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“The Bible also gives us examples of people who fasted and prayed, using different types of fasts for different reasons, all of which are very positive results. Jesus fasted and prayed. Jesus’ disciples fasted and prayed after the Resurrection….

 

Such people with only divisive and dirty agenda need to be called out, exactly the way we call out all Islamic terror every single time. If you don’t, I am sorry you are one of them....

I see the Sri Lanka carnage as a well-orchestrated manoeuvre to thwart Christian- Muslim amity which manifests itself in Palestine and is growing in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement directed against Israeli occupation. This then is the real link between New Zealand and Sri Lanka....

Bigotry also grips Sri Lanka, the bigotry of Buddhists who display none of the compassion that is associated with the Buddha but are impelled instead by an arrogant conviction of their right to monopolise authority. The blistering feud between the President and Prime Minister is being played out against a backdrop of ethnic tension and horrendous unburied memories of the 26-year civil war that killed between 70,000 and 80,000 people....

Saji Cherian, a Christian Businessman from Kerala, India has been hosting Iftar for 800 Muslim labourers from different countries living in a rented complex in Dubai. Last year, he built a mosque named Marium Umm Issa for these labourers because he saw them hiring cabs to go to the nearest mosque to offer prayer. The Iftar is hosted in an air-conditioned hall and is attended by both labourers and senior officers of different companies...

Soon after, the soldiers told my father that it was time for him to leave. They wanted to use our house as a command centre. My father politely but firmly refused: “I am a peaceful man. I am not your enemy. There is no need for me to leave. If it is not safe for us in our own home, then it will not be safe for us anywhere.”...

 

The Christian world is divided between the Western and Eastern branches, with the Arab world's Christians largely falling into the latter category. But the Arab Christians have been abandoned and are easy targets for their enemies....

 

Do Malaysians suffer the presence of each other? Do they dislike people who are different from them? Would Malaysians be happier to be in a country where everyone looks the same, is the same, follows the same religion, practices the same culture and speaks the same language?...

 

The Sheikh clan in gulf countries is regarded as religiously superior, economically sound & placed at top in social hierarchy whereas, at most places in Indian sub-continent, Sheikh Rajputs are considered as the first to embrace Islam. The Saraswati Brahmin, including Mohyals, is believed to have adopted Sheikh as their title upon high caste conversion to Islam....

 

The Turkish army, a member of NATO, also boasts about Turks having "subjugated and dominated numerous peoples, nations, and states over a wide-ranging geography extending from Asia to Europe, and Africa."...

 

Many religious scriptures contain a few perceived ‘violent’ verses that, if read out of context and in isolation, can not only be misleading but also very dangerous if put into practice without comprehension. Proper comprehension of any religious text is highly dependent on interpretation by putting into perspective the context of the revelation...

In the 20th century, European colonialism, the creation of Israel and the emergence of Arab nationalism, imbued with elements of anti-Semitism, divided the Jewish and Muslim communities and set them on different paths. Fearing violence and persecution, Jews left the kingdom for Israel and elsewhere....

 

In Christchurch, New Zealand, last month a white supremacist gunned down 50 Muslims at prayer. In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, last October a white supremacist gunned down 11 Jews at prayer...

Prior to the prayer service, one of the Buddhist adults, Mary, asked if there was some place the Buddhist teens could go to do their evening chanting. I was struck by this question as I had not anticipated it. Quickly thinking about what Mary asked...

Like Islam, Buddhism has sustained created one of the most enduring and beautiful cultural and civilisational projects of mankind and can’t be charged with either escapism or asceticism or extremism. ...

 

In these religiously divisive times, it’s soul-gladdening to remember that Sufis, Muslim mystics, celebrated Holi and Diwali and never thought that the festivals of Hindus were confined only to Jashn-E-Butparastaan, ‘idol-worshippers’. ...

 

The first time I picked up flowers and other offerings from a Muslim vendor outside the Siddhi Vinayak temple in Mumbai, I felt as queasy as the man in the Brooke Bond ad who comes to buy an idol of Lord Ganpati only to discover the seller is Muslim.

We should similarly dismiss all bigotry from this country and salute the Muslim Ganpati worshippers both in the ad and outside the temple. And the Hindu child facilitating the Namaaz of her Muslim friend. That is the real India....

Jews and Muslims are natural allies in this battle against racism in the intertwined forms of entrenched anti-Semitism and widespread Islamophobia. Zionists and racist Europeans know this....

 

It would have been more progressive had the boy playing a Muslim in a recent detergent brand commercial said he doesn’t want to play Holi, and the other children had happily let him be. It would have sent out a stronger message of inclusivity and harmony....

Not only that,  she quoted a Hadith in which the holy prophet pbuh  said that the believers in the whole world were like a body; if a part of the body is in pain, the whole body feels the pain.  Her words and actions proved the Quran right once again that many among the People of the Book are on the right path and when the Quran is recited to them, they listen to it with respect and devotion.....

Muslims blame the Jews, the Americans and other ‘Dushman-e-Islam’ for all their problems which they themselves pose. One of them is terrorism which is a product of their extremist and radical interpretations of the Quran and Hadith. But while talking about terrorism, Muslims intellectuals, journalists and columnists pretend to be unaware of these interpretations and their hardcore ‘ulema’ and blame terrorism on the enemies of Islam and call it a conspiracy against Muslims....

Too many people forget that the major monotheistic faiths – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – originated in the Middle East. But scratch the surface, and the reminders are everywhere. Some of the world’s oldest churches, synagogues and mosques are scattered across the region, serving as archaeological proof that religious diversity runs deep....

 

“These tragic realities are the consequence of a deviation from religious teachings. They result from a political manipulation of religions and from interpretations made by religious groups who, in the course of history, have taken advantage of the power of religious sentiment ….

 

“Aditya is Brahma. In the beginning this world was in a formless, nameless, unmanifest but subtle state.  Afterwards as plant grows from its seed, the world gradually came into the manifest state. Firstly, it assumed the form of an egg. It remained in that state for one year. After that, the egg was divided in two parts – one part was silvery and the other was golden.”

This theory of Chhandogya Upanishad is corroborated by the Quran which also speaks of the cosmic egg and Big Bang and the creation of Heavens and the Earth....

This initiative gained momentum in many parts of India. Besides Pune mosque, Al-Furqan in Mumbai and Masjid-e-Umar bin Khattab in Ahmedabad and three mosques in Hyderabad also opened their doors for anyone interested in paying a visit....

 
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