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Interfaith Dialogue

Religiosity, Atheism and Nones: Rate of Atheism Being the Same in the USA and Saudi Arabia
Ejaz Naqvi

It is indeed a complex subject and any attempt to simplify it would leave to erroneous conclusions. But this trend is cause for concern for those of us who do care about belief in God and food for thought for those who are ‘in charge’ of religiosity and places of worship. How do they make these places more welcoming? They need to ask their congregations about their reasons for leaving, in addition to analyzing the polls on this subject....

Close personal relationships between people from different faith backgrounds are an important means for promoting interfaith understanding and inter-community harmony. In addition, they can also be a great way for us to grow personally. Such relationships can provide us opportunities to learn good things from other religious traditions and their adherents, which we can employ in our own life, for our own benefit....

 

Only God Knows What Jesus Would Do If He Returned Today, He Might Have To Resort To What He Did 2000 Years Ago
Ejaz Naqvi

When faced with certain situations, Christians often use the phrase ‘What Would Jesus Do’ as a reminder to them to behave in a manner that reflects their love for Jesus Christ. The phrase’ What Would Jesus Do’, or WWJD, can be traced as far back as the 19th century, when the evangelical Charles Spurgeon used it in his sermon, and in turn borrowed the concept from the early church’s Imitatio Christi ....

Music Should Soar Across the World and Captivate All Humanity: Allah, Jesus and Ram Make No Difference
Ram Puniyani

One cannot forget the brilliant Bhajans (devotional songs) sung by Mohammad Rafi, Man Tarpat Hari Darshna Ko Aaj (Baiju Bawara) or ‘Insaf Ka Mandir Hai Ye (Amar). There is a long list of these inter religious cultural expressions. The contributions of Ustad Bismillah Khan, Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan match those of Ravi Shanker and Shiv Kumar Sharma to give just one example. In current times music maestro A R Rahman, on one side is composing ‘Piya Haji Ali’ and on the other is composing ‘Shantakaram Bhujanagshayanam’....

Warming Of Relations between Israel and Muslim World Raises Hopes Of Genuine Peace in the Broader Middle East
Mike Fegelman

The warming of ties between Israel and Sunni-majority Muslim nations and Gulf countries have taken place in the backdrop of shared concerns over Shia Iran’s destabilizing efforts, its supporting terror proxies, and quest for nuclear weapons. The Saudis, just like the Israelis, are grievously concerned about Tehran’s expansionist efforts to gain hegemony in the Middle East and its direct involvement in propping up Syria’s Assad regime, its fomenting violence in Iraq, and its supporting rebels fighting in Yemen and terror groups like Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Hamas, and Islamic Jihad in Gaza....

 

How Can The Humanist Fight The Terrorist?
Rajmohan Gandhi

“The Hindus, the Muslims, the Parsis and the Christians who have made India their country are fellow-countrymen, and they will have to live in unity, if only for their own interest.” “In no part of the world are one nationality and one religion synonymous terms; nor has it ever been so in India.” “Is the God of the Muslim different from the God of the Hindu? …There are deadly proverbs as between the followers of Siva and those of Vishnu, yet nobody suggests that these two do not belong to the same nation.”

In the once-united Indian subcontinent, Sufi poetry and thought became the balming influence among different communities and faiths during the Middle Ages. Absorbing the finest tenets of Hinduism and Islam, Sufi spiritual thought touched a chord in the hearts of thousands and offered a world view without any ethnic or community differences....

 

There Is Nothing UnIslamic About Celebrating Thanksgiving Day
Ejaz Naqvi

The Holy Qur’an repeatedly asks the followers to be thankful to God and remember His bounties. Prophet Muhammad asked his followers to be thankful to others. Surah Rahmaan (The Beneficent), chapter 55 of the Qur’an, is a perfect example where God repeatedly reminds us of all the bounties, and then asks us this question in a verse that repeats over and over:

Which then of the bounties of your Lord will you deny?...

How Long Will It Be Before Someone Demands The Exorcising Of Old Movies And Books To Purge All References To Communal Harmony?
Sidharth Bhatia

 In the film itself, the Emperor, a Muslim, is married to Jodhabai, a Hindu Rajput, which, by implications makes the Mughal lineage part Hindu from then onwards. There is no indication that she has converted; she celebrates Janmashtami in the palace – where the filmmaker K. Asif inserted an unforgettable song sung by Lata Mangeshkar, ‘Mohe Panghat Pe Nandlal Chedh Gayo Re’. Later in the film, in all together more tragic circumstances, Lata Mangeshkar also sings the ‘Naat ‘Bekas pe Karam Kijiye Sarkar-e-Madina’. The lyrics for both were written by Shakil Badayuni and were composed by Naushad....

An all-white painted shrine complex that has largely been inspired by the Central Asian architecture, ‘Caravanserai’, the Udero Lal shrine is a symbol of interfaith harmony. These were mostly built by traders in Central Asia as a roadside inn where travellers could rest and recover from the day’s journey and are rarely seen in the Indian subcontinent....

 

A Trailblazer For Sure: The Muslim Gatekeepers of the Jewish Synagogue
Ejaz Naqvi

America is rich in cultural and religious diversity too but how many synagogues would employ Muslim caretakers? How many mosques in America would employ a caretaker/gatekeeper from the Jewish community (or people of other faith)? Can we copy and paste this beautiful example of Jewish-Muslim relationship in the Holy Land? I wonder if we have similar examples in Israel. Surely, it would also be wonderful to have the opposite- Jews working in a mosque in a Muslim-majority country....

Is the Growth of Interfaith Unity Possible Across the World?
Rabbi Allen S. Maller

Christians and Jews believe the hill is Jerusalem. Muslims believe the valley is Mecca. I believe they are all correct; and God willing, someday everyone may see both cities and their holy sanctuaries, Jerusalem’s Temple (Beit HaMikdosh) and Mecca’s Ka'ba, (Baitullah), as a pair of lungs breathing the Holy Spirit (Arabic: ??? ?????, Ru? al-Qudus; Hebrew: Ruakh ha-Kodesh) into the material world. For this breath/spirit of the Living God is central to humanity’s spiritual inspiration from the One God of Abraham, Ishmael and Isaac.

In fairness, contemporary American atheists may be inclined to wage war on religion because religion has been waging war on them for so long. A brief truce was reached at the end of the Obama Administration, when Congress passed, and the President signed, a new version of the International Religious Freedom Act that officially included nonbelievers.

 

Mahatma Gandhi: A symbol of peace
Hussein Shobokshi

Gandhi’s nonviolent movement inspired the American civil rights champion Martin Luther King as well as the great African leader Nelson Mandela, who restored civil and social peace to his country. It also inspired the Czech hero Vaclav Havel, leader of the Velvet Revolution....

 

Bhagat Puran Singh: Insights Into a Life Well Lived

Khushwant Singh notes that at the Pingalwara, the home that Bhagatji set up for the people he tended to, “No discrimination was ever made on grounds of religion or caste: its inmates included Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims”. Anand observes that emotionally and physically ostracized humans were taken care of in the Pingalwara irrespective of their religion, caste, class or gender....

The Holy Quran, Hebrew Scripture and New Testament Agree On Respect for Parents
Ejaz Naqvi

Associating other gods with God (Shirk) is the greatest sin according to the Qur’an. It is very interesting to note that in many of these verses, avoiding Shirk and showing kindness to parents are ordained side by side, highlighting Qur’an’s emphasis on respecting and serving the parents.  This is not surprising since parents are the closest things to God on this earth...

Masjid Al Aqsa: The Holy Land Is Holy Because the Scriptures for the Jews, Christians and Muslims Proclaimed It Holy
Ejaz Naqvi

The Holy Land is reportedly termed holy land-الأرض المقدس, (Al-Ard Al-Muqaddasah) at least 7 times in the Qur’an; the most direct was in reference to Moses and the Israelites. And when Moses said to his people: O my people! Remember the favour of Allah upon you when He raised prophets among you and made you kings and gave you what He had not given to any other among the nations. O my people! Enter the holy land which Allah has prescribed (ordained) for you and turn not on your backs for then you will turn back losers. The Qur’an 5:20-21...

Hussaini Brahmins, Various Hindu Figures Mark Muharram
Khalid Alvi

This seemingly inter-religious nomenclature is not an indication of a lack in Brahmanical sentiment but it is very true that they not only participate in the Muharram processions and mourning, but also abstain from social celebrations like marriages during the month of Muharram. The sect is also not as remote as one might imagine. It boasts of a number of well known names amongst its followers. Film star Sunil Dutt and Urdu writers such as Kashmiri Lal Zakir, Sabir Dutt and Nand Kishore Vikram are some of the better known Hussaini Brahmins....

 

The battle of Karbala: Shia and Sunni Alike Mourn Shahadat of Hussain Ibne Ali
Syeda Mehr Mustafa

What have the battlefields of Islamic history not seen? From the victory of 313 out-numbered believers at Badr, the liver of Hazrat Hamza eaten in Uhud by Hind, to the Prophet’s youngest wife atop a camel in the Battle of Jam’al? However, no battlefield has altered the course of Muslim history like Karbala and no sacrifice is remembered like the sacrifice of Hussain Ibne Ali in 680 C.E. No memory from early Islam has cast such darkness upon the Muslim world than of this horrifying massacre. No tragedy has provoked such haunting questions in the heart of Islam as Karbala does....

 

The Judeo-Islamic Tradition Has Deep Historical Roots That Zionism and Islamism Have Tried To Erase: Yum Kippur and Ashura
Hamid Dabashi

From Saadia Gaon (882-942) to Yehuda Halevi (1075-1141) to Maimonides (1135-1204), the leading luminaries of Jewish philosophy were in enduring conversation with their Muslim counterpart - Avicenna (980-1037), Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (1058-1111) and Averroes (1126-1198).  This Judeo-Islamic philosophical tradition was real and not created out of any political convenience or necessity. Today, militant Zionism, puritanical Islamism and evangelical imperialism are collectively invested in concealing these historical facts and either denying or else catapulting the profound heritage of Judeo-Islamic philosophy back into "ancient times"....

The Earliest Chinese Contact with Islam Was Reported to Be Some Years after Prophet Muhammad’s Passing
Muhammad Syafiq Borhannuddin

Other major Muslim personalities who made an impact on the cultural legacy of Islam in Chinese history include Syed Umar Shams al-Din (Sayyid al-Ajall) (1279). He was said to be the 27th generation of Prophet Muhammad’s descendent and a highly regarded Muslim official during the Yuan Dynasty. He was appointed imperial minister of finance, as recorded by Marco Polo in the 13th century. Sayyid al-Ajall was subsequently tasked with governing Yunnan and was described by one contemporary historian to have brought “civilisation” to Yunnan....

 

Islamist Base in Tunisia Has Come Back To Life Over Inter-Religious Marriages
Frédéric Bobin

The battle over inter-religious marriage is, in fact, raging across the country. In Marsa, another village in northern Tunisia, the mayor, Slim Meherzi, a modernist with no party affiliation, has just celebrated a mixed marriage: a Tunisian woman with a Portuguese Catholic. He's very proud of it and is preparing to do it again in one month, this time with a French groom....

 

A rabbi, a minister, and an imam walk into a bar. No, really. Since 9/11, three religious leaders in Seattle have been meeting for sometimes “vigorous” discussions, lecturing together, and even doing joint spiritual teaching. Rabbi Ted Falcon is founder of Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue, Reverend Don Mackenzie is minister and head of staff at the University Congregational United Church of Christ, and Jamal Rahman is a Muslim Sufi minister at the Interfaith Community Church. And that time they walked into a bar?...

 

This year, for the first time in 33 years, the solemn days of Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Muharram (the Islamic New Year) juxtapose. In both faiths, the advent of the New Year is a time for introspection and self-examination. The upcoming holiday season for 16 million Jews and 1.6 billion Muslims offers the opportunity to reflect on the current state of Muslim-Jewish relations, how far we have come and the journey as we venture forth....

 

Jesus Christ's Sermon on the Mount and Islamic Perspective
Ejaz Naqvi

God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth. Matthew 5:5

And the servants of Most Gracious (Allah) are those who walk on the earth in humility, and when the ignorant [in reference to pagans of Mecca] address them, they say, ‘Peace!’ [Salaam] The Qur’an 25:63...

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