I came across this video a little while ago, and originally didn’t know who the speaker was. After a bit of research, I found out a week or so ago that it is Mufti Ismail Menk. I have been watching and enjoying Mufti Menk’s videos quite a lot lately, and I also wrote a brief meditation, for another site I write for, on this particular sermon.
Take the good and leave the bad — it’s an important and timely message for us all.
Here are a few words from his talk, and you can find the video at the bottom:
“I believe every teacher makes mistakes… without exception. Take the good from all of them, and leave the bad.”
“When someone preaches hatred against another, discount it and if you have the opportunity go to them and tell them ‘please don’t talk about other people. Those who talk about others don’t have something [good] to present themselves.” Continue reading
The upcoming special issue of the excellent New Dawn magazine will include an article by me, titled “The Compass & The Crescent: Secret Societies of the Muslim Freemasons”.
The issue also includes quite a few articles by Dr. K.R. Bolton, including “Revolution Fomented by Secret Societies Communism’s Hidden Origins Uncovered” as well as some articles by others, including “The Masonic Enigma Is the Modern World A Freemasonic Project? By Mehmet Sabeheddin”.
I haven’t read the issue, and didn’t know who else was writing for it, but, looking at the article titles, my feeling is that it may be a bit critical of Freemasonry. Still, whether one agrees with the authors or not, it is always great to read thought provoking and challenging work, such as one finds in New Dawn.
The excellent New Dawn magazine has reviewed The Crescent and the Compass in its July-August issue, calling it a “highly significant work.” You can read the entire review below.
The content of Osama bin Laden’s personal library was declassified a few days ago by the Director of the Office of National Intelligence. Surprising to many, bin Laden, al-Qaeda’s mastermind, had a copy of The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly Hall (1928), a classic of New Age, or alternative spiritual thought that would seem in every way to contradict Jihadism and fundamentalist religion.
So, why did bin Laden have a copy of this book? I document the historical connections between radical Muslim activists and alternative spirituality of the 19th and early 20th centuries in my book The Crescent and The Compass, as well as contemporary Islamist anti-Freemasonry (the fraternal movement that influenced much underground Western spirituality). So, it didn’t come as a shock to me.
Eurasia Review has published a short article by me explaining what bin Laden’s interest in the book would have been, and why this connection is important.
To read the whole article visit Eurasia Review here.
Occult of Personality has published a podcast interview with me on the subject of Islam and Freemasonry. This is from the site:
It would be difficult to overstate the importance of The Crescent and the Compass. I don’t know that I’ve ever found a book on esotericism and history that was as informative and timely as this. It provides an entirely new depth of understanding and analysis. I strongly recommend The Crescent and the Compass to anyone interested in Freemasonry, history, international affairs, and current events.
You can check out the interview here.
According to Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Yalçın Akdoğan has named Rene Guenon as one of his favorite authors.
Guenon, a convert to Islam in later life, was a Freemason, Theosophist, and Catholic earlier in life. His most important achievement was the founding of the Traditionalist school of thought, which regards all of the major religions as both valid and as a manifestation of a primordial religion.
Guenon’s Traditionalism has been influential in some schools of Islamic scholarship. Continue reading