‘What Is Tao?’ is a short summation of Alan Watts’ thoughts on Taoism. In it, he writes: “When we say what things are, we always contrast them with something else.”
In the words of Lao Tzu:
When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.
Being and non-being create each other.
Difficult and easy support each other.
Long and short define each other.
High and low depend on each other.
Watts writes that he prefers not to translate the word Tao, because it “is a sort of…
One of the most important themes addressed in the Quran is the story of Iblis. He is mentioned 11 times by name, 9 times relating to his refusal against Allah’s command to prostrate himself before Adam.
Allah (swt) says in the Quran (7:11–17):
Surely We created you, then shaped you, then said to the angels, “Prostrate before Adam,” so they all did — but not Iblîs, who refused to prostrate with the others.
Allah asked, “What prevented you from prostrating when I commanded you?” …
As one of the five pillars of Islam central to Muslim belief, Hajj is the pilgrimage to Makkah that every Muslim must make at least once in their lifetime if they are able. The Hajj takes place during Dhul Hijjah, the 12th lunar calendar month every year. It ends with Eid ul Adha, which is known as the ‘greater eid’. The words أضحى (adha) and قربان (qurban) are synonymous in meaning ‘sacrifice’ (animal sacrifice), ‘offering’ or ‘oblation’.
But what does it all mean and what is the spiritual significance of the rituals Muslims undertake during the Hajj and on Eid…
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan needs no introduction in Pakistan or in south Asia. Known as shahenshah-e-qawwali (king of kings of Qawwali), his Sufi devotional songs have been sung and heard from the remotest villages of Pakistan to the densest metropolises of Europe.
Nusrat is credited as singlehandedly bringing qawwali into mainstream consciousness and igniting passion for it among millions. What makes qawwali so popular is that it is deeply spiritual, evoking the name of God and promoting adherence to spiritual practice, via rhythmic handclapping, percussion, harmonium and a vast repertoire of sung poetry.
In Pakistan and abroad, Nusrat reincarnated Sufism…