And when My servants ask thee about Me, say: ‘I am near. I answer the prayer of the supplicant when he prays to Me. So they should hearken to Me and believe in Me, that they may follow the right way.’ (Al Quran 2:186/187)
And assuredly, We have created man and We know what his physical self whispers to him, and We are nearer to him than even his jugular vein. (Al Quran 50:16/17)
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Joel Osteen has no less than a thousand, half hour wonderful presentations, about positive thinking, hope, optimism and success. Most of these are available in YouTube and a few will be linked in this post.
Some of these are repetitions but almost every sermon has some new materials and metaphors.
He is a Christian Pastor but I felt that it would be such a loss if I don’t share these with our Muslim readers. He mostly talks about God of the Abrahamic faiths of Judaism and Christianity. Additionally, for the Muslim readers, whenever he speaks of the Bible we could choose to substitute it with the Quran and whenever he refers to Jesus we can suitably imply Allah or Muhammad, may peace be on him.
By such simple substitution almost all of his presentations become perfectly kosher and halal for the Muslim audience, who can greatly benefit from his oratory and scholarship.
Listening is the modern form of reading and by listening for a few hours, audience can gather years of reading of Osteen.
And I can claim that we have the best collection of articles and videos about human psychology and genuine interfaith tolerance.
Some Muslims worry about the influence of the Christian dogma and I don’t have the slightest fear of those false doctrines, as we have scores of amazing articles to present a rational form of Christianity and expose the absurdity of her dogma like Trinity, divinity of Jesus, birth of God, Original Sin and Eucharist.
Nevertheless, Islam and Christianity, both share the theology of Providence of God and compassionate and just living among the humanity and there we can share and work together and applaud each other and need not create artificial walls. Allah says in the holy Quran: “Say, `O people of the Book ! come to a word equal to us and you – that we worship none but Allah, and that we associate no partner with Him, and that some of us take not others for Lords beside Allah.’ But if they turn away, then say `Bear witness that we have submitted to God.’” (Al Quran 3:64/65)
In the last century, Dale Carnegie with his book, How to make friends and influence people, set the tone for social and business life, during this century with his televangelism, Joel Osteen is setting the tone for positive thinking and optimism.
According to a BBC survey a billion people in the world are suffering from anxiety and depression and the world badly needs a voice of hope and optimism.
In that spirit I will be sharing several of his presentations over time.
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When I read the book of God Bible and Al Quran I always feel that God will guide me to positive thinking, hope, optimism and success. As God say:
You may be sure that wisdom is good for your soul.Get wisdom and you have a bright future.Wisdom is offers you long life as well as wealth and honor. Wisdom can make your life pleasant and lead you safely through it
Happy are those who obey Allah’s laws correctly and completely,who live by His commands. Your work will provide for your needs; you will be successful /happy and prosperous. Q.65;2-3.
So I urge Muslim and Christian to obey God’s commandment rightly and completely, you do not need to worry in your life and hereafter. God will welcome you to Hus house, Heaven, insya Allah.
Progressive Islam is the right path to Heaven on earth snd the Next Heaven.