Reflections

If, as many religions teach us, God is our best friend, it’s good to think about how much time we spend in ‘His’ company each day. By Roshan Shah If you have a good friend, you love his/her company. You enjoy spending hours on end with him/her, talking about all sorts of things or even just […]

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The Hajj is our sacred journey, and it allows us to gather in spiritual community, in common cause, so we may plead for our wellbeing and spiritual survival. By Shaykh Hamza Yusuf There is no animal on earth, nor yet a bird on the wing, but forms communities like you. We have not neglected anything […]

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Wimpy had taught me a positive lesson actually—about how to respond when difficult situations are thrown at us. By Nigar You must have heard the term ‘sting operation’ in the media. Okay, but the ‘sting operation’ I am sharing with you here has nothing to do with any of that sort of thing! It’s to […]

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How easy it is for us to make a fetish of our religious beliefs and practices, so much so that we are sometimes willing to completely dehumanize others, and ourselves, too, for their sake. By A. Kasvari This must have been a little short of forty years ago, maybe when I had just about entered […]

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Not once in all those many trauma-filled years when I struggled with the obsessive thoughts, did I ever consider turning to God, praying to Him to cure me. By Roshan Shah Thinking negative thoughts about others isn’t uncommon. Nor is it at all unnatural. Even though we may not easily admit it, all of us […]

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Various religions tell us, in their different ways, that God has created us and sent us here, to the earth, for a definite purpose-certainly not for ‘time pass’. We can discover this purpose from the revelations that God has communicated to us through His messengers If you’ve travelled by train in India, you might have […]

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We commonly think of illness as dreadful, something to complain about, but there’s a very different way of understanding it, as reflected in a saying attributed to Prophet Muhammad: Nothing befalls a believer, a [prick of a] thorn or more than that, but God will raise him one degree in status thereby, or erase a […]

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Sometimes Allah will give you exactly what you want after he tests your devotion and sincerity. Allah works in the most mysterious ways and we need to place our Trust in Him! Sa’eed was sitting at the waiting area at the Jeddah airport after having just completed the rites of Hajj. The man next to […]

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