The Muslim Times: A Relatively Silent Revolution of Knowledge and Compassion


Legendary Persian poet Rumi: “Love is the bridge between you and everything.” This picture speaks volumes about universal compassion

Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times

This is an age of democratization of knowledge. In the past only a few big news channels, media, celebrities and political and religious leaders got to define and control what the public at large knew and believed. This is still largely true, but the small players now have some stake and can have an incremental influence on the heart and minds of the masses; thanks to still an open internet, easy availability of blogs and social media. We are already seeing some manifestations of this democratization in political upsets in many countries of the world, which the pundits could not predict or foresee. We believe that a steady stream of water can cut through mountains and the toughest stones, in many other arena, God willing.

The Muslim Times by the Grace of God, has had its small share of the pie among the blogs. We believe in the Quranic instruction, “So go on reminding; surely, reminding is profitable,” (Al Quran 87:9/10) and the Biblical insight, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)

We have some 50,000 articles or news items in our blog, collected over the last 6 years by our 60 some Editors, spread over the world.

Our top performing articles this year, by the Grace of Allah, have had approximately 90,000, 80,000 and 40,000 views, during the last three years, in the order linked below:

নবীনেতা-মুহাম্মদ (সা:) এর জীবনী – Holy Prophet Muhammad’s (saw) Biography (Bangla & English)

Two Hundred Verses about Compassionate Living in the Quran

65 Reasons to Believe Jesus Did Not Die on the Cross

In our study of religions, we do not resort to platitudes, rather seek genuine interfaith understanding, bringing out the best that is common among them that speaks to the best of our instincts and our mutual compassion.

We believe that spending most of the time in proselytizing one’s own faith and very little in genuinely understanding others’ and hearing them out, gradually leads us, ever so gradually and subtly, away from religious tolerance and makes us self centered. Here, often the university based scholars with a broad interfaith knowledge base, are  far more insightful than our Imams, Pastors, Rabbis and Pundits. For example try Prof. Mark W. Muesse, a Ph.D. in the study of religion from Harvard University, and more specifically his course: Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad.

We believe a precise understanding of secularism and coexistence will give rise to genuine and long lasting peace, where religious majorities do not seek advantage over the minorities in their countries in one guise or the other. We have a large collection of articles in pursuit of Separation of Temple-Mosque-Synagogue-Church and State. We believe that this is possible only through constant education of the seven billion inhabitants of our planet earth.

When we speak of human compassion, we want to bring it out not only from the holy Quran, the Hadith, the Bible including the Old Testament but from many non-religious celebrities like Albert Einstein and those who do not prescribe to one particular religion like Karen Armstrong.

This gives us an insight, which is ripe for the 21st century and we believe that we have a complete and ready made prescription from the middle of the 20th century, for our completely inclusive vision. A recipe that is agreed upon by every religion and every country of the world: Do you know Universal Declaration of Human Rights has 30 Articles?

We have found almost a complete silence by the main stream media on this wonderful source of human dignity and compassion for every person of the human race, regardless of religion, race, gender or country of origin.

In the relative silence of the main stream media and majority of the well known political and religious leaders, about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we are reconfirmed in the important role that the Muslim Times can continue to play in years to come, while praying for a snow ball effect and greater success in decades to come.

We want to applaud the good writings of all the Muslims, the Christians, the Jews, the agnostics and the atheists and others, by sharing them with our readers. This is how we want to build universal brotherhood and sisterhood and our peaceful global village, brick by brick.

Another area of knowledge where we believe, we are excelling, is the domain of religion & science correlation. By better understanding the two, we are able to rid ourselves of black and white thinking and begin to appreciate the importance of Monotheism in the original development of science and now after centuries of scientific progress, how science is helping us in better interpretations of our scriptures.

If you like what you read, please share the post in Facebook, Twitter or your social medium of choice. In so doing we are all rewarded in the eyes of All-Knowing God, when we promote any goodness (Al Quran 4:85/86), until we rise to yet a higher ideal, best transmitted to me by quotes from Confucius, “A good deed is its own reward,” and President Abraham Lincoln, “When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.”

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