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Work ethics & Islam

MOHAMMED Abduh, the famous Egyptian Islamic scholar and jurist had once said: “I went to the West and saw Islam but there were no Muslims. I came to the East…

Religious bigotry

Priyantha Kumara was my country’s proud foreign worker. He hailed from Sri Lanka, and practised a faith alien to many of us. Those were his brief but illustrative credentials, as…

Religious And Political Books

Religious and political books

It is the sacred month of Ramazan and we have entered the second phase leading towards its completion. Many books have been published on religious matters and I would like…

Ethics Of Generosity

Ethics of generosity

Giving of one’s charitable feelings to the needy has been an integral part of human society since time immemorial. This tradition is now being extended beyond the personal level to…

Morals, Manners And Ethics

Morals, manners and ethics

Ethics may also be defined as knowledge and relationships, especially those dealing with mutual social relations that are considered to be morally acceptable or not. In Markham’s words (see Part…

Culture, Ethics & Architecture

Culture, ethics & architecture

Building and construction have been significant activities in human civilisation. The journey from caves to building gigantic cities reflects the enormous interest and capacity of human beings in these areas.…

Demystifying populism

In 1985, American writer and educator Neil Postman wrote a book titled ‘Amusing Ourselves to Death’. In his book, he analyzed politics, journalism, and all social upheavals in the age…

Beyond the polls

Beyond the tall claims politicians made during their election campaigns lie tough ground realities that public representatives now have to face. During their campaigns, some politicians promised to offer 300…

Developing with a cultural lag

Cultural lag is a condition in a society where one aspect of culture is out of kilter with another to which it is related. As a result, society falls between…

The meaning of sacrifice

The ‘chehlum’ of Hazrat Imam Hussain and his devoted companions was observed on Thursday (Sep 7) where thousands of people participated in the processions held in different parts of the…