September 28, 2009

The spirit of Islam

Posted in Religion tagged , , , , at 11:38 pm by randallbutisingh

This passage was taken from “The Muslim Mind” , the new edition of a book by Charris Waddy, a Christian, who interviewed a number of Muslims to get their views on Islam  It is a book worth reading by all who are interested in Comparative Religion.  It clearly shows that there is the same thread of truth in all the great religions, and reveals the failure of the many to interpret it .

The spirit of Islam is a wonderful thing, but it is forgotten even in Islam itself.

We need bridges, give and take between religions .  They should be fellows in a common task, but each pretensd that absolute truth belongs only to itself, and that the others are invaders.   All have an attitude which is ungenerous and irreligious.  It has cut away common actions for the same aims for centuries.

About 1890 an Armenian came to a mosque and asked for guidance.  He was one of a community that lived closely with Muslims.  He was directed to a certain Shaik who taught him, whom he greatly respected.  After a while, he said, “I have decided to become a Muslim.  I find your teaching and life better than that of our Christian people.”   The Shakh said, “If you do this, I will never give you my hand again, and teach you.  There is no need to change your religion to become a better man.   Think of your family and the division it will cause.”

– Ahmer Emir Yalman

Comment:

If all religions can view themselves as how this Shaik looked at it, their will be no cause for conflicts, no crusades to be fought, everyone will be able to live in peace.  As it is now, Religion is the cause of many conflicts.  Bigots do not budge from their dogmas and compulsions.  To hem oneself in a narrow circle and exclude all others has been the cause of discord among the proselytising religions.

– Randall Butisingh

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