Grand Knowledge, Globalization, & the Muslim World! – Part Four

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Grand Knowledge, Globalization,  & the Muslim World! – Part Four

Hasan Yahya, Ph.D

What Jihadist think that  Western materialism takes Muslims from their prayers and from their Islamic cultures is not accurate assessment. A society with crimes, violence, drug abuse, alcoholism, prostitution, pornography, homosexual exploitation of people and resources is not common among Americans. In addition the perception that of reducing life to a meaningless excuse in fertility is not also common but generalized by outsiders especially Islamists. Many Muslims believe these negativity about America. While America is not unique in these negative social deviances, all nations have the same in various levels.

A great proportion of American society are good people, and trying to live normal life with no involvement in crime, violence, or drug abuse. Americans cannot be enemies and should not be enemies for Muslims, because of simple reason, they are also victims of western secular materialism.

The materialist pop-culture does not represent reality of America. America is not only the political figures, Muslims are thinking about, but social thinkers too, such as Freud, Shakespeare, Nitche, Marx,  and Victor Hugo. Furthermore, Hollywood portrayal of American life  in films and TV shows is simply do not represent American society at large. These perceptions have to be known by Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

I think Islam has a different concept of political community, with religion going much further in shaping the state than most Christians would support. Muslims know little about real Americans and vise versa, Most Americans have a distorted view of social attitudes and beliefs of Muslims. I think there is a mutual distrust rooted in religious differences alone. Therefore, it is necessary for different religions followers to share religious worldview to assist the common grounds on issues of ethics and morality. For example, family life, elaborate rituals, holidays, and symbols associated with family very seriously, the good family ethics is highly appreciated. All Americans share the will to have a decent familial life. 

It is a striking matter to find that much of Muslim communities are closely paralleled the concerns voiced by parents in traditional communities in America. The Amish farms residents suffer like Muslims from outside world culture, commitment to work, faith, family ties and values, are common between Muslims and American Conservative Christians. Americans are friendly, cherish hard work, and enjoy fun times in holidays. The wonderful habits among Americans and all residents of America regardless of race, ethnic backgrounds, or religion is “mutual respect” among human beings. In the Muslim world too, much of the  traditional people have these habits. But films, stereotyping, make Arabs and Muslims take a position as with or against a person for his nationality, race, or sex. With no mutual respect, which needs, to be learned in schools, workplaces, and universities. Religion never calls for discrimination among people. Ethnicity in culturally bound with the past history and traditional norms negate principles of religion. “La Ikraha fiddin” is a rule from God, means no compulsion in religion, who wants to be disbeliever, let be, and who wanted to be believer, let be. And if God Wishes all of the people on earth to be Muslims, He will do it, but His  Wish is you be different. These are Qur’an rules. But cultural practices of racism, discrimination and begotry follow tribal and national lines, take for example, Kuwatization, Saudization, and Jordan First, etc., are taken symbols seriously in many Muslim nations. The nation created these discriminative rules among the same religion followers. The Gulf states  citizens act as if they are masters, different and privileged over foreigners, Arabs or non-Arabs. The topic continues. (6227 words)

Hasan Yahya, is an American Arab scholar, a professor of Sociology, a columnist at, Malaysia, and TINA International News Agency, Chicago, USA.

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Don?T Get Lost In Christianity And Religion, Your Purpose And Knowledge Is Much Greater

I have come to a conclusion; there is a difference between religion and spirituality. People that are religious say that they are spiritual. Many times the words are thrown about interchangeably.  However, there is a difference. Religion is an idealized set of beliefs. With religion everyone has to ascribe to those beliefs or they are not a part of that religion. Spirituality is personal with universal concepts, Universal in that all can ascribe to those beliefs and they work without impartiality to race or condition. Religion is objective, meaning others agree to dogma and rules. Spirituality is subjective; it is subject to the internal beliefs, moods and emotions of the individual.

Jesus was teaching spiritual principles, but man for its own reasons made Christianity about Jesus rather than what he was attempting to teach. Jesus was attempting to teach us to connect to a universal consciousness not some all powerful being that watched over us like a guard dog ready to bite us and punish us when we did some wrong determined by man. Jesus teachings were to lead man into discovering his greater existence in the universe. Man unfortunately for centuries have believed that the world we live in is the entire universe. Man has believed what we experience with our five senses is all there is to the universe. Even though there is much evidence to the contrary, man persists in his limited view of his existence. Religion is an aid in the persistence of limiting thought.

 In the NIV bible, John 4:24 Jesus states, “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”

 This is one of the scriptures that Jesus makes a statement that is meant to be universal in nature. Man has now defined what a worshiper is and the consequences when he does not fit the definition. Did Jesus intend his teaching to separate man or to unite? Religion says we all have to fit a definition of worshiper. Jesus had principles that taught us HOW to worship.

 John 7:16 Jesus answered, “my teaching in not my own. It comes from him who sent me. If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.” 

This scripture is spoken figuratively by Jesus. He says …HIM who sent me. Can God be a person, or did Jesus mean a universal force? What is God’s will and how do you choose it? Who decides your choice? Who decides where his teachings come from? Religion believes they have answered those questions and they have answered them for anyone that believes in the ascribed dogma. Jesus was giving us formulas to find out for ourselves. How does one know that the teachings of Jesus come from God? When they search for the meaning for themselves. When that person goes inside and starts to ask the hard questions.

 John 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

 Religion made this scripture and statement about the man. Figuratively Jesus was saying that he can teach us how to recognize our eternal selves. If we follow his TEACHINGS he can give us the knowledge.

 One of the most destructive verses to mankind and his universality is John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

This one verse man has taken literally from Jesus. He meant that through his teachings man would be enlightened. Religion made it about THE MAN Jesus rather than about the universal enlightenment of man. Religion has separated mankind from its understanding of his place in the universe for thousands of years. We have within us a vast reservoir of knowledge. We have to be brave enough to step outside the accepted NORMS of religion to discover that knowledge. That is what the teachings of Jesus was about. Not the dogmatic rants of self proclaimed disciples. Does a teacher TELL you how to think? Or is a teacher to give you a foundation on which to build? 

It is time for us to wake up. We have gotten lost in religion. Our purpose is much greater and our knowledge more vast than any religious thought will allow us to perceive. Religion controls through fear and misinformation, giving us concepts of a vengeful God and hell. We should open our minds to the eternal wisdom of our souls. Not to the finite rants of preachers. We all have infinite abilities that Jesus alluded to in the scripture. You have to be brave enough to investigate for yourself and strong enough to stand up to thousands of years of ignorance. Spirituality is personal and liberating. Religion is bastion of fearful and confining thought.

 Are you a brave soul? 

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Online news portal for all encompassing knowledge

The world moves really faster, keeping pace with the changing times and trend is a very difficult task. Earlier in ancient times there were people who would be assigned the jobs of imparting news and updating the knowledge bank of the prominent personalities. At later stage these people were replaced by the newspapers, radio and television. People trusted these media tools for gaining real information. Though the newspaper is still one of the major sources of gaining information from all across the globe, radio and television news have been sidelined by the rise in internet technology.


Now people rely more on newspapers and internet for extracting true information. Internet has proven to be speedier than radio and television and equally effective like newspaper. The newspaper has retained its charm, because of its ability to connect with the reader on one on one basis. Reading newspaper is a very private and personal thing. Pondering and stimulation are the activities which are carried out while reading it. Touching human lives at different levels is the basic objective and function of the news, the news touch soul and mind of individual who reads it. It also creates a kind of stimulation in our though process. Almost every adult is addicted to reading the newspaper in the morning. This ability of connecting with the reader on personal basis has been retained in the internet news.


There are various news portals, which offer constantly updated news and information for their readers. These portals include various sections which target different age groups and interests. For example, there are political, financial news for business people and professionals, health and entertainment for kids, elderly and women folks. Thus these news portals display a complete array of news. Offering the people food for thought of their choice is one of the most important factors these news portals have. Such as offering Christian news, this is one of the types of news which lays lots of emphasis on the religious and spiritual teaching. Their news and information has a spiritual touch, which can be liked by the people who believe in the highest power and have faith in it. Moreover it is a selective process. People who have faith and believe in Christian way of life can personally visit the link and avail the knowledge bank existing on the site. Similarly, Christian newspaper acts as a showcase to display the Christian thoughts and spread the teaching of Christianity. Whatever the personal choice is, the internet news portals are currently in high demand by all the people for achieving updated knowledge at a lightning fast speed.

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Groundbreaking Pew Forum Religious Knowledge Study Features Stephen Prothero?s New York Times bestselling, RELIGIOUS LITERACY

Groundbreaking Pew Forum Religious Knowledge Study Features Stephen Prothero’s New York Times bestselling, RELIGIOUS LITERACY

Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know — But Doesn’t by Stephen Prothero

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) September 29, 2010

The United States is one of the most religious places on earth, but it is also a nation of shocking religious illiteracy. We have a major civics education problem today, says religion scholar Stephen Prothero. His book, Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know – But Doesn’t, reveals what every American needs to know in order to confront the domestic and foreign challenges facing this country today.

Backed by the new findings in the Pew Forum survey, in his acclaimed book Prothero argues it is time to teach religion in American public schools. “Our national ignorance is staggering,” claims Prothero.

Consider this:

    Most Americans cannot name the first book of the Bible
    A mere 10 percent of American teenagers can name all five major world religions
    Fifteen percent of American teenagers cannot name any of the major world religions
    Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the Bible holds the answers to all or most of life’s basic questions, but only half of American adults can name even one of the four gospels
Unlike many who want to bring religion back into the public schools, Prothero has no theological, religious, or moral agenda. He argues on secular grounds that “Americans are not equipped for citizenship (or, for that matter, cocktail party conversation) without a basic understanding of Christianity and the world’s major religions.”

Complete with a dictionary of key beliefs, characters, and stories about Christianity, Islam, Judaism and the other major world religions, Religious Literacy is a provocative book that is generating an important national discussion.

Stephen Prothero is the author of the New York Times bestselling Religious Literacy and God Is Not One, and a professor of religion at Boston University. His work has been featured on the cover of Time magazine, Oprah, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, National Public Radio, and other top national media outlets. He writes and reviews for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Boston Globe, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Salon, and other publications. He holds degrees in American Religion from Harvard and Yale and lives on Cape Cod. For more information, please visit


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