Every unpleasant thing that has happened to you—the broken heart, the shattered dream, the crushed expectation, the lost cause, the missed opportunity—has not happened to you because you deserved it. It has not happened to you because you needed to learn certain lessons from the pain and suffering of it. It has happened to you because you live in the mix, in the middle of all things, in the convergence of multiple forces pulling in different directions.
#MeToo #YesAllWomen The hashtags are new, but the crimes they refer to are not. The oppression, the violence, the inequality, the discrimination that men have inflicted on women throughout known history must come to an end. All men are implicated. There is no escape for any of us, not even us nice guys. In one way or another, all of us men committed the crimes (or did nothing to stop it) and in one way or another, all of us men must end it.
BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT and COVER REVEAL: In a time when Islam is understood less and less, I humbly offer my first book on the practical interfaith spirituality of the Quran for Muslims, Christians, Jews, and all people of faith. Remember Who You Are: 28 verses from the Holy Quran to help you discover your true identity, purpose, and nourishment. Each verse is translated into simple English along with a commentary on how to practice that verse in your daily life.
© 2012 Mike Durkin, Flickr | CC-BY-SA | via Wylio [The following translations of the Quran are adapted from those made by M. M. Pickthall. His translation is a bit dated, but it still carries a certain charm.] Praise be to God, Lord of the Worlds, The Beneficent, the Merciful. Master of the Day of Judgment, Thee (alone) we worship; Thee (alone) we ask for help. Show us the straight path,
© 2009 Ginny, Flickr | CC-BY-SA | via Wylio [The following translations of the Quran are adapted from those made by M. M. Pickthall. His translation is a bit dated, but it still carries a certain charm.] Blessed be He Who hath placed in the heaven mansions of the stars, and hath placed therein a great lamp and a moon giving light! And He it is Who hath appointed night and day in succession, for him who desireth to remember, or desireth thankfulness.
© 2013 pcstratman, Flickr | CC-BY-SA | via Wylio [In Islam, Moses is one of the great messengers of God, along with all the other prophets in the Bible. The following verses from the Quran tell the story of Moses from birth to the beginning of his mission to Pharaoh when God assigns Aaron to help him. The rest of the story is told in other verses, but this set of verses gives us a taste of how much Judaism is part of the same family of religions as Islam.
© 2007 A.Davey, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio [In Islam, Mary has an honored status with God and Jesus is one of the great messengers of God, along with all the other prophets in the Bible. The following verses from the Quran tell some of the story of Mary and Jesus and John the Baptist. Other parts of the story are told in other verses, but this set of verses gives us a taste of how much Christianity is part of the same family of religions as Islam.
© 2013 Tony Kane, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio [Islam is considered the latest articulation of the religion that God has articulated over and over again in different places and different times to different peoples. That means different messengers have been sent in the past who have established different religions. As long as such a religion affirms the oneness of God and the importance of ethical relations among people then it is a religion that God accepts.
© 2009 nosha, Flickr | CC-BY-SA | via Wylio In Islam, the Quran is not the only reliable source of knowledge that contains the signs/verses (ayat) of God. Nature itself contains those signs and verses as well so that it becomes another reliable source of knowledge alongside the Quran. This is what inspired Muslims in the past to explore the natural world as a revelation of God. This gave rise to mathematicians, scientists, physicians, artists, poets, architects, philosophers, and so on.
© 2008 David Masters, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio For everyone living on earth, life is full of mistakes, trials, disappointments, failures, unpleasant surprises, and tragedies. The Quran offers consolation and hope to those who find themselves in a hopeless place. The following translations of the Quran are adapted from those made by M. M. Pickthall. His translation is a bit dated, but it still carries a certain charm. O ye who believe!