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THE WAY OF THE SUFIS: (A JOURNEY INTO THE LIVES OF THREE SAINTS OF ISLAM)

This book deals with the lives of three saints of the fourteenth century India who in succession managed to captivate the masses by their pious lives and spiritual powers. Though there were other great Sufis in their time but they stood out as gems among the jewels. One left his promising career of an accomplished scholar, one spent a good number of years of his life in the jungle and one renounced the throne and left his kingship. They did so in order to quench their spiritual thirst and gain intimacy with the Almighty. And their respective names were Hazrat Khwaja Mohammed Nizamuddin Auliya, Makhdoom Shaykh Sharafuddin Ahmed Yahya Maneri and Sayyid Makhdoom Ashraf Jahangir Semnani. These holy men were greatly admired by the people during the peak of their sainthood and still today their names are taken with utmost respect.

This work successfully covers the miraculous events surrounding their lives, their struggles, their attainments, and their teachings of wisdom. There is much to gain by journeying into their lives which will definitely leave the travelers mesmerized. Irrespective of caste and religion, this work leaves a deep impact on its readers.

Out of the Dust: Story of an Unlikely Missionary (Free eBook Sampler)

"Don't waste your pain," says unlikely missionary Avis Goodhart. She didn't - and neither should you.

Despite a background of childhood abuse, dyslexia, and marital infidelity, Avis took her first international mission trip at age fifty. The church, school, and orphanage she later founded in northern Peru, all products of both her pain and her radical obedience to the Lord, have brought thousands of others out of the dust. This compelling story of an ordinary woman who serves God in extraordinary ways will challenge, inspire, and empower you to:

oEliminate excuses from your life

oRecognize that in God's kingdom, availability matters more than ability

oAllow your pain to produce - not prevent - your obedience

oServe the Lord with the same abandon shown by one unlikely missionary

Note: Proceeds from the sale of this book are sent to the author's orphanage in Peru.

About the Authors

Avis Goodhart, founder of Go Ye Ministries, is a missionary, Bible teacher, and conference speaker who has blessed audiences across North, South, and Central America. Although she holds a B.S.Ed. and M.Ed. from the University of Arkansas, her primary qualifications include the pain and obstacles she's encountered along the way. These provide both insight and passion for her work in bringing the lives of countless orphans, volunteers, and others out of the dust. Avis, a widow, has five children and twenty-two grandchildren.

Marti Pieper's prayer involvement moved her to assist Brent and Deanna Higgins in telling their son's story in I Would Die for You, which became a young adult bestseller. Marti, who has a B.S.Ed. from Ohio State University and an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, has written multiple books and often teaches at writers' conferences.

Carlo Acutis, the Servant of God: Life beyond the Border

In the face of death, the hope of every man is put to the test. When one is dealing with the illness and death of a young boy, one seems to oscillate on the edge of incomprehensibility. Yet there are testimonies that enter the darkness of the mind like a ray of light and warm the hearts of those who have ceased to hope. The life of Carlo Acutis is one of these rays of light. Indeed, it was the light of a lightning bolt on a summer's night that overcame the darkness of fear and meaninglessness and permitted us to see what there truly is beyond the night of life.

The Sue Monk Kidd Spiritual Sampler: Excerpts from The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, When the Heart Waits, and a Special Letter to Readers from Sue Monk Kidd

The bestselling author's inspiring autobiographical account of personal pain, spiritual awakening, and divine grace.

"Inspiring. Sue Monk Kidd is a direct literary descendant of Carson McCullers."--Baltimore Sun

"Grounded in personal experience and bolstered with classic spiritual disciplines and Scripture, this book offers an alternative to fast-fix spirituality."--Bookstore Journal

Blending her own experiences with an intimate grasp of spirituality, Sue Monk Kidd relates the passionate and moving tale of her spiritual crisis, when life seemed to have lost meaning and her longing for a hasty escape from the pain yielded to a discipline of "active waiting."

What Is Islam Faith?

Among the blessings and favors that God has bestowed upon humanity is that He endowed them with an innate ability to recognize and acknowledge His existence. He placed this awareness deep in their hearts as a natural disposition that has not changed since human beings were first created. Furthermore, He reinforced this natural disposition with the signs that he placed in creation that testify to His existence.

However, since it is not possible for human beings to have a detailed knowledge of God except through revelation from Himself, God sent His Messengers to teach the people about their Creator Who they must worship. These Messengers also brought with them the details of how to worship God, because such details cannot be known except by way of revelation. These two fundamentals were the most important things that the Messengers of all the divine revelations brought with them from God.

The ultimate goal of every Divine Message has always been the same: to guide the people to God, to make them aware of Him, and to have them worship Him alone. Each Divine Message came to strengthen this meaning, and the following words were repeated on the tongues of all the Messengers: "Worship God, you have no god other than Him." This message was conveyed to humanity by prophets and messengers which God sent to every nation. All of these messengers came with this same message, the message of Islam.

The Story of Prophet Adam In Islam

Prophet Adam is believed to have been the first human being and (Prophet) on Earth, in Islam. Adam's role as the father of the human race is looked upon by Muslims with reverence. Muslims also refer to his wife, Hawa (Eve), as the "mother of mankind". Muslims see Prophet Adam as the first Muslim, as the Qur'an states that all the Prophets preached the same faith of Islam (Submission to One God).

The Qur'an and hadith give the same account of the creation of Adam and Eve. Synthesizing the Qur'an with Sunni hadith can produce the following account. According to the Qur'an, when Allah (God) informed the angels that he was going to put a successor on Earth, they questioned whether the human would cause blood shed and damage, but he told them that he knew what they did not. He created Adam from clay and breathed life into him. Hadith add that he was named Adam after the clay he was made out of, or the skin (adim) of the earth. Returning to the Qur'an, when God asked all the angels to prostrate before Adam, they all obeyed, except Iblis (Lucifer). He said, "I am made from fire, when Adam is from clay. I am better than him. I am not going to prostrate before him."

Sunni hadith say that while Adam was sleeping, God took a rib from him and from it he created Eve (Hawa); however, while the creation of Adam and Eve is referred to in the Qur'an, the exact method of creation is not specified. The Qur'an then says that God commanded that Adam and Eve not eat from one tree in the garden of Eden, but Iblis (Lucifer) was able to convince them to taste it. They then began to cover themselves because they now knew that they were naked. For this, God banished Adam and Eve to earth; non-canonical Sunni hadith say that fruits were turned to thorns and pregnancy became dangerous. Non-canonical Sunni hadith also say that Adam and Eve were cast down far apart, so that they had to search for each other and eventually met each other at Mount Arafat.

In Islamic theology, it is not believed that Adam's sin is carried by all of his children. Hadith say that once Prophet Adam was on earth, God taught him how to plant seeds and bake bread. This was to become the way of all of Adam's children, Prophet Adam proceeded to live for about 1000 years.

The Autobiography of Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh

BHAI SAHIB RANDHIR SINGH (1878-1961) was an outstanding freedom-fighter and a great saint and theologian who has made a lasting contribution to the religious and cultural revival in Punjab, and was one of the first few Punjabi revolutionaries who staked their life and career to bring about political awakening and win freedom for their country. Son of a High Court Judge and educated in Govt. College and Mission College, Lahore, Bhai Randhir Singh ushered a moral and spiritual revival which set into motion what later on came to be known as Gurdwara Reform Movement. In the Rakabganj Affair (1913) it was his stern challenge to the British Government and stirring call to the people to organize resistance, which prevented the further desecration of the historic shrine.

In 1914, he was the only non-emigrant Sikh leader who completely identified himself with the cause of the Ghadar Party and suffered imprisonment for seventeen long years. He is known to historians of this period as "Hero of the First supplementary Lahore Conspiracy Case''. He is the only Sikh Leader who, in the last hundred years or more, has been given 'Hukamnamas' and Robes of Honour by the (then) four Takhats of the Panth, in solemn recognition of his sacrifices and impact on his times. His deep and original expositions of various aspects of Sikhism (more than 30 books) are a lasting contribution to Sikh theology, philosophy and mysticism. He distinguished himself in Punjabi prose and poetry by an erudite and powerful grand style of his own.

This autobiography, originally compiled from his letters from the various prisons and published in Punjabi, has been translated by Dr. Trilochan Singh, who was associated with Bhai Sahib during last 20 years of his life. To the translation Dr. Trilochan Singh has added a lengthy introductory thesis, based on through research work, throwing light on Bhai Sahib's early life and giving fairly detailed account of Bhai Randhir Singh's role in Rakabganj Affair and the Ghadar Party Revolution. Some of the facts revealed by him are a significant contribution to the history of this period. They bring to light the achievement and results of the Ghadar Revolution, and its impact on subsequent phases of Freedom Movement.

This is the first electronic publication of this nature by Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh Trust UK (Registered Charity No: 1144954). With the blessings of the Almighty and support of the Sangat, we can hopefully publish more of Bhai Sahib's work in this way. Any proceeds and donations will go towards making more work of this nature available and for other charitable causes.

Rangle Sajjan

BHAI SAHIB RANDHIR SINGH (1878-1961) was an outstanding freedom-fighter and a great saint and theologian who has made a lasting contribution to the religious and cultural revival in Punjab, and was one of the first few Punjabi revolutionaries who staked their life and career to bring about political awakening and win freedom for their country. Son of a High Court Judge and educated in Govt. College and Mission College, Lahore, Bhai Randhir Singh ushered a moral and spiritual revival which set into motion what later on came to be known as Gurdwara Reform Movement. In the Rakabganj Affair (1913) it was his stern challenge to the British Government and stirring call to the people to organize resistance, which prevented the further desecration of the historic shrine.

In 1914, he was the only non-emigrant Sikh leader who completely identified himself with the cause of the Ghadar Party and suffered imprisonment for seventeen long years. He is known to historians of this period as "Hero of the First supplementary Lahore Conspiracy Case''. He is the only Sikh Leader who, in the last hundred years or more, has been given 'Hukamnamas' and Robes of Honour by the (then) four Takhats of the Panth, in solemn recognition of his sacrifices and impact on his times. His deep and original expositions of various aspects of Sikhism (more than 30 books) are a lasting contribution to Sikh theology, philosophy and mysticism. He distinguished himself in Punjabi prose and poetry by an erudite and powerful grand style of his own.

Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh Ji devoted his life to Kirtan from 1901 and it is due to this, that he attracted and made friends with many Gursikhs. Out of these, he has written about the life events of 23 deceased ones in this book. He considered it desirable to write only about those, who had completed their earthly sojourn, since it is difficult to predict about a living being in his future conduct.

There are many amazing events in this book, which might lead some readers to spirituality. This is also a unique presentation in the present age of worldliness and might prove helpful to the divinely-oriented. It is hoped, that it will make enjoyable reading.

The translation of the Punjabi version of this book was undertaken by Bhai Jaspinder Singh (Toronto) after having been prompted by some of Bhai Sahib's associates and Bhai Balbir Singh (son of Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh).

Following the success of the first two ebook publications, Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh Trust UK (Registered Charity No: 1144954), has continued to publish Bhai Sahib's work in this way in order to meet the demand of readers in the western world.

With the blessings of the Almighty and support of the Sangat, we can hopefully publish more of Bhai Sahib's work in this way. Where possible, we are making these available free of charge. Any proceeds and donations will go towards making more work of this nature available and for other charitable causes. Please leave a review to encourage more people to read Bhai Sahib's books. For updates follow us on Twitter (@bsrstrust), like us on Facebook (facebook.com/bsrstrust) or please get in contact if you would like to help out, donate or make suggestions. Our email is [email protected] and website is www.bsrstrust.org.

JAI SRI KRISHNA: MAHABHARAT

A standout among the most capable incarnations of Lord Vishnu, he is likewise the most well known Gods among the masses who consider Lord Krishna as their savant, guide, legend, instructor, companion and defender. Lord Krishna assumes an exceptionally essential part in the Hinduism contemplation's and convictions, impacting the religion, rationality and its supernatural quality as well as the writing, society and legacy. From his underlying days as a little child in Gokul, to a juvenile in Mathura and later as a King of Dwarka, Krishna is a saint and will dependably make me adore him in deference yet with regards to his part in Mahabharat, the sentiments however are not same.

You may ask why this worry as it was Lord Krishna who properly bolstered the "great" Pandavas in winning the fight against the alleged "malevolence" Kauravas? Since we would all say all are knowledgeable with Lord Krishna's critical part in Mahabharat you may ponder then why do I depict him as a Villain? Here's my perspective: Session of Dice

The end of the diversion in Mahabharat, the mortification of Draupadi is truly upsetting from the perspective of Pandavas yet everything that began was in the learning of Krishna. In what manner would one be able to reprimand Duryodhana when Pandavas themselves had put down Draupadi as a wagered? Krishna if needed could have halted Pandavas from wagering their better half however he didn't. He didn't exhortation Pandavas who neglected to regard a lady, take off alone their better half. They saw their significant other as an article to wager or play with. Krishna as opposed to exhorting them against this demonstration, chose to utilize the event against Duryodhan and his great companion Karna, who was not by any means present in the court.

Controlling Karna

On the onset of the Kurukshetra, Krishna dissects the shortcomings and qualities of Duryodhana. He perceives his greatest quality as Karna thus meets him in individual to uncover his actual character. In the wake of declaring his association with his mom Kunti, he then requests that he join Pandavas by misleading Duryodhana which Karna straightly won't. Presently, since Krishna couldn't get Karna clearly, he tries to utilize the path from the secondary passage by playing with his liberal nature. Thus, he recommends Lord Indra to meet him in mask and request his brilliant covering and hoop expecting that it would make him triumphant. Karna, who knew the man in mask, was Lord Indra still obliges him with his necessity who consequently offers him with "Brahmashtra." Worried what Karna would do with the Brahmashtra, Krishna even sends Kunti as his guide to Karna. Karna thusly gives Kunti his words that he could never hurt Pandavas and utilize the Ashtra just once.

The Unfortunate War

Karna stayed consistent with his words and did not hurt any of the Pandavas. Be that as it may, when he met Arjuna, Krishna again played a frightful trap. He shrewdly conveyed the chariot down to spare Arjuna. Karna had gone for Arjuna's neck and not on his waist as recommended by his charioteer who irritated by Karna's conduct left the war zone in anguish. Krishna was very much aware that Karna could never utilize the Brahmashastra twice. Watching Karna battling with his chariot, Krishna orders Arjun to assault him yet Karna's dharma for others spared him without fail. Krishna knew slaughtering Karna was a troublesome assignment thus he requested Arjuna to execute Karna while he was caught up with battling with the chariot.

Lord Krishna was very much aware that Karna is a liberal and a honorable individual. Bhagwad Gita additionally depicts him as a decent individual and a jewel of a man. At one phase amidst the war, Krishna even tells Arjuna that Karna is surely a genuine warrior and obviously better than him. In the event that Karna, was allowed to live all the more, then dharma would have remained in the hearts and psyches of the general population.

The Life and Times of Jesus: From His Earthly Beginnings to the Sermon on the Mount (Part I): Volume 1

To write a book about Jesus is a challenging task; to live a life like Jesus' is more challenging still. Though not primarily a work of theology or of spirituality, this popular history intends to help the words and deeds of Jesus come alive for contemporary readers. In Jesus' day, he was a polarizing figure; one was either for him or against him. Today, even many who are familiar with the story of Jesus are unmoved. There are a number of reasons for this, but one of them is that we have forgotten the history of which Jesus came to be part; and we have also forgotten how we fit in. When God acted in Jesus, he acted in history, and that history came with particular cultures, presuppositions, and memories of its own. Without an understanding of these things, Jesus' polarizing words and deeds become blunted because their backdrop has been removed.

The Current Living Tirthankara Shree Simandhar Swami (Gujarati Edition)

For anyone wondering what is spiritual enlightenment, it is essential to learn the 24 Tirthankaras of the past, and of the present.

In previous era, it was possible to achieve instant enlightenment simply by meeting a Tirthankara. At present, such sudden enlightenment is not possible here on earth.

In the current era, one seeking spiritual awakening can search for spiritual teachers to understand the meaning of spirituality and its transformation, but to attain Self realization one must meet a living Gnani Purush (the enlightened One).

A living Gnani has the spiritual power both to give spiritual enlightenment, and to connect one with Tirthankaras of the present, such as Simandhar Swami of Mahavideh Kshetra.

In the book "The Current Living Tirthankara Shree Simandhar Swami", Gnani Purush offers spiritual guidance about Self Realization, and how to connect with Simandhar Swami for the sake of ultimate liberation (moksha).

Autobiograpy Of Gnani Purush A. M. Patel (Gujarati Edition)

In the arena of spirituality, there are unique and remarkable spiritual people who have achieved the highest levels of spiritual development. Some remain in seclusion, while others become spiritual teachers who support the spiritual transformation of humanity.

But to meet a Gnani Purush (embodiment of Self knowledge), and to access their spiritual power to achieve spiritual enlightenment, is extremely rare. One such Gnani Purush of recent time is Dada Bhagwan. The book "Autobiography Of Gnani Purush A.M.Patel", compiled from transcribed satsangs, describes his own process of instant enlightenment in his own words. Before achieving sudden enlightenment, Param Pujya Dadashri had led a spiritual life of tremendous spiritual awareness.

Whether on a spiritual quest to discover what is spiritual enlightenment, or to learn about great spiritual people of recent history, this book is certain to inspire any spiritual seeker.