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Why does Islam Forbid Alcohol

There are several verses in the Qur’an that expressly decry the use of alcohol. In 4.43, the Qur’an forbids going to prayers while intoxicated. This is a general prohibition, referring …

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How is Character Built?

We love people who are gracious and humble: Mother Teresa, Frederick Douglass, Jesus Christ . . . . The very fiber of these individuals echoes through time. How exactly is …

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Bodhisathva

Buddhism is a practical way of living a noble life that helps in cultivating kindness, forgiveness, empathy and enlightening. The teachings in Buddhism will become mere knowledge fillers if it …

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Why is Laxmi Pujan done on Diwali

The Importance of Goddess Laxmi The word Laxmi is derived from the Sanskrit word Laksha, meaning to perceive or observe, and is synonymous with Lakhya, meaning aim or objective. Lakshmi …

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Zen Koan Moving Flag

Case: Two monks argued about a temple flag waving in the breeze. One said, “It is the flag that moves.” The other said, “It is the breeze moving.” Just then, …

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The Three Marks of Existence

The Three Marks of Existence The Buddha taught that all things in life have three inescapable factors underlying them. To understand each of them at an experiential level is to …

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Buddhism Burial Rituals

Death has a special meaning to Buddhists because it signals the transition from one cycle of existence to another. The solemnity, dignity, and grieving that is characteristic of other religions’ …

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Defining your Relationship with Allah

“As-salamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatul lahi wa barakatuh!” “A-uthu billahi minash shaytanir rajeem. Bismillahir rahmanir raheem. Al hamduillah lillahi nahmaduhu wanastagh-firuhu, wanatoobu ilayhi, wan’oothu. billaahi min shuroori an fusinaa, wamin sayyati …

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