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Peace in the Cosmos, Peace in Human Hearts
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

However, for a society to be said to enjoy peace, it is not enough that it is free from violence or war. To define peace as the absence of violence or war is a negative definition of peace. A positive way of defining peace is on the basis of the positive attributes that characterize peace. Accordingly, a society can be said to enjoy peace if positive and constructive thought and activity flourish among its members….

 
The Strength of Peace
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

The Strength of Peace
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

The message of this Hadith report is not something mysterious. Rather, it is a clear, obvious and well-known fact of life. Violence and war only further exacerbate hatred between opponents. They cause much destruction of resources, besides taking many lives. They lead to entire societies to fall prey to negative thinking. Obviously, in such a climate there is no possibility left for positive and constructive activities. There can be no positive fall-out of violence and war....

The Prophet and Peace
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

The Prophet and Peace
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

A mission of this sort that invites people to the path of God simply cannot accept violent confrontation. This is because violence or war puts an end to the atmosphere that any movement that seeks to reform people’s thinking and bring about a spiritual revolution requires....

 
War is Undesirable in Islam
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

War is Undesirable in Islam
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

According to the Quran, God is the Ultimate Power. It is He who gives political power to whoever He wills among human beings. Likewise, He it is who snatches it from whomever He wills. This is why the holders of power and political victory keep changing. Thus, the Quran says: Say,  Lord, sovereign of all sovereignty. You bestow sovereignty on whom you will and take it away from whom You please; You exalt whoever You will and abase whoever You will. All that is good lies in Your hands. You have the power to will anything. (3:26)…

Peshawar and Nairobi Attacks Completely Anti-Islamic
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

With regard to the bombing of the church in Peshawar, the attackers said that they were taking revenge for US drone strikes. But, taking revenge itself is an un-Islamic act. According to Islam, the argument that these attacks are a legitimate answer to the oppression of others is completely baseless. Islam does not allow taking of such revenge by attacking innocent people. The concept of revenge is in itself an un-Islamic one….

 
Save Islam From the Islamists
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam

Save Islam From the Islamists
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam

There is a sharp contrast between what Islam is and what Islamists do. Islam is that spiritual path which any person can achieve by submitting his will to God; while Islamists are those so-called devout Muslims who believe that their spirituality is to convert other non-Muslims and “deviant” Muslims (like Sufi-saints etc) into their version of Islam and they act upon this belief, mostly by using terror tactics....

Individual Reform, Not ‘Protest Activism’
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Some people argue that social problems can be solved only through ‘social activism’, particularly through demonstrating against the state, against what they call the ‘ruling class’, against what they term as caste oppression, class oppression, imperialism,  patriarchy, the oppression of this or that community or ideological system, and so on. This kind of activism is nothing but ‘protest activism’…..

 

In an increasingly secular world religions are often blamed for all the trouble besetting the international community. Believers, say critics, are intolerant; they overlook the fact that secular tolerance tends to dissipate when the position of Muslims in society is at stake. Despite this, I believe it is not only fair but also reasonable for anyone with a worldview based on Islam, especially in Muslim-majority countries, to have a major input in political life….

 
Another Way of Understanding Creation
Asif Merchant, New Age Islam

Another Way of Understanding Creation
Asif Merchant, New Age Islam

There is only one existence. Call it God if you like. This One is playing a game. There is no other player, but the game is a sort of ‘hide and seek’. There is nowhere to hide so a universe is created. There is no other player, so ‘The ‘One’ is playing with himself....

 

Refraining from Applying Wrong Labels
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

  Many Muslims imagine that they are a special people chosen by God. And they think of themselves as members of what the Quran terms Hizbullah or ‘party of God’. But this is a complete misunderstanding. The Muslims of today are definitely not the Hizbullah that is mentioned in the Quran.  The word Hizbullah is used in the Quran only for the Sahaba, the Prophet’s Companions....

 

A Journey into the Muslim Mind
Sheikh Ali Gomaa

We are about to embark on a journey into the Muslim mind in which we discover his foundational bases of thinking along with the advantages of his intellect and heart in order to explain how such paradigm affected his contribution in art and literature and how we can activate this paradigm once again for the Muslim to be a positive contributor in developing the world today….

 
An Iron-Clad Proof of God
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

An Iron-Clad Proof of God
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

Many people would be tempted to suggest that even if it were true that there was such a force, going ahead and calling it “God” would quickly strain credulity. Nonetheless, as Professor Feser beautifully explains, logic alone would demonstrate that the force in question would have all of the characteristics of the classical Western notion of the Creator. For instance, inasmuch as there must be an ultimate non-contingent force, its non-contingency indicates that (as held in monotheism) it must be singular, for if there were more than one mover each would be limited — and hence contingent — deriving their power from some earlier force....

 
The Status of Salah
Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali

To make this better understood, it can be said that Salah in the Court of Allah is like a precious gift that is being presented to a king. In this context, it would be more appropriate if we used the example of a slave maid as the gift….

 

Gandhi always maintained that violence and nonviolence were intimately linked, which was why one could be converted into the other. He argued that evil must itself rely upon goodness, since even the most self-interested and treacherous leader, for instance, had to rely upon virtues such as loyalty, friendship and sacrifice among his own army in order to exercise his power. The point then was to withdraw goodness from evil and so cause its collapse, something Gandhi called non co-operation…..

 

When Swami Vivekananda Spoke in Chicago: A 9/11 Worth Remembering
Saswat Panigrahi

It was in that model speech, Vivekananda presented the ancient teachings of India in its purest form. While other speakers spoke simply on their own faith, Vivekananda stressed upon the essence of interfaith awareness and religious tolerance….

 

Kitty Inspiration for a Happier World: What Little Olinj Taught Me on Teacher’s Day
Yoginder Sikand, New Age Islam

Little, loveable Olinj reminded me of the enormous hazards of making blanket generalisations, and of how easily tempted we are to think bad about others, rather than good. Not all cats, she taught me, were rude and boring. In fact, none of them probably were. It was only because I hadn’t made the effort to understand them that I had thought what I had about them....

This need not surprise us. What should surprise us instead is the eager readiness of individuals, even highly educated ones, to surrender themselves to the conmen of religion. Con men thrive under the garb of religion when people abandon God. The Godmen syndrome is a symptom of godlessness, not of religiosity. Godmen have as much to do with God as rock gardens have to do with flowers....

We Are Old, Not Useless
Parveen Ahsan

I have been applying for a job and got called for interviews. Guess what happened? The prospective employers wanted to interview me, not because I had applied but, as one asked point blank, why a lady in my age group was job hunting? One even remarked that the year in which I had graduated, he wasn’t even born!...

 

A Time for Creative Suffering:  Martin Luther King’s Words in a Surveillance World
Ariel Dorfman

What was the best method to achieve radical change? Could we picture a rebellion in the way that Martin Luther King had envisioned it, without drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred, without treating our adversaries as they had treated us? Or did the road into the palace of justice and the bright day of brotherhood inevitably lead through fields of violence?  Was violence truly the unavoidable midwife of revolution?

 
Purrfect Friends Who Give You Peace!
Nigar Ataulla, New Age Islam

Spending time getting to know Rehana, her mission and her 14 lovely cats was a truly enlightening experience. I learnt the value of peace, which her fluffy friends radiated. Their calmness and dignity were a clear reflection of “100 percent surrender to God…”, a lesson which I  might never have learnt  if I sat with 14 “learned” scholars for 14 hours or 14 days!....

 

The requiem came from an apparently innocuous substance: a prophylactic — the birth control pill. By decoupling sex from babies, the Pill ushered in the Sexual Revolution. Increasing political polarisation, globalisation, unprecedented prosperity, and a new secular attitude in the American elite also contributed to the decline of organised religion but the drastic change in sexual mores had the greatest impact....

 

What does it mean to admonish someone with the help of the word of God?
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Very often, people construe such guidance as personal criticism. When they are admonished in this way, they at once get stirred up and react very negatively. They don’t take such advice kindly. Instead of admitting their errors, they try to find fault with the one who tries to admonish them…..

 
Islam and Hinduism
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Islam and Hinduism
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Islam and Hinduism both representing two great traditions, have coexisted for more than one thousand years. It is very important to understand the relationship between these two religions. There are two divergent views on the subject of this relationship. One view is that both traditions are very similar to each other. I once happened to meet a Hindu scholar who with great enthusiasm said, “I don’t find any difference between the two religions. When I read the Quran, I feel that I am reading the Gita and when I read the Gita, I feel I am reading the Quran.”….

Life Is Not Rocket Science
Dr A P J Abdul Kalam

Life Is Not Rocket Science
Dr A P J Abdul Kalam

Watching the boat come to life from pieces of wood and metal was perhaps my first introduction to the world of eng­ineering. Wood was procured and Ahmed Jalalluddin, a cousin, arrived to help my father out. Every day, I would wait impatiently till I could go to the place where the boat was taking shape. Long pieces of wood were cut into the required shape, dried, smoothened and then joined together. Wood- fires seasoned the wood that made up the hull and the bulkheads. Slowly the bottom, then the sides and the hull began to form in front of our eyes….

Knock! Knock! Who’s That: A Neighbour in Need!
Nigar Ataulla, New Age Islam

 Last, but certainly not the least, neighbours can forget and forgive each other’s faults and frowns, burying old squabbles about “He parked his car in my space”, “She didn’t give me sweets for New Year’s”, “She did not send a bouquet for my birthday” and “He screamed at my dog’—all of which keep them pretty much as total strangers who happen to share the same physical space but have otherwise nothing whatsoever to do with each other....

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