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Faith education in times of change:

Faith education in times of change Restoring dreams

The purpose of all education is to awaken the conscience.:

The purpose of all education is to awaken the conscience.

“When you come to the end of the light of all that you know, and are about to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things will happen: there will be something firm to stand on or you will be taught to fly.” ~ Barbara J. Winters:

“When you come to the end of the light of all that you know, and are about to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things will happen: there will be something firm to stand on or you will be taught to fly .” ~ Barbara J. Winters

Barbara’s Creator said::

Barbara’s Creator said: Talaaq 65:2-3 And whosoever fears (to displease) Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (of every difficulty ). And He will provide him from (sources) he could never imagine . And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, then He will be sufficient for him.  Because it is faith that enables you to attempt the impossible

Our World Today:

What is the root of the problem? Our World Today

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Our actions show what’s in our hearts

A world of contrasts:

A world of contrasts That speaks to us in the language of signs – readable only by those who can see. “There's none so blind as those who will not listen.”  ― Neil Gaiman ,  American Gods

We believe that..:

We believe that.. We are at the peak of knowledge We are at the peak of civilization We are at the peak of prosperity We have the secret of everlasting happiness and contentment But claims must be substantiated

What we claim:

What we claim Versus what the data shows

We’re committed to:

We’re committed to Eradicating hunger

Basic Necessities:

Basic Necessities 3 billion live on less than $2.5 per day. Tonight more than 1 billion children will go to bed hungry . 22,000 children die everyday due to poverty On this planet 805 million people do not have enough food to eat . More than 750 million of them lack adequate access to clean drinking water. What is a basic necessity?

Environmental Protection Agency:

Environmental Protection Agency Discarded Food USA: 34.7 million tons, $ 162 billion UK: 7.2 million tonnes , $ 17.7 billion a year India: $ 9.12 billion

How much food is wasted?:

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO ) estimates that one-third of food produced for human consumption worldwide is annually lost or wasted. At $ 4.14 trillion, that's enough sustenance to feed three billion people. Pile all that food on a football field and the layers would form a putrefying casserole miles high . How much food is wasted? http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/10/141013-food-waste-national-security-environment-science-ngfood/?rptregcta=reg_free_np&rptregcampaign=20150202_invitation_c_all#

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Money to burn

Hardly surprising because after all investment goes where the return is highest:

Hardly surprising because after all investment goes where the return is highest Investment is made to Maximize ROI

What will it take?:

What will it take? In 1998, the UN estimated that it would take $40 billion annually to offer basic education, clean water and sanitation, reproductive health, and basic health and nutrition to every person in every developing country. That would be about $58 billion today . Compared to $ 1.406 Trillion on weapons

Hunger kills:

Hunger kills The World Food Programme says, “The poor are hungry and their hunger traps them in poverty.” Hunger is the # 1 cause of death in the world, killing more than HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. Believe it or not

We’re committed to:

We’re committed to Protection of people and the environment

Suicides:

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collects data about mortality in the U.S., including deaths by suicide. In 2013 (latest data), 41,149 suicides were reported, making suicide the 10 th leading cause of death   In 2013 someone died by suicide every 12.8 minutes Happiness doesn’t cause suicide – despair does Suicides

Our Dying Planet?:

Our Dying Planet? WWF’s (Worldwide Fund for Nature) Living Planet Report – 2014 , the number of wild animals in the world has been halved during the last 40 years! And that’s only the ones we counted

We’re committed to:

We’re committed to Eradicating Poverty

We’re committed to:

We’re committed to Gender equality

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As on 2014 women are paid 20% less than men for the same work

We are responsible:

We are responsible What exactly is the cause of this insanity? Who is responsible for this madness? Where are we as humans headed? Who is minding the fate of this planet? Religion, politics, ideologies, national borders and cultural identities all fade out and shy away from these troubling questions https:// www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-global-poverty

Is this a logistics or resources issue?:

Is this a logistics or resources issue? Or is it an issue of the Conscience?

Adriano Campolina, ActionAid; Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah, Civicus; Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace and Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam:

“We cannot rely on technological fixes. We cannot rely on the market. And we cannot rely on the global elites. We need to help strengthen the power of the people to challenge the people with power . Securing a just and sustainable world means challenging the power of the one percent.” Adriano Campolina , ActionAid ; Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah , Civicus ; Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace and Winnie Byanyima , Oxfam

Growth Economy:

Growth Economy Money makes the world go around

All religions say that money must be shared:

The modern financial system says the opposite Maximize consumption, glorify greed Consumption is God, malls are the temples, salesmen - high priests and admen - evangelists. Retail replaced spirituality and the sale of anti-depressants has sky-rocketed All religions say that money must be sh ared But where does morality enter this game?

When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of people living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it. ~ Frederic Bastiat :

When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of people living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it. ~ Frederic Bastiat Four Horsemen https ://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fbvquHSPJU

Faith education is not about theology:

Faith education is not about theology But about humanity

Our Beings:

Our Beings Are not our bodies alone but perhaps more importantly our spirits Our spirit needs nourishment and sustenance like our body does Only faith education can address this need Because we become our best only in the expression of our spirit

Faith empowers:

Faith empowers Esa (Jesus)  said to his A postles: “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there ,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible .”

Goal of Faith education:

To build bridges – not walls To open the heart to the best of human values To awaken the spirit to connect to the Creator To teach nurturing, caring, compassion and the courage to stand up for the truth Goal of Faith education Because in spirit we are all one

We must change:

We must change

Perspective:

Perspective How do I define the problem?

Change the definition:

Change the definition Their’s Our

Narayanan Krishnan was a top chef in a five-star hotel, but gave it all up to feed the poor :

Narayanan Krishnan was a top chef in a five-star hotel, but gave it all up to feed the poor

Our Criteria:

Our Criteria For decision making

Our actions define us:

Our actions define us Hujuraat 49: 13. O mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Verily, the most honourable of you with Allah is the one who has  the greatest Taqwa   [the concern to please Allah]. Verily , Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware. The best one is the one whose actions are best

Is Technology good or bad?:

Is Technology good or bad? Who decides what technology is used for?

Why Faith Education:

Why Faith Education Because we have to teach the impossible

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” ~ J. (Jiddu) Krishnamurthy:

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” ~ J. ( Jiddu ) Krishnamurthy

To have hope :

To have hope When all around them is despair

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Edhi Foundation runs the world's largest ambulance service and operates free nursing homes, orphanages, clinics, women's shelters, and rehab centres for drug addicts and the mentally ill. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdul_Sattar_Edhi

To have mercy:

To have mercy When they have been brutalised by cruelty

Treatment of prisoners:

Treatment of prisoners Insan 76:8 Who give food, however great be their own need for it, to the poor, the orphan and the captive. Possible only when you believe in the judgment of the Hereafter

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After Malik al- Kamil , Salahuddin Ayyubi’s nephew defeated the Franks during the Crusades, Oliverus Scholasticus praised the Islamic laws of war, commenting on how al- Kamil supplied the defeated Frankish army with food. They left us benchmarks

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“Who could doubt that such goodness, friendship and charity come from God? Men whose parents, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, had died in agony at our hands, whose lands we took, whom we drove naked from their homes, revived us with their own food when we were dying of hunger and showered us with kindness even when we were in their power.”   ~ Oliverus Scholasticus

To have humility:

To have humility When their environment rewards arrogance

To stand for justice:

To stand for justice When that is a capital crime

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Nisa 4: 135.        O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even though it is against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, be he rich or poor, Allah is a Better Protector of both (than you). So follow not the lusts (of your hearts) so that you may not be unjust and if you distort your witness or refuse to give it, verily, Allah is Ever Well-Acquainted with what you do.

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Harvard Law School quoted this Ayah of the Qur’an as one of the greatest expressions of justice in the world . https ://www.cair.com/press-center/american-muslim-news/12359-harvard-recognizes-quranic-verse-as-one-of-the-greatest-expressions-of-justice.html

Stop injustice:

Stop injustice Abu Sa`id Al- Khudri  reported: Rasoolullah ﷺ said, “Whoever amongst you sees an evil, he must change it with his hand; if he is  unable to do so, then with his tongue; and if he is unable to do so, then with his heart (he must hate it in his heart); and that is the weakest form of Faith.” [ Muslim ]. Because the silence of the good is the best aid to the evil

To be concerned :

To be concerned About problems that don’t directly affect them

Criterion for the Best:

Criterion for the Best A’al Imraan 3:110 You are the best of people selected for the benefit of the people The Prophet ﷺ said, “The best of people is the one who is the most beneficial to the people.”

Spread Peace:

Spread Peace The Prophet ﷺ said: O! you people, spread peace, feed people, be kind to your relatives and pray at night when others are asleep, and you will enter Jannah (Paradise) safely. [ Tirmidi , Ibn Majah ] Because only actions deliver results

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Dasrath Manjhi took 22 years to chisel this passage to carve a short route from his village to the hospital. His wife died because there was no passage and she had to travel 19 Km. Courage comes in many forms

To speak out:

To speak out When that will not win them friends

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Cowardice asks the question - Is it safe? Expediency asks the question - Is it politic? Vanity asks the question - Is it popular? But conscience asks the question - Is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular….. But one must take it because it is right .

Courage to speak the truth:

Courage to speak the truth Abu Sa`id Al- Khudri  reported : Rasoolullah ﷺ said , "The best type of Jihad (striving in the way of Allah) is speaking the truth in the presence of a tyrannic ruler .” [ Abu Dawud and Tirmidhi ].

To hold themselves accountable:

To hold themselves accountable W hen they have power

Treatment of non-Muslims:

Treatment of non-Muslims Rasoolullah ﷺ warned Muslims in authority:   “If any man oppresses a non-Muslim or tries him beyond his strength, I will be the advocate for the oppressed before Allah ﷻ .”    

Treaty of Omar ibn Al Khattab:

Treaty of Omar ibn Al Khattab “In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate. This is the assurance of safety which the servant of God, Umar, the Commander of the Faithful, has given to the people of Jerusalem. He has given them an assurance of safety for themselves, for their property, their churches, their crosses, the sick and healthy of the city and for all the rituals which belong to their religion. Their churches will not be inhabited by Muslims and will not be destroyed. Neither they, nor the land on which they stand, nor their cross, nor their property will be damaged. They will not be forcibly converted .”  

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She’s surrendering because she thinks the camera is a gun

That’s Why! :

That’s Why! I submit to you that Faith Education is the only way in which we can return to those ethics, morals and values that defined us when we were at our best. Faith education awakens the conscience and gives us criteria to judge our actions

Good, bad, right, wrong are all faith terms:

Without them life is reduced to commercial expediency Good, bad, right, wrong are all faith terms

The choice is ours to make And we will be judged by what we choose:

The choice is ours to make And we will be judged by what we choose

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