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Path to where...?


Our hearts are bleeding after reading “Cleric ordered terror attacks” (GDN, March 6).   

All religions emanating from various parts of the world have one common  fundamental dictum – lead people to move in the right path of life with love, understanding and universal brotherhood as the basis. 

God has ordained many great men, who have founded, followed and preached religions, to lead the people to follow with devotion and faith that “all living beings are children of god and all should pray and work for the peace and welfare of the whole world”. 

To highlight this point, I am quoting from the Holy Quran:

“O Mankind, We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other. Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of God is he who is the most righteous of you” (Holy Quran 49:13).

Explanation: There are several principles, which this verse presents.

This message is not just for Muslims as God is addressing the entire mankind. While Muslims are one brotherhood, this is part of a larger brotherhood of humanity.

God is telling us that He has created us and therefore He knows best about us and what He expects best out of us.

He says that He created us from one man and one woman, meaning we are all the same, belonging to one family.

It also means that all human beings are created through the same process, not in a manner that some would turn out to be better or worse than others.  

Unquote: Thus it is amply clear that religious heads have a great and primary responsibility to educate, explain and ensure that their followers must treat all members of humanity as members of the same family, irrespective of their faiths, nationalities or languages.  

But lo, we are very sad to see that some religious clerics go to the extent of “ordering terror attacks” on their brethren, as reported.  

Through this very act they lose their credibility and eligibility to be religious heads, as they act against the fundamental requirement of treating entire humanity under the umbrella of universal brotherhood.

What we only could do is to pray, in the name of all powerful God, our creator and protector, to reverse their course of violence, terrorism and hatred before joining the mainstream of humanity which travels on the most religious paths of love and universal brotherhood. 

Everyone born in this world must die one day. 

But let us not waste our precious lives in doing unholy things by participating, preaching and promoting terrorism, violence and hatred amongst our own brothers and sisters. 

The former (late) Indian President A P J Abdul Kalam has rightly said, “Your taking birth in this world may be an incident, but your departure (death) must be an event of great significance, by your humanistic achievements.”

Oh the men and leaders of religions! Please come together in evolving an earth filled with love, compassion, peace and progress for the good of all.

Chandra Madhavan

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