Principles of Life

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Principles of Life | Al-Risala July, 1987, Pg. 14

The late Sir C.V. Raman (1888-1970), who received the Nobel prize for physics in 1928, achieved international repute and is still the most famous name in the field of Indian science. His discovery, known as the Raman effect, is one of the established pieces of scien­tific information which is useful in the study of molecular energy levels.

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Principles of Life | Al-Risala July, 1987

“Success is a matter of cool decisions, without constant wavering and changing of the mind, acute observation, initiative, and unremitting attention to a vast number of petty details.”

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Principles of Life | Al-Risala, June 1987

Prophet Muhammad is recorded by Abu Hurairah as stating that in worldly matters you should look, not at those above you, but at those below you. Only in this way will you be able to appreciate God’s bounty. (Sahih al-Bukhari, Hadith No. 6499)

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Principles of Life | Al-Risala, June 1987

From the Quran we learn that man is born with two distinct and often opposing faculties: Nafs Ammara (12:53) and Nafs Lawwama (75:2). In today’s terminology, they are more familiar to us as ‘ego’ and ‘conscience’ respectively.

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Principles of Life | Al-Risala, May 1987

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Principles of Life

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Principles of Life

It has been said that when words come from the heart, they go straight to the heart; and that when they come from the tongue, they go no further than the ears.

It is quite true that there are two types of utterances. One is when one says whatever comes into one’s head, on the spur of the moment or to get by. This is an utterance which comes from the tongue. It emanates from the surface of the speaker. That is why it does not penetrate further than the surface of the listener.

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Principles of Life | Al-Risala, May 1987, p. 8

A cow gives milk. This is a universally accepted fact. But there are few who pause to think how it accomplishes this useful feat. In fact, it can produce milk only because it has the capacity to convert grass into milk. It is this unique ability to convert a simple substance into a more complex one which makes it possible in God’s world for it to produce the precious liquid we call milk.

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Principles of Life | Al-Risala, April 1987, p. 15