The Sunday Guardian

Mistakes help develop character

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Sunday Guardian | February 19, 2017, p. 12

‘Allahu Akbar’ speaks of a belief

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Sunday Guardian | February 12, 2017, p. 12

The phrase Allahu Akbar (or God is Great) is the most important part of the Islamic form of ritual prayer. If you add up the number of times this phrase is used in the azan, the call to prayer, and while performing the ritual prayers 5 times a day, it comes to around 300 times every day! This declaration of God being the Greatest is the phrase that is heard and uttered the most number of times in a Muslim’s life.

Accept death as a test

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Sunday Guardian | February 05, 2017, p. 12

“Every human being is bound to taste death”, the Quran (3:185) reminds us. Our deaths have been decided by God. We are brought to life by God’s decision. Likewise, death, too, happens because God wills it so.

The character of a believer

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Sunday Guardian | January 29, 2017, p. 12

Thought of death demolishes desires

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Sunday Guardian | January 22, 2017, p. 12

There is a hadith of the Prophet about death, which reads as follows: “Remember death often because it demolishes all desires.” (SunanIbnMajah, hadith no. 4258)

Death is a sort of personal earthquake. Just as people have no control over an earthquake, they have no control over death, a unilateral attack that everyone must face, some day or the other. Death comes whenever it decides to, and man simply has to accept it, whether he likes it or not.

Anger energy can be an asset

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Sunday Guardian | January 15, 2017, p. 12

Once, somebody said to me: “I am basically a peace-loving person. But I get angry when people say something wrong. At such times, I get very agitated and then I begin to say such things that are really against my general temperament. How can I control this habit of mine?”

Humans have unlimited capacities

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Sunday Guardian | January 08, 2017, p. 12

According to recent research, one can absorb information better by closing one’s eyes. This and other such findings indicate that God has blessed human beings with unlimited capacities.

Differences of opinion are a must

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Sunday Guardian | January 01, 2017, p. 12

Once, I met a Western scholar and asked him what he thought was the secret of the West’s progress in many fields. He replied that it was the freedom of dissent, which the West has come to consider as sacrosanct. Undoubtedly, what he said is true.

Learn to manage differences

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Sunday Guardian | December 25, 2017, p. 12