Islam

Miral Shaaban, March 25, 2009


To all interested in self-development,


I am a veiled Muslim that practices Transcendental Meditation (TM) and I cannot ever forget the first time I prayed after my first meditation. I learned the TM technique in December of 2006: I was speechless and cannot explain this state of complete serenity, contentment and gratitude for God. TM increased my level of acceptance and appreciation for my faith and strengthened my beliefs.


For example, reading from the Qur'an is becoming more enjoyable and comforting at the same time, as now I can better link its teachings with everything around me: my level of comprehension of its meanings are increasing on a daily basis. It is clear to me that the more I practice TM and the TM¬Sidhi programs, (the TM-Sidhi program is a set of advanced techniques based upon TM), the more deeply I realize different aspects of my religion and my mission in life.


Throughout my life I've been asking my self lots of questions about creation and the purpose of life but now my humble insights were confirmed, as I've always had a strong belief that everything is happening for a reason. I have found that it is easier to have faith in how life unfolds through God's wisdom if I am feeling more secure and at peace within my self. Even if I may not fully understand, on an intellectual level, what is happening, my growing inner peace allows me to feel more at case with handling any situations that life puts in my path.


It is clear to me that my daily practice of TM and the advanced TM-Sidhi programs has opened my eyes and heart to greater knowledge and experience. Because of this expansion of heart and mind I've discovered that I spontaneously act in a more positive and uplifting way to others, with more love, forgiveness and compassion, which is exactly what my religion and beliefs are all about. I'm enjoying feeling more in harmony with God's creation and desiring to help society in every way I can.


With meditation I feel unlimited within myself and after I practice it, I feel more flexible, more alert, and have a greater ability to concentrate on my work and can think more clearly and creatively. Also, when I perform my religious practices the whole experience becomes deeper and more spiritual.


Finally, I would say that even though TM and the TM-Sidhiprograms are not a religion and do not require any change in one's personal beliefs or cultural practices, they very well compliment religion because they help to eliminate mental, emotional and physical stresses and tensions. From my own experience I can say that the dissolving of stresses and tensions purifies and strengthens the body, heart and mind and results in a greater ability to live one's life in harmony with the highest goals of religious life.


Warm Regards,


Miral Shaaban

Cairo, Egypt


Atmane Kouider, Ph.D., February 15, 2009

To whom it may concern,

I learned Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation (TM) in 1973 and became a teacher of this wonderful program in 1977. I have been practicing TM regularly since then and had the chance of teaching it to thousands of Muslims in North Africa and Asia.

I come from a Muslim family and four generations in our home have been practising the TM technique along with doing our Muslim rituals every day. I would like to say that not only does TM not conflict with our beliefs but, in fact, we found it to strengthen our faith.

Among all the people to whom I taught the TM Technique, I have never heard of anyone who gave up his Islamic practice after learning TM; but, I have heard of many individuals, born Muslim, who adopted Islamic practice after learning the TM program.

I have also heard of many, who were already steeped in their study and practice of Islam, state that it had given them greater depth and meaning to their religious study and practice, in addition to the many health and other benefits that every one derives from the TM program. Currently there are over 600 scientific studies, conducted over the last 38 years, which have documented the wide-ranging benefits of the TM technique.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of the TM Program, writes in his book The Science of Being and the Art of Living about meditation: "Here in a simple practice is the fulfilment of every religion. It belongs to the spirit of every religion; it existed in the early days of every faith and has since been lost. The principle is still contained in the scriptures. It has only been lost in practice."

The practice of Transcendental Meditation is simple, natural and effortless and is also very easy to learn. It brings the active mind to a state of restful awareness, a state of simplicity where the body gains deep relaxation and yet one's consciousness is very alert and pure. It brings increased inner strength, peace and contentment, which helps one to fulfil the requirements and goals of both religious and worldly life.

TM also dissolves anxiety and stress and promotes greater energy, creativity and intelligence, which provides the basis of success in all aspects of life. In addition, many Muslims have found that TM raises love and respect for everything in God's creation. It develops in individuals all the highest qualities of the Muslim faith: positivity, compassion, tolerance, steadfastness, purity, surrender to the will of God, and usefulness to oneself and to all others.

As a Muslim I make it my duty to recommend the TM Program to my brothers and sisters Muslims everywhere for the betterment of their life, for the reduction of stress in collective consciousness, and the achievement of peace and prosperity in their nations and the whole world.

God states in His Holy Qur'an: "Verily never will Allah change the condition of a people until they change that which is in their own self." Here, in TM, is a scientifically validated program for changing our inner condition to harmony and all good. Let us adopt it to improve that which is in our own self and deserve God's Mercy and Grace for ourselves and every living being.

Sincerely,

Atmane Kouider, Ph.D.,
Practicing Muslim,
Algiers, Algeria


Mohammad Haghverdi, December 24, 2008 To Whom it May Concern,


I am a Muslim who practices Transcendental Meditation (TM). In my experience of many years of regular practice of TM, I have found a deeper level of understanding of everything in life. TM opened my mind and heart; it expanded my awareness, helped me to be more forgiving and compassionate, sharpened my senses, and has made me much more alert to everything.


When I look back to those days of my life without TM, I could not believe myself. I was so ignorant and dull to everything, but, at the time, I did not even know it. When I consider the great contrast in my life between before and after learning TM, it is so clear to me how much my life has improved in so many ways.


I was also very pleased to learn that the benefits I was experiencing from TM have been documented by a great quantity of scientific research. This research has shown that the TM technique reduces stress, improves health, increases mental clarity and creativity and improves social responsibility and moral maturity.


I have found that TM's benefits are supportive to life as a whole and are also supportive to a religious life that is dedicated to spiritual development and to devotion and service to God. As a Muslim, I have found that TM makes me more effective and successful in my religious life on the "Saarat el mostaghim" on the straight path to God. I have discovered that TM can help one to achieve the highest level of service to God, which can only be accomplished through a complete surrender to the will of God.


However, TM does not replace my religion it is only an excellent support to it.


TM does not provide an alternative faith; it is not a religion. But, it does serve to strengthen one's faith in one's own God and in one's own religion. So my answer to those who wonder whether TM is a religion is that there is nothing to fear and everything to gain for Moslems who wish to deepen and enrich their own prayer life and faith.


Sincerely,

Mohammad Haghverdi

Fairfield, Iowa


March 2, 2009 Nada Haider Beirut, Lebanon


To people of faith,


It is known that religion plays an important role in the lives of many people as Islam plays a role in mine. Sometimes, I feel that people take religion as a refuge from the hard realities of life; and, at other times, some accept it out of fear because they are not sure about the whole picture of life. Personally, I passed through both of these phases.


It has been hard for me to deal with the religious pressure of having to accept things that I did not understand and it was also difficult for me to deal with being afraid to ask questions that could be perceived as being heretical. Personally, I could not surrender to a thing that I did not understand; yet, I felt emotionally drawn to my religion. It was Transcendental Meditation (TM) that helped me to reconcile these conflicting concerns battling within my mind and heart.


Regarding Transcendental Meditation, I wanted to learn it the minute I heard about it, as if intuitively I knew that it would help me to make peace between the need of my intellect to understand and my feeling that wanted to embrace my religion without any “ands,” “ifs” or “buts.”


In the introductory lecture about TM, it is defined as a simple, natural technique for releasing stress from the body and expanding the conscious mind. My experience has shown this to be true. Through practicing this effortless technique for just 20 minutes twice a day, I have found that self-sufficiency grows and so do creativity, mental alertness, health, compassion, inner peace, and energy.


I was and am still amazed from the great peace and insight that I experience when I transcend. This experience showed me that life is not rigid—it has many dimensions and levels to it; and, how much of life we can understand and appreciate depends upon how much of the full capacity of our mind and heart we are using in daily life.


The experience of transcending makes one aware of the many mental layers we have, from the most active to the silent, infinite layer deep within us. Based on this experience, I could understand why people comprehend the same religion differently; even the religious leaders sometimes have different ways of interpreting texts. I now understand that everyone interprets the holy text based on their own level of consciousness.


The great value of TM is that it deepens and expands one’s level of consciousness, so that one can begin to more fully grasp and live the deeper meanings and values of one’s own religion. This truth reminds me of the teaching from the holy Qur’an that offers great knowledge in the form of a question: “Are those who know and those who know not on the same level?” Obviously, the answer is no.


If one wants to grow in insight and appreciation of the holy text, one must raise one’s level of consciousness through the elimination of stress and through the development of the full capacity of both heart and mind. There are over 600 scientific studies that have already documented the many practical benefits that TM offers to all areas of human life.


I think that it is important that the subjective experiences of individuals who practice TM have been objectively verified by the methods of modern science.


In conclusion, I would say that the Transcendental Meditation technique is like the cleaning the mirror and what you see afterwards has nothing to do with the actual process of cleaning. TM is not a religion and it does not in any way require individuals to change their personal beliefs or practices; yet, by promoting a clear mind and a clean, stress-free nervous system, it helps one to live the highest values of religious life.


Nada Haider

Korneesh El Mazraa

Hiadar and Ramadan Building

Beirut, Lebanon

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