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  1. Grandad

    Jokes, jokes, and more jokes ...

    A Trappist joke (told to me while at Mount Saint Bernard Abbey; Leicester; UK): ‘Like all Benedictines, we have a Rule of Silence. However, every Easter our Novice Master allows just one of his charges to say a few words on Abbey life. On this particular year it was Brother Matthew's turn...
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    Did Jesus Exist

    Great to have you stick around after all! :)
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    Did Jesus Exist

    Shalom, Rabbi. Great to find you here. You may remember me as 'Niblo' in another place. May HaShem bless you - and all you love - and keep you safe.
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    Did Jesus Exist

    Don't know that much about her. Have great regard for the Queen, but am indifferent about the rest.
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    Did Jesus Exist

    Born in the Rhondda. A Valley Boy (my sister claims that us VBs are: 'All macho and Mam!'). Shhhhhhh.....my wife is English! I have a warm regard for Ireland and the Irish (except when they beat us in rugby). One of my grandchildren was born - and lives - in Dublin.
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    Did Jesus Exist

    Possibly, I'll give you that :) Anyway: Went to my local pub – when I was a collier – and there they all were, serving free drinks to a bloke who had a flat head, and a cauliflower ear. ‘Oi,’ I cried, angrily. ‘Don’t go buying drinks for ‘im, mun. He’s English!’ ‘Fair play, boy’ said my...
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    Did Jesus Exist

    And there's me thinking it was the English ;)
  8. Grandad

    Hello, I'm glad to be here

    Welcome, @Ella S. I wish you a happy...and fulfilling...journey.
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    Did Jesus Exist

    Lurking on a cushion in the corner ;)
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    Did Jesus Exist

    Good grief......what is going on here?? :rolleyes:
  11. Grandad

    What are we?

    Indeed it is (I was a collier for around eight years); and, in an active mine, it's a 'living' darkness; one that caresses the skin as it moves; bearing the sounds, and the smells, of the mine itself. An amazing experience.
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    Differences Between one Tariqah and Another?

    @Cino Sufism has meaning for those with knowledge; and, as you say, its path is well trodden, even by those of Faiths other than Islam...or of none. What matters, for a Believer, is that the Beloved is remembered, loved and trusted; that personal failings are repented; and that others -...
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    Differences Between one Tariqah and Another?

    John Baldock reminds us that Inayat Khan: ‘Established the Sufi Movement and the Universal Worship, which brings the world’s great religions together in a single act of worship. This simple ritual comprises readings from the sacred writings of the major religions and the lighting of a candle...
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    Differences Between one Tariqah and Another?

    John Baldock writes that a tariqa is: ‘Known by the name of the shaykh whose teaching it followed. For example, the tariqah that formed around Shaykh Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (d.1166) in Baghdad became known as the Qadiriyyah or Qadiri Order. ‘Some of the principal Sufi Orders and the shaykhs...
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    Differences Between one Tariqah and Another?

    Hold on to your hat!! :) You will have heard the term ‘Sharīʿa law’. This is a misnomer. Sharīʿa is not law, but a set of principles. It is concerned with the welfare of people, both in this life and in the life to come. It is meant to protect human dignity, and to promote basic human...
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    What is God's Law?

    Hi Cino, I trust you are well. Have not forgotten our 'Sufi' chat. In šāʾ Allāh, will re-join you very soon. Peace.
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    What is God's Law?

    Hi Tony. You're getting to look more like Santa every day ;). I trust you are keeping well. Very best regards. (Niblo......on other sites!).
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    What is God's Law?

    Man...have you no sense of adventure?? ;)
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    Catholic Inquisition (The real truth about the Spanish Inquisition and the Catholic Church)

    'Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!' :cool: - Monty Python......of course.
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    Did Jesus Die On The Cross?

    . Glad to hear it! ;):)
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