also celebrated for the birth of her son,
Isa/Jesus. For many people, December 25 is the date that now represents the
anniversary of this auspicious birth. In the Quranic version of this nativity
we read: "And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm
tree. She said, ‘Oh, I wish I had died before this and was in oblivion,
forgotten.’ " (Sura Maryam, Verse 23). For me, the appeal of Maryam is
that she represents the mother. Wise, caring and compassionate: rosa sine spina
(a rose without thorns). There will always be Maryams....
The unravelling of the moral fabric in today’s society must weigh
heavily on the minds of individuals with insight. They can draw personal solace
and inspiration from the Prophet’s life.
The Arab tribal society of the Seventh century, whose structure was
based on greed, debauchery, and violence, was changed in a very short time, by
the Prophet, into a society with one of the highest moral standards in
is no house for me that may be ruined, no property which may be destroyed, no
child who may die, and no wife who may become sad. I enter into the morning
while there is nothing for me and enter into the night while there is nothing
for me, and I am the wealthiest person among the children of Adam.”....
Dr. Zahra Kashaniha
In order to
provide a role model, the Holy Qur’an has used various individuals so that
people can use these good exemplars as templates for themselves. Amongst them
is Lady Mary, a reliable example for both women and men. Lady Mary qualifies
for an exceptional ideal because of her fine ancestry and her proper upbringing
in a healthy environment....
Dr. Zahra Kashaniha
numerous Islamic narrations, Lady Mary is one of the four chosen women, namely
Asiyah, Mary, Khadijah and Fatimah, the daughter of Prophet Muhammad. .... he
quotes a narration from the Holy Prophet where he says, “The same way the Holy
Prophet gave testimony regarding the perfection of men, he gave testimony about
the perfection of women and he referred to Mary and Asiyah as the most perfect
women” as seen in the following hadith:...
Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi
says that in the revelations of Allah, hidden things are revealed by means of
their opposites. Allah certainly has no opposite and He remains hidden. ‘The
light of Allah (Nur) has no opposite within existence by means of which
it might be made manifest. Therefore, our eyes cannot see Him but He sees
everything’ (6:104). He asks us to understand this from Hazrat Musa (AS) at
Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi
(AS) has been mentioned many times in the Quran. Rumi has dealt with many
topics and many prophets in his Masnavi and his verses on Hazrat Ibrahim (AS)
are quite interesting. Usually, a prophet is divinely guided to present a new
religion, whereas a messenger clarifies the truth of earlier prophets,
messengers and divine books....
and objective non-Muslims, there is no argument on what he stood for: truth,
integrity and the rights of the weak and oppressed. French writer Alphonse de
Lamartine said: “As regards all standards by which human greatness may be
measured, we may well ask, is there any man greater than he?” According to
author Reverend Bosworth Smith, “…He was Caesar and Pope in one; but he was
Pope without the Pope’s pretensions and Caesar without the legions of Caesar...
Today from this platform I sound you a warning. Listen carefully and ponder. In
1970…A panic of widespread bloodshed will sweep the nation. The frenzy of
racial and provincial prejudices will grip the whole country…Take it from me
that in 1970, Pakistan will be plagued with a grave threat to its sovereignty.
You might actually lose it…I warn you about 1970. I warn you to prepare from
now to face the situation which will emerge in that year…”....
Yet what is
fascinating is the constant devout referral to God, and the confidence she has
that what she has undergone is not in vein. This bizarre comfort after so much
loss, and ability to look at events through a completely different lens
accompanied by wisdom, is down to nothing but trust in God and His planning....
Rahat says a
poet draws from his times. “Jaisi Hawayein Chalti Hain, Waisi Shaayri Hoti
Hai. What he sees around reflect in his poetry.” And, it is open to
interpretation. He reminds when Ghalib wrote, “Go Haath Ko Jumbish Nahīñ
Āñkhoñ Meñ To Dam Hai, Rahne Do Abhī Sāġhar-O-Mīnā Mire Aage, on the
surface it meant that he is so intoxicated that he can’t hold the glass but he
was still capable of drinking through his eyes. In reality, it was an elegy to
the pain of Delhi which was devastated after the attacks of Nadir Shah.”...
their political activities, the two men also shared similarities in their
general philosophies. Both fought for freedom and equality for all and believed
in women’s active participation in nation building. Both advocated for
developments in science and industrialization. And both believed in freedom of
religion, regardless of one’s faith. ...
Zainul Aabedeen exhibited unparalleled levels of patience. It goes without
saying that his aunt, the great Zainab bint Ali, did the same too but what is
it about his character that stands out above all else?...
post-Karbala period was one of great internal dissensions, tumult and crises in
the lands of Islam. People were fearful of challenging or questioning the
Umayyad imperial order, not wanting to attract the wrath of the state. It was a
morally and spiritually decaying society, in which many of the basic tenets of
faith were being distorted and ethical norms were being openly violated. It was
in this suffocating atmosphere that Imam Sajjad began his mission of rebuilding
the moral foundations of Islamic society....
Mir Taqi Mir
As Delhi fights
an ongoing battle with hatred, it is apt that we celebrate the birth of its
greatest romancer, the presiding deity of Urdu poetry, Khuda-e-Sukhan (God of
poetry), Mir Taqi Mir who was born in Agra (then ‘Akbarabad’) in this very
month in 1722....
violence have become central to contemporary political discussion on Islam, as
is the case with narratives of medieval Islamic conquests. By contrast, visits
to Sufi Dargahs or tombs offer different kinds of experiences—spiritual,
devotional and peaceful. Medieval Sufi discourses preach the same, emphasising
the need for tolerance and forgiveness. Some anecdotes relating to one of the
foremost Sufi masters, Nizamuddin Auliya, indicate how it was possible to lead
a life full of love even amidst all kinds of violations....
The Belcha also
had a special religious significance for Muslims. The Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)
had used the tool in trying situations (for example, the Battle of Trench).
Taking inspiration from the Prophet, Mashriqi used the Belcha as a symbol for
awakening the nation from its slumber to rise up against British rule....
Nadeem F. Paracha
alternative managed to elicit a popular response from a new generation of urban
bourgeoisie and petty-bourgeoisie. Its proliferation was also bankrolled by
oil-rich Arab monarchies which had always conceived modernist Muslim
nationalism as an opponent.....
“Allah is the Qibla (direction of Muslim prayer) of intention, intention
is the Qibla of the heart, the heart is the Qibla of the body, the body is the
Qibla of the limbs and the limbs are the Qibla of the world.”...
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
By understanding the spiritual character of things, we see things and
people who are with us as gifts from God. God nourishes us, makes our
environment and life beautiful, gives us love and wisdom, which we cannot
produce out of ourselves. ...
The words inscribed above the giant entrance sets the tone for the world
inside: ‘Kaumi Ekta Dwar’. The portal of harmony bears testimony to the
vision of the Haji who preached ‘Jo Rab Hai Wahi Ram Hai’. They do not ask your
His journey – from Nobel Prize nominee to founder of India’s largest
private army to liberating the country from foreign rule and offering prescient
warnings about the dangers of partition – provides a riveting narrative...
From the poverty-stricken villages of sub-Saharan Africa to the glitzy
tree-lined avenues of Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, from the over-crowded,
narrow, cobbled lanes of Kolkata to the steamy sweat-stained inner-city gyms in
Chicago, Manhattan and London, Muhammad Ali is a name that is instantly