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  1. 5 points
    You need to go back & read our history. When Dasam patshah sent 5 Singhs to Benares to learn sanskriti etc they were denied access to the ashrams in Benares because of the maryada of those ashrams not allowing weapons etc. The Singhs returned to mahraj & told them what had happened & mahraj then gave them hukam to remove their shaster & gave them peach coloured bana to wear & sent them back to Benares to learn all the vidya then come back & teach all the other Singhs.... this was the birth of the Nirmala Samparda. Some Nimalas even today wear peach coloured robes & do not carry weapons... they are strictly scholars/sants. Taksal is a combination of both... Baba Deep Singh Ji was a tyar bar tyar shasterdhari yodha soorma but also a scholar/Sant of the highest caliber.... that's why taksal are considered a combination of Khalsa & Nirmalas. Nihangs/Khalsa, taksal/nirmala, sevapanthis & Udasis are the only 'sampardas' started by mahraj themselves.... none of these are 'jathabandis'. Anything 'jathabandi' outside of these are man made & nothing to do with mahraj. The biggest joke is having a jathabandi called NKJ..... nirvair Khalsa jatha.... how can a fauj (Khalsa) be 'Nirvair' (no enmity)???!!!! Dasam Pita created the Khalsa fauj to be a 'vairi' (enemy) of adharam, tyranny, exploitation of the poor, killing of innocents etc. There is no such thing as 'Nirvair Khalsa'..... mahraj created the 'Khalsa' and that's that.... any group that needs to add extra words to Khalsa... whether it be nirvair Khalsa, babbar khaisa, Banda khalsa etc are all deluded fools..... mahrajs fauj is the Khalsa & will be known as the Khalsa & nothing else
  2. 5 points
    Yes of course more Sikhs are needed to serve humanity for Sarbat da Bhala. Anyone who has been to Gurdwara is already Sikh so no power on Earth can stop you from being a Sikh (sehajdhari or Amritdhari is your own personal journey as your knowledge of Sikhi and interaction with Sangat grows). All the best young Singh - proud of you!
  3. 5 points
    Tight slap on those who believe one jathabandi is greater than the other - regardless of its origin. To tell you the truth, today we are failing because of brickerings of jathabandia. I rather choose to raise my child jathabandi-less instead of having them grow up hating against each other. when we say, jatha A is the best; you are not helping in anyway. Until we see all of them with same eye, that day we will have no problems. Our gurus got rid of caste system and we jumped into jatha system. Even all jathas combined play minority role in our Sikh community. My 2 cents 🙏🏽 Btw. Good post by OP
  4. 5 points
    Shame on you OP. I thought with your essay you would have learnt something....clearly not. Disappointed in you kid. Nihangs were made by satguru Ji himself. Nihangs are the true Khalsa and there will never ever be any group who can equal that kurbani, bhagti, seva, and most of all love for sikhi. The rest are all into politics and trying to show how they are the "real" Khalsa. Pakhand kirtani are no more than people who like to scream bird noises
  5. 4 points
    I thought it was just me, but yes, I've always wondered why taksali's claim that Baba Deep SIngh was a taksali or even more bizarre, the founder of Damdami Taksal. Nihang Singh through and through.
  6. 4 points
    That doesn't give them the right to alter 'Khalsa' of Guru Mahraj by adding Babbar. Due to certain beliefs they held around Bani such as Raag mala they are actually far from being Khalsa of Dasmesh Pita... these are all man made groups thinking they are Khalsa & then trying to distinguish themselves by adding words like Babbar, Nirvair, Banda etc. Listen to katha by old sants... they make it absolutely clear that Khalsa fauj are the Nihangs & no one else.
  7. 3 points
    Taksal was started by Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj to provide arths and Santhiya of Gurbani to the populous. Think of them as intellectuals of the panth. While Nihang Singhs were more battle orientated and focused heavily on warfare. More so than the average sikh would. They also date back to Guru Sahibs time (from what I know Baba Buddha Ji was the creator of Buddha Dal) and so on. Their beliefs are totally inline with Gurmat, but they follow different codes because they lead different lives than the ordinary sikh.
  8. 3 points
    Nihangs are not a jathebhandi! Nihangs are the Khalsa plain & simple... Khalsa Akal Purekh ki fauj. Nihangs/Khalsa was established by mahraj themselves. Taksal are not a jathebhandi! Mahraj established the nirmala & Khalsa... taksal is a combination of both. The other 2 embarrassments to the panth that you mentioned are man made... nothing to do with mahraj
  9. 2 points
    They have no true lineage they are trying to latch onto something which is not true, many people wrote granths or pothis this doesn't mean they founded or were taksalis. These lot of know they have no leg to stand on here why they try to claim baba deep Singh ji as theirs. ...He was khalsa, he was a Nihang and never a taksali, taksal never ever existed then, please provide evidence from a historical granths be it bhai sukha Singh any rehitnama rattan Singh. ..where do they mention the creation of taksal? ???? Please enlighten me. Taksalis are a modern day phenomena just like akjs nkj gnnsj Singh sabha sgpc so on and so on
  10. 2 points
    A) Yes, sikhee should be most welcome. It is a blessing of the Almighty, it is an unique opportunity in the human form, to become one with Him, through love, devotion, and His infinite Grace. While in other religons, you have a hierarchy and a multiplicity of gods, goddesses, devtas, etc, which just confuses a person, and derails one from the straightforward highway to the Supreme Lord Wahiguru Akal Purukh, thus keeps the jeevas entangled in the mayavee creation. And unlike other religions, which promise so many things after our departure from this plane of consciousness, in Sikhee, if one is sincere and faithful to Gurmat, one can realize that One supreme being in this very life. I am saying all this not just as a sikh, of which I am proud of being one, but as an human being also. Just see the greatness and the beauty of that One Supreme Lord, in the Mool Mantra, the base of Sikhee. Ik oankar, Sat Naam, Karataa purakh, Nirbhav, nirvair Akaal moorat, Ajoonee, saibhang, Gur prasaad Jap Aad such, jugaad such, Hai bhee such, Naanak hosee bhee such. He is the only One Creator. Truth, is His name. He is the doer of everything. He is fearless, he fears none He is Revengeless, He never dies, neither is He ever born, He is Self existent, His existence does not depend on any other being He is to be realized by the Guru's gift of grace, Meditate on Him. He was True in the beginning. He has been True through all the ages. He is True even now. Oh Nanak He is forever True. Can you see how gracefully, and in simple language, He who is indescribable by any mind, for He is beyond it and the senses, neither can He can be perceived by any tools or devices, yet He has been described in simple words for us humans, by Dhan Dhan Satguru Nanak Dev Maharaj. Once one sees the beauty by understanding what Guru Sahiban wants to convey us in these verses, and the magnificence of that Supreme Being, one just remains speechless, there is nothing more to be added.... B) Age is relatively important,as one does not know when shall one depart from this creation, so it is best to start our own research on this path of love, satisfy the mind and fully devote and engage oneself to His Lotus feet. God bless you. WAH E GURU
  11. 2 points
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=l814Ni6gsd0 A really amazing tale of how a true Sant provides Justice for a man regardless of his own deeds and provides justice for his daughter.
  12. 2 points
    I'm assuming that you seem knowledgeable about the Sikh faith; however, it is important that regardless of all that knowledge you acquire from books, there is also some practical Bhagti knowledge as well. Try doing some Paht, some simran, (even though many Sikhs suggest Naam is only given through Satguru in form of Punj Pyare, it's still important for Non-Amritdharis to do simran), read up on not only the outside references but sometimes Gurbani itself.
  13. 2 points
    Agreed with sentiments of thread and agreed S1ngh. Toxic nature of jathebandi tribalism is very off-putting for new people coming into Sikhi have seen this first hand. Jathebandis are beautiful and like Bhai Pinderpal Singh ji explained theyre like petals on a flower, but problem arises when you get people who prioritize the jathebandi they're in over the ekta of Panth.
  14. 2 points
    Nihang and taksal is not man made
  15. 2 points
    Nihangs probably have more baani in their maryada than anyone else (longer rehraas, chaupai, sohila, aarti etc.). They fully worship aad, dasam, sarbloh, including others like brahm kavach, bhagauti astotar and gobind geeta.
  16. 2 points
    Jathebandi fanboyish stuff only happens in the west. If you look at the taksal or nihang dals in india they are some of the best places. In a nihang dal they wake up every morning at 1 am and start doing paath from guru granth sahib,dasam granth and sarbloh granth, then they get on their horses and be chakarvarti. In the taksal they wake up around 3 and start doing bani as well and afterwards they have a little rest then they do santheya for three hours then katha veechar etc. I cant say for missionary or akj cause i dont care about them.
  17. 2 points
    ਕੋਟਿ ਪਤਿਤ ਉਧਾਰੇ ਖਿਨ ਮਹਿ ਕਰਤੇ ਬਾਰ ਨ ਲਾਗੈ ਰੇ ॥ Kott Pathith Oudhhaarae Khin Mehi Karathae Baar N Laagai Rae || The Creator emancipates millions of sinners in an instant, without a moment's delay. *Above is a Sat Bachan of Dhan Dhan Satguru Arjun Dev Maharaj, where He clearly states, that it takes not more than a moment to Wahiguru, in washing the sins of not one sinner, but even millions of them and all together, thus emancipating them. The key here is to please Wahiguru through love and bhakti, and submit oneself fearlessly to His Mauj, that´s it, nothing more needed. Rest is all His kirpa. No amount of any efforts of ours can ever clear our sins, we only need a spark of His Daya Meher to clear all our uncountable sins/karmas, that also not in several births as many may think, but in an instant, just as Guru Jee tells us above. Sat Sree Akal.
  18. 2 points
    Remove extra lemon from water... I still remember the day I was preparing fresh lime water for the first time...I ended up adding almost five times the amount of lemon than needed. It was a disaster.I had to correct it anyhow. How I wish I could remove some lemon juice from water to make it taste perfect again! But alas! Some things can never be undone. Some things can never be changed. There was no way that I know of, to remove the extra lime. So what was the solution then? The only way to correct this was to add four more glasses of water and dilute the lemon juice to make five glasses of fresh lime water. This made me think.. Sometimes we cannot undo some things that have gone wrong in life. Some wrong decisions, wrong choices, wrong investments, wrong actions, wrong associations, wrong words or wrong doings can never be undone. So what is the solution then? When you cannot correct what is wrong, do not waste more time over it. It is like attempting to remove lemon from water. Instead, get busy in adding so many right things in your life that the wrong seems insignificant. We all have a negative side to ourselves. We may not be able to remove or correct all our negativities. But we can definitely continue adding positive thoughts, positive reading and positive people in our lives and dilute the negativity. We all have to deal with some easy people and some difficult people in our lives. Do not waste time trying to change the difficult people. You will drain all your emotional energy in vain. Instead spend more time with the pleasant, positive and happy people and the difficult people will not affect you any more. Everything in your life will never be perfect. Do not waste too much time correcting what is wrong. Get busy doing the right things .......
  19. 2 points
    9 short stories worth reading, feeling and forwarding to all Sangat, and mankind in general * One of the best posts, ever gone through.....thanks to all those who decided to share these real life experiences below 1. FALL and RISE Today, when I slipped on the wet tile floor a boy in a wheelchair caught me before I slammed my head on the ground. He said, “Believe it or not, that’s almost exactly how I injured my back 3 years ago . 2. A FATHER'S ADVICE Today, my father told me, “Just go for it and give it a try! You don’t have to be a professional to build a successful product. Amateurs started Google and Apple. Professionals built the Titanic 3. The POWER of UNIQUENESS . Today, I asked my mentor – a very successful business man in his 70’s – what his top 3 tips are for success. He smiled and said, “Read something no one else is reading, think something no one else is thinking, and do something no one else is doing. 4. LOOKING BACK Today, I interviewed my grandmother for part of a research paper I’m working on for my Psychology class. When I asked her to define success in her own words, she said, “Success is when you look back at your life and the memories make you smile. 5. TRY and YOU shall KNOW I am blind by birth. When I was 8 years old, I wanted to play baseball. I asked my father- "Dad, can I play baseball?" He said "You'll never know until you try." When I was a teenager, I asked him, - "Dad Can I become a surgeon?". He replied "Son, you'll never know until you try." Today I am a Surgeon, just because I tried! 6. GOODNESS & GRATITUDE Today, after a 72 hour shift at the fire station, a woman ran up to me at the grocery store and gave me a hug. When I tensed up, she realized I didn’t recognize her. She let go with tears of joy in her eyes and the most sincere smile and said, “On 9-11-2001, you carried me out of world trade centre. 7. LOOKING BACK Today, as my father, three brothers, and two sisters stood around my mother’s hospital bed, my mother uttered her last coherent words before she died. She simply said, “I feel so loved right now. We should have gotten together like this more often.” 8. AFFECTION Today, I kissed my dad on the forehead as he passed away in a small hospital bed. About 5 seconds after he passed, I realized it was the first time I had given him a kiss since I was a little boy. 9. SHARING Today, I was traveling in Kenya and I met a refugee from Zimbabwe. He said he hadn’t eaten anything in over 3 days and looked extremely skinny and unhealthy. Then my friend offered him the rest of the sandwich he was eating. The first thing the man said was, “We can share it.”
  20. 2 points
    Who is richer than Bill Gates? Someone asked Bill Gates, "Is there any person richer than you?" He said, "Yes, only one. Many years ago, I had been dismissed & had gone to New York airport.I read titles of newspapers there.I liked one of them and I want to buy it. But didn't have change (coin). I abandoned." Suddenly, a black boy called me and said “This newspaper for you.” I said, "..but I don’t have change." He said,“No problem, i give you free”. After 3 months, i went there. Coincidentally, that story happened again and that same boy gave another free newspaper again. I said, "I can’t accept. But he said, 'i give you from my profit' After 19 years, I had been rich and I decided to find that boy. I found him after one and half months searching. I asked him, do you know me? He said, “Yes, you’re famous Bill Gates.” I said, twice you gave me free newspaper many years ago. Now, i want to compensate it. I am going to give you everything that you want. Black young man replied, “You can’t compensate it!” I said, why? He said, "Because i gave you when I was poor. You want to give me when you are rich. So, how do you compensate?" Bill Gates said, I think that black young man is richer than me. You don't have to be rich or wait to be rich to give.
  21. 1 point
    So who's the better role model Duleep Singh or Jugraj Singh Toofan?
  22. 1 point
    He was a kid when everything transpired, he hardly had any choice. He can't be blamed at all for what happened during his childhood. You're letting your dislike for him cloud your judgement.
  23. 1 point
    Conversion to sikhi is welcome. Some answerers have assumed you're a guy, you maybe , but I won't assume anyways. Start with 3 principles of Guru Nanak "Meditate on name of god; Earn hard for what you eat; Share what you have with others". Also read english translation of Guru granth sahib if you can. There are resources online. The word "sikh" comes from sanskrit "sisya" meaning student . A student is someone who learns steadily . I won't ask you to go directly take amrit , keep your uncut hair or wear a turban . I think you need to let sikhi grow from within . One day it might show outside as well. Listen more baani and kirtan and read baani . Meditate on name of god (Waheguru) in hours before dawn (arnd 5 am) So be steady, keep learning. Best wishes
  24. 1 point
    Veer ji, it's not right to say that Nihangs are better than other's. We all achieve to do one thing in life, to take Guru ji's amrit. We all achieve to read bani, do simran, etc. Yes, certain nihangs may do 10 sukhmani sahibs or whatever and that's good but if they are doing it in terms of ego then that's when it is wrong. At the end of the day, we are achieving the same thing.
  25. 1 point
    I didn't say nihangs are man-made. I said, nihangs are not a jathebandi.
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    Air hostess: Sir kya loge? Jatt : Milk Badam, Kheer, Bread Pakora n Tandoori Chicken wid Naan.. Air hostess : Sir tusi jahaaz te aaye ho,. Apne PYO DE VYAAH te nhi!. Jatt on phone: Doctor my wife is pergnant.She is having pain right now. Doctor: Is this her first child? Jatt: No this is her husband speaking‚¦
  28. 1 point
    After all these years, should we expect anything else?
  29. 1 point
    Whatever the production standards of these movies are the fact is that after three decades the Sikh side of the story with regard to operation Bluestar and the Sikh struggle is getting told and a great many Sikhs will now know the truth rather than the propaganda of the Indian govt.
  30. 1 point
    Sorry to contradict you OneBeing, but brother Monatosingh is quite right above. Just as it does not matter if you have one bundle of dry grass or a room filled with it, in any case, just one spark is enough to burn any amount of dry grass. In a similar way Wahihguru´s kirpa is enough to wash all one´s sins. If He wants, He can clean each and every soul from all thier dirt, just with His one wish, in a second so to say. Let´s go the other way, and still one will reach the same conclusion. If it could take Him several lifetimes to wash one´s sins, then what guarantee is there that we will not engage anymore in "karam", for human beings are weak by nature.... Brother do not compare Him to any other being, be it man, devtay , gods, or godesses, He is all powerful, and His power is none other, than His bakshish and His pyaar. When a dirty cloth is given to a washerman, he will wash it clean at once, rather than saying, I wil wash it a bit everyday. So is Sachay Patshah, submit yourself to His Hukum, and He will wash you that much, and make you so pure pavter,that you will not be born anymore, moreover, He will merge you in Him. Such is His beant wadeayee. Any doubt still left OneBeing, regarding His power? Or about His omnisciense? God bless you. Sat Sree Akal.
  31. 1 point
    SELFLESSNESS When you do something beautiful and nobody noticed it do not be sad. For every morning the Sun is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the creation still remains sleeping
  32. 1 point
    Sikhi I have also realised is a systems over goals process. What I mean by this for example is that if your goal is to become more patient and less angry and less anxious person, by reading bani daily and doing naam simran on a regular basis means you make those changes which kind of makes the goal irrelevant in some respects. You are also creating discipline in a natural way which can even willpower look irrelevant because it becomes second nature.
  33. 1 point
    But he's handsome. So handsome.
  34. 1 point
    These are all brilliant questions and statements we should be analysing. As a people, truly what and who are we? What do we practically and realistically offer the world aside from some well-meaning platitudes that rarely escape the territory of promise and idealism? Are we simply a nomadic group of immigrants who will move to wherever there's an opportunity to make as much money as possible? Why are we incapable of enacting true change for the land from where most of us originate? Do we engage with the world and the people around on us? Do we truly think and function on a level that goes beyond the daily superficial grind? We demand and expect the best yet we are terrified of deviating from the norm to achieve those ends. Change does not come from following formula. It requires the creation of waves. Yet we only seem to rebel in a direction that spells self-destruction (and most of such rebelliousness is an imitation of other groups and cultures); rarely, if ever, are our rebellious acts virtuous and beneficial to our people as a whole. We lack originality in thought, in act, and in spirit. There is a deep and innate desire within us to be led; some of us gravitate towards so-called religious figures to give us the answers we are too lazy and ineffectual to seek ourselves, whilst others among us take our cues from the vast sea of degenerate popular culture or other people in our families and social groups, or a combination of the two. When have any of us ever spoken to a fellow Sikh or Punjabi, and gone away with a sense of serene satisfaction knowing that you've just partaken in an sensible, far-reaching, and generally wise exchange? Not pretentious or dare I say even intelligent, but something serene and wise. It's just all complete shallowness and an absolute lack of insight. Even most of the religious and spiritual individuals play at fulfilling those roles, for the benefit of a watching public and peers, rather than living that goodness without the desire for recognition and reward. Are we dead from within? Or are we still in the process of decay?
  35. 1 point
    Being Gay is not something that's wrong in of itself, the act of Kaam is wrong. In the same way straight people shouldn't be lusting over anyone, homosexuals shouldn't either.
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    They had many factors working in their favour that we simply can't replicate. I wonder if we have generally lower IQs than them? I sometimes wonder whether there's a number of geographical and cultural disadvantages that hold us back. South East Asia as it's come to be is not working in our favour. It's actually a regressive and negative force that's saddled us with baggage in my opinion.
  39. 1 point
    We live in the real world. Go to sleep, its well past your bedtime bachu.
  40. 1 point
    Yes, as a Singh if you feel theme park rides are your thing, get creative. Gravity is not your friend in those situations. Take precautions. Don't embarrass yourself and the faith.
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    He was used by Rajiv Gandhi to divide the Sikhs just as the witch Indira had used Santa the Nihang to divide the Panth in 1984. Barnala also used the police in 1986 to invade the Durbar Sahib so giving the Indian government credibility as they could point out that EVEN a Sikh had taken the same action as Indira Gandhi had done. Rajiv Gandhi dropped him after using him and sacked his government when it looked like Congress would lose in Haryana in 1987. Although Barnala's government was bad it was many times better than the Badals, At least Barnala allowed Justice Ajit Singh Bains to look into the cases of Sikh youths in jail and released a majority if not all those whose had been falsely imprisoned by the govt.
  43. 1 point
    yeah from reading this guys posts it definitely seem like he has some pent up issues
  44. 1 point
    It looks like an attack by either IS or Al Qaeda, apparently one of the attackers shouted Allah Hu Akbar. It is probably IS behind this as they have openly stated that they will any country which is bombing them in Syria and France is one of the countries that is bombing Syria. Russia started to do the same a few months ago and they lost a passenger jet soon after allegedly to a bomb on board. IS had made statements for the last year that it would bring death and destruction to Europe and earlier this year they said that they would use the refugee flows into Europe to send their Jihadis into Europe. Merkel is probably having nightmares having invited over a million refugees without any prior vetting into Germany in the last few months. I think there will be more and more terrorist attacks in Europe thus causing tensions among the different communities. Sikhs need to be careful because as usual we will get confused with the adherents of the religion of 'peace'
  45. 1 point
    That pakhandi has done enough damage to the Panth, so I for one will be glad to learn that he and his cult have passed into ignominy
  46. 1 point
    Muslims also respect force and determination. After 9/11 most Muslims believed that the attack would be seen as so terrible that this would be the end of the hospitality enjoyed by Muslims in the west. In their eyes, if such an attack had taken place in an Muslim country (say in Egypt by Coptic Christians) then Muslims would have massacred all the Copts in Egypt. So they also expected the west to take action against them but then when all the western leaders could do was turn up at the Mosque and give press conferences that Islam is a religion of peace, the Muslims perceived this as weakness and woe betide any country under attack from Muslims which shows weakness. Look at Myanmar, they have forced the Rohingya Muslims out after they raped Buddhist women and yet you don't see western Muslims rushing to their aid. Same for the Palestinians, because Israel takes no nonsense from them although Muslims in the west will support the Palestinians very few would go and fight Israel on their behalf. As Muslims believe themselves that force is right so when force is used against them, they will respect that as they will respect societies that use violence against Muslims in order to protect themselves. Coming to the western societies, because of their treatment of their Muslims with kid gloves, Muslims see this as a weakness and hence the west as weak and ripe for a Muslim takeover. Ironically there were no attacks on the US mainland when George Bush was president but when Obama came in and was seen as weak after his apology tour of the middle east the terrorist attacks in the USA have increased.
  47. 1 point
    I think you are looking at this from a western perspective. Western society has mostly abandoned religion ie Christianity and anyone who claims to be a Christian is seen as some kind freak. What matters is not belief in God but getting by in society, owning a home, a good job and retiring well possibly in a warm climate, With the secularisation of western society western people have forgotten just how important religion is for non-western people. For Muslims more so, especially as the core belief is that Islam is a religion that trumps all other religions and that Allah has made Muslims the best of people and non-Muslims are basically animals. Now put yourself in their shoes. The family in the picture believes that they are the people chosen by Allah to rule the world and YET everywhere Islam has failed. Muslim states are mostly corrupt basket cases which are one strong leader's death away from anarchy. For this family, the secular west which in their eyes in the lowest form of society and one which is an abomination to Allah is succeeding (healthcare, welfare, peaceful etc) whereas Islamic societies are a failure. So how do they rationalise this. Either they can use their common sense and admit that Islam and its ideas of society are redundant or they can go to the extreme and believe that the failure of Muslim society is not because of their adherence to Islam but because they are not adhering to Islam. So its not a case of less Islam but more Islam and hence the reason that most Muslims opt for the purer form of Islam which is Salafism and not the airy fairy Sufism which has no basis in Islam. So for this family the benefits of living in a western society will never make up for living in a pure Islamic society where Muslims are on top and non-Muslims are oppressed. That society is what they yearn for and at the moment the only place where such a society has been set up is in the aptly named Islamic state. You would think that all the media reporting of rape of Yazidi girls, homosexuals thrown from roofs and beheadings would put them off IS but then we need to understand that this is EXACTLY the type of society they yearn for. Migration called Hijrat also has an important role as Sharia rules that if a Muslim feels that he lives in society where he is not able to practise his Islam and he cannot actively change that society then it is incumbent on him to move to a Muslim area where he will be allowed to practice Islam peacefully. Although in most peoples eyes Muslims have it easy in the UK yet for these Muslims because society is not ruled by Sharia law then it is still deficient. So either this family stays in the UK and attempts to subvert the society and change it into an Islamic one which is not so easy or they move to the ideal Islamic society which is what they have done.
  48. 1 point
    Brother, the world and its people are nothing but the result of karma! To ignore it, pretend it doesn't exist, or to downplay its existence and affects is to live in ignorance. But equally to be hamstrung into inactivity or fear by karma is also not a very good idea, lol.
  49. 1 point
    Use to. Then I realised it was all me. Things changed after that. Maharaj is not a vindictive, sullen individual like us. Any "punishments" are things we must work through and understand. Sometimes what seems like a punishment is actually a lesson that has to be administered in that particular way for us to digest and absorb its meaning. Remember, what you reap now is the affect of something you once sowed. Just gotta think good, do good, and live good, but not for reward or any easy life but because goodness is Truth and Truth is the greatest thing of all, IMO. Maharaj is on our side, always ready with a hand to raise us up when we fall.
  50. 1 point
    Interesting post and something that we all need to consider. In the West more and more people are beginning to realise that this not about 'oppression' of Muslims, Palestine or any other Muslim issue. Apart from some die hard liberal lefties whose hatred of Blair and Bush blinds then to what is happening, most people now know that the issue is Islam itself. Islam attempted to take over the world just after its was founded, it oppressed millions from Spain to India. Thankfully some areas of the world were saved from having to live under Sharia law. China, Western Europe, parts of Africa, Indo-China etc. Some attempts were made to get back the holy land of the Christians through the Crusades. Although nowadays universally condemned they were in essence an attempt by Christians to take back wat had originally been their land. Islam was the aggressor in the 7th Century having invaded Christian lands of the middle east. Islam then went into decline and the danger of Islam was forgotten. Now flush with oil money Islam is again threatening the west and other non-Muslim areas.