Acceptance or negligence?

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Shaleem Anjum

The world today is a pioneering effort of a thousand generations and perseverance of a chosen few. In amidst the controversies, wars and rigidness, laid the swarming of the brilliant minds and those brilliant minds made the peace and established the rinsed attitude in the world but even that was obliterated, channeling itself into a world we see with our eyes shut. One of these biggest problem which has ‘pioneered’ the man into oblivion is the idea of superiority of faith.

This world is flooded with religions and to give the exact number, there are 4200 religions in the world according to a recent report by adherents. In this number of religions, is the idea of inter-faith harmony, a genuine agenda to bring the people together by creating an anomaly that all of them are the same. Even though they aren’t.Is feeding baseless ideas to the minds really pouring the blessed peace we intend to produce?

A taboo to one is a religion to another and vice versa. We cannot promote peace and harmony by feeding in the similarities and deflecting away the differences. Negligence is what it is; to adhere to the uncertain things by prioritising another. The world does not need this negligence. Unless we learnt to accept the differences, the harmony cannot prevail itself in this world of today where religious extremism in certain countries is rising to a peak at the same time that religious tolerance is rising in the other parts. Religious tolerance is, perhaps, just a sugar-coated phrase for communities moving away from their faith. For the parts that are still following their faith, they need to learn the fact that living in peace isn’t to find similarities for promoting the harmony between different religions of the region. But it is the act of acceptance of the differences which creates the harmony and which creates the world worth living in.

All religions have their teachings, their ideas and their belief system. That may or may not be favourable to a person of another religion but that shouldn’t mean that the person despises the belief system and the faith of that other. To rephrase, a taboo to one is a religion to another. We may or may not adhere to the acts of one another. To consider the three major religions, Christianity, Islam and Hinduism and another religion the Bahai faith, which is the fastest growing religion in the world, all of these have difference that contradict one another. Accepting those doesn’t mean that you become part of their religion like the misconception stands but it means to accept the person as a person and accepting the fact that “we may have different faiths but we are in fact humans.”

 

Author :Shaleem Anjum

The author is freelance journalist and can be reached at

shaleem.anjum@yahoo.com