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As salaamu alaikum,

An excerpt from the book (emphasized words in bold are mine):

“These three criteria form what we can see as the nucleus of the definition for a destructive cult:
 1. A charismatic leader who increasingly becomes an object of worship as the general principles that may have originally sustained the group lose their power; (They have a network of dynamic speakers who put on conferences and seminars. People usually leave them in amazement. Originally, it started out as “calling people to the true Islam”.)
2. A process I called coercive persuasion or thought reform; (Stay away from “ahlul bid’ah wal hawaa'”; “don’t read the books of the innovators”, etc.)
3. Economic, sexual and other exploitation of group members by the leader and the ruling coterie.” (A cursory glance on the Internet and social media will reveal all of that, I don’t even gotta tell you!)

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The Meaning Behind Life’s Trials, Tragedies & Suffering

“A believer endures precisely because adversity and suffering are not seen as senseless or meaningless. Instead, he sees them as invested with purpose. One hadith goes: ‘No Muslim is afflicted with hardship, pain, anxiety, grief or injury – even to the extent of being pricked by a thorn – without God causing it to be an atonement for his sins.’ [Al-Bukhari, no.5641]”

The Humble "I"

teen depression, tunnelLife is never without its ups and downs, its triumphs and tears, its joys and sorrows. In the Qur’an we read the following: We will surely test you with fear and hunger, and loss of property and lives and trade. But give glad-tidings to the patient who, when struck by some misfortune, say: “We belong to God, and to Him shall we return.” On those shall be blessings from their Lord and mercy; and such are the rightly-guided. [2:155-57]

Patience (sabr) is seen as an antidote to the earthly struggles or sufferings we all must endure. The unbeliever must endure, as must the believer. Suffering is intrinsic to the human story – though the ‘problem of suffering’ as a crucial chapter in the philosophy of religion is of fairly recent origin. By patience I mean: restraining one’s soul in times of difficulty or discomfort, and enduring adversity without complaint.

Those who choose to lose…

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