Enthusiasm and Perseverance
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Speaking Tree Website | March 13, 2017
In 1782, an Englishman arrived in Glasgow with a wooden printing press. With such paltry resources he began to publish a newspaper entitled the Glasgow Advertiser. The newspaper was later renamed the Glasgow Herald. Two centuries later its daily circulation had risen to 200,000 copies.
What saved John Mennons, the founder of this newspaper, from succumbing to...
Experiencing the Presence of God
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Speaking Tree Website | March 06, 2017
One of the three astronauts who traveled in the Apollo 15 American spacecraft was Colonel James Irwin. He later described the magic of that moment, in August 1972, when he set foot on the moon. It was an ecstatic experience, he said, to feel oneself in God’s presence, to feel so close to Him that His greatness appeared before one’s eyes. Colonel Irwin d...
With Footwear Made of Palm Leaves
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Speaking Tree Website | February 27, 2017
Present-day Afghanistan used to be called Sijistan. It had its capital at Kabul, and was ruled by a Turk Raja. He was Buddhist by faith and his family title was Rutbail. In the time of caliph Muawiya, the territory was assimilated into the Muslim empire. At first, Rutbail offered resistance, but eventually he agreed to pay an annual tax of 100,000 d...
The Period of Youth
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Speaking Tree Website | February 20, 2017
The Prophet is reported to have said that on the Day of Judgment every person would be questioned about some issues, one of these being how he spent his youth. (Shuʿab al-Imanlil-Bayhaqi, hadith no. 1648).
Youth is a period when a person’s strength is fully alive and he is capable of doing whatever work he likes. This period lies between two periods of infirmity—c...
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Speaking Tree Website | February 13, 2017
One day, a young man and his wife came to meet me. The man asked me for some advice. I replied, saying, “I will only say one thing: and that is, consider complaining to be forbidden to you.”
The man said, “Why do you consider complaining to be so bad?”
I replied, “The ‘complaint culture’ is a Satanic culture. The one who first invented ‘complaint culture’ was t...