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Religiophobic Must Understand All Religions Are Essentially Humane, Though Their Followers Fight In Their Name

By Arman Neyazi, New Age Islam

25 May 2021

Stop Blaming Religions For War And Strife. All Religions, Whether Islam, Christianity, Buddhism Or Hinduism Advocate Peace And Tranquillity For The Universe

Main Points:

•        A religiophobic community is growing over the length and breadth of the world.

•        Human beings will have to work hard to first contain and ultimately kill the virus of hatred. Followers of all religions are giving their own and other religions a bad name.

•        All the Religions Are Flag Bearers of Peace.

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There is a growing religiophobic community spread over the length and breadth of the world. Religion phobia is growing as people see the religious engaging in strife and wars, committing unspeakable atrocities on each other. All of us will have to work hard for a long time to first contain and ultimately kill the virus of hatred.

Photo Courtesy/ Art and Religiophobia:  This entry was posted on 17/06/2015

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All The Religions Are Flag Bearers Of Peace But Their Followers Fight

Many blame Islam in particular for terrorism, as Muslim terror ideologues quote Islamic scriptures in justification of their atrocities against innocent civilians. Other religions are a bit safe as their practitioners do not justify their violence from their scriptures. All religions and religious gurus have essentially preached the preservation of the beauty of humankind. Let us examine some of the verses of some of the religions and decide to ourselves as what Allah, God or gods and goddesses wanted us to be and what we have become. Consider the following and decide for yourself:

By which Allah guides those who pursue His pleasure to the ways of peace1 and brings them out from darknesses into the light, by His permission, and guides them to a straight path. (Quran: 5:16) — Saheeh International

And when they leave ˹you˺,1 they strive throughout the land to spread mischief in it and destroy crops and cattle. Allah does not like mischief. (Quran: 2:205) Dr Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

To each of you, We have ordained a code of law and a way of life. If Allah had willed, He would have made you one community, but His Will is to test you with what He has given ˹each of˺ you. So compete with one another in doing good. To Allah you will all return, then He will inform you ˹of the truth˺ regarding your differences. (Surah Al-Ma'idah - 48) — Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

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The one who loves all intensely begins perceiving in all living beings a part of himself. He becomes a lover of all, a part and parcel of the Universal Joy. He flows with the stream of happiness and is enriched by each soul. (Yajur Veda)

The human body is the temple of God. One who kindles the light of awareness within gets true light. The sacred flame of your inner shrine is constantly bright. The experience of unity is the fulfilment of human endeavours. The mysteries of life are revealed. (Rig Veda)

Those in whose hearts OM reverberates Unceasingly are indeed blessed And deeply loved as one who is the Self. The all-knowing Self was never born, Nor will it die. Beyond cause and effect, This Self is eternal and immutable. When the body dies, the Self does not die. (Katha Upanishad)

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“Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father's Son, in truth and love.” Jude 1:2

“May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.” Jude 1:2

“Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father's Son, in truth and love.” 2 John 1:3

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“There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind.” – Buddha

“The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.” – Buddha

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” – Buddha

“If you find no one to support you on the spiritual path, walk alone. There is no companionship with the immature.” – Buddha

 “In separateness lies the world’s greatest misery; in compassion lies the world’s true strength.” – Buddha

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“Do not injure, abuse, oppress, enslave, insult, torment, torture, or kill any creature or living being.” ― Mahavira

“This is my country, that is your country; these are the conceptions of narrow souls - to the liberal-minded, the whole world is a family.” ― Virchand Raghavji Gandhi

Do unto others as you would like to be done by. Injury or violence done by you to any life in any form, animal or human, is as harmful as it would e if caused to your own self.” ― Lord Mahavira

 “Do not injure, abuse, oppress, enslave, insult, torment, torture, or kill any creature or living being.”― Mahavira

“This is my country, that is your country; these are the conceptions of narrow souls - to the liberal-minded, the whole world is a family.” ― Virchand Raghavji Gandhi

Do unto others as you would like to be done by. Injury or violence done by you to any life in any form, animal or human, is as harmful as it would e if caused to your own self.” ― Lord Mahavira

“Kill not, cause no pain. Nonviolence is the greatest religion.”

‘I ask pardon of all living creatures, may all of them pardon me, may I have friendship with all beings and enmity with none.

Khāmemi Savva-Jīve Savve Jīve Khamantu Me

Metti Me Savva-Bhūesu Vera Majjha Na Keavi.

― Mahavira

Above mentioned Ayaat and teachings of various religious texts are a pointer towards the lesson of peace and tranquillity. There are texts in the books that are time-bound, revealed or said during a particular situation asking their followers to defend themselves for the sake of peace and justice. Our misusing those texts in pieces to prove a point that our wisdom says is right is dishonesty towards the revelation and the sayings that should be deferred for the sake of, if nothing else, spreading negative waves in the atmosphere.

Religious leaders find a common language through the Elijah Interfaith Institute

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Secular Liberals Respect All Religions

Being a secularist and a liberal means respecting all religions and all religion-based ideologies.  Prophet Muhammad Pbuh says:

...he who covers a Muslim (meaning his mistakes and shortcomings), Allah will cover him in the Duniya and the Hereafter…” [Muslim]

“God grants to gentleness (Rifq) what He does not grant to violence (Unf). (Sunah Abu Dawud 4/255)

And Allah knows the best.

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Arman Neyazi is a columnist with NewAgeIslam.com.

URL:   https://www.newageislam.com/interfaith-dialogue/religiophobic-religiophobia-humane-religions/d/124879


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