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Humanity’s ‘Dirty Little Secret’: Starving, Enslaving, Raping, Torturing and Killing our Children
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

Every day, according to some estimates, human adults kill 50,000 of our children. The true figure is probably significantly higher. We kill children in wars. See, for example, ‘Scourging Yemen’. We kill them with drones. We kill them in our homes and on the street. We shoot them at school. We also kill children in vast numbers by starving them to death, depriving them of clean drinking water, denying them medicines…

 

The Gita is a spiritual philosophy addressed to all and we know that there are all kinds of people, each kind differing quite significantly from the other. Hence the Gita offers different advice to different kinds of people so that it suits their nature and situation. In the context of the above-referred two verses, dharma is regarded as necessary for the well-being of individuals and society in which the individuals have to peacefully coexist as a collective....

 

As Ramazan Ends and Eid Arrives, Consider a Small Rebellion of Your Own
Rafia Zakaria

As Ramazan ends and Eid arrives, consider perhaps a small rebellion of your own. Visit only the people who truly matter, the ones you actually love, be honest in your answers and exchanges, compliment only what is worthy, spend only what is necessary. Do things, say things, not because everyone does them or says them, but because they mean something to you and to others. Rail against the pressure of peers and the robotic behaviour of the long programmed.

 

Ramadan: Let Us Spare a Thought for Those less Fortunate
Hoda Al-Helaissi

This Ramadan, let us spare a thought for those less fortunate, for those whose lives have been overturned by circumstances out of their control, who fast all day in the heat only to break it with a fraction of what we have, in a place they call home but which looks nothing like one, who walk miles to quench their thirst and hear explosions in the air instead of the call to prayer, who shed tears of anger and frustration at the silence of the world, who walk barefoot and unbathed and search for the hand of a loved-one who is no more…

 
Home’s Not Permanent Here
Roshan Shah, New Age Islam

“The fact of the matter is that we—all of us—are just tenants in this world. We reside here for a while—maybe 70 or 80 years or whatever—and then our ‘lease’ expires and we have to vacate the world. And then off we go we don’t know where! That makes us like temporary tenants here, doesn’t it? Some people’s ‘tenancy’ may be for just a few years. Others are longer-term tenants, but they’re tenants all the same!”...

 

Establishing Equality and Harmony Is Cherished By Saintly and Peace-Loving Souls All Over the World
Swami Ramdas

This is the occasion for conservation of your spiritual strength by perfect self-control and discipline. God is a living Truth. This war is out to reveal and prove this fact even to the rank atheist who denies a world-unifying Force – God. From whatever aspect we consider about this war, we find that it has come as a blessing to mankind....

 
Parting Words to a Dying Friend
Heesha She, New Age Islam

Some days later—this was after Resha had died—Muno’s mind turned to the events of that day at the hospital. He was ashamed at his behaviour: offering those meaningless words as sham consolation to his dying friend. What had prevented him from saying to Resha those things about God that had come into his mind as he was parting from him, words that might have been of invaluable help in Resha’s journey to the other world?....

 

One Who Is Engrossed In God Can Discover Him
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Discovery essentially comes from concentration of mind. The more one focuses one’s attention on a particular subject, the more enlightened one becomes in it. One becomes involved in it night and day. Thus, one develops a close mental affinity for it....

 

Religion Provides Direct Access to Emotional Life in Ways That Science Does Not
Stephen T. Asma

The human brain is a kludge of different operating systems: the ancient reptilian brain (motor functions, fight-or-flight instincts), the limbic or mammalian brain (emotions) and the more recently evolved neocortex (rationality). Religion irritates the rational brain because it trades in magical thinking and no proof, but it nourishes the emotional brain because it calms fears, answers to yearnings and strengthens feelings of loyalty....

 
Conflict Theory and Biosphere Annihilation
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

Conflict Theory and Biosphere Annihilation
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

At the moment of birth, a baby is genetically programmed to feel and express their feelings in response to the stimuli, both internal and external, that the baby registers. For example, as soon after birth as a baby feels hungry, they will signal that need, usually by crying or screaming. An attentive parent (or other suitable adult) will usually respond to this need by feeding the baby and the baby will express their satisfaction with this outcome, perhaps with a facial expression, in a way that most aware parents and adults will have no difficulty identifying….

 

500 Years Is Long Enough! Human Depravity in the Congo
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

Despite its corrupt exploitation for more than 500 years, the Congo still has vast natural resources (including rainforests) and mineral wealth. Its untapped deposits of minerals are estimated to be worth in excess of $US24 trillion. Yes, that’s right: $US24trillion. With a host of rare strategic minerals – including cobalt, coltan, gold and diamonds – as well as copper, zinc, tin and tungsten critical to the manufacture of hitech electronic products ranging from aircraft and vehicles to computers and mobile phones, violent and morally destitute western governments and corporations are not about to let the Congo decide its own future and devote its resources to the people of this African country…..

 

Surveying current scenario where top ranking scientists and philosophers of religion are polarized on the question of religion, we may agree to keep the debate open and provisionally consider Rama Coomaraswamy’s point that “If any conflict exists, it is not between science and faith properly understood, but between modern and traditional attitudes” and seek to carefully clarify divergent attitudes. If science and faith as such were in conflict we could afford clear judgments either way....

 

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....

 
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