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This title of this article may seem paradoxical taking into account the fact that I am a Muslim, a member of the Islamic community, and am part of a religion. However, let me say I am not impressed with religion as it is presently understood by most people in the world. In the course of this writing, I wish to explore this bold assertion that all religions of this world have failed.

Before I delve into the subject matter of this article, I must present my understanding of the Islamic faith.

Islam is an Arabic term which means submission to the will of God. Islam as I understand it is a way of life revolving around the principles of faith, charity, prayer, fasting and pilgrimage(physically and spiritually). I understand it as a way of cultivating ones personal relationship with the Creator or ALLAH. Therefore, though I come under the banner of a world's religion, I function by the universal principles of faith and avoid the dogmatism and sectarianism.

Am I including Islam in my denouncement of religions failure? Absolutely! I believe, in essence, the principles of faith are perfect and good for all of humanity, however the way religion has been presented to humanity has been more a slave making tool than a liberating force. I believe in the truth of Almighty God and the word that was revealed to the prophets were absolutely correct in their original form.

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan on Oct 19th 2008 spoke of this religious failure at the dedication of the flagship Mosque of the Nation of Islam, Mosque Maryam.

"All of the scriptures of the Torah, Injil (Gospel) and Qur'an talk about Adam. Did God give him the way? We call it "religion," but that is man's invention. We ask each other "What is your religion? What is your religion? What is your religion?" No! We should be asking "What is the nature in which God created you?" That is the way. The real religion of God is this: "Obey My commands." That is the right way, but most men know not.... May I humbly say religion, as it is being preached and practiced, is a failure. Not some religions-all of them."

It was the misrepresentation of religion by a father that caused a young Karl Marx to become disillusioned with religion and to formulate the idea that "Religion is the opiate of the masses." It is similar disillusionment with religion that is creating a backlash anti-religion movement today.

What is religion and how has religion failed the human being?

"The ultimate origins of Latin religio are obscure. It is usually accepted to derive from ligare "bind, connect"; probably from a prefixed re-ligare, i.e. re (again) + ligare or "to reconnect." This interpretation is favoured by modern scholars" (Religion partial definition from Wikipedia)

Taking the above definition into account it can be said that religion is supposed to reconnect us to our Creator. The scriptures of the Bible and Qur'an teach that the human being was created in the image and likeness of God and of his essence.

If we scan the lives of the prophets and spiritual men of the Bible, we do not find them prescribing to any particular religious doctrine by name. From Adam, the supposed 1st man, to Jesus there is no religion named for the divine spiritual teachers. However, we find similar principles practiced by all of the prophets that unite them in oneness. These principle are a belief in the One God, prayer, charity, service to humanity, struggle against personal weakness and occasional fasting.

This is the way the faith of Islam has been taught to me by my teachers The Most Hon. Elijah Muhammad and The Hon. Louis Farrakhan. This understanding of the universality of faith allows me to hear truth whether it is presented in the Church, Mosque, Temple or from a Muslim, Christian, Jew, agnostic.

Mustafaa Muhammad is an "African American" who is a follower of the Islamic faith. Through independent religious studies developed an ecumenical view of the world's religions and the people of God. And while he is devoted to Islam as his faith he is at home in the Church(or other religious institutions) as he is in the Mosque.

He has been featured on the Radio, Newspapers, public speaking events and at Mosques/Churches telling his story and offering his understanding of Almighty God's plan for salvation.

Mustafaa is involved in community activity. He believes that our faith must inspire us to greater service to humanity or we may be making a mockery of the purpose of faith. Contact him at [http://mywalkwithfarrakhan.com]

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In case you haven't worked it out yet: from the Constantine 'conversion' and Normans on most of what is presented to the public over the centuries as christian is run by atheist Luciferians. US Naval Intelligence vet Bill Cooper nailed it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJSGnT-j4QE Come on, wake up the old grey matter a bit and show it on the telly followed by a decent discussion programme.... but then that might defeat the objective of today's TV control freak manager cowards - former Tory party chairman running the BBC - what a sicko joke! Narrator: If the devil lives anywhere, it could be in San Francisco. Narrator: There is a gap between what we know and what we feel. Many feel the occult can bridge that gap. It can take us beyond ourselves, to the infinite. Some religions and sects enthusiastically embrace occultism as an integral esoteric aspect of mystical religious experience. This attitude is common within Wicca and many other neopagan religions. Some other religious denominations disapprove of occultism in most or all forms. They may view the occult as being anything supernatural or paranormal which is not achieved by or through God (as defined by those religious denominations), and is therefore the work of an opposing and malevolent entity. The word has negative connotations for many people, and while certain practices considered by some to be "occult" are also found within mainstream religions, in this context the term "occult" is rarely used and is sometimes substituted with "esoteric". OCCULTISM has its basis in a religious way of thinking, the roots of which stretch back into antiquity and which may be described as the Western esoteric tradition. Its principal ingredients have been identified as Gnosticism, the Hermetic treatises on alchemy and magic, Neo-Platonism, and the Kabbalah, all originating in the eastern Mediterranean area during the first few centuries AD. The following article has been written from a variety of different sources. These include: My own former experience with Witchcraft and occultism in general prior to my conversion to Christ, reading various Pagan and Wiccan literature, having Pagan and Wiccan friends, and having numerous email, message board, and chat room dialogues with those in the Pagan communities. This article will seek to identify, and assess, issues relevant to both Pagans and Christians alike, in a fair and balanced manner. Ecology Pagans of all persuasions revere nature. In fact, many individuals are attracted to Paganism as a direct result of a connection that they feel with the world around them and the beauty of the world they see. This reverence for nature leads many Pagans to the conclusion that the world itself must be divine. ""Our religion is about the sacredness of this life on this Earth, here and now. We are "Nature worshipers" so Nature is a sacred study for us. To paraphrase, we want to see Her more clearly, love Her more dearly, and follow her more nearly. Any ecological study, any bird watching, or other such activities, help us to understand Mother Gaia." (Chas S. Clifton (ed.), Modern Rites of Passage: Witchcraft Today, Book Two, 1994, p. 99). Many Christians could probably be more involved in the preservation of the planet in which we live. This, in and of itself is indeed a noble cause. Christians also recognize the beauty in the world around them, but stop short of seeing it as divine in some way. The Bible speaks of the wonder of the created realm in which we live, but goes on to reveal that this has been put in place so that people would go further and reach out for the Person who created it: "...that which is know about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood by what has been made, so that they are without excuse." (Romans 1:19-20) I cannot help but feel that Pagans and Wiccans look at the world around them, see the work of God, but then stop short of going further and looking for the Creator, and instead look to the creation itself. This is somewhat like commending a sculpture rather than the one who sculptured it. The Bible also comments on this by stating the following: "...they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator..." (Romans 1:25) The Church Many Pagans and Wiccans feel that they have been treated badly by the Church throughout history. There is certainly much truth in such a view. At times, the established Church has treated witches in terrible ways. However, a lot of Wiccans may not know that it wasn't just the witches who were persecuted. Another group also suffered. Who were they? True Christian believers! At various times throughout Christian history, evil and unregenerate men have infiltrated the established Church and caused it to fall into apostasy.


In a nut shell, Primal Faith traditions are religions that have been in existence since the beginning of recorded history.  They are considered to be both pre-historic and pre-literate.  Primal, Indigenous, and traditional religions are terminologies that are used when referring to Primal Faiths.  These religions are the initial sources of human religion.  Primal religion is also referred to as the "mother" of all religions.  An integral part of primal religions are symbols and myths.  Due to the fact that these groups of religions are extremely old in age, most will not be exercised in faith today however, some aspects of the ancient faiths may still exist as rituals or specific beliefs in other practiced religions such as Judaism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, and Chinese folk religion. 

The initial problem with global religious conversion was a lack of planning however, as time progressed selected primal faiths began to transform global politics towards their way of life.  As these selected religions began their domination process, others were simply forgotten.  Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism were among the top three dominating religions.  Today Christianity and Islam are still the two top religions of the world at 33% and 21% respectively.  Christianity denominations are as follows: Catholic, Protestant, Eastern Orthodox, Pentecostal, Anglican, Monophysite, AIC's, Latter Day Saints, Evangelical, SDA's, Jehovah's Witness, Quakers, AOG, Nominal, etc…  Islam denominations are as follows: Shiite, Sunni, etc…  Although "Pagan" and "Idolators" were the titles that were used to refer to as Christians and Islamic faiths respectively, these titles are extremely negative in nature.  As this dissertation is written not to offend any religious beliefs, the negative titles used above are as an academic piece of information.  If in fact any person is offended by these documented reference terms, I sincerely apologize. 

The characteristics of primal Faith are as follows:

Oral canon, a section of oral stories of sacred nature, not written.  Oral stories have a unique way of making a story come to life however text has a way of preserving exact information and descriptive phrases. A very wavy line between the spiritual and secular dimensions. A pre-technology world base religious system. Religions that deal with all aspects of life, nature and spirituality. Life consists of two divisions, work and social.  Work and social were not considered to be opposite sides, but two items of the same concept, life.  Practicing religion was considered to be a part of life, not a separate part of life.  One practices religion the same as one breathes, every moment and without thinking. Primal faiths acquired the characteristic of "eternity", not, "forever".  Forever deals with the sense of time.  Time carries with it the concept of having to "keep track" of something.  Eternity however doesn't require a watch or calendar.  It simply is timeless existence.  Rituals have two characteristics: 1. Play acting or performing concepts of a specific faith or religion.  2. The ritual carries substantial significance for the faith or religion. Two concepts, harmony and balance are what make up a well achieved life and all items that interfere with this harmony must be dealt with swiftly. Primal religions both have multiple Gods and believe that God and humans work together to create a well-balanced life.  Christianity however believes that there is only one God and God is above us all. Magic is utilized in Primal Faiths or religions.

The afterlife of a human of a Primal faith is unique.  The body of a dead individual is thought to have gone limp due to the absence of the spirit.  The spirit has thought to have gone to the invisible world where only spirits may enter.  Due to the method of beliefs and ritual passing (orally), the "story teller" may see to it to add, alter, or delete any information or tell the "story" in a unique flamboyant style. 

Primal Indigenous

The Primal Indigenous religions (also known as Tribal Religionists, Animists, and Ethnic religionists) are a way of life, not only a religion and it includes thousands of various religions as well.  It concerns the lives of approximately 300 million individuals within the locations of Asia and Africa.  Other sources have the religions population at between 100 and 457 million.  These totals include African Primal Indigenous religions, Shamanism and Paganism.  Many data bases and religious category indexes have Asia and India having the majority of Primal Indigenous population.  The Primal Indigenous religions are recorded as to fit into one category due to being documented in the pre-literate and pre-technological era.  They have been discovered to have been in various different countries, continents, and areas however they share similar basic common ways of life and religious concepts.  As previously stated, religion is their way of life. 

Primal Indigenous religions are known as being henotheistic (acknowledging the belief of more than one God however, only worshiping one God).  Everything that exists is thought to be connected, the material world, the immaterial world, the living, and the dead.  As Primal Faith members have no distinction and combine their work and social lives, so do Primal Indigenous religions.  They carry various superficial differences however, they practice mirrored core beliefs.

Again, as Primal Faith dates their beliefs and rituals to pre-literate, so do the Primal Indigenous.  Their beliefs and rituals are passed down through stories told by its members from generations through time.  These stories covered areas such as world views and operations, societal discoveries and workings, and of course their religious workings, having no separation from their daily life. 

Throughout my research I have come across the same messages countless times.  The messages are as follows:

Their social, family and religious lives are all the same to the Primal Indigenous and Faith individuals. The basic core beliefs are the same regardless of territory, country, continent, or area. The physical and spiritual worlds are one and the same. Time is not linear, but timeless and eternal. Beliefs and traditions are known through myths passed down in an oral fashion as well as all other messages throughout the Primal faiths.

William Bailey has written and published numerous books, E-books, papers, articles, research papers, reviews, and other publications in various genres including politics, children's literature, fiction, non-fiction, science fiction, self-help, How-To, article reporting, and other categories of genres and sub-genres.

William Bailey's writing website is as follows:

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Reverend Doctor William Bailey: received his ordination confirmation in the year 2011, thereby making him, Rev. William Bailey.  He then competed his Dissertation of Divinity in 2012 making him Rev. Dr. William Bailey.  Aricles relating to religions or a spiritual nature published on this website are from research materials acquired while completing his Doctorate of Divinity.  He has founded a Spiritual Network online at the following address:

http://holytrinityministries.webs.com/

Rev. Dr. William Bailey has an additional email for religious correspondents:

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Religions of Thailand


 

If you are planning to spend a holiday in Thailand and you would like a primer on the local culture to shield yourself from culture shock, the first thing you should keep in mind that Thailand is highly multicultural: Chinese-Thai make up a large percentage of the total population, as do Indian-Thai. While the religion of majority of the Kingdom of Siam is firmly Buddhism with nearly 95% of the population being Buddhists, there is more than a noticeable Islamic presence: about 4.6% of the country's population is Muslims, the majority of which is concentrated in the southern region of Thailand, such as Yala, Songkhla Chumphon, Pattani and Narathiwat due mainly to the proximity to Malaysia, where the dominant faith is Islamic. As such, while the dominant ethnicity Thailand is present throughout most of the country, in the south there is a much more noticeable proportion of Thai of Middle Eastern origins, such that they are effectively the majority in this administrative division. In total, 2.3% of the populous is Arabic in heritage, culture, as well as religious practices.

Outside of the south, however, cultural integration is smoother and more laid-back. In northern and central Thailand, among others, the Chinese New Year is celebrated yearly and is considered just as official as the Thai New Year or any of the various Buddhist holy days and fairs. The Lunar Festival, again Chinese in origins, is likewise celebrated widely throughout the country: this reflects the demographic proportion in that at least 14% of the total citizens is made up of person of Chinese origins, generally third generation and upward. Several Indian dishes are integrated into the Thai cuisine, and the sight of roti stalls is common in any street in Chiang Mai or Bangkok. Japanese expatriates have chosen to live in several provinces in Thailand, particularly in the north, and the northeastern administrative division is home to a considerable Vietnamese minority, and the distinct cuisine of this region is ample evidence of this integration between two cultures.

It should be noted, furthermore, that outside of tension in the south, the general atmosphere is one of tolerance. The majority may be of Theravada Buddhism, but there is relatively little oppression and marginalization of religious minorities; certainly less than outright bigotry seen in the west, particularly in the post-World Trade Center incident America. Contrary to popular belief held by foreigners from the first world, the Thai culture of live-and-let-live has spared it from much of the raging political divide as seen in the west, and Buddhism itself is exceptionally liberal. Persons of non-normative sexuality or gender identity, particularly the transsexual-known in Thailand as katoey-can expect considerably less harassment in a Bangkok street than they might in New York or London, and much the same applies to workplace environments: though they are still excluded from the privileged enjoyed by the cisgendered majority (i.e. men and women born respectively in male and female bodies), they are not subjected to outright violence and gross discrimination.

Indeed, many schools take measures to ensure that katoey students do not feel erased and dehumanized, and bullying is carefully monitored in Thai schools. Much of this is thanks to the tenets of the dominant religion, which has very little to speak on oppressing, eliminating, enslaving and converting those from a different faith. It likewise makes no mention that katoey or homosexual persons are abominations destined for the fires of hell (as the Buddhist afterlife doesn't actually include one). In fact, to a culturally aware traveler, one would be hard-pressed to find a religion more open-armed and easy-going than the teachings of Buddha, which the majority of Thais take to heart and practice as a matter of daily life.

 

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Religions in London


As we all know that London is not the city of only Britishers anymore, a lot of people have come over there from different countries and have settled over there. Many of the people think that London is a better place to go over there and work so the number of the migrants settled in London tends to increase each year. Also to keep in mind that many students from around the globe adds to the population of London as the top universities of United Kingdom are located in London.

Recently as the latest facts and figures reveal the majority of the Britishers claim them to be Christians about 58% followed by those who believe in no religion, they make up almost 16% of the population of London. Next comes in the Muslims with about 8% and after that the Hindus that make up only 4% of the total population of London. After that come the Jews around 2%, Sikhs with 1.5%, and then Buddhists 1% and almost 9% of the people didn’t like to share their view about this topic at that time.  These figures show that the culture of London is so very diverse.

London has traditionally been Christian, and has a large number of churches, particularly in the City of London. The well-known Saint Paul’s cathedral in the City and Southwark Cathedral is also in London. Despite of the fact that the churches are present in a large number, the attendance in these churches is declining according to the Church of England statistics. London is also home to sizeable Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, and Jewish communities. Many people consider London better place to go and invest over there. That is what has raised the figures of Asian especially Muslims living over there. Many Muslims live in Tower Hamlets and Newham; the most important Muslim Masjid is London Central Mosque on the edge of Regent's Park. Because of the recent oil boom, increasing numbers of wealthy Middle-Eastern Muslims have based themselves around Mayfair and Knightsbridge in west London because they find London better place to be in keeping the fact in mind that the oil will keep coming to London from their countries in Middle East. 

London is home to the largest mosque in Western Europe, the Baitul Futuh Mosque, of the Muslim Community where they can get together and spend some time together; discussing their religious matters. Apart from that, the biggest temple of Hindus in Europe is also in London, they have their gathering in that temple and their festivals too. The majority of England’s Jews are also in the London, they make up a huge community in London. This shows that despite of the fact that most of the population consist of Christians but they still take a lot of care of the minorities over there and make them feel at home by making their religious places readily available for them. This shows the diversity of religions in London, all the possible religions are present in this one part of the United Kingdom.


Worldwide, tremendous diversity exists in religious beliefs and practices. Overall, about 85 percent of the world's population adheres to some religion; only about 15 percent is nonreligious. This level of adherence changes over time, and also varies by country age group. In the United States today, those by country and age group. In the United States today, those who are nonreligious account less than 10 percent of the population; in 1900, however, they constituted a mere 1.3 percent of all Americans. And in 2004, 25 percent of incoming U.S. college students said, they either were not interested in spiritual or religious matters of had significant doubts (Barrett et al. 2005; Higher Education Research Institute 2005; Sax et al. 2005).

  Christianity is the largest single faith in the world; the second largest is Islam. Although global news events often suggest an inherent conflict between Christians and Muslims, the two faiths are similar in many ways. Both are monotheistic (that is, based on a single deity); both include a belief in prophets, an afterlife, and a judgment day. In fact, Islam recognize Jesus as a prophet, thought not the son of God. Both faiths impose a moral code on believers, which varies from fairly rigid proscriptions for fundamentalists to relatively relaxed guidelines for liberals

The followers of Islam, called Muslims, believe that Islam's holy scriptures were received from Allah (God) by the prophet Muhammad nearly 1,400 years ago. They see Muhammad as the last long line of prophets, preceded by Adam, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus. Islam is more communal in its expression than Christianity, particularly the more individualistic Protestant denominations. Consequently, in countries that are predominantly Muslim, the separation of religion and the state is not considered necessary or even desirable. In fact, Muslim governments often reinforce Islamic practices through their laws. Muslims do vary sharply in their interpretation of several traditions, some of which ---- such as the wearing of veils by women --- are, more cultural than religious in origin.

Like Christianity and Islam, Judaism in monotheistic. Jews believe that God's true nature is revealed in the Torah, which Christians know as the first five books of the Old Testament. According to these scriptures, God formed a covenant, or pact, with Abraham and Sarah, the ancestors of the tribes of Israel. Even Today, Jews believes, this covenant holds them accountable to God's will. If they follow both the letter and spirit of the Torah , a long – awaited Messiah will one day bring paradise to earth.

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