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Questioning Islam

Tough Questions & Honest Answers about the Muslim Religion

By Peter Townsend

Many questions are currently being asked about the place of Islam in the modern world. Among these questions the most important one of all sometimes gets lost: Is Islam true? With his new book author Peter Townsend invites you to accompany him on a journey through the foundational texts of the Muslim religion. In the process the truth-claims of Islam will be respectfully, honestly and impartially evaluated. Along the way the following questions will be asked: -Can the traditional Islamic historical accounts be trusted? -Is the Qur’an a ‘Perfect Book, Perfectly Preserved’? -Was Muhammad indeed a ‘Beautiful Pattern of Conduct’?

The answers to

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It’s All About Muhammad

A Biography of the World’s Most Notorious Prophet

By F. W. Burleigh

Why all the car bombs, beheadings, and mass murders in the Middle East? Why the relentless killing of non-Muslims throughout the world by the followers of Muhammad’s religion? Why Boston, Paris, San Bernardino, Brussels, Orlando, and, Nice, and now . . . ?

Author F. W. Burleigh draws on an academic, investigative, and literary background to bring forth this penetrating look at what is behind it all. Burleigh’s interest in Islam was sparked by the destruction of the World Trade Center on 9/11. The question guiding his studies was, “Why is there so much violence connected with this religion?” After a line-by-line scrutiny of 20,000

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Tarek Fatah

A human rights and free speech advocate

Can we create a new category for people who are deprogrammed and have adhered to their spiritual self?

Tarek Fatah was born in Karachi on 20 November 1949 in a Punjabi family following partition. Trained in biochemistry, he became a reporter in Pakistan until imprisoned and banned. Since then he has gone on to become a Canadian writer, broadcaster, secularist and liberal activist.

Tarek Fatah is a founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress and and has served as its communications officer and spokesperson. The MCC is an organisation charged to provide a voice to Muslims who support a “progressive, liberal, pluralistic, democratic, and secular society where everyone has the freedom of religion.

The

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Sri Bamakepha Thakur

A divine madman (1837–1911)

Sri Bamakepha ThakurIt is thought that this picture is a copy from the wall of Sri Ramakrishna’s room at Dakshineswar

Bamakhepa Thakur was born Bamacharan Chattopadhyay on Shivaratri night near the pilgrimage place of Tarapith, Birbhum district West Bengal and he became popularly known as the “mad saint.”

His father was a professional singer of religious songs and Bamakhepa would often join him in his work. As a child he displayed unusual devotional tendencies to the goddess Tara, sometimes making clay images and crying uncontrollably when she didn’t answer him through the image. His unconventional behaviour was a worry to his mother and his neighbours, yet he came to be held in great reverence in

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Bikram Yoga

A misappropriation of yoga

Bikram Choudhury is the founder of the Yoga College of India and he ascribes a yoga exercise routine based on 26 postures performed in high temperatures making him the founder of ‘hot yoga’. He patented his name and always prosecutes people though today he has been disgraced.

Franchisees disillusioned with Bikram’s corporation have dropped out but retained elements like the heated room, but changed the Bikram name so as not to breech copyright. In 2006, he had 1,650 yoga studios around the world (up from 1,200 from the previous year)

The asanas in Bikram’s schools are the traditionally the same as in any school and he pushed the idea of exercising is a room heated to

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Paramahansa Yogananda

A modern mystic and spiritual teacher

(5 January 1893 – 7 March 1952)

One of the first great teachers to leave India for a Western country, the organisation that has grown from Yogananda’s teachings (the self realisation fellowship) to almost every country in the world. He teaches more by sharing his story rather than telling you what to do.

“You are walking on the earth as in a dream. Our world is a dream within a dream; you must realize that to find God is the only goal, the only purpose, for which you are here. For Him alone you exist. Him you must find.” – from the book The Divine Romance.

Yogananda was born in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh,

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Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

A modern father of Yoga

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

December 30, 1879 – April 14, 1950

Sri Ramana Maharshi is widely acknowledged as being one of the outstanding Indian Gurus of modern times. He was born in Tiruchuli (also commonly spelled as Tiruchuzhi), Tamil Nadu (South India) and named Venkataraman Iyer at birth. At the age of sixteen, Venkataraman became suddenly aware that his real nature was imperishable and unrelated to his body, mind, or personality.

Though many people have reported brief experiences of this, in Venkataraman’s case it was permanent and irreversible. From that moment on, his sense of being an individual person ceased and never functioned in him again. A few weeks after his sense of individuality

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Abbakka Chowta - Heroine

A legendary Hindu heroine

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Rani Abbakka Chowta was the Queen of Ullal (one of the oldest cities in India) who led the resistance against the Portuguese; she was one of the earliest Indians to fight against colonial powers and became known as the first female freedom fighter in India.

Abbakka was trained by her uncle Tirumala Raya in different aspects of warfare and military strategy which she later used against the Portuguese forces who attempted to take Ullal after first taking control of Goa.

The year was 1555 and the Portuguese colonial power was at its peak in the 1500’s. They destroyed the Zamorins of Calicut. Defeated the Sultan of Bijapur. Took away Daman from the

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Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

A modern yogi, mystic and visionary

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev Image from Isha downloads

Sadhguru, is an Indian yogi, mystic, philanthropist and author of over 100 titles in 8 different languages, a spiritual master with a difference, his life and work serve as a reminder that yoga is not an esoteric discipline from an outdated past, but a contemporary science that is vitally relevant to our times.

With a celebratory engagement with life on all levels, Sadhguru is actively involved in fields as diverse as architecture, ecology, sports, music, poetry and painting.

He is the founder of Isha Foundation, a non profit educational and charitable facility based in India and the USA.

A modern yogi, Sadhguru has a mission to

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Krishna Pattabhi Jois

The father of Ashtanga Yoga

Krishna Pattabhi Jois was an Indian yoga teacher who founded the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute, in Mysore, India.

A student of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, Pattabhi Jois’ ashtanga yoga concept provides a high cardiovascular workout. There is a great deal of similarity between the teachings of BKS Iyengar and but Patabi Jois, every asana is clearly defined and perhaps the key difference is that Patabi Jois moves quickly from one pose to the next to get the inner body warmed up and this is not to be confused with hot yoga which is a dangerous practice.

For those people who think or find that yoga practice is far too passive, the dynamics of Ashtanga

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