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Pope urges Muslims and Christians to reject war

ABU DHABI: Pope Francis denounced the “logic of armed power” in Yemen, Syria and other Middle East wars Monday on a landmark visit to the Arabian Peninsula where Islam emerged, telling Christians and Muslims that conflicts brought nothing but misery and death. Francis, the first pontiff to set foot on the peninsula, was speaking during a trip to the United …

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India, the land of mystics: Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi

Recently, we celebrated Independence Day with joy and gaiety. August 15 was the day when we Indians began to breathe the air of freedom. This freedom, of course, brought decent life and basic human rights back to us. However, we tend to forget the remarkable contributions of many who built our nation, particularly those who developed a composite Indian culture …

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Wahdat-ul-Wajud (unity of existence) & al-Wala wal Bar’a (loyalty and disavowal): Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi

There have been two diametrically different beliefs and practices within Islam — Wahdat-ul-Wajud (unity of existence) and al-Wala wal Bar’a (loyalty and disavowal). The earlier stresses that all creations are one family of God, who is al-wadud, all-embracing and all-loving. But the latter buttresses that merely having faith in God is not sufficient. One has to show loyalty to some …

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