Project Infinite Peace

Dr Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot and the Phenomenon of Revelations

  • February 18, 2017

When Voyager 1 spacecraft was leaving our solar system on February 14, 1990, engineers turned it around for a last look on Earth from 4 billion miles away. The picture of a tiny dot of light, among countless stars, inspired Dr Sagan to write a moving piece, entitled 'Pale Blue Dot'. Few words from it are quoted here. “Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic...

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Non-commercial efforts and directives of Zakat in Quran

  • February 5, 2017

In the Islamic perspective, the rizq does not simply mean food or money. It encompasses everything that God gives to a man, and its unequal distribution is as per a complex Design that encompasses the human effort. (6:165) Moreover, the Quran also acknowledges the need of activities that are for God only (fi-sabil-lil-lah) and do not involve a commercial return. To compensate partially this designed inequality of rizq, and to generate resources for such non-commercial activities, Quran prescribes zakat and encourages Sadaqa. Zakat is a regular and obligatory contribution, compulsory for all capable...

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