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1 Muharram in any Hijrah year was the day that saw the Hijrah or migration by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the early Muslims from Makkah to Madinah that took place on 622 AD. It was the day that transformed the Muslims from a downtrodden, abused and discriminated people to a free, civilised and sovereign people. The Hijrah not only impacted positively on the Muslims but also the whole world….

 

Lamps for Diwali: Lit By Wisdom
Swati Chopra

May this Diwali bring to us the rare light of wisdom and illuminate not only our hearts and homes, but also every nook of this great land of ours. As we trundle into another election year, it is a prayer that will probably resonate with most Indians this Diwali…..

Life and Saying of Buddha (Part II)
Syed Manzoor Alam, New Age Islam

Buddhist philosophers constantly ask themselves ‘what do we mean by ‘self’’? The answer though varies amongst philosophers but on one thing there is total harmony and that is the avoidance of extremes in their thinking and answers. They cannot affirm too much identity to the ‘self’ and they also cannot deny it too much because it needs to be taken seriously to pursue the religious life…..

Falsehood of Fustian Priestly Labels
Rashid Samnakay, New Age Islam

Self-promotion and self-preservation is an instinct in all creatures created by the Creator. But hypocrisy of classification of the learned is intellectual fraud; cowardice on the part of the silent minority, and ignorance on the part of the common people. People are confused with arguments, hence:

نقطے کے زِير و زَبر سے، ہمخُداسے جُدا ہوے…….

 
Life and Sayings of Buddha (Part I)
Syed Manzoor Alam, New Age Islam

Buddhist tradition too believed in the Doctrine of Reincarnation. People assumed that human being did not live just one life; rather they believed that they cycled around again and again in a perpetual process of death and rebirth. This process was known as Samsara- which means to travel from one life to the next….

Religion and Its Universality
Swami Ramdas

Christ, Buddha, Krishna or Mohammed are not for being held merely as great ideals to be worshipped from afar. We have to mould and transform our lives so that we may become like them - rise to their stature and know our real divine and immortal nature. Inherently every soul is bathing in the light and joy of God. If we only attain to the awareness of this glory, we can bring peace and goodwill in the world, otherwise not. Mere preaching, without becoming a flaming example that touches, elevates and transmutes the hearts of men, can do little good….

 
The ‘Islamisation’ of Violence
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

The ‘Islamisation’ of Violence
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

A second, even more frightening, form of ‘ideological violence’ was that which emerged in parts of the Muslim world. In the first half of the twentieth century, this extremist ideology got a major boost. Two Muslim parties were particularly responsible for developing and spreading this ideology—the Ikhwan ul-Muslimeen or ‘Muslim Brotherhood’, in the Arab world, and the Jamaat-e Islami, in the non-Arab world….

 
Peace, the Means for Security
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Peace, the Means for Security
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Muslim ‘leaders’ from across the world have wrongly branded secularism as ‘irreligiousness’ (la-Diniyyat), unleashing not just verbal but actual physical war against it. In this way, they have unnecessarily become enemies of secularism. Thereby, they have lost the valuable protection that the secular system provided them….

Given all our conflicts and wars, even among people of one faith, one writer reflected over the life of Abraham and raised the question of whether we treated our religions as idols, a practice Abraham and Muhammad sought to abolish. Both gained many enemies in trying to convince their people of the futile worship of idols — the story goes that Abraham was even cursed by his own father, whose main occupation was crafting the statues of the gods….

Changing Your Enemy into Your Friend
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

If a person realizes this fundamental truth and remains deeply aware of it, he will never blame others for his problems and inflict violence on them. Instead, he will engage in a comprehensive and unconditional examination of his own life…..

Contemporary Hajj of Islam
Dr Syed Javed Hussain

The occasion of Hajj with the largest concentration of believers of any faith on earth provides tremendous opportunity to Muslims. Muslims however, are yet to fully exploit its political, social, ideological, economic and intellectual potentialities.  So far, they are content with assimilating its religious, spiritual and divine realities....

Anger versus Patience
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Anger versus Patience
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

To engage in violence in the name of the Truth is a negation of the Truth. Those who engage in violence in the name of the Truth clearly indicate that they are not really on the path of the Truth. A lover of the Truth can never be a lover of violence….

 

Malaysia Would Be Misguided To Ban Arabic Word for God
Khaled Diab

But is there any validity for limiting the use of “Allah” to Muslims? The controversy is partly fuelled by confusion. Most Malaysians do not speak Arabic and so some of the Muslims among them may be under the false impression that “Allah” is an exclusively Islamic word. But they are mistaken. “Allah” is simply the Arabic word for “God”….

‘Stop Terrorizing Non-Muslims, Muslims In The Name Of Islam’
Khaled Aljenfawi

If there is any one “conspiring” against Islam, it is local fundamentalists, local extremists and those who directly or indirectly glorify terrorism. We as Muslims have a moral and historical obligation to protect ourselves and to protect our fellow non- Muslim human beings from the wrath of the terrorist plague …..

Reconciliation is Best
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Reconciliation is Best
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

This Quranic teaching tells us that for an action to be considered proper, it is not enough that, on the face of it, it is pursued for a seemingly good cause. In addition to this, it is necessary to keep in mind what the results of activities in the name of reform are. If these activities give birth to hatred, tension, violence and so forth among people, then, despite claiming to be reformist activities….

 

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....

 
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