What Is The Significance Of Friday Prayers In Islam?

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Following the terror attack on two New Zealand mosques in March 2019, many Muslim communities across the world gathered as usual for their most important weekly ritual – Friday prayers.

Do I Need Will Power To Grow Spiritually?

Do I Need Will Power To Grow Spiritually?Spiritual development doesn’t happen automatically. You may want enlightenment very badly, but it only happens through your daily application of spiritual principles. One of these principles is sankalpa, which means "will power" in Sanskrit.

What Ramadan Means To Muslims

What Ramadan Means To Muslims

During the month of Ramadan, Muslims around the world will not eat or drink from dawn to sunset. Muslims believe that the sacred text of Quran was first revealed to Prophet Muhammad in the final 10 nights of Ramadan.

Victory is Yours! Creating What You Want, Not What You Fear

Victory is Yours! Creating What You Want, Not What You FearEvery world religion and every form of education has tried to teach us Universal Law in one form or another: the Law of Cause and Effect, the Law of Karma, an eye for an eye, reaping what we sow. In more scientific terms: like attracts like, action and reaction, radiation and magnetization.

Who Are Sri Lanka's Christians?

Who Are Sri Lanka's Christians?

Nearly 300 people were killed in several coordinated bomb attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter.

How The Role Of Nuns Highlights A Low View Of Women's Work

How The Role Of Nuns Highlights A Low View Of Women's Work

So runs the story of one of the Italian nuns I interviewed earlier this year, as part of a wider investigation into the unsung contributions of women workers, and why they have been historically undervalued. 

The Earth is Your Teacher: Honoring Spirit in Your Life

The Earth is Your Teacher: Honoring Spirit in Your LifeBy engaging in sacred reciprocity with the raw forces of nature as well as the spiritual powers present in the area, you deepen your awareness of interdependence with all life’s dimensions...

Your Sacred Vow: To Be A Clear Instrument of Light

Your Sacred Vow: To Be A Clear Instrument of Light
We are powerful beyond our wildest imaginations, and our ability to make a profoundly significant difference in what is happening on Earth at this time is staggering. All we have to do is remember who we are and where we have come from. I am not referring to the specifics of particular lifetimes; I am talking about who we are at the very core of our Beings, within the deepest recesses of our Divine Blueprints.

The Truth About St. Patrick's Day

The Truth About St. Patrick's Day
In 1997, my students and I traveled to Croagh Patrick, a mountain in County Mayo, as part of a study abroad program course on Irish literature I was teaching for the University of Dayton.

4 Things To Know About Ash Wednesday

4 Things To Know About Ash WednesdayFor Christians, the death and resurrection of Jesus is a pivotal event commemorated each year during a season of preparation called Lent and a season of celebration called Easter.

Do You Believe You Can Receive Messages From Heaven?

Do you believe you can receive messages from heaven?No matter what your beliefs, all you need to be able to recognize signs from heaven are an open mind and heart. Opening your mind to receiving signs simply means believing it can happen. If you have faith in God or in the next life, you are already ahead of the game.

How The Catholic Church Came To Oppose Birth Control

How The Catholic Church Came To Oppose Birth Control

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark “Humanae Vitae,” Pope Paul VI’s strict prohibition against artificial contraception, issued in the aftermath of the development of the birth control pill.

How to Work with Angels and Call Them to Action

Learning How to Work with Angels and Call Them to Action
Some people say, If there are all these angels waiting to help us, then why haven't they already done something about this problem in my life? But what they don't realize is that the universe doesn't work in a top-down management style; it's based on free will and team work.

How To Be Yourself: Finding Your Original Face

How To Be Yourself: Finding Your Original FaceJust be what you are and don't care a bit about the world. Then you will feel a tremendous relaxation and a deep peace within your heart. This is what Zen Buddhists call your "original face" - In this essay Osho, through parables and narratives, helps you understand how to find yourself.

Affirmation Prayers and Blessings: Adapt and Create Your Own

Affirmation Prayers and Blessings: Adapt and Create Your OwnThe power of affirmation, prayer, and blessing has been used for thousands of years in both spiritual and folk rites, by priestesses and priests, and by people trying to bring health, harmony, and happiness into their lives. In earlier times at the gigantic stone temples that dot the English countryside...

Why Jefferson’s Vision Of American Islam Matters Today

Why Jefferson’s Vision Of American Islam Matters TodayAn estimated 3.3 million American Muslims celebrate Ramadan. The month of Ramadan marks the time when Prophet Muhammad is believed to have first received revelations from God and has been celebrated at the White House since 1996.

Daily Zen And The Ordinary Mind

Daily Zen And The Ordinary MindZen is concerned with the problem of the nature of mind, so it necessarily includes an element of philosophical speculation. However, in Zen we are never separated from our personal practice, which we carry out with our body and mind. Zen aims at overthrowing our distorted view of the world...

Charles Dickens And The Birth Of The Classic English Christmas Dinner

Charles Dickens And The Birth Of The Classic English Christmas DinnerCharles Dickens popularised the traditional, English Christmas in 1843 in his novel A Christmas Carol, when Bob Cratchit and his family sit down on Christmas Day to eat a dinner of goose with mashed potatoes and apple sauce accompanied by sage and onion stuffing and followed by Christmas pudding.

Is There Is A War Between Science And Religion?

Is There Is A War Between Science And Religion?As the West becomes more and more secular, and the discoveries of evolutionary biology and cosmology shrink the boundaries of faith, the claims that science and religion are compatible grow louder.

Exorcisms Have Been Part Of Christianity For Centuries

Exorcisms Have Been Part Of Christianity For Centuries“The Exorcist,” a horror film released 45 years ago, is a terrifying depiction of supernatural evil. The film tells the story of a young American girl who is possessed by a demon and eventually exorcised by a Catholic priest.

Channeling - What Is It and What Purpose Does It Serve?

Channeling - What Is It and What Purpose Does It Serve?For many, channeling is a buzz word and it seems that everyone is doing it and many people are talking about it, reading about it and indeed relying upon it. But what is channeling and of what use and purpose is it? Does it have a spiritual role for humanity at this time? Is it a dangerous pastime that can mislead and create...

What Winter Solstice Rituals Tell Us About Indigenous People

What Winter Solstice Rituals Tell Us About Indigenous PeopleOn the day of winter solstice, many Native American communities will hold religious ceremonies or community events.The winter solstice is the day of the year when the Northern Hemisphere has the fewest hours of sunlight and the Southern Hemisphere has the most.

Control Your Attention and Empower Your Mind

Control Your Attention and Empower Your MindIt is possible for the mind to become disempowered. It feels then as if reality is just a given, and all we can do is try to deal with it. The disempowered mind feels it has no choice about what it attends to. Training the attention is definitely one way to begin empowering the mind.

A Dangerous Prayer: "Show Me TheTruth"

A Dangerous Prayer: "Show Me TheTruth"A woman told me that gratitude was her constant prayer, and I was impressed. But, I realized that her gratitude was actually a defense against life. 'I am so grateful for sunshine, health, my wonderful family'. 'Do you express gratitude for the storms, for the illness, for the down times too?'...

Every Wish Is Like A Prayer: Is Anyone Listening?

Every Wish Is Like A Prayer: Is Anyone Listening?Prayer can be a most difficult and trying task. The experiences of our century with its massive blind destruction, suffering, and carnage cast doubt on the concept of a God involved in the welfare of the created universe.

What Einstein Meant By God Does Not Play Dice

What Einstein Meant By God Does Not Play Dice‘The theory produces a good deal but hardly brings us closer to the secret of the Old One,’ wrote Albert Einstein in December 1926. ‘I am at all events convinced that He does not play dice.’

What Is The Buddha? Who Is The Buddha?

What Is The Buddha?  Who Is The Buddha?The Buddha is a documentary by David Grubin and narrated by Richard Gere that tells the story of the Buddha's life, and attempts to answer the questions Who is the Buddha. What is the Buddha. It also features the work of some of the world's greatest artists and sculptors

Overcoming Adversities Is Part Of The Spiritual Path

Overcoming Adversities Is Part Of The Spiritual PathIt's very easy for you to be wholesome and virtuous and spiritual when things are going right. But as soon as a little bit of adversity arises, then the real test begins, especially when you look at how you deal with your family life..

Why Hanukkah's True Meaning Is About Survival

Why Hanukkah's True Meaning Is About Jewish SurvivalBeginning on the evening of Dec. 2, 2018, Jews are celebrating the eight-day festival of Hanukkah, perhaps the best-known and certainly the most visible Jewish holiday.

Why The History Of Messianic Judaism Is So Fraught And Complicated

Why The History Of Messianic Judaism Is So Fraught And Complicated

When Loren Jacobs, member of the Shma Yisrael Congregation, offered a prayer for the victims of the Tree of Life congregation at a campaign rally attended by Mike Pence, it left many Jews feeling very upset. The vice president’s office later denied inviting Jacobs to the event.

How To Connect with The Powerful Healing Life-Force Within You

In Partnership with the Divine: Being One with GodAll disease, illness, unhappiness, misery, and self-punishment could be healed if we apply two principles of truth into our daily consciousness. The first is that there is a single, divine God that is All in all; and the second, that the Divinity which we call God lives inside of each and every one of us. Knowing deeply and believing completely at every level of our being that we are not separate from God, that we are one with the Divine, will heal us.

Religion Is About Emotion Regulation, And It’s Very Good At It

Religion Is About Emotion Regulation, And It’s Very Good At It
Religion does not help us to explain nature. It did what it could in pre-scientific times, but that job was properly unseated by science. Most religious laypeople and even clergy agree: Pope John Paul II declared in 1996 that evolution is a fact and Catholics should get over it. No doubt some extreme anti-scientific thinking lives on, but it has become a fringe position.

What Is Karma? Where Does It Come From?

What Is Karma? Where Does It Come From?What is its purpose? How do you create it and how do you resolve it? The more you know about karma, the greater your ability to complete it and reduce its control over your life.

Why Did The Pope Phone The Renowned Gay, Communist Philosopher?

Why Did The Pope Phone The Philosopher?
This summer, during the FIFA World Cup, I went with some friends to watch a soccer game at the house in Turin of the Italian philosopher and former member of the EU parliament Gianni Vattimo. As soon as our team began to lose, Vattimo said: ‘Oh, by the way, I forgot to tell you, the pope called me yesterday.’

The Trump Prophecy And Other Christian Movements

The Trump Prophecy And Other Christian Movements

A new film, “Trump Prophecy,” will be shown in some limited theaters on Oct. 2 and 4. The film is an adaptation of a book, co-authored by Mark Taylor, a retired firefighter, who claimed he received a message from God in 2011 that the Trump presidency is divinely ordained.

Why Atheists Are Not As Rational As Some Like To Think

Why Atheists Are Not As Rational As Some Like To Think

Many atheists think that their atheism is the product of rational thinking. They use arguments such as “I don’t believe in God, I believe in science” to explain that evidence and logic, rather than supernatural belief and dogma, underpin their thinking. But just because you believe in evidence-based, scientific research – which is subject to strict checks and procedures – doesn’t mean that your mind works in the same way.

The Rainbow: Symbol of the Seven Paths to God

The Rainbow: Symbol of the Seven Paths to God
The seven directions and the seven chakras reveal seven paths to God. Although we will discuss these paths in a sequence that may seem linear, one path is no more "advanced" than another. They are simply different expressions, distinct rays of energy that each of us embody.

How An Ancient Islamic Holiday Became Uniquely Caribbean

A throng of Trinidadians line up along the streets of St. James and Cedros to admire the vibrant floats with beautifully bedecked models of mausoleums. Their destination is the waters of the Caribbean, where the crowds will push them out to float.

What's the Goal? Being A Buddhist, or Being A Buddha?

What's the Goal? Being A Buddhist, or Being A Buddha?
Buddhism explains the profound truths of life. But it also provides an immensely practical method for overcoming obstacles and transforming oneself. It can be applied to every area of your existence: family, work, relationships, health. And it can be applied by anyone. Each and every human being contains the inherent capacity to be a Buddha

What Is The Way of the Circle?

What Is The Way of the Circle?The 'Way of the Circle' is passed down from generation to generation, from Native American Elders to the children in the form of stories, traditions, customs, and teachings. What follows is a general collection of these teachings, which can be embraced by anyone seeking the way of...

Healing The World: Beyond Science, Religion, and Materialism

Healing The World: Moving Beyond Science, Religion, and Materialism
As an academic - a researcher and senior lecturer at a university in the UK - people are often surprised by my unorthodox views on the nature of life, and of the world. For example, when I mention to colleagues that I’m open-minded about the possibility of some form of life after death, or that I believe in the possibility of paranormal phenomena such as telepathy or pre-cognition, they look at me as if I’ve told them I’m going to give up academia and become a truck driver.

What The First Bible Was Like?

What The First Bible Was Like?
In the years after Jesus was crucified at Calvary, the story of his life, death and resurrection was not immediately written down. The experiences of disciples like Matthew and John would have been told and retold at many dinner tables and firesides, perhaps for decades, before anyone recorded them for posterity.

Is Religion A Universal In Human Culture Or An Academic Invention?

Is Religion A Universal In Human Culture Or An Academic Invention?
If anything seems self-evident in human culture, it’s the widespread presence of religion. People do ‘religious’ stuff all the time; a commitment to gods, myths and rituals has been present in all societies. These practices and beliefs are diverse, to be sure, from Aztec human sacrifice to Christian baptism, but they appear to share a common essence. So what could compel the late Jonathan Zittell Smith, arguably the most influential scholar of religion of the past half-century, to declare in his bookImagining Religion: From Babylon to Jonestown (1982) that ‘religion is solely the creation of the scholar’s study’, and that it has ‘no independent existence apart from the academy’?

Increasing the Light and Co-Creating Peace

Increasing the Light and Co-Creating Peace
Spiritual creativity is a way of life, a way of wholeness. It is a path of integrity. Integrity entails not just a few beliefs or specific acts, but an attitude that we adopt and practice in our everyday lives...an ongoing process that can bring you much joy.

Compassion is a Verb, Not A Feeling

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Compassion is not a thought or a sentimental feeling, but is rather a movement of the heart. Compassion is born out of lovingkindness. But we may get distracted, we forget, we get caught up in something else, or we confuse another feeling for the state of compassion.

What Is The Christian Idea Of “Heaven”?

What Is Heaven? Illustration of Dante’s Paradiso
When a family member or a friend passes away, we often find ourselves reflecting on the question “where are they now?” As mortal beings, it is a question of ultimate significance to each of us.

What It Means To Be A Christian In America Today

What It Means To Be A Christian In America Today
Americans have debated what it means to be religious in politics throughout American history. Because a wide majority of Americans have claimed some form of Christian belief, these debates focused on Christianity. And they continue today.

Why Being A Progressive Christian Shouldn't Be An Oxymoron

Why Being A Progressive Christian Shouldn't Be An Oxymoron
The kind of Christianity that makes headlines today is the Mike Pence brand – conservative and aligned with the United States Republican party – leaving many people to believe, including progressive Christians, the religion is politically irredeemable.

The Power of I Am: Let the Weak Say "I Am Strong"

The Power of I Am: Let the Weak Say "I Am Strong"
Run through as large an inventory as you can of the things that you would like to define your life. Then make the shift in your imagination from an "I am not" or "I am hoping to become" to "I am". Beginning with your inner dialogue, simply change the words that define your concept of yourself.

How To Transform Lives by Dealing with Our Emotions and Feelings

Transforming Lives: Dealing with Emotions and Feelings
When I came to the United States, people did not seem to know very much about Buddhism. We Tibetans realized that it would be beneficial to teach and explain the dharma. We began to talk to people about how to create peace within their heart and peace within the world. We taught how to move beyond suffering.

Walking the Mystical Path of Oneness

Walking the Mystical Path of Oneness
It is fair to say that many folks today are abandoning tra­ditional religion in favor of a deeper, more contemplative spiritual life. Mysticism is becoming more mainstream, and religious dogma is less likely to be accepted without ques­tion.

Jesus Was A Brown-Skinned, Middle Eastern Jew And Why That Matters

jeseus 4 1I grew up in a Christian home, where a photo of Jesus hung on my bedroom wall. I still have it. It is schmaltzy and rather tacky in that 1970s kind of way, but as a little girl I loved it. In this picture, Jesus looks kind and gentle, he gazes down at me lovingly. He is also light-haired, blue-eyed, and very white.

10 Things To Know About The Real St. Patrick

10 Things To Know About The Real St. PatrickOn March 17, people around the world will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by parading in green hats, sporting images of shamrocks and leprechauns

The Greatest Moral Challenge Of Our Time Is How We Think About Morality Itself

The Greatest Moral Challenge Of Our Time Is How We Think About Morality Itself
It would be easy to conclude that there’s a deficit of morality in the world today. That if only people were more motivated to behave ethically, if only they made morality more prominent in their thinking, then the world would be a better place. But, I’d argue that there’s not a lack of morality in the world; there’s too much.

Everything You Think, See, And Do Is A Prayer

Life Is Your Prayer and A Continuous Request to the Universe
Life is a prayer in the sense that it is a continuous request to the universe. God understands our desires not just through the occasional utterances that we call "prayers" in the traditional sense, but through every thought we think, every word we speak, and everything we do.

Opening the Door of Communication to the Voice of Our Spiritual Power

Opening the Door of Communication to the Voice of Our Spiritual Power
Although the Voice for God is always present and available, God will not speak to us until we have invited Him/Her to enter our awareness. This is the first step in aligning ourselves with our spiritual power. It is the only step that we must take on our own, in that it is the step of inviting and calling upon the Holy Spirit, Voice for God, or Universal Mind.

Finding Peace and Happiness: Three Aspects of the Buddhist Path

Finding Peace and Happiness: Aspects of the Buddhist Path
Buddhist teachings are often summarized in terms of the "three principle aspects of the path": renunciation, compassion, and the wisdom realizing emptiness. The first step on the path of renunciation is to begin searching for happiness within. Renouncing the world does not mean rejecting the world...

Britannia, Druids And The Surprisingly Modern Origins Of Myths

Britannia, Druids And The Surprisingly Modern Origins Of Myths
The new TV series Britannia, which has won plaudits as heralding a new generation of British folk-horror, is clearly not intended to be strictly historical. Instead director Jez Butterworth gives us a graphic re-imagining of Britain on the eve of the Roman conquest.

How To Become A Magnet For "Luck" and Success

How To Become A Magnet For "Luck" and SuccessCertain attitudes are automatically more magnetic than others. Willingness, cheerfulness, kindness—all wholesome, spiritual attitudes are magnetic. Unwillingness, discouragement, and similar negative attitudes, on the other hand, impair the free flow of energy.

Archetypes of the Divine Human and our Hidden Potential

Archetypes of the Divine Human and our Hidden PotentialSavior archetypal figures reflect a common longing for a new Divine Human. Rather than being copycat myths, they represent allegories of humanity’s universal mystical potential for divine incarnation and the restoration of a sacred universe. The Divine Human comes to heal the culture’s abandonment of the realized divine.

Do You Believe in Miracles? I Don't, But...

Do You Believe in Miracles? I Don't, But...The perfect parking place shows up every time. Teeth with cavities grow new gold fillings seconds after a healer prays. The perfect house becomes available, a job opens, money multiplies, the right people appear... I don’t “believe” in miracles like these; I see them in my daily life...

A Short Course in Manifestation: The First Step in Spiritual Mastery

A Short Course in Manifestation: The First Step in Spiritual Mastery
Realizing that we create everything we experience - no matter how positive or negative it may seem - is the first step in spiritual mastery. But it's only the beginning. Trying to satisfy the endless needs of the ego leads to complete disillusionment. I'm a strong proponent of viewing acts of service as a...

What History Really Tells Us About The Birth Of Jesus

What History Really Tells Us About The Birth Of Jesus

I might be about to ruin your Christmas. Sorry. But the reality is those nativity plays in which your adorable children wear tinsel and angel wings bear little resemblance to what actually happened.

How Some Interfaith Families Solve The December Dilemma

How Some Interfaith Families Solve The December DilemmaAmerican families blend a mix of religious identities and traditions today more than ever. These interfaith dynamics appear in day-to-day life, but the holidays can add extra emphasis.

How Cult Leaders Exploit A Basic Psychological Need

How Cult Leaders Exploit A Basic Psychological NeedCharles Manson, who died Nov. 19, famously attracted a coterie of men and women to do his bidding, which included committing a string of murders in the late-1960s.

Prayer Works With or Without Religion: Try It

Prayer Works: Try It and Persist!There is a large billboard sign along the Saw Mill River Parkway north of New York City that reads in big bold letters, “Prayer Works.” There are no other words on the sign. A man named Tom rode by that sign every single day on his way to work. He did not believe in prayer and he scoffed at the sign each day.

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