We all bleed the same, we are One Human Family.

We all bleed the same, we are One Human Family

The Transformation of Tao

Tao produces unity; unity produces duality; duality produces trinity; trinity produces all things. All things bear the negative principle (yin) and embrace the positive principle (yang). Immaterial vitality, the third principle (chi), makes them harmonious.

Those things which are detested by the common people, namely to be called orphans, inferiors, and unworthies, are the very things kings and lords take for titles. There are some things which it is a gain to lose, and a loss to gain.

I am teaching the same things which are taught by others. But the strong and aggressive: ones do not obtain a natural death (i.e., self-confident teachers do not succeed). I alone expound the basis of the doctrine of the Tao.

~ Tao Te Ching, Chapter 42

(Dwight Goddard and Henri Borel, [1919], via sacred-texts.com)

Happy Solstice, June 2014

Happy Solstice, June 21, 2014.

One thing I like about Jehovah’s Witnesses…

While they’re a favourite theme of many jokes and recipients of a great deal of criticism, one thing I personally like about Jehovah’s Witnesses is the artwork in their magazines. In each picture, they show people of different ethnic backgrounds together, as one. Shouldn’t we all be doing that?

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Pharrell – Happy British Muslims!

Real Men Don’t Hit Women!

Contrary to what some think and even in some cases (shockingly) preach, Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, condemned the beating of women.

“How does anyone of you beat his wife as he beats the stallion camel and then he may embrace (sleep with) her?”
~ Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. (Bukhari 8.68)

As Muslims, we must stand united on this issue in solidarity with all decent brothers and sisters in our Human Family.

Violence against women is wrong, and must be stopped!

Paul Salahuddin Armstrong

Patrick Stewart - Domestic Violence

Islam: Sunni/Shia Conflict?

Ahl al Sunnah wal Jamaat (Sunni) and Ahl al Bayt (Shia) are the two largest denominations of Islam, themselves comprised of many subgroups and schools of thought (madhab). Contrary to some media reports, the two denominations are not at war with one another.

While it’s true a profound disagreement over who should lead the Muslims after Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, was the root that caused this split; that was nearly one and a half millennia ago!

Until relatively recently, there was no conflict at all between any Sunnis and Shias. When scholars got together, they debated and discussed with proper adab. Renowned scholars of each denomination respect one another to this day, regardless whether or not they disagree on some matters.

Any conflict attributed to sectarian violence between Sunni and Shia is between extremist factions, who have nothing to do with mainstream Sunni/Shia Islam.

We must be on our guard against this fitnah, and encourage people to return to the teachings of Allah SWT in the Holy Qur’an, which all Muslims believe to be the revelation of Allah SWT to his messenger Muhammad, peace be upon him.

Ma Salam.

Paul Salahuddin Armstrong

Director, KhilafahOnline
Co-Director, The Association of British Muslims


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