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Interfaith Dialogue

A Choice of Two Religions: Believing In Both Does Not Cancel Out One or the Other
Amaryllis Puspabening

But my faith transcends the religions I was taught. Without Islam, I may never have known God, and without Catholicism, I may have never grown to love Him. One can never know nor love God completely—and so I shall continue to learn...

 

Michel Ayoub's holy racket begins each day at 2am, when he steps into the cobbled streets of Acre's old city with tambourine in hand, awakening Muslims for Ramadan. His role as the city's "Mesaharati" is a traditional one during the sacred fasting month, but Ayoub is by no means a traditional holder of the position: He is Christian....


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Whether we are Christian, Muslim, Jewish, or of any other religion that looks to sacred books for guidance and inspiration from God, we can look deeper, with a more spiritual eye at our holy texts. We can find there marching orders, not to go to war against our fellow human beings, but to go to war against human greed, oppression, and injustice in all of its forms....

 

I listen to him and explain that not everything in the Christian faith was written down verbally and literally in the Bible. While the Quran for a Muslim is the exact word of God—in Arabic—for a Christian, the Bible was written by humans under inspiration from God....

 

The Road Less Travelled: One Rabbi’s Reflections on Islam
Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

In an age of extremes, it is easy to be an extremist. The real religious hero is the one who takes the road less travelled, showing that faith heals, not harms. That is what Islam did in the great age of Al Andalusia and La Convivencia in Spain, and it won the admiration of the world. Who will do it today?...

 

Love God and love your fellow human beings. Live by the truth, live with compassion. Do not do what is evil and say what is false, but follow God’s commandments and engage in good deeds of useful service for others Anyone who reads the scriptures of Islam or of Christianity with love for God and love for fellow human beings at heart will find these things taught there in many ways, and through many examples...

“2-in-1” is an apt metaphor for the way in which I now relate to the fact of religious plurality. It wasn’t always this way, though.  Over the years, I have had the good fortune of being exposed to many religions. On the way, I went through various phases, during which I identified with and sought to follow (albeit in a partial and only semi-serious way) various religions, one after another....

And no matter how many different ways we may hear God’s voice, it is the same message being given through all the religions of the earth: Love God and love your fellow human beings. Live by the truth, live with compassion. Do not do what is evil and say what is false, but follow God’s commandments and engage in good deeds of useful service for others...

 
The Beauty of Difference
Su Niye, New Age Islam

A garden’s beauty is enhanced by the sheer variety of trees and flowers that it hosts. In the same way, our lives, at both the personal and the collective level, can be greatly enriched when people from different backgrounds—class, ideological, ethnic, religious, national and so on..

 

Typically, religionists see their religion’s dogmas and rituals as the core of their religions, believing theirs to be the only, or the best, or the most suitable and sensible ones. Since the various religions differ in matters of dogma and ritual, this difference serves as a basis for setting off one religious community from the others, which, in turn, can be used to foment supremacism and conflict with others, as has indeed happened through much of human history.

According to local and British historians, Dara Shikoh had given orders to build the mausoleum of Mian Mir Shikoh. He was a Mughal prince with Sufi and mystical inclinations. He strongly believed in social harmony and a peaceful co-existence....

This requires us to take it upon ourselves to research and learn about traditions and viewpoints which are practiced and yet foreign to us. It asks that we see the world in others’ eyes, from time to time. And, like travel, perhaps experiencing Ramadan as a non-Muslim can be just as rewarding.....

 

This Ramadan, Curious George Teaches Kids about Islam and Muslims
Engy Abdelkader

To help overcome Islamophobia and foster mutual respect, acceptance and understanding, teachers, parents, community leaders and librarians can use books like these to educate children about Muslims while enhancing religious literacy....

 

From Catholic to Christian to Muslim to Jewish, a dozen speakers representing a variety of religions and organizations from the city spoke before a packed house. Every seat was filled and people lined the walls of the building....

 

The Power of Jewish-Muslim Dialogue
Akbar S Ahmed

Most notably, Lord Sacks told of how Rabbi Moses Maimonides, “the greatest rabbi of the Middle Ages”, was inspired by Islam. He explained, “Not only his philosophy, but almost every aspect of his work was influenced by and stimulated by Islam. His creation of this magnificent legal code was inspired by Shariah codes.”...

 

Interfaith Iftars Aim to Bring Communities Together This Ramadan
Antonia Blumberg

“The people I meet in Taking Heart programs are all very committed to their communities, the greater good and interfaith encounters,” she said. “I loved learning more about what makes Islam and Muslim practice unique, but also really appreciate how ‘ordinary’ they are...

 

Devraj was Hindu, and my grandfather was Muslim, but they both spoke Sindhi and shared familial roots. Theirs was not a unique story. Unlike in Punjab, where partition brought bloodshed on an unprecedented scale, the Sindh province to the south saw little or no communal violence. The Hindus of Sindh largely stayed behind. Muslim and Hindu families shared bonds that reached back generations; a sense of respect for community prevailed. ..

 

Passover in the Quran: A Shared Islamic-Jewish View
Rabbi Allen S. Maller

And if Jews and Muslims throughout the world became closer, then maybe Palestinians and Israelis could overcome and pass over the terrible plagues that have afflicted them in our generation. Then the world would have another miraculous event to celebrate...

 

Muhammad (SAW) As Spirit of Truth: A Christian Testimony against Islamophobia - Part Two
Ian Mevorach

Jesus, in the Gospel of John, predicts the coming of a future prophet he calls “the spirit of truth”:  “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.” (John 16:12-15, NRSV)...

 

Pakistan's Sufi Dervishes, Digambar Jain Monks and Udasi Sadhus
Haroon Khalid

This is a unique feature of Islamic spirituality, where Sufi men present themselves as females to their deity, who is imagined to be a male figure. Using references from the iconic Punjabi love legend they refer to themselves as Heer while God is referred to as Ranjha. This is similar to the Bhakti tradition of Krishan-devotion, where the devotee presents himself as Radha, the perfect lover, to Krishna, the deity.....

 

Even After Death, People Fear Muslims
Craig Considine

Muslims in Dudley and elsewhere must be given the right to bury their dead with peaceful dignity. This is called showing basic human decency. It is called loving our neighbors, for you Christians out there. ....

Living together with people of different faiths can teach you many things, including the art of cordial interfaith coexistence, which is something that reading about other faiths or brief encounters with people from other religious traditions at interfaith meetings simply cannot....

How a Muslim and a Hindu Became 'Blood Brothers'
Gani Ansari

Miteri relationships seem to be disappearing as times change. I feel as if Nepalese society is turning more self-centric, religion-centric and caste- and ethnicity-centric, one sign of which is the hate speech you can find on social media. But there is still a reason for me to be happy. My 10-year-old niece has also been in a "Miteri relationship" for the last four years. My niece, like me, is a Muslim, but her "blood sister" is a Hindu Brahmin.....

 

We Need to Bridge the Divide between Jews and Muslims Now More Than Ever
Akbar Ahmed

As we watch the rise of both Islamophobia and anti-Semitism across the U.S. and around the globe, we must all bear in mind the foreboding poetry of German pastor and anti-Nazi dissident Martin Niemöller:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out —

Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out —

Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out —

Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.....

 

Muhammad as Spirit of Truth: A Christian Testimony against Islamophobia - Part One
Ian Mevorach

Now, in the 21st century, it is high time for Christians to acknowledge how wrong we have been. Islam is the second-largest religion on the planet and is an integral part of human civilization as we know it. Islam is a beautiful, complex religion that supports human dignity, arts and sciences, spirituality, economic, environmental and racial justice, and so much more. As Christians today we are called to acknowledge the integrity of Islam and embrace Muslims as brothers and sisters in faith. And the key, I believe, to making this paradigm shift is choosing to see Muhammad differently, in light of our faith.....



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