REFLECTIONS GAI EATON PDF

Shaykh Muhammad Nazim al-Haqqani 12 May Like most Western converts, Eaton was inspired by Sufism, a peaceful, mystical form of Islam very different from the Wahhabi variety which inspires so many extremists. Others were simply inspired by his uncompromising intellectual honesty. Eaton wrote two accounts of his own life: a "spiritual" autobiography, Remembering God: Reflections on Islam ; and a "profane" autobiography, A Bad Beginning, published last year. In this he described how the search for truth that would eventually lead him to Islam had its roots in the extraordinary circumstances of his birth and upbringing.

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But one does not have to be a Muslim to be aware of the power we have over our environment. Only too often this power goes to our heads.

We become proud, tyra This is the ultimate folly, since it does not correspond to reality. We are servants. You cannot rend the earth nor can you stretch to the height of the hills. The earth heals herself and the hills outlast the skyscrapers, and we—for our part—hasten to our graves.

Throughout most of their history, until the modern age with its dazzling temptations confused them. Muslims were immune from the titanic pretensions that have characterized Western civilization since the renaissance.

They built, not to challenge the physical environment or to imitate its grandeur, but in accordance with the environment. It rests upon our knowing our place, our function and our role, and in fulfilling that role by reflecting, in our characters and our conduct, the qualities of the Lord we claim to represent: His wisdom, His mercy and His generosity. Then and only then do the heavens and the earth accept us and give us our due.

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Reflections

Contrasting modern, secular society with religion and tradition in general and with Islam in particular, Gai Eaton clarifies the essential need for spirituality, religion and values based on eternal principles. The main ideas expounded in Remembering God are that religion is not an isolated part of human life which can be disregarded at will and without consequences; that a total rejection of the past cannot be the basis for the future, and that a true link with Heaven modifies all the decisions and actions of society. Touching on religion in principle: metaphysics, knowledge of the divine and of oneself, prayer, the necessity for purifying the ego; and on the application of religion to society: politics, architecture, the environment and gender relations, Gai Eaton illustrates the subtle harmony of a religious perspective and its ability to transform both the individual and society. He worked for many years as a teacher and journalist in Jamaica and Egypt where he embraced Islam in before joining the British Diplomatic Service. He is now consultant to the Islamic Cultural Centre in London.

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An excellent gift for converts as well as those rediscovering their faith. Also deals with important questions that are often just swept under the carpet, e. Why religion, do you really need one? The author uses anecdotes to illustrate his points, and questions to move from one theme to another. In short, a brilliant, brilliant book.

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Remembering God: Reflections on Islam

Reviews 0 Description Written by the best-selling author of Islam and the Destiny of Man, Remembering God is a profound analysis of the most urgent concerns and questions facing us at the beginning of t he twenty-first century. Contrasting modern, secular society with religion and tradition in general and with Islam in particular, Gai Eaton clarifies the essential need for spirituality, religion and values based on eternal principles. The main ideas expounded in Remembering God are that religion is not an isolated part of human life which can be disregarded at will and without consequences; that a total rejection of the past cannot be the basis for the future, and that a true link with Heaven modifies all the decisions and actions of society. Touching on religion in principle: metaphysics, knowledge of the divine and of oneself, prayer, the necessity for purifying the ego; and on the application of religion to society: politics, architecture, the environment and gender relations, Gai Eaton illustrates the subtle harmony of a religious perspective and its ability to transform both the individual and society. He worked for many years as a teacher and journalist in Jamaica and Egypt where he embraced Islam in before joining the British Diplomatic Service.

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