Sufism

Every occasion is a time for remembering God!

WordForPeace.com  Dear brothers and sisters! I’d like to share with you something that I find very useful. It’s about a spiritual practice that I try to follow. I have to say that I don’t always observe it—sometimes it slips my mind or my mind is busy with other things. But, with God’s grace, I do  often try to keep up the …

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Undue Hardship is Not Piety

WordForPeace.com Written by Junaid Jahangir The fight against Islamophobia is one about securing the civil and human rights of Muslims to live and practice their faith without let or hindrance. It requires an intersectional approach for Islamophobes do not distinguish between Muslim and Sikh, conservative and liberal, as for them all are “ragheads.” Consistency requires that as Muslims adopt an …

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In Jerusalem, you get to experience real pluralism

WordForPeace.com Jerusalem Day is a great time for public discussion on the most interesting, diverse and complex city in Israel, but in recent years, this discussion often turns into a eulogy of the secular population in Jerusalem. One cannot deny the challenges a city such as Jerusalem faces, in which two-thirds of the population (Arabs and ultra-Orthodox) are typically not …

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Ramzan truce in J&K: A risk worth taking due to lack of alternative initiatives?

WordForPeace.com Three to four days into the “cessation of operations” (COO) initiative in Jammu and Kashmir, it is under severe criticism from almost all quarters. The main objections appear to be from the security community, which is livid that the momentum of operations, put in place by Operation All Out, has been broken. Many less-informed people are joining in too. …

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Fasting: Devotion builds personal relationship with the Divine

WordForPeace.com By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi In Islam, all acts of devotion are aimed at enlightening one’s inner self to build a personal relationship with God. Every year, Ramadan comes as a one-month training course, that helps us develop a strong will to live a completely humane, spiritually inclined and God-conscious life. In fact, the sole purpose of fasting in Islam …

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“We are victimizing ourselves by staying away from education,” says AIUMB President

WordForPeace.com AIUMB President Syed Muhammad Asharaf Kichchauchwi, while addressing a Ramazan spiritual gathering, said that Muslims talk about being discriminated and thus are easily falling prey to victimhood mentality. “Muslims have made this their favorite activity, instead of creatively thinking about their future and correct course of action. Sadly, the entire community is busy in blaming each other only,” he …

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Blowing up hope for peace, Pakistan sows disinterest in peace in the Valley; Attempts at intrusions into the Indian territory continue

WordForPeace.com EVEN as the world is moving away from dumb munitions and adopting precision-guided ones, shelling and firing across the international border in Jammu and Kashmir is taking innocent lives. It is also vitiating the atmosphere where let alone peace; even the hope for peace becomes a distant mirage. Civilian lives are too high a collateral damage of such firing. …

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Militants & Truce: Established Islamic principle is that Islam condoned only fight for “justice”: Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi in The Tribune

WordForPeace.com Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi Scholar of classical Islamic sciences and researcher in communication studies The well-established ulema and classical Islamic scholars counter this false paradigm for martyrdom. An eminent Islamic scholar well-versed in the Islamic theology, Prof Ebrahim Moosa, counters this view. He says: “The whole idea of a martyr or shahid is that you fight until death and you …

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Unilateral restraint in operations is a display of confidence and will to seek peace

WordForPeace.com A unilateral restraint in operations is no indicator of weakness. It is a display of confidence and will to seek peace. The concept must be such that in case of failure, the return to operations must not witness greater terrorist capability. In J&K’s bleak security landscape through 2017-18, a unilateral ceasefire proposed by the state’s mainstream parties was bound …

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