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Interfaith Dialogue

Muslims and Catholics Are More Alike Than You Think
Dr. Craig Considine

At a basic level, Muslims and Catholics are monotheists, or people who share belief in the notion of one God. Alongside Judaism, Islam and Catholicism have their theological and spiritual roots in Genesis, the first part of the Old Testament which shares the story of Abraham, the founder of monotheism....

From Kabir to Nanak
Raza Naeem

But many upper-caste people were not prepared to try this prescription of Bhakti because it would deal a blow to their social rights and privileges. Consequently, the upper and middle classes of the Ganges-Yamuna valley collectively remained aloof from the Bhakti Movement. In fact, the movement did not become very popular even amongst the ordinary cultivators. Neither the Hindus nor Muslims were willing to transcend religious divides; although relations of compromise were strengthened between both.....

 

A Rabbi, an Imam and a Message of Inclusion at a Muslim Parade
Sarah Maslin Nir

“This can serve as a wonderful paradigm,” said Rabbi Schneier, an activist who in February held a rally in Times Square following President Trump’s ban on travellers from several Muslim-majority countries, under the banner, “Today I am a Muslim Too.” The parade was founded as a means for Muslim New Yorkers to assert their place in this city, said Imam Ali, the president of the Muslim Foundation of America.....

 

Today, one often hears about the pressing need for interfaith dialogue, mostly in the context of conflict-resolution and peace-building. Since many conflicts in different parts of the world today (as has been the case in much of humanity’s past) are between people who claim to follow different faiths, interfaith dialogue, it is said, is an urgent necessity. If human beings are to learn to live at peace with each other, interfaith interaction and understanding are of paramount importance....

How The Bhakti Movement Flourished
Raza Naeem

Like Sufism, the Bhakti Movement was also the product of the peculiar social conditions of the subcontinent. But the question is: just what were those social conditions or dynamics which gave rise to the Bhakti Movement and what were the reasons that it became very popular in northern India even in the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries? Based on original bilingual translations of major Bhakti poets into Urdu and English, and focusing especially on the roles of Kabir and Guru Nanak in the Movement....

Season of Culture Unites Jerusalem
Debra Kamin

“Jerusalem is a place where people have all sorts of preconceived notions about what it is and what its problems are, but when you come and encounter the place you realize the city is filled with human beings who can’t be boxed in, and they challenge your preconceptions,”...

 
Articles Of Faith
Tahir Mahmood

Articles Of Faith
Tahir Mahmood

This was a religious obligation independent India had inherited from the two erstwhile princely states referred to in the Article as a precondition for their joining the Indian Union. The provision clearly clashes with the general principle of Article 27 but perhaps the payable amount, aggregating to Rs 6 million, does not qualify as a “substantial part of tax-payers’ money.”

 

The Mesmerising Description of Hajj by a Jewish Convert to Islam
Hassam Munir

There it stood, almost a perfect cube (as its Arabic name connotes) entirely covered with black brocade, a quiet island in the middle of the vast quadrangle of the mosque: much quieter than any other work of architecture anywhere in the world. It would almost appear that he who first built the Ka’bah—for since the time of Abraham the original structure has been rebuilt several times in the same shape—wanted to create a parable of man’s humility before God. The builder knew that no beauty of architectural rhythm and no perfection of line, however great, could ever do justice to the idea of God: and so he confined himself to the simplest three-dimensional form imaginable—a cube of stone....

 

When the Man Who Wrote Pakistan's National Anthem Saw the Divine in Hindu God Krishna
Nikhil Mandalaparthy

Could Jalandhari’s choice of words be referring to the importance Hinduism gives to seeing God? I don’t think it would be inaccurate to describe Hinduism as a religion which, among the five senses, gives primacy to sight as a way of connecting to the Divine. The central act of devotion when one goes to a Hindu temple is Darshan: gazing upon the decorated image of the deity. And, of course, the incredibly intricate and symbolic iconography of Hindu gods and goddesses suggests the importance of Saguna Brahman, God with a Form....

 

Eliyahu Hanavi is one of the oldest and most famous synagogues in Alexandria. Built in 1354, it was shelled during the French campaign in 1798, when Napoleon gave orders to raid it to build an artillery barricade between the Kom el-Deka fortress and the sea. The house of worship was rebuilt in 1850 upon the order of Muhammad Ali Pasha, who ruled Egypt from 1805 to 1848, and with contributions from his family.....

 

Religious differences will remain: we cannot wish them away. But what we can do is to learn to accept and live with them and even to learn and benefit from them while working together with people of diverse religious backgrounds for the common social good, recognizing this is mandated by the One God, the God of us all....

 

Portrait of Cheenai — a Hindu Sindhi ‘Other’
Syed Rizwan Mehboob

Here was a man, a Sindhi Hindu whose love for the motherland could not be shaken by worst possible, personal tragedies or privations. All his life, he had given generously for his motherland and its people and now displayed boundless pride on the prospects (he recited an apt couplet from great poet Bhittai) of his nephew shedding his blood for honour of his motherland — his Pakistan. For the first time in our eighteen years old acquaintance, I kissed the hands of this untouchable ‘other’, Pakistani, not worth the ‘mention’....

 

Representing Islam, Maria Khan, a member of Centre for Peace and Spirituality International said Quran regards saving a life as having saved the mankind. "Organ donation is a unique way of honouring the sanctity of life. This is why it is undoubtedly an Islamic act," she said. Judaism that had reservations in the past about organ donation has evolved with Rabbis world over now talking in its favour. "Every Jewish child is taught about `Tikkun Olam' which means heal the world. We can take it a step forward by continuing good deeds after we are dead," said Hannah Akiv Judah, representative of the Jewish community....

Jew-Hating Imams Need to be Removed
Shireen Qudosi

The war-mongering rhetoric of the imams was not slips of the tongue or off-hand comments. Their rhetoric is the same packaged radical ideology churned out in madrasas, terror camps, and online extremist publications. These are calculated and crafted messages that appear to convey the assumption that their religious "authority" will not be challenged....

 

The Choice between Coexistence or ISIS

The ISIS terrorist organization was established after the collapse of a series of coexistence trials. It changed maps and tore borders apart, and maps are like buildings, they always need maintenance. Negligence speeds up their demise with walls cracking and doors breaking down. Factionalism policies rattle their core and peace....

 

A New Perspective of ‘Jihad’ In Christianity and Islam
Craig Considine

Jesus, like Muhammad, taught his disciples and future believers that struggling is a fundamental element of the Christian faith. He told his disciples to “strive to enter in at the narrow gate...”, which mirrors the popular Muslim notion of staying on the “straight path” and maintaining dedication to practicing Islam to the best of one’s ability. Ultimately, Christians and Muslims are guided by their scripture to persevere in the face of their struggles. They are encouraged to struggle in this life, to maintain belief in God, in exchange for a higher reward when this life inevitably ends....

United Nations: Inter-Religious Coalition Aims For Peace in the Middle East
Joan Erakit

“The Holy Land has a special place in the hearts of billions of people around the world,” Guterres said, later adding, “With every passing day, frustration grows, hope diminishes, and the perspective of a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict seems more distant.”...

 

How Can The Church Promote Peace In The Holy Land?
Hannah Brockhaus

“In these institutions, the discourse of the Church is incarnated as the institutions serve one and all with no discrimination, showing that coexistence in mutual respect is not only possible but is the way forward that can open up the future, offering hope for the next generation.”...

 
An Evil Attempt to Spread Hatred In The Name of Jihad and the Quran
Maulana Abdul Hameed Nomani, Tr.by New Age Islam

An Evil Attempt to Spread Hatred In The Name of Jihad and the Quran
Maulana Abdul Hameed Nomani

With regard to Jihad and war, whether they are the verses of the Quran or Vedas or Shlokas of Gita, all are applicable to the individuals participating in the battle, and not to their relatives and tribes. Immediately after the verse that talks about killing the polytheists, it is also mentioned in the next verse, “And if any one of the polytheists seeks your protection, then grant him protection” (9:6). In today's fast-paced advertising system, it requires more than ever before that we present the teachings of Islam based on peace and ethics in their correct perspective....

Geography Cannot Be Altered and Neighbours Cannot Be Chosen
Juma Khan Sufi

Many things can be learnt from Afghans and they could be taught in their own logic. To them Jalaluddin Rumi (1207-1273) is Jalaluddin Balkhi (Afghan) as he was born in Balkh (some say in Wakhsh) in the Khwarezmian Empire, though he composed his poetry in Persian in today’s Kunya of Turkey (ancient Rome) and founded one of the Sufi Orders of the whirling Dervishes. One can go on and give a long list of luminaries of medieval history whom Afghans consider as Afghans and who either worked in the territory of present Afghanistan or were born there in Afghanistan like Rumi....

 

Abrahamic Hindutva: The Religious Fundamentalism That Is a Threat to India's Tolerant and Pluralist Civilisational Order
Tufail Ahmad

This is a threat to India's civilisation order which once thrived under liberty. The challenge for writers and yogis is to evolve a term other than "Hindu" to describe India's people and their practices and beliefs that are compatible with the indigenous ways of living. Until that happens, Abrahamic Hindutva is a living threat to India's civilisational order as known to our ancestors in the Vedic times.....

Mystic Healing: Lalan Shah Fakir’s Poems Act As A Syncretic Bridge In The Two Bengals
Kallol Bhattacherjee

A contemporary of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Swami Vivekananda, Lalan mixed the teachings Bengal’s Vaishnav hero Sri Chaitanya and Lord Krishna with the Islamic quest for Allah. Even after more than a century of Lalan’s demise, his songs continue to resonate on both sides of Bengal....

 

Cross-Border Philanthropy: An Indian Diplomat Who Offered To Fund His Alma Mater in Lahore
Khaled Ahmed

Aftab reached out to old Ravian Khushwant Singh in Delhi, actor Dev Anand when he visited Lahore with Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and recalled Balraj Sahni who came from Rawalpindi in 1930 to Lahore to study for BA but ended up editing the college magazine Ravi, apart from doing theatre with the great principal, Guru Dutt Sondhi, and actor-teacher Patras Bokhari. Aftab crossed over into Indian Punjab to invite old Ravians to an increasingly inward-looking and conservative Lahore...

 

Turkey’s Oldest Indigenous Culture Fears Extinction
Ayla Jean Yackley

Syriacs, sometimes called Assyrians, are heirs to a civilization in historical Mesopotamia that dates back as far as 3500 B.C., and many today still speak a dialect of Aramaic, the language of Christ. Most are Orthodox, but Syriacs belong to different Christian denominations. Their homeland of Tur Abdin, which translates as the Mountain of the Servants of God, is situated on a high plateau between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers and is studded with more than 80 monasteries...

 

A Train Ride to India in Better Times
Asif Noorani

“Oh, so you have come from Pakistan!” one of the boys said with a tinge of aggression in his tone. “You must have celebrated Pandit Ji’s death,” he presumed. The Indian prime minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had died a month or two earlier. “Well, we don’t celebrate anyone’s death, not even our enemy’s. As for Pandit Ji, we admire him for many of his qualities. I have read all his books avidly,” I replied coolly, though I was nervous inside....

 


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