Category archives for Religion

Shroud of Turin: Let the discussions begin

This article starts with a chapter of a book ‘Deliverance from the Cross’ by Sir Zafrulla Khan. It also includes the article on this topic from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia and much more. If the Catholic Church believes that it is not the real thing then why hang on to it so fiercely, let the […]

Spanish Inquisitions

This is a Wikipedia article and reproduced here to ensure longevity of its contents The Tribunal of the Holy Office of the Inquisition (Spanish: Tribunal del Santo Oficio de la Inquisición), commonly known as the Spanish Inquisition (Inquisición española), was a tribunal established in 1480 by Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I […]

The Holy Quran and the Holy Bible

The Bible is not a comprehensive book.  It does not even contain some of the very basic words in Christianity.  For example on a quick research on a Bible website, I noted that the words, the Bible, Trinity, Original sin, Christianity or Limbo do not exist in the text.[1] It does not contain the word ‘Bible’ […]

Celibacy or Islamic teaching of Chastity: that is the question?

The Holy Quran states: “Then We caused Our Messengers to follow in their footsteps; and We caused Jesus, son of Mary, to follow them, and We gave him the Gospel. And We placed in the hearts of those who accepted him compassion and mercy. But monasticism which they invented for themselves — We did not […]

Marriage melt down: a fatherless America

In a personal communication with an Obstetrician, I found that majority of the children in many counties of USA are now born out of wedlock! The fundamental question we must ask ourselves at the beginning of the century is this: What is the purpose of marriage? Is it — given the game-changing realities of birth […]

The Bible: History, Strength and Weaknesses!

Modern scholarship is confirming every thing that the Holy Quran said about the Bible 1400 years ago. This is a collection of more than 20 articles and several video clips. Let me lay down a few quick facts about the Bible in the very beginning.  The Sheperd of Hemas was part of the canon for centuries […]

Allopathic Medicine’s long struggle with the Bible

In Matt. 17 Jesus, on whom be peace, gives recipe for casting out the demons: When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. I […]

Islam and the human soul!

And they ask thee concerning the soul. Say, ‘The soul is by the command of my Lord; and of the knowledge thereof you have been given but little.’ (Al Quran 17:86) These days I am listening to a Teaching Company course about consciousness, by Prof. Daniel N. Robinson, titled, Consciousness and its implications.  The Quranic […]

Polygamy in the Holy Qur’an

This is an article by Dr. Khaula Rehman published in spring 2010 volume of Muslim Sunrise.   King Henry the VIII and his six wives A picture is worth a thousand words, let me introduce King Henry the VIII to soften the righteous indignation of those who have only been told about the permission of polygamy in […]

Alcohol: moderate use a gateway to alcoholism

Muslims realize that all the detrimental consequences related to alcoholism are a proof that alcohol is the reason for numerous problems. The non-Muslims especially the Westerners have a convenient rationalization. They fracture the reality into two parts, moderate use and excessive use and keep trying to blame all problems on excessive use, while applauding the […]

Apostles did not have the New Testament: What did they believe in?

What did the apostles of Jesus, may peace be on him, read or believe in? Most believing Christians have never paused to think about this fundamental question! If they begin to think and read about it they are guranteed to have a rude awakening. None of them ever set their eyes on the New Testament […]

November 2009 Alislam-eGazette: Hajj and Universal Brotherhood

    Hajj or the Muslim Pilgrimage “Surely, the first House founded for mankind is that at Becca (Mecca), abounding in blessings and a guidance for all peoples.” (Al Surah Ale-Imran 3:97) Hajj is a form of worship and is an Islamic institution to establish Universal Brotherhood under one God.  The book Islam: Its Meaning for Modern […]

November 2010 Alislam-eGazette: Universal Brotherhood and Hajj

Friday Sermon By Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, delivered on 14th January, 2005 O ye men, worship your Lord Who created you and those who were before you, that you may become righteous. (Al Surah Al-Baqarah 2:22) He stressed the importance of different worships especially Salat and he went onto quoting an […]

Hijab is Not a Halloween Costume

Source / Courtesy: Huffington Post By Dr. Faheem Younus: Adjunct Faculty for Religion, CCBC; Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, UMD What’s common between the following Halloween costumes? A guy who painted his neck red, pretending to be a redneck, his friend wearing a white T-shirt which has “wife beater” written on it, and his friend dressed […]

For growing ranks of pagans, October 31 means a lot more than Halloween

Source CNN By Susanne Gargiulo, Special to CNN As pumpkins, witches and faux cobwebs have taken over much of North America for Halloween, Clare Slaney-Davis is preparing an October 31 feast that some would consider much spookier, with table settings for her grandparents, a great-aunt and other relatives who have passed away. As she and her living […]

It is now Malaysia's turn to be myopic: Trying to ban preaching to the Muslims

Source / Courtesy: China Daily KUALA LUMPUR – About 5,000 Malaysian Muslims rallied at a stadium near Kuala Lumpur on Saturday in a move to defend their religion and protest against what they saw as a trend of proselytization among Muslims in the country. They were also pressing for new laws to penalize those who try to convert […]

October 2011 Alislam-eGazette: The Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace be on him

So said Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Founder of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Have you any notion what was the strange event that occurred in the desert country of Arabia when hundreds of thousands of the dead were revived within a brief period and those who had been misguided through generations put on Divine color, and those who were […]

Ṣaladin: Who taught Europe the Ethics of War

Source / Courtesy: BBC This is an hour and a half movie or documentary about Saladin and Richard the Lionheart by BBC.  If the movie inspires you in some ways, remember that the Latter Days, which is our times, are an era of Jihad with pen and the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace be on him […]

Al Aleem: The Bestower of true Dreams

Revelation has had a very large role to play in human history. The evidence not only comes from religion but also science. This article was originally published in June, 2007 volume of Ahmadiyya Gazette USA:

http://www.alislam.org/library/periodicals/index.php

Let me first introduce the subject of revelation in language and examples that are more familiar to my Western readers.

“Let us be silent that we may hear the whisper of God.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Prof. Mark W Muesse, in his lecture series Confucius, Buddha, Jesus and Muhammad, describes the phenomenon of revelation or what others may prefer to call inspiration. He writes:

“I mentioned Bernard Shaw’s play about Joan of Arc, in which she claims to hear voices from god. Later in the play, as Joan is being interrogated for suspicion of heresy, she is asked by King Charles, ‘Why don’t the voices come to me? I am king, not you.’ Joan tells him:

‘They do come to you; but you do not hear them. You have not sat in the field in the evening listening for them. When the angelus rings you cross yourself and have done with it; but if you prayed from your heart, and listened to the thrilling of the bells in the air after they stop ringing, you would hear the voices as well as I do.’

As Joan suggests, there is nothing extraordinary about hearing the voice of God, but one needs to make the effort to listen.

Whether we call what we hear the voice of god or of conscience, the sound of silence or the rhythms of the breath, the lives of our four sages remind us of the necessity to stop and pay attention to our lives. Taking time to be quiet and attending to our lives need not result in some intense, enlightening religious experience. Indeed, such intense moments are rare. But it must be a regular practice, just as Muhammad stopped to pray five times a day and the Buddha meditated in the quiet of each night. It is simply a way to remind ourselves of what is really important, because we forget.”

(Prof. Mark W Muesse. Confucius, Buddha, Jesus and Muhammad. The Great Courses transcript book, 2010. Pages 456-457.)