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One should not be satisfied with just the overt meaning but should derive from it an actual spiritual pleasure and state. As Rumi has stated:

"Within the obvious are powerful hidden meanings.
Within one meaning is another meaning concealed
in which thinking and logic are lost in amazement.
Again within this is yet a third implicit meaning
in which entirely vanishes all thought and reasoning.
The fourth meaning is unknown to all cognition;
It's God beyond comparison and beyond transcendence,
and so on up to seven hidden meanings O kind one,
to be counted from this sheltering prophetic saying."


Importance of Critical Thinking as listed in scriptures :

· Do not accept information on faith; critically evaluate it with your reason and senses (Quran 17:36)

· Use intelligence, reason and historical precedents to understand and carry out God's commands (Quran 7:179; 8:22; 10:100; 12:111; 3:137)

· Do not dogmatically follow the status-quo and tradition; be open to new ideas (Quran 22:1; 26:5; 38:7)

· Be open-minded and promote freedom of expression; listen to all views and follow the best (Quran 39:18)

· Do not follow conjecture (Quran 10:36,66; 53:28)

· Study God's creation in the heavens and land; explore the beginning of creation (Quran 2:164; 3:190; 29:20)

· Attain knowledge, since it is the most valuable thing in your appreciation of God (Quran 3:18; 13:13; 29:43,49)

· Be a free person, do not follow crowds, and do not be afraid of crowds (Quran 2:112; 5:54,69; 10:62; 39:36; 46:13)

· Do not follow blindly the religion of your parents or your nation (Quran 6:116; 12:103,112)

· Do not make profit from sharing God's Message with others (Quran 6:90; 36:21; 26:109- 180)

· Read in order to know, and read critically (Quran 96:1-5; 55:1-4)

· Do not ignore divine revelation and signs (Quran 25:73)

· Do not miss the main point by indulging in small and inconsequential details (Quran 2:67- 71; 5:101-102; 22:67)

· Hold your judgment if you do not have sufficient information; do not rush into taking a position (Quran 20:114)

* Please be aware of the fact that we operate in interfaith environment and are respectful to other faiths.

* Please Share enlightening thoughts and ideas with the group so that we may all grow intellectually and spiritually. Understand that group members may have different opinions but there may be blessing in such differences. God has created every person differently and provided them different capabilities and capacities of understanding. We all may look at the same thing from different angles but all strive with varying degrees of success to reach an enlightened conclusion.

* Keep your rsvp updated. If you aren't able to attend, please change your rspv. This allows the person who is hosting to plan accordingly. Try to arrive on time.

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