MAULANA WAHIDUDDIN KHAN

Fasting and self purification: Part I

Fasting and self purification: Part I

Fasting is an exercise in self-discipline. During the month of Ramadan, the believer abstains from food and drink in the...

Man and the atom

Man and the atom

A locomotive consumes two tons of coal for every seventy miles it travels. A motor car uses up a gallon...

The marvel of discovery

The marvel of discovery

Every age in history has bestowed honour and glory upon the great discoverers of the world, for discovery of something...

The greatest mathematician

The greatest mathematician

“God is really only another artist,” said Picasso, “He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat.” Einstein once observed...

In the name of God

In the name of God

“God is great and none other is great”. This is an acknowledgement of an external reality. The words, “I am...

To make up for helplessness

To make up for helplessness

God’s power is absolute; in front of God, man’s power is nothing. It is not true to say that the...

In the name of God

In the name of God

None other than God is great. This is an obvious truth. But strange as it may seem, this truth can...

A fool’s paradise

A fool’s paradise

What a shock will it be for a man to realize that his activities on earth have amounted to nothing!...

Pride comes before fall

Pride comes before fall

“Evil can have no beginning but from pride nor any end but from humility.” When the English author William Law...

Procession of death

Procession of death

A coffin is being carried aloft towards the grave. It seems like a journey, not just from one point to...

The essence of religion

The essence of religion

A seed–a tiny grain–is put into the ground. From it a mighty tree develops. A seed is just a minute...

The unmasking

The unmasking

Some people in the world have not bowed to God in their hearts, and their physical prostration is devoid of...

The trial of life

The trial of life

The Quran tells us how, when man was first put on earth, Iblis (Satan) along with the Angels, was commanded...

The gathering storm

The gathering storm

On 11 August 1979, Maurvi in Gujarat was struck by a flash flood which left total devastation in its wake....

Inner contentment

Inner contentment

In the modern age we find a world of material advancement ac­companied by human backwardness. It is true that man...

Opening the closed doors of the universe

Opening the closed doors of the universe

There are several verses in the Quran that explain how everything in the universe is constantly engaged in praise and...

Opening closed doors of universe

Opening closed doors of universe

Several verses in the Quran explain how everything in the universe is constantly engaged in praise and remembrance of God....

Beginning of a  new era

Beginning of a new era

With the end of the 14th century Hijrah, a whole era of Islam came to an end. With the beginning...

True religion

True religion

Initially, all religions start off as God-made religions but slowly, over the ages, they turn into man-made religions. This is...

The losers

The losers

In the chapter of the Quran entitled The Cave, there is a verse which states: “Say, ‘Shall I tell you...

Unfathomable mercy of God

Unfathomable mercy of God

According to a saying of Prophet Muhammad, related in the Sahih Muslim: “God has a hundred mercies, and one of...

The message of ­Islam

The message of ­Islam

According to Islam the basic, most important fact of life is that we have been born in this world to...

Science and God realisation: Part 3

Science and God realisation: Part 3

Now, the spectral pattern of the galaxies was all found to be slightly shifted to the red side. Different stars...

Science and God realisation: Part 2

Science and God realisation: Part 2

The star nearest to us, apart from the sun, is called Proxima Centauri and is about four light-years away from...