There’s More to Islam: A Message to Muslims Doubting Their Faith

Recently, an ex-Muslim told me that he knew very little about Islam’s deep, spiritual tradition. And it’s worrying that so many people don’t. It’s one of the reasons why so many people doubt their faith. 

Doubt is a good thing. It enables us to question what we believe and come to stronger convictions about them. Those too scared to doubt can become chained to their views, closed-minded and hostile to those who think differently. Continue reading

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Frithjof Schuon on Why Many Atheists Reject God

imgresHere are some extracts from one of the most interesting books written on religion in the 20th century, The Transcendent Unity of Religions, by the metaphysician Frithjof Schuon.

Schuon is the founder of the Perennialist school, which, as his book suggests, believes in the unity of all religions.

Unlike many religious scholars who have argued against promoting esoterism to the masses – out of fear that people might be misled – Schuon believed it was necessary for a society to understand both religion’s outward and inward dimensions. If a religion’s intellectual, esoteric tradition isn’t known about, the inevitable result, according to Schuon, is atheism. Continue reading

My rejection of Islam: Why I stopped believing in religion as it’s taught

One dark winter’s night, I was in bed, sitting perfectly erect, completely oblivious to my surroundings, my eyes fixated on the pages of the book I was reading – a book that was to change my life. Continue reading

One Year Since My Father’s Death – Reflections on: TV, Music, Food, Religion & Sufism

On January 13 2012, my late father, may he rest in peace and light, died of cancer. We know that one in three of us will get cancer some time in our life – it’s a scary prospect but one we must acknowledge. My dad, unfortunately, first got cancer when he was about 41 or 42, which is pretty young. Age, however, is irrelevant: kids get cancer these days.  Continue reading

Book List For 2012

These are the books I would like to read in 2012:

The Secret History of the World – Jonathon Black

Killing Hope – William Blum

The Alchemy of Happiness – Al Ghazali

Al-Ghazali on the Remembrance of Death and the Afterlife: Book XL of the Revival of the Religious Sciences

Al Ghazali’s Path to Sufism

Islam, religion of life – Abdul Hakim Murad

The Time of the Bedouin – Ian Dallas

Sea Without Shore A Manual of the Sufi Path – Nuh Ha Mim Keller

Coming Back: Science of Reincarnation - A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Bhagavad Gita as It Is

1984 – George orwell

The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

Of Water and the Spirit: Ritual, Magic, and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman – Malidoma Some

Prophet – Kahlil Gibran

The Awakening of Intelligence - J. Krishnamurti

The Great War for Civilisation – Robert Fisk (a quarter of the way through already)

The Brothers Karamazov -Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Shock Doctrine – Naomi Klein

The Essence of Buddhism: An introduction to its philosophy & practise – Traleg Kyabgon (a quarter of the way through already)