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Is the World an Evil place?

When I read spiritual texts at times I come across passages where the “World” is condemened. It’s described as a place that tempts man to do evil acts. It makes me think if the World is an inherently evil place or does it mean to say something else. Perhaps what is evil is excessive materialism that takes us away from Godly values.

Imam Ali (‘a) clarifies this confusion when he sees a man condemning this world. In this comic I’ve been able to capture only an excerpt of the narration. The full narration can be read from Nahjul Balagah, which is a collection of his sermons & sayings.

How to pray to God

I often find it difficult to concentrate during prayers. The mind wanders about from one thought to another, and then I complain “why doesn’t God answer my prayers?”. Perhaps the problem is not with God not answering, but the way I’m asking.

During prayer, instead thinking that God is somewhere high up in the sky, we should pray by whispering softly to Him knowing that He is very close to us and loves to hear our Prayers.