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
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
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.”.....
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
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. ...
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.....
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.....
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
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. ....
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….
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
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."...
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.....
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......
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.
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.”
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.”
Years to explore how Christians and Muslims could co-witness to their faith. He said it is possible when both Muslims and Christians bring their core values and enter into action on areas of common concern. This point helps one understand that dialogue is not only possible but also essential, said one of the participants.
Yoginder Sikand, New Age Islam
Both Jesus and the Prophet Muhammad were “a mercy to mankind”, Mr. Ghouse said. “Together they offered solutions to restore the world through forgiveness, humility, kindness, justness and acceptance of the otherness of others, which is crystallized in our definition of pluralism as respecting the otherness of the others and accepting the uniqueness of each one of us.”...
Francis, like other pope's before him, has long shared monthly prayers with the world, but never before via video. His prayer for January, he said, is "that sincere dialogue among men and women of different faiths may produce the fruits of peace and justice." Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim and Christian faiths are represented in the video.
H A Hellyer
The time has come to be more emphatic about ensuring a protection of pluralism in this region. But trying to carve out and prioritise a zone of religious freedom in a political sense leads to some very dubious policies – and, ultimately, it is not effective.
Impressive as the new stress on inter-faith diplomacy may be, its practitioners still struggle to spread the message beyond the clerical ivory tower in Najaf, and to reach the religious politicians and militiamen who also claim to be acting in their faith's name. Only when that happens will it be possible to say that Shia Islam in Iraq has "embraced the other".