Prayer

Why I As A Muslim Will Never Hide My Faith At Work

Areeb Siddiqui | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK
Areeb Siddiqui

We cannot let the actions of a few be representative of the 22% of the human race that identify as Muslim, but neither can we let them dictate the way in which we live our lives. By hiding the aspects of our faith that we hold most dear, we miss the opportunity to show those of other faiths and cultures the other side of the coin through our daily interactions with people at work and at school.

'Atheist Prayers' - When 'Thoughts' Are Not Enough

Kester Brewin | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK
Kester Brewin

Prayer is really no more than focused hope; the real question is, on what does that hope focus? For the true believers, to hope that God will step in is too often an abdication of any responsibility for action. We pray for the hungry, but refuse to offer them bread from our own loaded plates. When hope is located in the heavens, the earth is left to perish.

Five Things You Should Know Before Converting To Islam

Jay Islaam | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK Comedy
Jay Islaam

Joining any religious community is fraught with culture shocks and the danger of committing unforgivable faux pas. As one of the best Muslims in the country - possibly the world - I'm in a strong position to give some pointers about what Lindsay can expect should she officially decide to join the faith.

What Is Religion?

Alice Carder | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Alice Carder

"What is reli-gion?" Shaykh Babikir asks, his thick Sudanese accent curling the word out over his bottom lip. "Man creates religion to suit himself....

Was Jesus For Real, and Is He Returning?

Tony Lobl | Posted 01.05.2017 | UK
Tony Lobl

Humanity needs the Christ too much for humble hearts to give up on God and sacrifice the hope of genuine, Christian healing.

The Jesus Prayer

Maggy Whitehouse | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK
Maggy Whitehouse

"Prayer is for everyone #justpray," it says at the end of the Church of England's banned advertisement which features what is commonly known as "The L...

Miracle Cures and Playing God - Because Somebody has to.

Paul Beaumont | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK
Paul Beaumont

In reality, Christians merely make excuses for God's inactivity. The truth is that God is no longer in the miracle business, and nor was he ever, in all probability.

Young Couple Share Touching Story Behind Wedding Photo

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

This beautiful wedding photograph has been shared thousands of times across the internet. And the touching story behind it will make you feel all f...

How Faith Survives the Crushing Weight of Rationality

Paul Beaumont | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK
Paul Beaumont

As I write this, people in Nepal are pulling out the broken bodies of their loved ones from the pulverised remains of their buildings, amongst the stench of death in the aftermath of a 7.8 Richter scale earthquake.

Britain Is One Of The Least Religious Countries In The World

PA | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK

The UK is among the least religious countries in the world, with less than a third of Britons identifying as religious, according to a new poll. In...

Will Prayer Power Rid The World Of ISIS And Ebola?

Jake Warren | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK
Jake Warren

The society has an outreach program and has a unique method of alleviating suffering in the world. They believe through channeling positive prayer energy and storing it in batteries, they can then release it around the world when critically needed.

What If I Were You

Josh Fields | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK
Josh Fields

Two young Muslims, completely different backgrounds, the same objectives and similar rationale. They do not appear to be a new axis of evil, but a very natural by-product of our military behavior.

Tory MP Calls for Prayers at Council Meetings

Chris Rooney | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK Politics
Chris Rooney

When I first read about the Local Government (Religious etc. Observances) Bill, it struck me as somehow sinister and hilarious at the same time. Jake Berry, little known MP and spirited devil-dodger, has decided that best way to open council meetings is with a nod to The Almighty.

A Christian Ramadan Retreat

Julian Bond | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Julian Bond

On the day I got up as usual, it was still dark, and made breakfast. I prayed the Lord's Prayer - 'give us this day our daily bread!' and asked for strength in fasting as a spiritual exercise. I finished breakfast around 06.30 (discovering later that the fast should began at 05.30, no imam for guidance though I could have researched it better - this was several years ago).

Is Our Key to Happiness Unlocking Who We Spiritually Are?

Tony Lobl | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

That refusal arms us with the all-important key to unlock the gates of self-preoccupation and open our hearts to the health-giving joy of loving - and living - who it is we spiritually are.

Library as Church, Bookshelf as Altar: Why I Gave Up Praying, and Carried on Reading

Kester Brewin | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
Kester Brewin

Around 18 months ago my best friend died of cancer. He was early 40s, and left a wife and twins. Like me 'the son of a preacher man,' we'd collaborated together on projects exploring the outer edges of what our faith was becoming.

Sunni and Shia Islam- What's The Origin of The Split?

Amelia Amin | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK
Amelia Amin

The differences between Sunni and Shia Islam are political in origin, and remain so to this day. The way that Muslims are positioned throughout the world (70% Sunni, and 20% Shia) has heavily informed the politics of various countries and created much geopolitical tension and associated extremism between the two sects.

Is There a Healthier, Healing Way to See Ourselves?

Tony Lobl | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

To many - like myself - mentally challenging this stigma is at the heart of prayer, because if we successfully silence the voice of this self-stigmatisation we're left with nothing but the awareness of being a son or daughter of the divine, as Jesus showed us all to be.

If It Heals You Does It Need to Be Measured?

Tony Lobl | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK
Tony Lobl

In similar vein, stories of a health dividend from a "divine connection" - often called prayer - are slowly but surely being woven into the growing debate about the importance of life's immeasurables.

Seeking a New Route to Feeling Loved and Complete?

Tony Lobl | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

Indeed, love probably means as many different things as there are people - from the unselfish care of a Mother Teresa to the heart-pounding passion of star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet. Yet with Valentine's Day upon us it's the romantic variety tugging at our heartstrings, especially if we lack that special someone to share it with.

The Benefits of Bedtime Prayers (Even for Non-Believers)

Sandi Mann | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sandi Mann

Historically bedtime prayers were part of every child's night time routine. Hot bath, and brushed teeth would be followed by a cosy story and a traditional bedtime prayer. The classic (and Christian) bedtime prayer for children was actually rather sobering.

Is There a Deeper Connection Beyond Christmas Loneliness?

Tony Lobl | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

But do we have to let aloneness define who we are? Or can alone time, however it arises, offer the opportunity to dig deeper and find hidden resources? That's what happened to me. I found that a sense of alienation didn't necessarily need company in order to be subdued.

Discovering Your Luck

Amy Anka | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Anka

My garden is full of clover. Because I sit in the garden to write, I often get distracted and start day dreaming. I often look down at the ground an...

Seeking a Light Beyond Depression

Tony Lobl | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

For a couple of weeks I'd taken snapshots of glorious dawn skies from my bedroom window and posted them on Facebook, to modest acclaim from a few fait...

Prayer, Healing and 'Miracles' - Relic of the Past or Medicine of the Future?

Tony Lobl | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

The vast majority of people seem comfortable with the idea that 'there is more to life than meets the eye' and are convinced this 'something more' is spiritual - even if there's a broad array of views as to what that means.