Thursday, 16 June 2011

Excessive religion...

Dear Friends
It occurred to me the other day that if excess consumption of food causes so many health problems such as diabetes and ultimately an untimely death. Surely excess of anything is bad for human beings especially money, power or fame. Perhaps excess of religion is emotionally detrimental?

The Quran talks a lot about the need for meezan / balance and moderation. Muslims are supposed to be standard bearers for the 'middle-path'…On paper this is deeply inspiring but what is the reality? This question can only be answered individually by all the 1.6 billion Muslims on this troubled planet.

Personally I feel we Muslims lack balance in practically every department of life….and it appears to be getting worse on a daily basis. We could and should learn from Buddhists and Quakers who are masters of cultivating the heart and leading truly inspiring lives. Consequently I reminded of the stunning Quranic admonition:

''Truly, God does not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.” (Quran 13:11)

I am to learn…


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