Carlos Khalil Guzman's photo project aims to capture portraits of Muslims across all 50 states.
A Muslim photographer is working on an ambitious project that he hopes will tackle stereotypes about American Muslims and showcase the community's rich diversity. Since the fall of 2015, Carlos Khalil...
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It was rather a distressing day for film writer Amborish Roychoudhury when we he returned home on June 11 only to find out that he has lost his bag along with his Macbook in a Mumbai local train. Roy...
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Clampdowns serve no purpose. If we're not supposed to bat an eyelid for a sadhu who covers his modesty with an orange loin cloth, I am sure we can breathe easy for a woman in leggings and jeans. Please let's not rewind to the time when women played lawn tennis in ankle length gowns. It's simply ludicrous.
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In 1893, Swami Vivekananda travelled from India to Chicago by boat to take part in the Parliament of Religions. His opening line, "Sisters and Brothers of America", continues to echo throughout the world. Today, 122 years later, the Parliament of Religions that just concluded in Salt Lake City focused on a shift from prayer to action. Rather than exhorting audiences only to live together peacefully, the leaders at this Parliament emphasised in myriad languages, myriad contexts and myriad themes that we must act and serve for each other.
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We need masses of people to make changes in their lives and lifestyles. I believe the fastest and most effective way to achieve this is through faith based organizations that connect the world's people with the guiding principles, morals and values of their lives - their own religion.
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I don't want you to become a Muslim or become religious; what unsettles me is that there is absence of faith in your life and I really believe that faith is something that should be in everyone's life, because it is such a powerful tool that, if used properly, can help you get through the most difficult times in your life.
Recently a shrink friend of mine forwarded me a message revealing the top 10 most successful "gurus" in India. They were ranked based on their number of followers and their net worth. Spirituality has become big business where we get to pick and choose our leaders. Besides, unlike trying to get into a college, there is no stress in applying for a programme - you can be pretty sure you'll get admission. Perhaps that is what makes shopping for spirituality so mentally satisfying.
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To move towards growth in life, we require faith in three things -- in oneself, in the goodness in society and in God. However, looking at the recent earthquake in Nepal where so many innocent lives were lost, one wonders if God exists. If He does, why would He do such things? It is on these occasions that faith becomes fragile and one tends to lose it. However, it is also on these occasions that faith is most needed too.
Although I believed in most of what the Ramayana stood for--virtue, devotion, obedience, goodness, karma--I could not quite come to terms with Ram. Somehow, he was too good to be true. The non-conformist in me could never subscribe to his goodness. It always felt unnatural. In any case, what good is the goodness of a man who banishes his pregnant wife?