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Interfaith Dialogue

They Hate Us – Really? – II
Dr Habib Siddiqui

The violence and Takfir associated with these neo-Khariji movements of our time bear more than a coincidental resemblance to the policies and mindset of the Khawarij of the Prophet Muhammad’s (S) and Ali’s (RA) time. It is no accident that these neo-Kharijis of our time blow up Muslim worshippers even inside mosques as if those targeted are worse than non-Muslims. They are a renegade movement and should not be taken as an Islamic movement.....

 

They Hate Us – Really? - I
Dr Habib Siddiqui

The anti-Muslim zealots cite the chastisement of the Jews, especially of Banu Qurayza, in Madinah to show how intolerant Prophet Muhammad (S) was and how horrible Islamic Shariah is for a non-believer to live under. Again, they won’t tell the kind of conspiracy and treason, let alone the assassination attempt against the Prophet (S), that those Medinite Jews had committed to deserve the punishment. (RVC Bodley, The Messenger – the Life of Mohammed; see also: Rafiq Zakaria, Muhammad and the Quran) If they were to compare between the treatment meted out by Muhammad (S) and Musa (Moses) (AS) against the pagan Jews, they would find that Muhammad (S) was indeed a Rahmat ul-Lil-Alameen (‘Mercy to the entire universe’): much kinder and gentler to the Jews and Christians than their own prophets......

 

You Can Play Holi Too, Even If You Are Muslim
Dr Ilmana Fasih

Sufi poets too eulogised Radha and Krishna’s romance in Holi, while expressing their love for their revered Sufi saints or even God. It is Shah Niyaz’s Hori Ho Rahi hai that is immortalised by Abida Parveen.

Hori hoye rahi hai Ahmad Jiya ke dwaar

Hazrat Ali ka rang bano hai Hassan Hussain khilaar

Aiso holi ki dhoom machi hai chahoon or pari hai pukaar

Aiso anokho chatur khiladi rang deeyon sansaar

“Niyaz” pyaara bhar bhar chidke ek hi raang sahas pichkaar.

(Holi is happening at beloved, Ahmed’s (PBUH) doorsteps. Colour has become of Hazrat Ali (AS) and Hasan (AS), Hussain (AS) are playing. It has become such a bustling scene of Holi that it has become talk of the town, People are calling others from all over, What unique and clever players (Hasan and Hussain) that they coloured the entire world. Niyaz (the poet) sprinkles bowlfuls of colour all around, The same colour that comes out of thousands of Pichkaaris (spray guns)).....

The Acceptance of One Religion’s Festival Is Not an Affront on the Sanctity of Another
Fatima Raza

It is at the crossroads of a church, temple and mosque where humanity can find breathing space. The true pride of being an Islamic majority lies in understanding that Yusufs of our society may be free to attend mass with their families on Easter. The prestige of Islam as a universal religion lies in the happiness that little Poojas and Radhaas may feel when they illuminate their houses with candles on Diwali and spread the many colours of Holi in their neighbourhoods.....

The Crusades Introduced A Whole-New Term To The World’s Collective Mind: “Wars Of Religion”:  No Religion Preaches War
Harun Yahya

The 2014 report of the Institute for Economics and Peace might help explain the situation better. The report showed that religion was not the main cause in any of the 35-armed conflicts in 2013. According to the report, they were mostly related to anti-government sentiments, separatist movements, ideological divides and the distribution of natural resources.

On auspicious days like Eid and Eid-e-Milad, they treat cows with kheer. They have been engaged in vaccination and treatment of cows in nearby villages. Every week mobile vans visits nearby villages to treat cows, goats and buffaloes for free. They spend little over a lakh on these cows per month and are planning to double the strength.

 

She asks them to temporarily suspend their own religious judgments to learn the teachings and appreciate the similarities of all major faiths. And she tries to counteract cultural hatred against and among religions with more realistic views of what they actually stand for. “I hope to plant a seed of understanding, a seed of respect, for different cultures and values,” she said. “There isn’t any religion that preaches hate. God is love, and that’s preached in every religion.”.....

 

The goal: to invite the non-Muslim community to an Islamic centre where they could meet Muslims and learn more about Islam during a political and social climate which increasingly views Islam with negativity and fear. Islam is an inclusive religion that attracts more converts from all backgrounds than any other faith in the world. Al-Huda Islamic Centre has members representing more than 50 nationalities.....

 

However, while mercy is “the core of Islam,” there is tragically a difference between “Islam as an ideal and Islam as it is applied and as it is practiced by people,” Khan said, noting that the same can be said of any religion. “Unfortunately there are people who will invoke the name of Islam to all kinds of unspeakable and egregious things,” he said. “Those may claim to be believers who act out in such vengeful and violent ways, but again, it is such an anomaly and such an aberration from the divine message that it’s very difficult to be able to say with a certain straight face that this is really what God intended.”.....

The dialogue with Islam is so important to Pope Francis that he elevated Fr. Ayuso to the rank of bishop. The appointment was announced Jan. 29. The bishop-designate is an expert in Islam and served as a professor in Cairo. After his ordination, his new rank will give him a major impact in his work to strengthen connections with the Islamic world, a commitment crucial to the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.....

 

Every person whom we met expressed an outpouring of gratitude for coming to visit and to hear their stories. We were desperate to understand how this small, poor, rural country broke out of the mould of hate to protect one another. We learned that Albania has a culture of harmony. ...

 

Towards Meaningful Interfaith Dialogues: Religious Conflict Is Often the Root Cause of the Many Conflicts
Dr Ibrahim Ahmad Bajunid

In a world torn by ideologies and quest for supremacy in all domains, there are bands of good people everywhere who work quietly to promote understanding, religious integrity, unity, integration, peace and harmony. They interconnect respectfully, with humility, commitment, empathy and hospitality.....

 

The statement also stressed a commitment to the brotherhood of the divine religions; to commend cooperation among the followers f these religions in the search for peace love and stability. It warns against radical and terrorist speech both intellectually and socially.....

 

We Must Co-Exist Despite Differences
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Take difference as a positive phenomenon, and it will become a boon for you. Difference is not an evil—it leads to discussion and dialogue. And, open discussion and dialogue lead to all kinds of intellectual development. When two ideas clash, a third idea emerges. ....

O' My God, My Best Friend Is a Muslim
Charu Chhitwal

Bizarrely, I half-expected her mother to be wearing a Burqa, her father to be chewing Paan and her brother to be wearing Kajal in his eyes. Everything typical Indian movies had taught me about Muslim families. But they were too normal, almost bordering on boring when I saw them. They looked, you know, ordinary, like, say my family. Educated, happy and well, routine. Can you believe my disappointment when I realised she had only one mother (yes, I thought every Muslim had multiple wives, blame it on the movies again)....

 

How do we define and explain key words is absolutely important to better understanding of The Quran in the light of Global Inter-religious peace movement that is going on.  It creates a mind-set that can become very narrow and selective in creating antagonistic divisions or it can create a more accommodating and tolerant mind-set bringing believers from other religions into one large global family….

 

From Lahore to Amritsar — A Sufi, a Sikh and Their Message of Love
Taimur Shamil

Mian Mir was an icon of unity, tolerance and love during and after the Mughal era. According to Sufi as well as Sikh traditions, Mian Mir laid the foundation of, what is now known as, the Golden Temple Amritsar, also known as Harminder Sahib. Mian Mir is said to have travelled from Lahore to Amritsar on the invitation of Guru Arjun Dev, the fifth Guru of Sikhs, who asked Mian Mir for his blessings.....

 

Not only should we be concerned about the human rights of non-Muslims in Muslim-majority nations, but we must be attentive to the human rights of Muslims in non-Muslim-majority nations. Islamophobia must diminish and neighbourliness in the human family must increase. Toward that end, this Declaration is inspiring!....

 

"I sense relief on the part of the general public of London, who perhaps are looking for ways to interact and engage with Muslims, particularly Muslim women," Zia told HuffPost in an email. "Muna has removed barriers of stereotypes and misplaced negative myths and allowed people to come forward on basic human instincts of goodness, compassion and trust."...

 

“Christians and Muslims are not enemies”, he said and emphasized they are children of their spiritual father Abraham. Moreover, they are, indeed, children of the same God. He pointed towards the mystery of Abraham, Issac and Ishmael that connects Jews, Christians and Muslims. This mystery, he said, calls us to explore the bonds that unite us and live it out in joy and celebration......

 

Nothing in this war of words was particularly interesting on its own. But the incident brought to light Israel’s confused approach to Jewish identity and the question of assimilation. It showed that many Israelis felt the need to adhere to one of two artificial choices: Either support banning the book or endorse marriages between Jews and non-Jews.....

 

The Holy Qur’an, through many Aayat; the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, in many Hadiths and through his covenants with the Christians and Jews of his time; and the holy Shari’ah as well, absolutely prohibit terrorist actions against any group, just as they prohibit making any sort of war against, or misappropriating the property of, peaceful Christians, peaceful Jews, and law-abiding Muslims. Groups such as ISIL have violated every one of these laws, rulings and commands, slaughtering Muslims as heartlessly as they have killed Christians, Yazidis and members of other religions and in doing so have put themselves outside the Muslim fold......

 

It's Time to Rehumanize Muslims and Jews
Jon Letman

There are many examples of Muslim-Jewish coexistence, cooperation and unity, but we need more. Tolerance alone is not enough. We need to get beyond "us" and "them" because there simply is no more time for Muslim-Jewish antipathy.

Pope To Diplomats: Migrants Present Challenges, But Don't Forget Their Dignity
Elise Harris

Francis also pointed to the role of religious affiliation in the migration issue. Both extremism and fundamentalism, he said, “find fertile soil not only in the exploitation of religion for purposes of power but also in the vacuum of ideals and the loss of identity – including religious identity – which dramatically marks the so-called West.”

 

A Christian Exclusivist View: Every Muslim Will Bow Before Jesus
Matt Barber

To the Muslim, to everyone, know this: You may deny Christ until the day you die. But soon after, you will deny Him no more. Hate Him you may still, but deny Him you will not. Philippians 2:10-11 assures us, “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

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