There is no doubt that everyone would like to live in peace and security, where there is no oppression, no cruelty among people, where people act in a loving, caring attitude, hearing honoring words from each other. As we all know such an environment can only be built with respect, understanding and love.
I believe that Muslims, Christians and Jews can live peacefully side by side in harmony and cooperation. But we need to consider one very important matter. Even though some of the religious obligations commanded by these Abrahamic religions might differ slightly with the rules Allah sent to the related nations, they all stand on the same foundation regarding such matters as the existence, oneness and attributes of Allah. In all of these Abrahamic religions Allah's commands are the same regarding how one should live and behave, regarding the concepts of good and bad, right and wrong and the way people should put their lives in order in this world to acquire merits for their lives in the Hereafter. So we have to keep in mind that we are no different than the other. What is bad for a Muslim is also bad for a Christian or a Jew. What is good for a Jew is also good for a Muslim or a Christian.
When we think clearly with an open mind, we can all see that it is not the differences between religious traditions and social customs that lead to conflicts, but mostly ignorance. Ignorance is the major factor for conflicts to arise and this huge problem can only be solved through education. People are mostly unaware or don’t think on these shared values of the three Abrahamic religions. They just blindly feel hatred to each other, they do not see that they should all be living by the same good morals.
So at this point, I believe that learning about other faiths would be a powerful step forward on building peace. Being educated about other religions does not mean conversion but may facilitate understanding and respect for other faiths. So we must all definitely learn Quran, Torah and Gospels. This way, I believe that our eyes will be opened for the truth. And also I believe that unity of different faiths, joining forces in the way of this very important cause, in the way of peace, would be beneficial not just for the people of three Abrahamic religions, but also for atheists and for people of different beliefs. If we, believers in the same Allah, learn to live in peace with each other, it would become so easy to accept and respect people with different thoughts and live in peace with them as well.
We cannot sit and wait and wish for a day that things will spontaneously change for us to start living in peace. All those who are willing to live in a society where peace, security and freedom prevail, should waste no time in taking action. We should be willing to make certain sacrifices. Peace we all long for can only be achieved through will power and conscience and a strong alliance amongst the good people. So, this is my call to good people, who are sincere, compassionate, true, just, honest, merciful, tolerant, fair, optimistic, charitable, unpretentious and forgiving; we should waste no time and unite, join forces immediately. That is Allah's command on all of us.
"Allah calls to the Abode of Peace and He guides whom He wills to a straight path." (Quran 10: 25)
"God has called us to live in peace" (1 Corinthians 7: 15)
"… Be at peace with each other." (Mark 9: 50)2013-01-20 01:54:02