Comparative Religions & Civilizations

India and Nepal: Cultural, Religious and Spiritual Relations

WordForPeace.com By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi There is an all-inclusive and all-embracing notion of humanism which enhances the composite culture of India and enlarges its ambit of Peace and Non-violence. With the basic concepts of humanism in view, it’s highly important to understand that our countries in South Asia while enjoying their own peculiarities, have imbibed the Rishi-Sufi tradition and composite …

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Shaikh al-Akbar Ibn al-Arabi defied the religious narrative of fanaticism and hatred towards other faiths with Wahdatul Wajud (unity of the being)

WordForPeace.com By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi In fact, the soul of Islam has been protected by mystics like Ibn Arabi, who harboured the inclusivist and pluralistic spirit of Sufism. Ibn Arabi, Spain’s brightest Muslim mystic also known as “Shaikh-e-Akbar” (the greatest Sufi master) wrote in his sacred book in Arabic Tarjuman al-ashwaq (Translation of Desires): “My heart is capable of every …

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Islam and Ecology: An Indian Muslim’s Perspective

WordForPeace.com By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi Every religion has its own purpose or plan of creation. However, each faith tradition affirms that this universe has been created by God for all beings to live together in full harmony and in a spiritual symbiosis. All religions exhort us to be grateful towards the bounties of nature that nourish and sustain us. However, …

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Grand Mufti of Syria: A Sunni and a Shia, a Salafi and a Sufi

WordForPeace.com Written by Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi | Much of the war in the conflict-ridden Muslim nations is still being waged as part of the gravest sectarian slugfest in Islamic history—Shia-Sunni divide. Syria has remained the current hotbed of this fierce battle. But surprisingly, the Grand Mufti and the highest Islamic authority in Syria— Shaikh Ahmad Badruddin Hassoun—maintains that he is …

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Grant Jerusalem a supra-religious status for the followers of all religions: Islamic scholar Fathullah Gulen

WordForPeace.com The issue of Jerusalem and Palestine which seem tobe the source of almost all conflicts in the Middle East; my proposal was to grant Jerusalem a supranational and supra-religious status including visa-free access for the followers of all religions and to develop a unique administration for the city whereby it would be governed by a committee under the United …

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Even Akbar built a ‘chabutara’ inside Babri masjid for Hindus to worship

WordForPeace.com By MAKKHAN LAL  Both scientific ways and traditional knowledge can be useful to know the past, like in Ayodhya Ayodhya has been the most dominant issue in India’s politics for the past 30 years. It has decided the fate of successive governments. If we speak in terms of UNESCO’s cultural definitions, Ayodhya comes under the purview of ‘cultural property’, …

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Muslim philosopher, Ibn Rushd (Averroes) on the need for synergy between religion and rationality

Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, Editor, WordForPeace.com Muslim philosophers and social scientists also perceived a perfect harmony between reason and revelation. They argued that numerous Qur’anic verses exhort contemplation (tadabbur), reflection (tafakkur) and pursuit of surest knowledge (ilm al-yaqeen). It would be refreshing to go through the religious and philosophical ideas of those Islamic scholars who cogently outlined the need for a …

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(Oman): Shias, Sunnis and Ibadis pray together, keeping sectarian divide at bay

WordForPeace.com On a November evening at Sayyida Mazoon mosque in Muscat, worshippers from different Muslim sects ascended the polished marble steps to pray together at sunset. Oman — home to Sunnis, Shiites and adherents of the Ibadi branch of Islam, the sultanate’s majority sect — increasingly stands out as a bastion of coexistence in the Middle East. Respect for other …

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Tolerance and Reconciliation in Muslim-Sikh Relations: A Historical Appraisal, Interfaith Dialogue, Prof. Henry Francis B. Espiritu

WordForPeace.com  18 November 2017 Abstract In showing numerous instances of concordance and amity among Muslims and Sikhs that occurred during the Mughal era, Prof Dalip Singh’s Sikh history differs from the trend of Mughal/Musalman-bashing characterizing most of Mughal-Sikh Orientalist historiography. During the Mughal rule, ordinary Sikhs and Muslims as well as their leaders endeavoured to maintain peaceful coexistence between these …

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