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What Muslims can teach Christians about prayer

July 26, 2021

By Kathy Keary
Muslims are called to prayer five times a day, which is known as the salat. This practice is among the most important obligations in Islam. Furthermore, the tradition places great value on communal worship, a common thread running through many faith traditions.

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Glowing Among Us: My experience of the visible and invisible

July 19, 2021

By Kathy Keary
Part 14. In my last article, we delved into the visible and invisible worlds. This past week I experienced a deeply moving encounter with the invisible world that I feel compelled to share.

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The Visible and Invisible: The Two-Fold Work for Transformation

July 12, 2021

By Kathy Keary
Part 13. The journey to inner transformation is a two-fold path. Work in the social, visible realm brings personal growth, while practicing silence, prayer, mediation and mindfulness connect us to the invisible, boundless Mystery.

By Kathy Keary Part 12. The Qur’ān promises that at the end of time, those who have lived righteous, loving lives will be reunited with the Ultimate Love. It is a message that has many parallels in Christianity. What do we learn when we compare the parallels?

Love as Mystical Experience: Muhammad’s Night Journey

July 6, 2021

By Kathy Keary
Part 12. The Qur’ān promises that at the end of time, those who have lived righteous, loving lives will be reunited with the Ultimate Love. It is a message that has many parallels in Christianity. What do we learn when we compare the parallels?

Three contemplative insights from Muhammad’s Night of Power

June 28, 2021

By Kathy Keary
Part 11. Examining what Muslims call “the Night of Power,” when God began his revelation to the Prophet Muhammad, offers insights into our study of contemplative living.

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The Messenger of God: The First Pillar of Islam, Part Two

June 21, 2021

By Kathy Keary
Part 10. Islam recognizes many prophets, people God raised up to inspire others by their words and actions. Among these are Moses, Job, Jesus and Mary. The last and greatest prophet is Muhmmad, whom the Qur’ān calls “the Messenger of God.”

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Embracing the Mystery of God: The First Pillar of Islam

June 14, 2021

By Kathy Keary
Part 9. Just as the Nicene Creed defines and guides Christians’ lives of faith, the Five Pillars Islam define and give shape to the everyday lives of the Muslim faithful.

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Evolving inner life inspires engaged moral life

June 7, 2021

By Kathy Keary
Part 8. Islam, like Christianity, teaches that an authentic spirituality dictates a person’s way of being in the world. A sincere relationship with the Divine manifests itself in the way an individual relates to others.

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The Blossoming of Faith

June 1, 2021

By Kathy Keary
Part 7. We have been exploring from a contemplative perspective, Islam’s three principles: surrender, faith and moral virtue. These shine like radiant beacons for those on a journey. Today our focus is on the second principle: faith.

Surrendering to God: “Two Can Not Live in One Heart”

Surrendering to God: “Two Can Not Live in One Heart”

May 24, 2021

By Kathy Keary
Part 6. The theme of surrendering your very being to God is prevalent in the three Abrahamic faiths including Islam. In fact, the word “Islam” means to “surrender in peace.” A Muslim is instructed to leave behind the “little self” in exchange for union with the “higher self.”

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