From Turkey to
Iran, the Buddhist thought had been woven into poetry. Take Rumi or Adam Sanai
in the 12th century, Buddha’s presence is inescapable. “Someone who keeps aloof
from suffering is not a lover,” says Sanai in a translation by Coleman Barks.
Buddha would be smiling with joy, not the half smile of Firaq....
impossible for anyone who studies the life and character of the great Prophet
of Arabia, who knows how he taught and how he lived, to feel anything but
reverence for that mighty Prophet, one of the great messengers of the Supreme.
And although in what I put to you I shall say many things which may be familiar
to many, yet I myself feel whenever I re-read them, a new way of admiration, a
new sense of reverence for that mighty Arabian teacher.”...
One can have as
many “partners” as one wish and at the State’s expense and no questions asked!
Because legislating against the practice would violate some form of freedoms,
yet the politically and some might say racially motivated clamour behind the
moral disgust is deafening. As far as imposing burden on the taxpayer is
concerned, on daily basis it is reported in the media as to how the welfare
system is cheated by all sorts of people and in millions of dollars! Muslims
‘single mothers’ of polygamous marriage are not the only experts in this
The Nawabs of
Oudh gave several grants to the temples of Ayodhya and provided them protection
in other ways. The Diwan of Nawab Safdarjung built several temples in Ayodhya
and arranged for the repair of other temples. Nawab Safdarjung gave land for
the construction of a temple at Hanumangarhi. Asafadullah’s Diwan gave further
help for the construction of a temple......
As the monk in
the above-mentioned story would say, if a distinctive ‘religious’ dress helps
one to stay on the right path each time one may be tempted to stray, it is
useful or skilful means. But if turns into a fetish, made into an end in itself
and simply a marker of identity to distinguish oneself from others, then it has
completely lost its purpose....
The study of
terrorists’ history suggests there is a relationship between these two forms of
radical discourse. Distant authorities talking in a deniably cryptic way
contribute to the rationalization for violence. This shift toward violence can
have an effect at just about every level — from the lone-wolf killer, to
couples, to hidden cells..... radicalization of an entire nation is possible,
too — typically after reckless innuendo from political leaders becomes
acceptable and then routine....
should register as Muslims because we know the horrors of religious
registration all too well.” ....“Targeting all Muslims is a horror movie that
we Jews are all too familiar with. It can easily lead to heightened
discrimination, persecution and scapegoating. In the United States, there is no
place — no place, whatsoever — for this kind of divisive, hateful
In the ranks of
Hindus and later Sikhs, the spiritual Bhakti movement in India was a blessing
for the Sufi saints. The Bhakti phenomenon took inspiration from the Bhagavad
Gita and Upanishads. The Sufi saints placed those texts on a firmer ground of
acceptance. The Bhakti movement gained momentum in the 11th and 12th centuries
with the rise of Sufi culture in the country. Hindu scholars were explicitly
influenced by aspects of Sufism, like its concentration on 'one god', which
resulted in the emergence of many religious reformers in the country....
concluded that it wasn’t Muslim anti-Semitism leading the trend; rather, it was
the far larger populations of Christians. As he noted, the number of Spanish
citizens who express unfavourable views of Jews is almost 50 per cent; Muslims
make up less than 3 per cent of Spain’s population and aren’t growing fast. So
“a European anti-Semite remains far more likely to be Christian than Muslim.”
The larger problem, he concluded, is “the tendency of wily politicians to play
Jews and Muslims against each other for purposes of their own.”...
In my work as
the director of an interfaith-youth movement, I have had the privilege of
visiting numerous mosques in Seattle and forming close friendships and
professional relationships with many Muslims. Through these contacts, I have
come to see Islam as a religion that espouses peace, compassion and tolerance.
I have been humbled to see the work done by mosques…
If the question
is: How do you have a healthy religiously diverse democracy. I think the answer
is that we have to recognize that people can disagree on some fundamental or
ultimate concerns, and work together on others. An interfaith leader creates
the spaces, curates the conversations and forms the activities for these kinds
of relationships to emerge...
bring people together and strengthen us as a society. When Christian, Jewish,
Sikh and agnostic friends marked Eid festivities at home with me earlier this
year, it didn’t mean they were confused, but that they wanted to acknowledge
its importance to me, as well as dive into some Eid grub. Sharing in the
Shabbat rituals with Jewish friends or wishing Hindu friends a happy Diwali
won’t make me lose a sense of who I am, but enriches my own sense of faith....
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....