Tag Archives: Reflections

What is the essence of Islam?

Divine Recollection As the Essence of Islam Someone proposed to me recently that love of God and love of neighbor is the essence of Christianity, and they asked what was the essence of Islam. Here are some thoughts on this question: When all is said and done the Islamic revelation, and Islamic spirituality in all […]

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“Social Justice”, Redistribution of Wealth According to the Authentic Judaic Sources

“Charity means more than just donate” Larry Kahaner,  “Values, Prosperity and the Talmud” “Tzedakah is equivalent to all the commandments of the world combined” Rabbi Assi, quoted from Bava Batra 9a of the Babylonian Talmud According to many sources of the Talmud, charity is the greatest force in the universe. How could we interpret such […]

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Rumi Quatrains

Quatrains 62 If you desire the self, get out of the self. Leave the shallow stream behind and flow into the river deep and wide. Don’t be an ox pulling the wheel of the plow, Turn with the stars that wheel above you. 494 Someone who received half a loaf of bread from heaven, And […]

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RUMI: Turning Ecstatic

In the first years of the Twenty-first Century the spiritual influence of Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi is being strongly felt by people of diverse beliefs throughout the Western world. He is being recognized here in the West, as he has been for seven centuries in the Middle East and Western Asia, as one of the greatest […]

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