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Banish Despair
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Speaking Tree Weekly Blog | May 10, 2021 One of Einstein’s biographers writes: “We can take heart that it is not necessary to be a good student to become Einstein.” Considering that Professor Albert Einstein (1879-1955) brought about a veritable revolution in twentieth-century science, this statement would seem to be something of a paradox. But it is quite true. One of his teachers summed him up as a “...
THE EXTERNAL REALITY
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | ST Weekly Blog | April 3, 2021 It has been seriously claimed that religion has been rendered outmoded and unnecessary by modern civilization. But what actual contribution has western civilization made to humanity? New modes of travel, new architectural designs, new means of communication, new styles of clothes. In short, commodities and conveniences have become more luxurious, more glamorous, more effec...
REWARD AND PUNISHMENT
  Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Speaking Tree Weekly Blog | April 26, 2021 The ugly and ill-tempered hero of Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel, Crime and Punishment murders an old woman without heirs in order to further his education by means of her ever-increasing but unavailed of wealth. The other characters in the novel, and, of course, the reader, cannot but hold him guilty of a heinous crime. The old woman’s wealth was as tempting to...
RAMADAN: THE CULTURE OF SELF-RESTRAINT
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | ST Weekly Blog | April 19, 2021 Fasting, in some form or the other, is part of every religion. In Islam it is called roza. (The Arabic equivalent of roza is sawm. Sawm literally means abstinence, that is, to refrain from doing something). The ninth month of the Hijri calendar, that is, Ramadan, has been especially chosen for fasting. Fasting during the month of Ramadan is obligatory for...
PERSONALITY BUILDING
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Speaking Tree Weekly Blog | March 22, 2021 God created wood, but He did not make this wood into boats. He put iron in the earth, but He did not fashion it into machines. Aluminium and plastic were brought into being by Him, but aero­planes were left unmade. God has put raw materials in the earth, and on the other hand, he has put brain in man’s head. It is for man to take the materials God has provided...