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Interfaith Dialogue

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....

 

Interreligious dialogue between Islam and Christianity is evolving under the mandate of His Holiness Pope Francis. Many events reveal that this dialogue will have a crucial impact on relations between the Holy See and Muslim countries....

 

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.....

The promised Abrahamic Family House museum in the UAE capital will arguably be the first institution in the modern age dedicated explicitly to recognizing commonalities among Judaism, Christianity and Islam...

 

The lived experience of a dervish opens a new vista to a novice researcher on religious traditions in Sindh. True to the words of the dervish, the landscape of Sindh is vividly dotted with the shrines of Hindu Sadhus and Muslim Sufis and Faqirs.  ...

As a result of this campaign, not only did the non-Muslims visit the mosques but they also had access to Islamic literature available in the mosques. Impressed by this campaign, some of the educated Muslims in India have started the same campaign and opened the doors of some mosques of Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai, and Ahmadabad for non-Muslims...

More importantly, the visit and the interesting range of inter-faith and Christian events scheduled rekindle hopes of a future where the forces of tolerance and moderation will prevail over the myriad varieties of zealotry, xenophobia and isolationism that thrive in the world today. This is particularly significant in our region, where conflicts triggered by narrow exclusivist visions abound....

 

As a result, of the approximately 9.1 million people who live in the UAE, only 11 percent are citizens. There is no mechanism for naturalization, meaning all citizens are native born. A 2005 census found that of all residents, including noncitizens, 76 percent are Muslim and 9 percent are Christian, while 15 percent are from other religions — mainly Hindus and Buddhists but also Sikhs and Jews....

 

He found the theme of the interreligious meeting, “Human Fraternity,” to be “particularly interesting” and said it brought to mind the fact that decades ago Pope John Paul II “had to explain that he used the term ‘brothers’ when speaking of Muslims and said, ‘I address you deliberately as brothers because we’re all created by the same God.’”...

 

Mughal intellectuals Abul Fazl and Faizi did not subscribe to the belief that the graves of Hadhrat Nuh pbuh and Hadhrat Sheeth pbuh are situated in Ayodhya and so they are not mentioned in Ain-e-Akbari but the community of Sufis like Hadhrat Muhaddith Dehlvi believed that Hadhrat Sheeth pbuh lived in Ayodhya. That’s why Sufis call Ayodhya Khurd Makkah (small Makkah) and Madinatul Awliya (city of Walis or Sufis)....

The fact is that the Talpur Mirs of Khairpur were undoubtedly generous and liberal rulers who welcomed many of the Udasi saints from the Punjab to establish their Darbars in their kingdom, a positive part of their history which needs to be highlighted...

 

“Our secular ideals”, insisted Nehru, “impose a responsibility to our Muslim citizens in India”. These ideals are now under threat from a rising Hindutva majoritarianism. Muslims are freer to practise their faith in India than, for example, Muslims in China. But they suffer disproportionately in times of communal rioting. Even in times of peace they can be shunned or stigmatised. ....

“We need to protect shared spaces, such as the shrines of Sufi mystics which bring people with different religious thoughts closer,” the German scholar remarked. Commenting on Sufi Dhamal, he said that it helps lose one’s ego and in losing the connection with this mundane world....

Philosophers and scholars have tried to understand the nature of God’s existence. For this, the philosophers have presented their ideas based on their independent thinking and perception. Religious scriptures have also dealt with the subject and given some clues about the nature of God. Since the objective of the scriptures was to tell people how they should lead their lives, they did not elaborate much on the topic of God’s nature.  However, they gave some hint about it. As for the Quran, God is described as Lateef, subtle, intangible and transparent. Another attribute of God is light both in the Quran and the Upanishads....

In the context of widespread prejudice in the name of religion and ethnicity in large parts of the world, Yassin’s life provides valuable lessons for how such prejudice can be overcome—through ‘little’, everyday acts of love and service.... 

For months after the shooting, a single-shooter scenario played in Mohammed Hashim’s mind every time walked into a mosque. He imagined where a gunman would come in from, where the children would hide, where the exits were....

 

Our discussions on Sufi Islam, the teachings of Guru Nanak, my time with you teaching the courses of the World of Islam and Judaism and Islam, all have demonstrated the powerful message of humanity, equality and justice that underlines each faith....

In fact, the Prophet Muhammad said: “The dearest person to me in friendship and in love, in this world and the next is Jesus, the son of Mary.” ...

... we have to emphasise common ground that Muslims and Christian share. We also need to be clear about the differences in a way that a 4-year-old could handle and digest....

 

These are the kinds of Christians who I believe are following the lessons and footsteps of Jesus, the prophet I met and loved as a Muslim at a Catholic high school. ....

Pakistan needs Basant not just in Lahore but all over the country, ...

My mom’s head scarf, our odd names and our shaded skin led to persistent inquiries. ....

 
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