Source: The Muslim Sunrise, the very first Muslim quarterly of North America: The Muslim Sunrise, Spring 2018 volume
All the world faiths have spirituality as an essential quality to achieve the highest purpose of life, to find out the real meaning of existence. There are various methods to enhance individual spirituality, such as meditation, prayer, fasting, and physical exercise. Clearly, there is no single path to achieve spirituality, there are many diverse routes; at times the paths may seem to be tangled and conflicted.
Countless questions arise about spirituality, for example, is the ‘soul’ or the ‘spirit’ a reality? Is a ‘spiritual experience’ merely a psychological phenomenon, or is it a real connection with some higher external entity? Is spirituality a power that resides within mind and heart, and can it be balanced with the external temporal world? Can one enhance spirituality without joining any particular religion? What is the ‘Holy Spirit?’ How can it be realized that a person, a man or a woman, has attained spiritually? Does a soul/spirit live on after departing from the physical body? If so, what happens to it after death? Can a soul/spirit be infused into an artificially invented intelligence?
We can say without doubt that spirituality is a sublime connection between human beings and the Divine; it needs the active interaction of the Divine in response to human efforts to make the connection. In order to attain absolute certainty that God exists, His revelation and His communication with the spiritually elated is a must.
In this special issue of the Muslim Sunrise, we are publishing two brief but magnificent extracts on the theme of spirituality from the writings of the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as), the Promised Messiah and the Mahdi, along with other articles intended to help answer the numerous questions constantly posed on this subject
Please read and enjoy the articles; we welcome your comments and feedback.
Read online: The Muslim Sunrise, Spring 2018 volume