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There is a purpose behind the trial, and this purpose corresponds to our internal state and our relationship with God. God has 99 Names, and it should suffice us to know that He is the most merciful, the most just and the most wise. Your test is not being put upon you by a random being, but by God, who is closer to us than our jugular vein. Tests are a way to purify us. The Prophet said: “No fatigue, nor disease, nor sorrow, nor sadness, nor hurt, nor distress befalls a Muslim, even if it were the prick he receives from a thorn, but that Allah expiates some of his sins for that,”….

 
Passport of love
Sant Rajinder Singhji

Passport of love
Sant Rajinder Singhji

Love is not a business; it is not a commodity that can be purchased or sold. It cannot be bought, and it cannot be taught. It can only be caught like an infection from someone who is infused with it. A master is such a being. He radiates love to all around him. And whoever comes in his presence is infected with it…..

 

Of Sadism, Masochism and Cruelty to Animals
Hiranmay Karlekar

The most helpless, and hence the easiest to dominate and torture, are animals. Things will only change if people stop regarding animals as inferior beings and grant them the same space as they occupy in their universe of morality….

 
The Second Pillar
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam

The Second Pillar
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam

When we look at the bulk of the verses of the Quran related to Prayers, almost all of them mentions Prayer in the form of plural- establishing Prayer in a group. Which means that while Prayers, in one sense, is an individual act of worship, in the Quran it is seen also as a collective act of worship? And this has a significant implication….

Saudi girls escaping their parents' house is a development that has caught the attention of many researchers and social workers in the kingdom. Although the number of cases has not yet reached the level of a “phenomenon,” a conservative society such as Saudi society looks at these cases with suspicious eyes mixed with surprise….

 

Meditation and My New Normal
Paige Davis

I used visualization as a key component leading into every single surgery and treatment. I chose to see the chemo as any other medicine filled with love and light. I chose to stay away from terms like fight or battle. Naive -- perhaps, but what was happening through those visualizations is that my mind and body were working together -- and I was craving that connection…..

 

The Case for Low Ideals
David Brooks

“The happiness of society depends on virtue” — not primarily material conditions. But, and this is what makes her an idealist, she believes that better laws can nurture virtue. Statecraft is soul craft. Good tax policies can arouse energy and enterprise. Good social programs can encourage compassion and community service......

 

What Is Caesar’s and What Is God’s?
Fr Charles Irvin

What, then, is Caesar’s and what is God’s? That question is being argued out in our times in a great debate over the importance and value of religion in our society. Reasonable people may differ in the application of answers to that question. But however much reasonable people may differ it is unreasonable to assert the notion that our American republic was built on the secularist mantra that freedom of religion in these United States means freedom from religion in our public affairs….

 

Blessing The Right To Love: Pope Francis’s Attempts To Bring The Church In Tune With The 21st Century Are Revolutionary
Derek O'Brien

What Pope Francis is attempting is revolutionary. It is also essential, i feel, for the Church’s renewal and continued relevance to the millions who cherish it, and cherish an association with it, but cannot get themselves to agree with all its doctrinal principles. Indeed, other Christian orders have been quicker to coordinate their faith with modern lives and mores and the Catholic Church is making up for lost time. There is a feeling that the Church is in a moment of dramatic transition, not unknown in its history but still worth taking note of…..

Believers Delight in Allah’s Blessings
Harun Yahya

It is a fact that everyone who walks down the street will encounter hundreds of Allah’s signs and blessings. Wherever one looks, there is the beauty and matchless artistry of Allah. However, the important secret here is that everyone delights in the images he sees in direct proportion to his faith. A pair of eyes with faith will enjoy an ineffable delight when they look on nature, adorned as it is with Allah’s infinite artistry. They will be filled with excitement when they see a lovely and innocent child…….

Devi Mahatmayam: Alchemy of Energy
Swati Chopra

The three central episodes of the Devi Mahatmayam revolve around the allegorical slaying of ignorance by the Goddess. Rapacious demons, symbolic of afflictions of the mind and the ego wreak havoc on heaven and earth, which indicate one’s inner environment. In the first episode, two demons attack Brahma as he prepares to launch a new cycle of creation. He calls out to Vishnu for help, who is asleep. Brahma then petitions the Goddess in her form as Yoganidra (yogic sleep), who withdraws from Vishnu, causing him to awaken. So while Vishnu does the actual slaying, Devi enables him. She lifts the veil of ignorance from him, an awakening occurs, and the afflictions of the mind and the ego are slain…..

 

Doubt as a Sign of Faith
Julia Baird

If we don’t accept both the commonality and importance of doubt, we don’t allow for the possibility of mistakes or misjudgements. While certainty frequently calcifies into rigidity, intolerance and self-righteousness, doubt can deepen, clarify and explain. This is, of course, a subject far broader than belief in God.....

“Why, sir? I’m just stating a fact,” I replied. “You have a name, and if it is Paul, as you said it is, then that’s what I am going to call you—MISTER Paul. I, at least, don’t consider you to be a special creature of God or to have any special connection with Him, and so I don’t see why I should give you any special respect that I wouldn’t give to any other fellow being.” “In our religion, our priests are called ‘Father’,” he mumbled, clutching his crucifix…..

Give Peace a Chance
Francis Gonsalves

Although politicians shrewdly theorise about peace, they’d rather keep the fires of communal conflicts blazing since it’s easier to garner votes of frightened people. However, it’s the Aam Aadmi/Aurat who matters most in ensuring peace within him/herself before embracing the world with peace……

 
You Can Become a Super Achiever
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

You Can Become a Super Achiever
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

The building of a personality depends on your own efforts. If you are an easygoing person then you are bound to receive less energy from your mind and the result will be that your personality will become weak. If you are ambitious and choose to embark on a great task, then certainly your mind will release a greater amount of energy, the result of which will be that you will develop a strong personality. Everyone is born with the same mind that is full of energy.....

 
Mending My Manners
Roshan Shah, New Age Islam

There’s one thing that I really can’t stand—and that’s bad manners. I’m not bragging, but I do think I’m polite. That’s something that I love about myself. Saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you very much’, ‘if you don’t mind’ and so on comes naturally to me, and I really mean it when I use those words. And so, when I see people behaving absolutely manner-less, it really disgusts me….

 
Signs of the ‘End Times’?
Musing Along Forever

When you see pictures of people like evil-faced, black-turbaned Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (self-appointed ‘Caliph’ or religio-political head of the so-called ‘Islamic State’ in Syria and Iraq) and his henchmen dressed in black and brandishing weapons  and when you hear horrific reports of the deadly crimes that they, the Al-Qaeda and other such self-styled defenders of Islam are committing in the name of Islam in various parts of the world, you might be provoked to wonder: Are these hate-driven men among the allies of the Antichrist, enemies of God and the faith they claim to champion, whom the Prophet warned us against more than a thousand years ago?.....

 

Radhakrishnan states that just as the mirage does not disappear when scientific knowledge is gained, the world too does not disappear when intuitively we come to know about the source of the world’s existence. The world continues to exist, though it is valued differently. A Jnani, after attaining Jnana, begins to perceive the world from a totally different perspective. He sees the world being permeated by particles of Chitti or pure Consciousness…..

 

When you realise that God is taking care of His universe in exactly the way He wants to and knows to be best, you won’t any longer fear that given the way the media says the world is going, you might soon lose your mental balance. And so, I try to convince myself, there’s absolutely no need for me to allow myself to develop a headache and feel sick or to fall into a depression over the horrors that the newspapers routinely report......

 
A Long Chain of Goodness!
Roshan Shah, New Age Islam

“Whatsoever one Sufi says will be said by all the Sufis Buddha, Christ, Krishna, Lao Tzu, Mohammed, Bahauddin, Bayazid…they are not saying different things…maybe in different ways, but not different things. They are witness to a single truth, and the truth is that the kingdom of God is within you.”....

 
Cooking His Way to Contentment
Das K, New Age Islam

It’s truly amazing, Raju Anna’s passion for his work. It’s made me unlearn some things that I thought were plainly obvious—for instance, that it’s only if you are paid a hefty salary that you can truly enjoy what you do for a living. Or that for all poor people, their work is necessarily, and in every case, an imposed drudgery, and that, therefore, they are doomed to always being agitated, unhappy and discontented with life….

 

The Material and the Spiritual Aspect of Human Well-Being
Muhammad Hisyam Mohamad

In actual fact, the word Ibadah refers to everything one says or does for the pleasure of Allah that is not only limited to rituals and beliefs, but also encompasses social activities, economics, politics, etc.....

 

Peace! Peace! Peace: Mine Is a Vision of a World without War, a World without Want
Dada J.P. Vaswani

Worse, they actually believe that lasting peace can be established through relentless war. Thus, our world is scarred by violence and strife. But when the darkness of ignorance is dispelled by the first glimmer of understanding, we will realize that different races and different nations are members of one global family. How grievously will we then repent our misdeeds! Piteous is the need of the nations for such a light—the light of oneness, the light of brotherhood, understanding and compassion.....

 
To Forgive Is Divine
Dada J P Vaswani

Psychiatrists tell us that when people refuse to forgive and forget, their life takes a definite turn for the worse – a downturn. They become bitter; they wallow in self-pity; they even develop disorders like paranoia and persecution complex. They stop seeking the company of positive, optimistic cheerful people who give them good counsel; instead, they lock themselves up in a self-made prison of isolation and alienation......

 

Muslims everywhere will celebrate the coming of Eid ul-Fitr with happiness, special prayers, and food to commemorate the end of the fasting month. As during the month of Ramadan itself, Muslims should commit themselves to good deeds -- for the benefit of all humanity -- at Eid al-Fitr. Moderate, traditional, spiritual and conventional Muslims may be expected to join in the mourning of the people of the Netherlands and Australia as well as Malaysia. Prayers for all the dead of MH17 should be delivered in mosques and elsewhere Muslims gather. Muslims should contribute to relief for the families of the dead, whatever their faith or belief......

 




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