Learning from Saifuddin
Roshan Shah, New Age Islam
After we had
lost so much, God blessed us with so much! Everything we receive is from God,
and for that we should be grateful. In my joyful gratitude to God I thought
that we should share something with people in our village who are economically
poorer than us—a meal once in a while....
“No matter what
our religious differences, we are all one, actually,” Rebello muses, “being
fellow children of the One God. I like thinking of dialogue as all of
us—Hindus, Christians, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists and everyone else—coming
together to form a circle and holding hands together in love, and then raising
our hands towards God.”....
In Assam, both
Hindu and Muslims tried to integrate Vaishnavism and Sufism, whereas in Bengal
some Muslims dreamt to amalgamate the culture of both the religions. The
question of conflict between the Hindus and the Muslims during the medieval
period is not true. The Vaishnavite culture seldom mentioned Islam as a religion,
but they considered it as a class like Brahmin or Kayastha.”...
Dr. Zahra Kashaniha
nurture and upbringing is based on two conditions: genetic and acquired.
Scholars and scientists differ as to whether inheritance or environment is more
effective. Some believe that inherited factors are more important than
Dr. Zahra Kashaniha
descriptions of the prophets and other prominent female personalities reveal
the importance of using them as an exemplar in our daily lives. This makes
certain that we are given the guidelines as to how to attain proximity to God.
Lady Mariam is the most distinguished female mentioned by name in the holy
Qur’an, so much so that an entire chapter is named after her.....
every religion,” Bishop Ayuso underscored, “must all feel citizenship in their
country, so that they can take part in building the common good and the social
good.” This is why Al-Azhar and the Holy See are called “to work together on
the issue of religious freedom,” the bishop said....
The world is in
the throes of violence at the present, and the need for interfaith harmony has
never been as urgent and great as it is today. To achieve this objective,
history should be rewritten, and focus should be on achievements in science,
art, literature, culture and ideas that have helped mankind. All wars and
savagery demonstrated by the Greek-Roman Empire, the British Empire, the
Ottoman Empire or the US imperialist outreach should be condemned....
In fact, many Urdu poets saw the avatars as
prophets, since there is no word for prophet in Hindi or other Indic languages,
and no concept of an avatar in Arabic, Farsi or Turkish. Al Beruni has recorded
how bilingual coins struck by Mahmud Ghazni used the Sanskrit word ‘avatar’ to
describe Prophet Muhammad. Mirza In line with this tradition, Mazhar
Jaan-e-Jaan (1699-1781) suggested the avatars of Vishnu – particularly Rama and
Krishna – should also be understood as prophets. Thus Iqbal was following in fairly
‘Hussaini Brahmins’ comes as a surprise for the majority of readers. It is
perceived as if two contradicting words are aligned together. However, its
definition is a source of inspiration for those who believe in plurality, unity
and diversity. At a time when communal animosity is escalating between Hindus
and Muslims, one should reminisce the valour shown by Brahmins residing in
North-West frontier (now Pakistan) by joining the martyrdom of the revered
decision that Muslims will join their Hindu neighbours in pulling the Raghunath
chariot in the famous Kullu Dussehra of Himachal Pradesh is just one example of
the many ways in which people of various communities have been coming together
to celebrate each other’s festivals. It
is true that such celebrations have been damaged and reduced in recent times by
narrow sectarian propaganda. Planned efforts would be one way to maintain and
revive such traditions....
Syed Ata Hasnain
As a senior
commander in Kashmir some of my most satisfying moments were those when I did a
round robin of all Gurudwaras of the units on Guru Purab, ending with Langar
with the unit usually deployed in the most difficult area. Once in a Muslim
Grenadiers unit, its Hindu company commander put me to shame when I saw that he
was keeping all 30 Rozas with his men and even reading all five Namaz which he knew
Jane Louise Kandur
Thus, it is
easy to see that the appellation "Islamist Party" is not the correct
term for the AK Party. To refer to the AK Party in this way would be tantamount
to lumping a Christian Democrat Party together with far-right parties, for
example a Neo-Nazi party. In fact, it is even worse, for by referring to Muslim
Democrat Parties as Islamist parties, these movements are thrown together with
Daish or Boko Haram. ...
Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam
With the shared teachings of Islam and the Bible
on making peaceful relations with the neighbours, we as Muslims, and they as
Christians or Jews, can repel enmity and violence with peace and harmony.
However, it is becoming increasingly arduous to do so when we see some Muslims,
Christians and Jews uttering hateful remarks against one another as neighbours
across the world in the name of their, and our, religion. This is extremely
disheartening to face such an unwanted situation. To cope up with this sort of
problem, Muslims, Christians and Jews should keep into their mind that peaceful
coexistence with all types of neighbours is the nature and one of the essential
teachings of their religions....
Pope of Non-Violence
consists in living together. For this reason we are called to free ourselves
from the heavy burdens of distrust, fundamentalism and hate. Believers should
be artisans of peace in their prayers to God and in their actions for
“All major religious traditions carry the same
message: a message of love, compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment,
self-discipline - all religious traditions,” he said. “These are the common
ground, and common practice. “On that level, we can build a genuine harmony, on
the basis of mutual respect, mutual learning, and mutual admiration.”..
“We feel as if
our founder has been kidnapped and held hostage by extremists. His captors
parade him in front of cameras to say, under duress, things he obviously
doesn’t believe. As their blank-faced puppet, he often comes across as
anti-poor, anti-environment, anti-gay, anti-intellectual, anti-immigrant and
anti-science. That’s not the Jesus we met in the Gospels!”...
written by Gopal Sharman has been hailed as the Ramayana for our times. This
has sprung from noted Tamil author, a Naa Subramaniam’s comment in a review:
“The Ramayana awaited only a poet who could see in Rama the qualities,
characteristics and hankerings of the human personality today. Sharman has
turned out to be that poet.”...
call to prayer blends seamlessly with the Aarti at a nearby temple late
afternoon at the bustling Jarg Chowk in Malerkotla. Women in Burqas and saris
bustle about, chatting in Punjabi and breaking into giggles now and again. A
young girl in a Hijab helps her friend pick a Rakhi. It is another ordinary
day, as different faiths attest, in Malerkotla — Punjab’s lone Muslim-majority
city. Locals here treat arson and stone-pelting, fallout of an alleged
desecration of the Quran on June 28, as an aberration. A blot brought about,
they say, by outsiders.....
matter was not so simple and over the last century we have seen three distinct
categories of Muslims emerge in response to the challenges of modernity:
mystics, literalists and modernists. ...
individuals to embrace Islam provided clear defined channels between the
Prophet (saws) and their respective sections of society. Take Khadeeja (as) and
Abu-Bakr (ra), both of who helped spread Islam to the Meccan elite or Imam Ali
(as) who represented the youth in Islam.
It was these intersectional links that were a key driving force in the
spread of the religion. ...
Both Islam and
Christianity claim to be revealed religions, holding that their teachings are
truths that God himself has conveyed to us and wants everyone to accept. They
were, from the start, missionary religions. A religion charged with bringing
God’s truth to the world faces the question of how to deal with people who
refuse to accept it....
important bond that Jesus Christ and Prophet Muhammad share is their love for
humanity. Both of them cared for other people and groups as much as their own
followers. Jesus taught his followers to "Honour all people, love the
brotherhood" (1 Peter 2:17). Christ's love for humanity is also seen in
Philippians (2:1-2), which calls on human beings to comfort and love one
another and to be of "one accord, of one mind." The Prophet Muhammad
reiterated Jesus's love for humanity in stating "All God's creatures are
His family" (Al-Bukhari). ....
"Muslims don't rent out their houses to us easily, and often we lie
and pretend to have Muslim names to avoid unnecessary attention." I almost
fell off my chair laughing. "It's the same with Indian Muslims! Just
Google and see reports of housing discrimination," I told him. I also told
him how sad I felt when the air-conditioning repair mechanic who came to my
house the other day lied when I asked him his name. He claimed to be Satya when
his name was Nadeem. ....
The Lebanese grocer was unperturbed. “We want Israel to become like
America, inclusive, where a black man can become president, where Muslims,
Christians, Jews live in amity as they did before the advent of Adolf Hitler
and Arthur James Balfour. Israel wants all Arabs to become like Saudi Arabia.”
Dr. Craig Considine
Islamic apologetics is a necessary aspect of the experience of being a
human being. No matter what religion you come from, we are all commanded by the
prophets before us to spread goodwill to our neighbors and strangers. That is
the essence of being Muslim, that is the essence of being Christian, and that
is most definitely the essence of being human. To that I say: Peace...