Posted: 24 January 2006 at 8:31am | IP Logged
Hi Debators, Religous intolerance is rampant in many parts of the world
. We know its wrong and we should be tolerant of all religons . But i
was wondering what can " we" as a community do to do away with this
dangerous trend of religous intolerance .
I had some suggestions and wanted to share it with you . Many of us
have misunderstood some religon at some time or the other and often
have stereo types and misconceptions . So can we possible open our
hearts and try and understand a different religon with respect.
1) Like read about the religon from a book (that isn't biased) that
explains the customs , its meaning ,prayers and basic fundamentals.
2)Sit with a religous head ( a guru , cleric, priest ) to follow what the religon teaches .
3 ) Read the holy book- Geeta ,Quran , Bible etc with translation and appreciate the meanings .
4) Make friends of different faith and constructively disscuss religon.
5) ) Visit the house of worship and join in the prayer so that we can
understand how god can be reached through different means ( not just by
the religon you practise)
As of now i was able to just think of 5 basic points . Personally i often do point no :1 , i.e read about other religons . I wanted to share with you the current book i am reading : "Standing alone in Mecca"- Asra Q.Nomani .
This is a very interesting , thought proviking book that compelled me
to post . Its how a Indian Muslim who wants to learn about all religons
- goes to visit different cities and places of worship and tries to
understand Hindusim , Christainty ,Buddhism etc . She is told by Dalai
Lama that now she must explore her own religon and go for a Hajj to
Mecca !!!!! Her spirtual experiences are worth reading .
My only reservation is that one will not face any problems with 4 points. But the 4th point , visiting a holy shrine
is the tough one . Many religons do not open their doors to non-
believers . I think if they did so they would allow a better
understanding of their religon . I personaly would like to join in
Muslim prayer but i understand Mosques do not allow this . (At least
Mecca doesnot) . Also there is a Hindu temple"Pashupathinath" in Nepal
that doesn't allow non - Hindus and i do not support the discrimination
. Although i have not heard of any Church that disallows non -
Christians ( but i may be wrong) . Nor does the "Golden Temple" - the
Vatican for Sikhs disallow non - Sikhs.
~ Should we not tell our religous heads that we do not favour such
discrimination and it is for the good a religon that we must open our
doors to our holy places to people who are non - beleivers ???
~ Do you agree/ disagree with my points on how WE personally could help
do away with religous intolerance ? Do you have any points you'd like
to add ?
~ Have you personally taken any step on your side that helps in doing away with religous intolerance ????????
~ Should we voice our concerns towards Countries like Saudi Arabia that
is religously highly intolerant and ask them to allow other religons to
practise their religon freely ?
Please share your thoughts . I will keep adding as i think and research more.
is a religous debate ........plz refrain from any attacks and there is
no need to use a defensive tone like some Debators do since this isn't
attacking any religon ...........but asking every one to open their