All Religions are but one

18 04 2010

Since the object of praise is one,
from this point of view,
all religions are but one religion.
Know that all praise belongs to the Light of God
and is only lent to created forms and beings.
Should people praise anyone but the One
who alone deserves to be praised?
But they go astray in useless fantasy.
The Light of God in relation to phenomena
is like light shining upon a wall—
the wall is but a focus for these splendors.


Mathnawi III: 2124-2127
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
“Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance”
Threshold Books, 1996


Some call the Lord ‘ Ram, Ram’, and some ‘ Khuda’

19 11 2009

Some call the Lord ‘Ram, Ram’, and some ‘Khuda’.
Some serve Him as ‘Gusain’, others as ‘Allah’.

In any case, He is the Cause of causes, and Generous.
He showers His Grace and Mercy upon us.

Some pilgrims bathe at sacred shrines, others go on Hajj to Mecca.
Some do devotional worship, whilst others bow their heads in prayer.

Some read the Vedas, and some the Koran.
Some wear blue robes, and some wear white.

Some call themselves Turk, and some call themselves Indian.
Some yearn for paradise, and others long for heaven.

Says Nanak, one who realizes the true command of God’s Will,
knows the secrets of his Lord Master.

by Guru Nanak

via: Blessed Guru Nanak Jayanti …

Agree to Disagree – No Compulsion in Religion – by Baba Ali

19 11 2009



Via: Faith of Life Network

Who Speaks for Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think

24 10 2009

 “Who Speaks for Islam?,” the title of a two-part series beginning on Sunday on Link TV, is a benign case of bait and switch. The answer to the question, we’re told, is that no one speaks for Islam — it is too vast and diverse, spreading across too many countries and cultures, to have a single, authoritative voice.

As the Middle East analyst Reza Aslan puts it, Americans are looking for a “united voice of condemnation” of militant violence — a representative of the world’s Muslims who will unequivocally say the things they want to hear — but “there is no such person in Islam.” The voices that fill the void are those of the militants, simply because they’re loudest.



Related Article:

Shia Ismaili Muslims: A Facet of The Islamic Mosaic of Diversity

4 08 2009

Presentation by HUSSEIN RASHID: proud Muslim, native New Yorker, Writer for religious dispatches(, Commentator for media outlets and professor-Hofstra University, and Of Course….DEEPLY COMMITTED TO INTERFAITH WORK

This event is planned to start at 11:45 am on Aug 5, 2009 at Ismali Center.

Hosted by: Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta

Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Time: 11:45am – 1:30pm

Location:Ismali Center [685 Dekalb Industrial Way, Decatur, GA]

Phone: 404-622-3399



Houston Area – Women’s Spiritual Gathering

21 04 2009


Next Women’s Spiritual gathering is on

May 7, 2009

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

1301 Bering Drive, Houston, Texas 77057

  The evening will include a vegetarian dinner,
music and an educational program hosted by the Relief Society,
which is the largest women’s organization in the world.

Interactive exhibits will include quilting, emergency preparedness,
and touring a Family History Center to learn more about genealogy research.

We will also celebrate mothers and daughters in recognition of Mother’s Day.

More information and registration: The Amazing Faith Project

Culture binds people together

13 04 2009

…One of the recent visitors to the museum in Houston was guest lecturer Ajmal Maiwandi, of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, which is supporting restoration projects in Afghanistan. “I think in a multicultural, multireligious society like Afghanistan,” he says, “culture is what binds people together.”


Related Article: Afghan Exhibit Brings to Texas Recently Rediscovered Gold, Artifacts via Ismaili Mail