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Interfaith Dialogue

Qutubuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki had a tremendous influence on Islam in India. As he continued, and developed the traditional ideas of Monism (non-dualism, Wahdat ul-Wujood, Advaita Vedanta), universal brotherhood and generosity....

In Islam, the figures of Christ and his mother Mary appear endearingly in the Quran, where a whole chapter is named after her. But their presence in the Islamic culture goes beyond their mention in the Quran....

“I’m not a Muslim. Here’s my janeo. Hit me too since I’m protesting.” The image trumped the visual chaos of violence, and shored up hope with more self-assuredness. From Kerala, a report spoke of a Christian church that gave space to Muslims to offer prayers as they both linked up in a march against a communally divisive new law imparting citizenship to everyone except Muslims from three chosen countries....

So why don’t we hear more Muslims making this case – that there is no religious, cultural or doctrinal reasons why Jews should not be the allies of Muslims – as is now being advocated in Jerusalem and Abu Dhabi?...

In the modern Middle East, intermarriage has become uncommon. One reason for this is the long-term success of Islamisation, such that there are simply fewer Jews and Christians around to marry....

 

Very rarely do we find brothers like Ram and Bharat who are willing to give each other their throne. Or Krishna, the cowherd, and Balaram, the farmer, who enjoy each other’s company as they go around the world in fabulous adventures....

Few Muslims celebrate the Merry Christmas today, especially in the contemporary Indian Muslim society plagued with Wahhabism, but nearly all Muslims believe Hazrat Eisa Alaihis Salaam (Jesus Christ PBUH) not only as a Prophet (Nabi) but also an Apostle of God (Rasool Allah). Most of them also know of the numerous holy verses of Qur'an and authentic Hadith texts which speak so highly of Jesus' sanctity and his message's historicity....

Reading Maulana Rumi’s numerous passages about the holiness and reverence given to Mary and Jesus in Islam, and the beautiful way he describes how we can all embody an aspect of these Prophets within ourselves, made Christmas even sweeter for me...

Guru Nanak was born in a society sharply divided, based on religion, caste, and gender. Those labeled “upper caste” grossly mistreated and abused those labeled “lower caste.”...

“It is urgently needed,” he said, “to tackle the world's single most important threat, the attack on interfaith harmony, mutual respect, and trust … Every global challenge in this 21st century demands that we resist hatred and exclusion …

 With a sense of trepidation, when I requested him to exempt me from this rigmarole of religiosity, he was surprised. ‘Why didn’t you tell me this in the beginning? Had I been aware that you were an atheist, I’d have asked your religion teacher to exempt you from class....

More than 500 religious and political leaders, academics and civil society activists from over 80 countries gathered in Abu Dhabi last week to launch a set of principles that champion the shared values of different religions...

 

This is especially so today when a majority of Muslim countries and their cities are flocked with non-Muslim visitors and tourists (guests), so much so that there are mosques that are visited more by non-Muslims than Muslims....

 

And, of course, both the communities have been victims of communal violence. I recall that after the horrifying anti-Sikh riots in 1984, many of my Sikhs friends told me that they could visualise what the Muslims go through each time they are attacked and targeted during communal rioting....

 

The relentless attacks on Khan call to mind a very different era in Benares over three-and-a-half centuries ago. In early 1657, a group of Brahmin Pandits travelled from Benares to Delhi so that they could join a Muslim prince in his spiritual quest....

God, Buddha, a cyclopean Jehovah and Allah were all fair game, as were corpulent priests, bearded Mullahs and ignorant peasants (although interestingly artists tended to avoid drawing Mohammed)....

 

Even in the darkest times, there are heroes—though sometimes they may be the people we least expect. That’s the message a global non-profit group hopes to spread Friday on Holocaust Remembrance Day, when it displays a small exhibit in a New York synagogue highlighting the little-known stories of Muslims who risked their lives to rescue Jewish people from persecution during World War II...

They come from within Pakistan, from the Middle East, Europe, the United States and Canada, but the majority arrive from neighbouring India. This year - on his 550th birthday - the numbers are likely to be even greater....

Even as congregants recite evening prayers at Temple Beth El, the Muslim call to prayer rings out from minarets across the city and into the courtyard, a mix of Arabic and Hebrew filling the dusk sky with praises to God....

He also talks of two different interpretations of Islam: one by the Ulama or the Qazi, and the other by the ­Shaikhs or the Pirs. He refers to some of their most important practices, and shows a comprehensive understanding of their beliefs....

Among the non-Sikhs who have revered Nanak are great Muslim poets. Nazeer Akbarabadi among them (1740-1830) in a paean to the Guru celebrated him for the succour he brought to those who embraced his message of human fellowship before one God....

 

According to the Qur'an, every nation in the world receives at least one prophet who speaks to it in its own language. However, one nation, the Children of Israel, has received a great many prophets. The Qur'an doesn't explicitly tell us why so many prophets arose within the Children of Israel, but a careful reading of the Qur'an reveals an answer….

At that time he received a letter from the Nawab stating, 'Panditji, Aapke Baghair Mujhe Kuch Achcha Nahi Lagta Hai' (Panditji, I don't feel good without you). On receiving this letter, Pt Tribhuwan Nath caught the first train and left for Jaora, and on reaching there he went straight to the Nawab and said, "Nawab Saheb, Aapne Yeh Baat Mujhe Pehle Kyon Nahi Batai?” (Nawab Saheb, why did you not tell me this before?)....

Eight hundred years after St. Francis of Assisi visited Jerusalem, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, along with Rev. Francesco Patton, custodian of the Holy Land of the Franciscan Order, visited Al-Aqsa Mosque on Oct. 3 and met with the Islamic Waqf (Endowment) Council....

 

Throughout Sikh history, the Rubabis have displayed their loyalty to the gurus. It was Bhai Bavak, a Rubabi with Guru Hargobind, who rescued his daughter, Bibi Veera, from the Turks, when no other Sikh dared cross into their territory.”...

 
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