Materialism and Spirituality

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Islamic Voice | February 2016

Spirituality, or rabbaniyat is the elevation of man to a plane where the mind is focused on the higher, non-material realities of a godly existence. Its opposite is materialism, a course followed all too often in this world.
To put it another way, he who focuses on mere appearances is material-minded. And the one who rises above it is spiritual. He obeys the injunction of the Quran: Be devoted servants of God. (Quran: 3: 79).

Message for Bhartiya Vidya Bha...

75th Anniversary of Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan

Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan was founded in 1938 by Dr K. M. Munshi with the blessings of Mahatma Gandhi. Its motto was, “Let noble thoughts come to us from every side.” The aim and objective of BVB was to inculcate a value-based life and promote ethical and spiritual values. For this purpose BVB runs more than hundred educational institutions in India as well as abroad.

Ethics and Technology

Soon after the completion of a multi-storeyed building called Akashdeep in Bombay, the whole construction collapsed. The engineers said that the reason for its collapse was that less cement had been used than specified by safety regulations.

In another statement the director of a technical institute said, “RCC construction is a scientific process which is excellent in the hands of qualified and experienced people, but dangerous if managed by incompetent engineers and contractors.” The Times of India, 4 September, 1983)

An Economic Pearl Harbour

In December 1941, during the second world war, the U.S.A.’s top naval base, Pearl Harbour, on the Pacific island of Hawaii, was attacked without prior warning by the Japanese. So severe was the bombardment that, of the hundred odd naval vessels anchored there, only a handful survived. This had the immediate effect of bringing America into the war as one of the Allied Powers. Up till that point, the U.S.A. had no direct involvement in hostilities save as a supplier of armaments to the enemies of Japan.

Character Builds the Nation

Toyota, a Japanese motor company, has been functioning for the last thirty years without a single day ever having been wasted, and without its production ever once having slackened. This is only one of the many examples which explain the fast development of industry in Japan. General Motors and the Ford Motor Company of the U.S.A. are the biggest motor manufacturing companies in the world. The annual production of these motor companies is, on an average, 11 cars per employee, while the Toyota Motor Company annually produces 33 cars per worker.

Africa Shows the Way How to Ac...

According to a report published in the Times of India, January 29, 1984, the African member of the United Nations, although often riven by differences and disagreements on international matters at home, do possess an ability to reach a consensus on such affairs within the Framework of the U.N.

Why not Vande Mataram?

Some hundred years ago Bankim Chandra Chatterjee wrote a novel in Bengali, Aanandamat. A long Sanskrit poem called Vande Mataram, which he had written earlier, was included in it and was recited by one of the characters of the novel.

Social Responsibility and Medi...

An attempt towards the rectification of the rot that has set in in the social and national life of the country is being made, with great enthusiasm, through judicial activism.

However judicial activism alone does not suffice for the rectification of this all-pervading malaise. What is urgently needed is the support of other social agencies/institutions. A very important role in this matter can be played by media activism, the topic under discussion today.

It is undoubtedly true that the position of media or journalism is not that of a mission but of a commercial industry.

Inventing New Myths

In ancient times, the whole system of life was riddled with superstitious beliefs. Many strange, unfounded ideas were generally in vogue. Nicolson, in his Astronomy (1978) has recorded an interesting historical curiosity: “When an eclipse occurred, the Chinese thought that the Sun was swallowed by a huge dragon. The whole population joined in making as much noise as possible to scare it away. They always succeeded!”