United in Spirit: Ramadan, Pesach, and Easter

By Kyai Paul Salahuddin Armstrong  Ramadan, Pesach (Passover), and Easter are significant religious events in Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. In Islam, festivals are calculated according to the Hijri lunar calendar. The lunar year is around 10 or 11 days shorter than a solar year, the measure of a year used in the Gregorian calendar, the…Read more United in Spirit: Ramadan, Pesach, and Easter

Not in the Name of NU

“If there is a presidential candidate who is an NU person, it is in the name of his own credibility, not in the name of NU.On behalf of his own track record, on behalf of his performance, his own achievements, not on behalf of NU.I have repeatedly emphasized, so that NU's positioning is clear to…Read more Not in the Name of NU

Common Ground Between Religions

“Those to whom We gave the Book rejoice at what has been sent down to you, but some of the opposing factions deny part of it. Say, ‘I have been commanded to worship God alone and not to associate anything with Him. To Him I invite others, and to Him I shall return.’” ~ Holy…Read more Common Ground Between Religions

Concepts of God

Interesting thoughts on how people perceive and understand divinity. Depending upon where people are in their own development influences how they see and understand God or gods, or whether even they believe in any god at all. “To him who has not the power of God, the power of God does not exist. To him…Read more Concepts of God

Religion is Sincerity

On the authority of Tamīm al-Dārī that the Prophet ﷺ said, “Religion is sincerity [nasīhah]” three times. We asked, “To whom?” He replied, “To Allah, to His Book, to His Messenger, to the leaders of the Muslims and their common folk.”Muslim (Mishkāt, Hadīth no. 4966).

The Quran is a Living Message

“I am often reminded of Ibn Khaldun, who said, ‘[Deliberately] following ancient customs and traditions [of a faith] does not mean that the dead are living, but that the living are dead.’ I believe that the Qur'an is a living message that applies to my circumstances in today's world, and therefore, given to humankind for…Read more The Quran is a Living Message

Friday Reflections 08.01.2021

Salam alaikum and Jummah Mubarak! I read and discuss a sohbet by Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Adil al-Haqqani from the book, “Liberating the Soul: A Guide for Spiritual Growth, Volume 1”. The sohbet is titled “Helping Others”, and begins on page 136 in the book. The sohbet discusses a very important point about what religion, all…Read more Friday Reflections 08.01.2021