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Inspired by the Qur’an 

(Original English translation by Marmaduke Pickthall

While in service to India’s Nizam of Hyderabad) 

Warfare is necessary at times

Still it is a hateful thing

Unless used to preserve life

Sometimes we love what is bad

Hate what is useful and good

Allah knows — we do not

To turn men away from Gd

To disbelieve and worship not

Are greater transgressions to Allah

Persecution is worse than killing

Renegades fight in the name of religion

Declare their’s to be a Holy War

They do more harm than good

Renegades turn people away from Allah

Cause disbelief and hate

They are the rightful owners of the fire

Those who believe in peace

Emigrate to escape persecution

These have hope in Allah’s love and mercy

The sin of renegades is great

It far outweighs their usefulness

Let this be plain that all may reflect

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Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:48:07 -0600 http://community.beliefnet.com/revdorris/blog/2015/02/25/concerning_war http://community.beliefnet.com/revdorris/blog/2015/02/25/concerning_war Concerning Warfare

Inspired by the Qur’an 

(Original English translation by Marmaduke Pickthall

While in service to India’s Nizam of Hyderabad) 

Warfare is necessary at times

Still it is a hateful thing

Unless used to preserve life

Sometimes we love what is bad

Hate what is useful and good

Allah knows — we do not

To turn men away from Gd

To disbelieve and worship not

Are greater transgressions to Allah

Persecution is worse than killing

Renegades fight in the name of religion

Declare their’s to be a Holy War

They do more harm than good

Renegades turn people away from Allah

Cause disbelief and hate

They are the rightful owners of the fire

Those who believe in peace

Emigrate to escape persecution

These have hope in Allah’s love and mercy

The sin of renegades is great

It far outweighs their usefulness

Let this be plain that all may reflect

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What went wrong with our Religions? What went wrong with our religions?

It is not difficult to see.
We became blind and hardened our hearts.
Allah or God is always loving and good.

We are to serve only the One.
We are to honor three things; 
Family, knowledge, and wisdom.

We departed from the truth of God's love.
We forgot the teachings of the prophets.
We follow the teachings of man.

We became slaves to books of words.
We are not slaves but God's children.
We have hearts and minds to use.

Blind obedience is never required.
We are to care for all of humanity.
Love, harmony, and peace is for all.

Disagree if you must.
Unite your heart and mind.
Know the truth in your heart.

Humanity is the family of the One.
We are to love and serve.
Never do harm to anyone.

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Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:26:39 -0600 http://community.beliefnet.com/revdorris/blog/2015/01/24/what_went_wrong_with_our_religions http://community.beliefnet.com/revdorris/blog/2015/01/24/what_went_wrong_with_our_religions What went wrong with our religions?

It is not difficult to see.
We became blind and hardened our hearts.
Allah or God is always loving and good.

We are to serve only the One.
We are to honor three things; 
Family, knowledge, and wisdom.

We departed from the truth of God's love.
We forgot the teachings of the prophets.
We follow the teachings of man.

We became slaves to books of words.
We are not slaves but God's children.
We have hearts and minds to use.

Blind obedience is never required.
We are to care for all of humanity.
Love, harmony, and peace is for all.

Disagree if you must.
Unite your heart and mind.
Know the truth in your heart.

Humanity is the family of the One.
We are to love and serve.
Never do harm to anyone.

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Our Mission and Prayer The One is the Good, the Merciful

We will praise the creator

and sustainer of all worlds.

Doing only good

He is merciful to all

The Judge to whom we answer.

This One alone

is worthy of our worship

To him we go for guidance and aid.

The One shows us the straight path

The middle way of love

The path of righteousness.

This pathway is written

within the hearts of all

This path may be walked by everyone.

We will leave behind

The paths of anger and hate

We will not go astray.

We will see all humanity as family

We will promote love, harmony, and peace

This is our mission and our prayer.

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Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:42:42 -0600 http://community.beliefnet.com/revdorris/blog/2015/01/23/our_mission_and_prayer http://community.beliefnet.com/revdorris/blog/2015/01/23/our_mission_and_prayer The One is the Good, the Merciful

We will praise the creator

and sustainer of all worlds.

Doing only good

He is merciful to all

The Judge to whom we answer.

This One alone

is worthy of our worship

To him we go for guidance and aid.

The One shows us the straight path

The middle way of love

The path of righteousness.

This pathway is written

within the hearts of all

This path may be walked by everyone.

We will leave behind

The paths of anger and hate

We will not go astray.

We will see all humanity as family

We will promote love, harmony, and peace

This is our mission and our prayer.

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Preparing for The New Year We are at the end of our greatest holiday season.  Thanksgiving and Christmas have gone away.  The time for New Years celebrations has come.

Everyone seems to put on a Happy Face.  They say they are happy and thankful for what they have.  At the same time our hospitals fill up with cases of anxiety and depression.  Violence and rage are seen every day.

This year many are experiencing extreme stress.  Some are out of work and are not able  to pay their rent.  Some don't have the money to put food on their table.  Many business owners are afraid they will not make enough to keep their businesses going.

More than ever there is a need for balance and harmony in everyone's life.  There is a need for love, compassion, and understanding.

Let us open our hearts and minds.  Let us activate the Spirit of Healing and Love.

How ever you pray – bowing your head – on your knees – or just sitting quietly, let us enter into a state  of harmony and peace.

Let us be at peace within ourselves.  Let us be aware that the Spirit of God surrounds us now.  Let us fill our hearts with love.

In this spirit, let us share and find strength and a common purpose.

Let us turn our hearts and minds toward one another seeking to bring into our circle of concern all who need our love and support – those who are ill – those who are in pain either in body or in spirit – those who are lonely – and those who are in need.

You know who comes to your mind as needing support at this time.  Give them your full attention for a moment.

Silently send a beam of healing and love to that person.

As you believe – so let it be.

Your spirit will be felt by that person's spirit.  Have no doubt of this.

We are part of a web of life that makes us one with all humanity – one with the universe.

Through meditation and prayer we can have an affect on our world.

Let us be grateful for the miracle of life and the spirit we share.

Let us be thankful for the ability to love and to care.

Let us be thankful for our community.

Let us work and use our abilities to create harmony and peace.

Remember always you are a child of the One.  You are never alone.  Your thoughts and words have great power.  The Spirit will respond in accord with your deepest desires.

  

Let me close with a short prayer.

Father,

Let us not leave the path that is before us.  Let no darkness dwell in us.  May we obtain completeness.  May we reach out to all with love. We ask for the Spirit to guide us – help us to find those who are lost.  Father may your Spirit fill us.  Let us be filled with wisdom, energy, and life.  Let the Spirit shine within like the sun.  Let all awaken to their status as your children.  May we learn to live in harmony and peace.  May love fill and guide our thoughts, words, and deeds.  Within us, let us know the Holy Law.  May we live in love; with knowledge and wisdom.  

Let this humble prayer be carried to all.  Let us come together as One family.

We send these words with love..  Let us bring together all of humanity.

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Wed, 31 Dec 2014 13:17:08 -0600 http://community.beliefnet.com/revdorris/blog/2014/12/31/preparing_for_the_new_year http://community.beliefnet.com/revdorris/blog/2014/12/31/preparing_for_the_new_year We are at the end of our greatest holiday season.  Thanksgiving and Christmas have gone away.  The time for New Years celebrations has come.

Everyone seems to put on a Happy Face.  They say they are happy and thankful for what they have.  At the same time our hospitals fill up with cases of anxiety and depression.  Violence and rage are seen every day.

This year many are experiencing extreme stress.  Some are out of work and are not able  to pay their rent.  Some don't have the money to put food on their table.  Many business owners are afraid they will not make enough to keep their businesses going.

More than ever there is a need for balance and harmony in everyone's life.  There is a need for love, compassion, and understanding.

Let us open our hearts and minds.  Let us activate the Spirit of Healing and Love.

How ever you pray – bowing your head – on your knees – or just sitting quietly, let us enter into a state  of harmony and peace.

Let us be at peace within ourselves.  Let us be aware that the Spirit of God surrounds us now.  Let us fill our hearts with love.

In this spirit, let us share and find strength and a common purpose.

Let us turn our hearts and minds toward one another seeking to bring into our circle of concern all who need our love and support – those who are ill – those who are in pain either in body or in spirit – those who are lonely – and those who are in need.

You know who comes to your mind as needing support at this time.  Give them your full attention for a moment.

Silently send a beam of healing and love to that person.

As you believe – so let it be.

Your spirit will be felt by that person's spirit.  Have no doubt of this.

We are part of a web of life that makes us one with all humanity – one with the universe.

Through meditation and prayer we can have an affect on our world.

Let us be grateful for the miracle of life and the spirit we share.

Let us be thankful for the ability to love and to care.

Let us be thankful for our community.

Let us work and use our abilities to create harmony and peace.

Remember always you are a child of the One.  You are never alone.  Your thoughts and words have great power.  The Spirit will respond in accord with your deepest desires.

  

Let me close with a short prayer.

Father,

Let us not leave the path that is before us.  Let no darkness dwell in us.  May we obtain completeness.  May we reach out to all with love. We ask for the Spirit to guide us – help us to find those who are lost.  Father may your Spirit fill us.  Let us be filled with wisdom, energy, and life.  Let the Spirit shine within like the sun.  Let all awaken to their status as your children.  May we learn to live in harmony and peace.  May love fill and guide our thoughts, words, and deeds.  Within us, let us know the Holy Law.  May we live in love; with knowledge and wisdom.  

Let this humble prayer be carried to all.  Let us come together as One family.

We send these words with love..  Let us bring together all of humanity.

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Sunday December 14, 2014 www.allsoulsmiami.org

All Souls Miami will have a Christmas Service Dec 14.

If you are in the area you are invited to attend.

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Sat, 13 Dec 2014 01:58:12 -0600 http://community.beliefnet.com/revdorris/blog/2014/12/13/sunday_december_14,_2014 http://community.beliefnet.com/revdorris/blog/2014/12/13/sunday_december_14,_2014 www.allsoulsmiami.org

All Souls Miami will have a Christmas Service Dec 14.

If you are in the area you are invited to attend.

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