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Interfaith Dialogue

Prejudice, unfortunately, can be found in all corners of society, and spreads like a virus. It is often caused by a lack of knowledge and false interpretations, despite what Britain ultimately stands for, which is mutual respect, liberty and tolerance. But our lived reality shows that while there is hate and discrimination that certainly needs to be tackled, there is also huge compassion, cross-community understanding and shared values in our brilliant Britain....

 

Prophet’s Prohibition against Two Deens Has Been Mistranslated: Deen Means Religious Authority, Not Religion
The Economist

Chroniclers record the existence of a synod in a diocese called Beit Qatraye, near Jubail, in 676AD, more than 40 years after the Prophet’s death. Moreover, the peninsula’s six other countries all have churches. Qatar, which follows the same Wahhabi school of Islam as Saudi Arabia, let one be built a decade ago. Bahrain did so in 1906. This year it broke ground on Our Lady of Arabia, a new cathedral....

If believing in Jesus as a messenger of God implies believing in Christianity, then all believers in Islam are also Christians. Everyman knows the existence of a Supreme Being. But how to reach the Supreme Being is the problem. As for Muslims and Christians, the status of Jesus is basically the difference. No Muslim can claim true belief without believing in Jesus Christ who was one of the five “exalted” prophets of God. There is also the belief of Muslims in destiny which implies that the creation of Muslims and Christians to coexist in Nigeria by God is not a mistake....

 

Why Muslims Believe the Ten Commandments Are Very Islamic
Ejaz Naqvi

The Ten Commandments appear twice in the Torah-in the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy. It is important to point out that there are no universally accepted parallels in Islam to the Ten Commandments and this is but one view of a set of Commandments in the Qur’an. Just like the Hebrew Bible, the Qur’an does not limit the Commandments to ten. Like the Hebrew Bible, there are numerous additional Commandments that are spread throughout the Qur’an....

 

With the claims of marginalization by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Supreme Council for Shari’ah in Nigeria (SCSN), who are those in majority then in the Buhari-government? Maybe non-Muslims and non-Christians! Buhari is then vindicated. No citizen in Buhari’s government will claim to belong to any religion other than Islam and Christianity. On that note, the two bodies have, therefore, justified that Buhari is just, transparent and politically willed to take Nigeria to the Promised Land....

 

Our Faith in Hindu-Muslim Unity Only Strengthens When We See Allama Iqbal Calling Ram Imam-e-Hind
Mohammed Wajihuddin

Yes, mob lynching is abominable and institutionalized biases are worrisome but India is too strong to get split by such incidents. Didn’t we see recently how a man received flak from both Hindus and Muslims when he claimed on the social media that he refused to ride an OLA car he had booked because the driver was a Muslim? Our social bonding is not so brittle as to break so easily. Unless, of course, the people become complacent and the state remains a mute witness or become complicit in the acts of violent vigilantism....

The Laws of God Were Being Violated, Let Muslims and Jews Carry the Message of Peace to the People
Tariq A. Al-Maeena

“Rabbi, you say your name is Yosep?” I inquired. “Yes, like the Christians have Joseph,” he responded “Ah, like we have Yusuf among the Muslims. The same name except perhaps interpreted differently. Much like we all have the same God. So, you are a religious man, a man of the cloth so to speak, and whom we address as Sheikh in our country.”...

 

We Need To Listen Very Hard To the Average Muslim Neighbour, Not the Extremist Voice, To Acquire Knowledge about Each Other
Akbar Ahmed

Acquire knowledge and think for yourself. The first step for both Muslims and non-Muslims is to acquire knowledge about each other and be encouraged to think for themselves when considering items in the media, as we live in a world of fake news and false information. This suggestion follows the almost universal advice given to us in the field: to use our own common sense...

 

Jewish Mosul:  Iraq Is Aware Of the Power of Culture to Bring Back Hope and Peace
Seth Frantzman

From the ruins has emerged a vibrant desire by local residents to revive the city’s history, cultural life and diversity. Residents who suffered under ISIS rule, as well as returning refugees, want to bring a new energy to the city as a way of showcasing both the diversity of the past and a future that will never again surrender to the extremism of groups like ISIS....

 

Prophets and Saints like Muhammad, Jesus, Mary, Buddha or Rumi Belong to All Humanity, rather Than a Particular Religion or Ideology
Daliah Merzaban

Moments of insight like these remind me that journeying on the Sufi path puts me in direct contact not only with my living teachers, but with a lineage of saints, prophets and friends of God. In my own tradition of Mevlevi Sufism, rooted in the teachings of Maulana Rumi, I sometimes imagine the dialogue between Shams of Tabriz and Rumi happening within me....

Marvellous and Courageous Collaboration between Jewish and Muslim Communities during the Holocaust
John Elzufon

So intense was the Nazi preoccupation with killing Jews that towards the end of World War II, when German rail capacity was limited and Hitler had to choose between using trains to transport troops to fight to save his Third Reich or using trains to transport Jews to the death camps, Hitler chose to kill Jews...

 

His battles were not fought against other religions, but against those who had attacked and oppressed the young Islamic community. We could equally show other examples from history, which would include the Buddha going on missions to prevent war during his life, or Francis of Assisi setting out on a peace-building mission during the height of the crusades to speak with the Muslim leader Salahuddin Ayubi, better known in the West as Saladin.....

 

The Cornerstones of All Three Abrahamic Faiths — Love God and Neighbour — Spill Into Practical Action
Kathy Coffey

One of the most treasured ornaments on my Christmas tree is a tiny crèche made in Bethlehem that my Muslim friend Maram brought from her native country. Somehow she knew its profound meaning for Christians; somehow she tapped that deep underground stream that bathes us all.....

We Need a Positive, Inclusive and Humanistic Approach to Bridge the Gap between the Faiths
Jan-e-Alam Khaki

Comparative religious studies are undertaken with the sole purpose of illuminating and enlightening rather than passing value judgements of good or bad, right or wrong. This approach educates us about how each community has a reservoir of meanings, a history, a culture, a ‘six-foot well’, as Buddha would say; that nourishes their faith. The expressions and symbolic language are distinct to that faith from others, as Rumi tells us, yet convey many common meanings that they share with each other....

 

Quran Affirms The Righteousness Of Both Jews And Christians: A Proper Reading Of The Quran – One That Considers All The Verses On The Subject – Shows That The Quran Is Not Anti-Semitic
Alper Bilgili

According to the Quran, no race and no peoples are ontologically superior to others. Indeed, the Quran (49:11) warns believers against belittling other people groups: “O you who have believed, let not a people ridicule [another] people; perhaps they may be better than them.” So, when Jews are criticized or praised in the Quran it is based entirely on their actions, not their race or religion − as is the case with Muslims....

Hindu-Muslim Unity against the British: Communal Politics and Indian History Are Incompatible
Anirudh Deshpande

The history buffs of our times and the weekend historians of the Sangh variety must pay attention to the facts mentioned above before approaching the media with their ahistorical communal assertions. Communal politics and Indian history are incompatible. The factual history of our civilisation does not support the “clash of civilisations” thesis....

 

Significance Interfaith Iftar: Reclaim the Idea of India That We Have Grown Up With
Sonam Joshi

Led by women working in diverse fields, the Iftars also dispel biases about Muslim women. “We have all kinds of women — those who wear a hijab or saris with Bindis, and Shias and Sunnis,” says Erum. By hosting the Iftar at home, the women hope to add a personal touch. “The bonding that comes when you sit together for Iftar or Sehri (the pre-dawn meal) is special,” says Safvi....

Religions Are To Awaken A Consciousness Of A Spiritual Kinship
Swami Ramdas

The very conception of God is founded upon the principle of universal harmony and peace. He is the true servant of God and humanity who understands this truth and, realising the unifying power of Divine love, looks upon all his fellow-men as members of one family of God. It is now that he beholds Divinity in all of them.....

As Spelled Out In the Qur’an, Interfaith Dialogue Is To Simply Get To Know Each Other
Ejaz Naqvi

Vie with one another in good deeds. Though it is not spelled out in the passages cited above, the Scriptures are clear about what these virtuous deeds are that we all agree upon: helping the poor, the needy, the hungry, the homeless in our communities and striving for social justice and equality....

 

Ramazan or fasting is one of coal-and-ice constituents of all revealed religions. Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Taoism, Jainism, and Hinduism preach avoiding some certain or all food drink, or both, for a period of time. The followers of different religions adjust their diet and the timings of their food intake according to the discipline of their religions.....

In an egocentric and deceptive spirit, the "Observatory of Islamophobia," which is affiliated with the Egyptian Dar al-Iftaa (an institution run by al-Azhar scholars and is responsible for issuing Fatwas [religious opinions]) denounced the manifesto as hateful and Islamophobic, and claimed it that causes attacks and antagonism against Muslims....

Shrine of Sufi saint Mehr Ali Shah, an adherent of ‘Wahdat al Wajood’ and a Hindu Temple

Pir Sahib’s followers are accused of inciting violence against the then powerful Hindu-Sikh community of Rawalpindi city in 1947. On the contrary, there are accounts which suggest the Pir’ disciples opened gates of the shrine for all non-Muslims who sought refuge from the carnage taking place in the streets and the outlier communities....

 

I Am a More Committed Christian Today Because Of My Genuine Friendships with Muslims
Jeff

Prior to 2005 I hated Muslims. I would not have admitted that openly, but my deepest feelings toward them were resentment, distrust and bitterness. Now, ten years later, I love them and see them as my brothers, sisters and dear friends. What brought about such a radical change of heart? It took place one afternoon in a Starbucks when I had an encounter with a Muslim boy named Omar....

“Fasting is the single greatest natural healing therapy. It is nature’s ancient, universal ‘remedy’ for many problems. Animals instinctively fast when ill.” Therefore, we should all perform fasting. Fasting apart from a religious obligation is also beneficial to the health, boosting brain and body performance and increasing lifespan as revealed in latest research....

 

What Self-Restraint Discipline Hinduism, Islam And Judaism Teach Us By Decreeing The Importance Of Fasting?
Rabbi Allen S. Maller

For twenty-four hours on Yom Kippur, Jews (in good health) are supposed to afflict their souls by abstaining from eating or drinking anything because what we do not eat may be even more important than what we do eat. All animals eat, but only humans choose to not eat some available foods that are both nutritious and tasty....

 
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