There are a numerous sites where you can read and search through the Quran. My most frequented one is the one hosted by Al-Islam.org. However, quite often when I’m offline and I want to search through the Quran, the only viable alternative was to peer through index of the physical book itslef to find the verse I’m looking for. So using Dinesh’s help at office, we’ve put together Quran in pdf format. The file is a mere 4.6 mb in size and enables you to search through the translation quite easily without being connected to the internet. This pdf copy of the Quran can be downloaded from here. Cheerio.
Imam Ali was the Caliph of the Muslim Community from 656 to 661. Like the anecdote above there are several examples of Imam’s excellence in leadership and governance. He has written an excellent piece of document which is now called as “The Richest Treasure“. It’s a letter written to the Governor of Egypt Malik al-Ashtar, giving details on the duties and rights of the ruler, taking into account the various classes in society.
The message in the letter is timeless. The United Nations urged the Arab nations to use that letter as a model. It even makes for an excellent Corporate Bible for Managers & Entrepreneurs.
Does one need to reject the material world in order to be spiritual? Can we be materially rich and also spiritual? Spirituality is not about shunning this world, but it is about participating in this world with the right intentions. God has made this wonderful world for human beings to enjoy, explore and cherish. We should not allow our materialistic desires to overpower us, but rather use the material world for a higher purpose. The above comic highlights this message.
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Instead of making prayer a ritual chore, we can make prayer a very meaningful experience with the right frame of mind. Even though we cannot see God with our eyes during worship, we should realise that he is seeing us.