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To Coexist — Study Other Religions
Shagufta Gul
To Coexist — Study Other Religions
Shagufta Gul

Let’s have a look at the concept of coexistence in different religions. In Hinduism, speech and behaviour need to be honest and not harsh. If peace is desired, peace of others needs to be taken care of. Christianity talks about human interdependence and mutual concern for one another. Buddhism believes in sharing sufferings and happiness and working alongside other individuals in society. Islam clearly states that there shall be no compulsion in religion....

 
Muslims and Jews Break Bread, and Build Bonds
Sharon Otterman
Muslims and Jews Break Bread, and Build Bonds
Sharon Otterman

“When you have a natural affiliation with people, you can advocate for them effortlessly,” she said. “It’s like you don’t think about advocating for a relative. And I really liked the idea that friendship and common ground naturally emerges from sharing food together.”....

 

Guru Granth Sahib has 1,430 Ang (parts) and yet another flabbergasting piece of information was the congruency of the first Ang with Surah Ikhlas (chapter 112) of the Holy Qur’an. There is no harm in learning from any individual or a different faith as every entity in its entirety comprises salient attributes that must be acknowledged and learnt from....

Pope and I in Cairo
Andre Vltchek
Pope and I in Cairo
Andre Vltchek

“The first temptation is to letting ourselves to be led, rather than to lead… The second temptation is complaining constantly… The third temptation is gossip and envy… The fourth temptation is comparing us with those better off… The fifth temptation is individualism, ‘me, and after me the flood’… the final temptation is ‘keep walking without direction or destination…”...

 

Francis’ approach to Muslims is characterized by a willingness to “cross over to the other side,” as the American Magazine reports. By this he means that Christians and Muslims need to be “peacemakers, not fomenters of conflict; fire-fighters not arsonists; preachers of reconciliation and not instigators of destruction,” as he noted in his speech in Cairo....

 
Muslims Helped Jewish Neighbours Every Year
Rabbi Allen S. Maller
Muslims Helped Jewish Neighbours Every Year
Rabbi Allen S. Maller

It would be a major mistake to judge from the Palestinian-Israeli political conflict in the 20th century that Jewish-Muslim relations have usually been poor. The opposite is true. Prior to the rise of secular political nationalism in the last half of the 19thcentury, and the rise of politicized religion within Judaism and Islam in the last half century; Jewish-Muslim relations were usually characterized by neighbourliness and amity....

 
On The Importance of Relations with Vatican, Other Religions
Abdulrahman al-Rashed
On The Importance of Relations with Vatican, Other Religions
Abdulrahman al-Rashed

The Pope is thus a religious figure of great significance as he influences his followers and to end national and religious extremism which advocates racial supremacy and political divisions.  There are more than 8 million Copts in Egypt and they were never a target before religious extremism emerged. They were never a target during the reign of the monarchy or during the presidential terms of Gamal Abdel Nasser and Anwar al-Sadat but they became one after extremist ideologies surfaced.....

 

It is time to make worshipers understand that faith cannot be amplified by loudspeakers. Decibels are not measures of faith. But yes, compassion towards others reveals the strength of faith. The reality is every religion teaches care and concern for others. If people come to this understanding, tolerance and kindness can flourish....

Still On Meaning of Easter in Islam
Afis A. Oladosu
Still On Meaning of Easter in Islam
Afis A. Oladosu

Brethren, Maryam’s sojourn in the monastery are marked by series of miracles which the Quran recalls with delight. Those miracles occurred as precursors to the fulfilment of her divine mission in life and on earth. For example, each time Prophet Zakarya enters the monastery with the intention to give her (Maryam) food, he finds in her presence enough meal to satiate her hunger. Each time he asks her “where did you get this?” Maryam would respond: “It is from the Almighty; He provides sustenance to whoever He wills without measure”....

The Cheraman mosque's appearance - baby blue with a coral tile roof, two minarets and a spacious courtyard - belies its age. It has been subjected to a series of renovations over the centuries. It remains an active place of worship. Many of Kodungallur's more than 7,000 Muslim residents worship here, as do some Hindus.  "In the dusk and the early morning, you can see a lot of Hindus coming over here and praying here,"...

 

Francis is expected to highlight the plight of Christians amid recent violence in Egypt, while continuing his mission to reach out to Muslims. Even for a politically savvy pope, that is a delicate balancing act, on top of obvious security concerns in a country recently attacked by the Islamic State....

 
What Christianity and Islam Have In Common
Harrison Akins
What Christianity and Islam Have In Common
Harrison Akins

Islam is part of the same Abrahamic tradition as Christianity. Key figures within the Bible — Abraham (Ibrahim), Moses (Musa), Mary (Maryam), and Jesus (Isa) among others — are all respected prophets and figures within Islam. There is a chapter in the Quran about Mary and, within the Quran; Jesus is the only person who can perform miracles. Within Islam, Christians and Jewish people are therefore treated as “People of the Book” ....

Quebec has been a province where Muslims have always been targeted by online intimidation and Islamophobic vandalism. The former PQ government is guilty of spreading anti-Muslim feelings by proposing that public-sector workers should be prohibited from wearing “conspicuous” religious symbols such as turbans, Kippah, Hijabs and clamping down on Burqas and Niqabs....

 
Shared Names of God in Islam and Judaism
Rabbi Allen S. Maller
Shared Names of God in Islam and Judaism
Rabbi Allen S. Maller

Because the Qur’an is filled with beautiful Arabic poetry; it is not surprising that the the Qur’an is also filled so many beautiful names of God. Because the Jewish tradition reaches back more than thirty five centuries; it is not surprising that Jews have focused on many additional names for God over those many centuries. Yet, because all the many names of God, call upon the same One God, it is also not surprising that many of the 99 beautiful names of God in Muslim tradition also appear in Jewish tradition....

The character of Ranjha in the legendary story has uncanny similarities with Krishna. To woo his love, Ranjha becomes a cowherd – in his childhood, Krishna is depicted as a cowherd, Gopala. And just as Krishna’s flute has an irresistible impact upon maidens, Ranjha too is adept at playing the flute and this is what draws Heer to him....

 

The Qur'an is not a work of literary narrative, as is the Bible. As a scripture that provides guidance (Huda) and a reminder (Tadhkira) to humankind, it gives more emphasis to spiritual edifications than to providing a full account of facts. So, the Quran's main concern with the Jesus story, too, is not to give a full account of the Jesus story, but rather to put it in the right theological perspective......

The Christian boy from Bosnia had grown up to rule the Muslim world. Not everyone liked this arrangement, least of all the Ottoman Sultanas, whose power was on the rise towards the end of this period, especially after Selim II was succeeded by his son Murad III, a handover again overseen by Sokollu, who remained Grand Vizier....

 

The fact that Egypt has begun to defend its Christians is a positive move for the entire region; Egypt’s defence of Christians is a major blow to ISIS and its supporters. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi understands the importance of these recent actions and knows that he must stem the tide of ISIS before it takes a hold of Egypt....

 

In no way is the Qur’an anti-Judaism or anti-Jewish. However, there are people now, and there were people in the past; who have misused verses in the Qur’an for the purpose of vilifying and attacking Jews and other people of the book. Just as some Muslims have misused verses in the Qur’an to attack and vilify Sunni, Shi’a or Sufi Muslims; some Muslims, as well as some Christians and some Jews, have misused some verses from their own Holy Scriptures for unholy purposes of disrespect, disparagement and even destruction...

Shah Hussain’s union with his beloved, the young Hindu boy Madho Lal, also exemplifies this love. Consumed by their passion, their individual identities dissolved and emerged Madho Lal Hussain. They are now always referred in conjunction. One cannot exist without the other....

 

There were some confusion about the rules on female runners, and whether they could run at all. Organisers told Al Jazeera women are allowed to run as long as they adhere to Iran's dress code. The marathon website states: "Women are obliged to wear a headscarf or sports bandana (so that your hair will be covered). A T-shirt with long sleeves and a running pant can be a good choice. Please keep in mind that the length of the T-shirt cannot be too short. You may not wear shorts or skirts showing bare legs.”...

 

Have you ever been wronged by anyone? What then? “Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.” Are you conscious of having helped someone or sacrificed for someone? If yes, then you don’t know that there is no other whom you could oblige. Humans are only one soul. The universe is part of me or my projection. This is what Iqbal’s Asrar-i-Khudi begins expounding. It is only a vain or mean person who brags about his good doings or plays a victim complaining about everyone else.....

 
Europeans Betray the Teachings of Jesus Christ
Fatima Abushanab
Europeans Betray the Teachings of Jesus Christ
Fatima Abushanab

Now, the danger we face from our European friends' attitudes is developing into a great catastrophe. Therefore, more than ever, we have to be mindful of the need for positive dialogue to create an environment of coexistence based on respect, love and understanding. This is exactly what Jesus would expect from Europeans today....

The Jihadi Who Turned To Jesus
Patrick Kingsley
The Jihadi Who Turned To Jesus
Patrick Kingsley

It is a transition that has surprised everyone, not least of all himself. Four years ago, Mohammad tells me, "Frankly I would have slaughtered anyone who suggested it." Not only have his beliefs changed, but his temperament has, too. Today, his wife, Hevin Rashid, confirms, with a hint of understatement, that he is "much better to be around."...

 

For a more moderate future, investing in traditional Islam and propagation of Sufism will help the common man remain liberal. Because the moment the man on the street starts turning radical, Pakistan will be caught in a vortex of violence that is already pulling it towards its centre. Pakistan needs more Sehwans, where men and women can dance together. Where Muslims, Hindus and Christians practice spirituality with the same ardour and where the keeper of the shrine is still a Hindu....

 


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