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Reflections of Sufism in Maulana’s life
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad

Through his fiery eloquence and revolutionary writings first in Al-Hilal and later in Al-Balagh in Calcutta during 1912 and 1916, Maulana Azad roused the Indians from their stupor and political apathy. Although he started his career as an aalim (religious leader), his faith in nationalism, as Mahatama Gandhi described it, was as robust as his faith in Islam.

India is a land of contradictions and nothing typifies this so starkly as the legend of Ghazi Miyan. There is a lot of talk of magical realism in literature but the legend of Ghazi Miyan introduces it in history – past as well as present......

 

Sufi Hazrat Inayat Khan: Muslim or Hindu is Only Outward Distinctions, The Truth Is One, God Is One, Life Is One
Hazrat Inayat Khan

"What has brought you here?" said he, and Inayat replied: "I have heard that the home of Manek Prabhu is not only a religious temple but a centre of music also and as I have taken this tour to pay homage to the holy men living on the soil of India, I first chose to visit this place." "But I am very surprised that you have chosen our place, instead of choosing the place of some Muslim Saint," remarked the astonished youth. To this Inayat replied: "Muslim or Hindu is only outward distinctions, the Truth is one, God is one, and life is one. To me there is no such thing as two. Two is only one plus one."….

Imam Husain Inspires People Towards Excellence, To Create A Better World For Mankind And To Reject Injustice And Tyranny
Qasim A. Moini

SO many centuries after Karbala, Imam Husain continues to inspire people across the world in many different ways. In fact, his magnetism seems to go beyond ritual and devotion; it speaks to the deepest parts of the human soul and tends to bring out the best in mankind.

Ibn-Al- Haytham:  The Father of Modern Optics
Asif Merchant, New Age Islam

An example of his independent thinking is his theory of vision. The earlier greats like Pythagoras, Euclid, Ptolemy, etc. believed that some rays are emitted from the eye, which bounce back from the object into the eye, enabling a person to see the object. Al-Haytham rejected this and explained vision as due to rays of light being reflected from the object into the eye. His experiments in dissection enabled him to understand the structure of the eye, and were able to identify and name the lens, cornea and retina. This led him to correct defective vision by the use of eye glasses. The pin-hole camera, or camera obscurais also his invention. By this he was able to prove that light travels in straight lines…..

 

Remembering Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, The Great Educationist And Secular Nationalist
Sir Syed Ahmed Khan

Born on October 17th, 1817 Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, founder of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) was not just an ordinary educationist, historian, author and jurist but an extra-ordinary reformer, secular nationalist and one of the most important architects of modern India….

Dr. Mike Mohamed Ghouse Dedicated both to Islam and to ‘the Other’
Dr. Mike Mohamed Ghouse

Dr. Ghouse is a proud, unapologetic Moderate Muslim and a passionate advocate of Pluralism in religion, society, politics, race, dining, clothing, dancing, sports and every aspect of life. He is a public speaker, thinker, writer and a commentator who is considered an authority on Pluralism and Interfaith relations in America, and he offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day. What is Pluralism? It is simply, he says, “respecting the otherness of others, and accepting the God-given uniqueness of each one of the 7 billion of us. When we do that, conflicts fade and solutions emerge.”....

The Story of the Prophetic Mission of Muhammad (pbuh) From the Qu’ran (Part 6): The People of the Book and Jiziya
Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

Where the practice of Jiziya can be faulted, is that it continued even after centuries of peace when it should have been abolished, after the state had introduced other taxes on land and produce and on commerce. Jiziya has no religious sanctity as proved by the fact that the Prophet himself did not implement it in the form it appears in 9:29. Verse 9:29 only proved to be an enabling mechanism for the Prophet to make the People of the Book in the territory in which he had become a political leader, agree to become willing subjects and pay tax for services rendered by the state. This was something he had failed to achieve as the political leader in Medina. ….

The Holy Prophet as a Revolutionary Social Reformer
Asif Merchant, New Age Islam

When the Prophet began his Mission, in Mecca, he was bitterly opposed by the vested interests who realized that if he succeeded, their powers would be diminished. So powerful was their opposition that the Prophet had to leave Mecca and relocate himself in Medina, which was not so prosperous, and did not have a powerful aristocracy. The number of dedicated followers increased, and in time, the Meccans had to come to terms with him. At the time of his death, the Prophet had a considerable spiritual following, but, in addition, he also had considerable political power. Most of the Arabian sub-continent was under his rule. The tragedy is that none of his close companions were anywhere near his spiritual stature….

The Indomitable Rumi Part - II
Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi

Maulana Rumi commented that whenever righteous people fall to the mercy of incompetent people, the latter try to convert them to their bad habits. If they refuse, they are subjected to ill treatment. And when the innocent weep, the angels collect their tears and rub them on their bodies and those tears become as valuable as the blood of a martyr.....

 

The Indomitable Rumi (Part - I)
Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi

While the Masnavi contains old stories retold in a simple way, these have been illuminated with instructions and guidance. Here follows one such story: A companion of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) became seriously ill. The Prophet (pbuh) went to enquire after his health. He found him to be extremely sick and weak, almost dead. The Prophet (pbuh) showed great concern and affection, which made the patient relaxed and happy. He praised his sickness, saying that it was because of it that the Prophet (pbuh) had come to see him. ....

 
Bulleh Shah: Rumi of Punjab
Aftab Ahmad, New Age Islam

Bulleh Shah: Rumi of Punjab
Bulleh Shah, a Muslim Sufi poet

Like other Indian and Iranian Sufis, Bulleh Shah too believed in the philosophy of Wahdat ul Wujud. Notwithstanding this, due to the influence of his mentor Shah Enayat, Bulleh did not believe this universe to be a whim or fancy (Maya). He believed that the world and all the phenomenon of this universe had a real existence. Though his philosophy is influenced by Vaishno Math, Nath Panth, Sikhism and Buddhism, as all these religious philosophies believe in the existence of one, formless God, he does not leave his Islamic foundation and remains a disciplined Sufi all his life…..

Amid Violence in Baghdad, A Musician Creates A One-Man Vigil
Renee Montagne

"Some soldiers were in tears, some shop owners were in tears. Some people were confused," Wasfi remembers. "I was connecting everything: death, spirits, bodies, life. People were supportive. They were appreciating the fact that someone can still at least lead their emotions and spirits towards something beautiful, to rise above the intimidation of improvised death....

 

Probably, Khushhal was the first poet in the Indian subcontinent to use the word Khudi in his poetry. Wali Dakani, the first Urdu poet with his collection of poetry used the word but in the context of Wahdatul Wujud and while speaking of annihilating the ego. Khushhal Khan was his predecessor. Khushhal Khan died in 1689 while Wali was born in 1667. Therefore, it can rightly be said that Khushhal Khan used the word Khudi in the 17th century in the same context Iqbal used it in the twentieth century….

 

Islam has replaced communism in the global political paradigm — terrifying, brutal, ruthless and alien. This image has been propagated by the state and media alike to the extent that the notion of a peace-loving Muslim has become oxymoronic, while peace-loving Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and Jews abound....

Rejoice With the ‘New’ House of Saud
Pepe Escobar

It’s fascinating to watch the vast, well-rewarded western army of Saudi lobbyists/stenographers singing the praises of a “traditional and conservative institution”, a.k.a. the House of Saud, now embarking on a new, “assertive foreign policy.”As this concerns the ideological matrix of all Salafi-jihadi variations in the demented galaxy of Wahhabi extremism, I’d rather call it a Mob rule update.....

 

7 Remarkable Things about Khadija, Wife of the Prophet of Islam
Yasmina Blackburn

Khadija, the mother of Islam, was the first person on earth to accept Muhammad as the final prophet of God and accept the revelations that culminated into the Holy Qur'an. She was greeted with "Salam" (peace) by God himself as well as the Angel Gabriel. She bequeathed her worldly goods and put herself in the face of danger to stand by the Prophet Muhammad as Islam became established in the land....

 

Shaikh Ahmad Sirhindi, an ‘Islamic Reformist’ and a ‘Sufi’: Debating His Religious Thoughts and Reform Works
Ghualm Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

Today radical Islamists and clerics of South Asia especially in Pakistan refer to Shaikh Ahmad Sirhindi’s religious thoughts in an attempt to justify their intolerant ideology. Even in this day and age, Shaikh Sirhindi’s opposition to Akbar's policies which he declared inconsistent with Islamic Shariah, is used as a stimulus for radical and extremist movements of the sub-continent. Therefore, it would be quite interesting to objectively discuss the religious thoughts and reformation works of Shaikh Ahmad Sirhindi who is viewed as an ‘Islamic reformist’ as well as a ‘Sufi’ among Muslims in Indo-Pak……

The Story of the Prophetic Mission of Muhammad (pbuh) in the Qu’ran (Concluding Part) Summary
Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

Carefully consider the 12 translators who apparently think that the Prophet was fighting against “disbelief”. It includes scholars of every sect and some of them are major influencers such as Thanvi, Tahir ul Qadri and Raza Khan Barelvi. If according to them the Prophet was fighting against “disbelief”, then how can they or their followers refute the ideology of the “Jihadists”?  And how do they reconcile 2:256 “Let there be no compulsion in religion” and 109:6 “To you (peaceful Kafir) be your way and to me mine” with what they think the Prophet was fighting against? The fact is that the Prophet and Quran are far above what these people attribute to the Quran and the Prophet (pbuh)…..

The Story of the Prophetic Mission of Muhammad (Pbuh) In the Qu’ran (Part 4): The Medinian Period
Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

In the case of Prophet Yunus (pbuh), there was stiff opposition to begin with and Prophet Yunus left in anger without the permission from Allah for which he was punished. He returned to his people and everyone (some hundred thousand) believed....

The Story of the Prophetic Mission of Muhammad (Pbuh) In the Qu’ran (Part 3): Important Pointers from the Stories of the Prophets
Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

When a Prophet is given the command to leave with his band of believers, it is a sign from Allah that no more people will believe even if the Prophet spends more time with them. The Prophet leaves with his band of believers and the rest are destroyed by an act of God....

The Story of the Prophetic Mission of Muhammad (pbuh) From the Qu’ran (Part 2): The Clear Warning to the Meccan Pagans
Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

The stories of prophets oft repeated in the Quran during the first 13 years of the Meccan period are the stories of Noah, Lut, Moses, Hud, Salih, and Shoaib (pbut).  What is common in each of these oft repeated stories is that those who actively opposed the Prophets and tried to harm them and their followers or were intransigent rejecters of the Message were utterly destroyed by an act of God....

 

The Story of the Prophetic mission of Muhammad (pbuh) from the Qu’ran (part 1): The early opposition
Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

Muhammad (pbuh) was the last of the Prophets and the Quran is the last among the revealed scriptures. The Quran narrates the stories of several of the important Messengers individually and the story of the rest collectively in the form of parables. The last Message or the Quran is also cumulative in that it confirms what came before and is built on the previous experience of the Messengers and the People....

Perception of Women
Taha Akyol

The traditional type of women who had accepted the superiority of men in the many centuries in the past, and thus had taken her place in social harmony, is changing through the modernization process: A new type of woman is developing who has recognized that she is “equal,” who is aware of this, regardless of her life style and political view. If Turkey is to reach the income per capita level of $30,000, if it is going to be a leading country, it will be this new woman who takes us to this national target; because it is not possible to go ahead as a country while at the same holding half of society back....

 
Lack of Personalities or Lack of Awareness?
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

Lack of Personalities or Lack of Awareness?
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

 It is common for communities to consider some of their key figures in the past to have been larger than life. They commonly project an exaggerated image of them. Sometimes, they go to the extent of according them a legendary status. This is something that present-day Muslims also do—and on a massive scale…..

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