Sunday, November 25, 2007

purpose of dialogue between faiths | gandhian wisdom and Quranic appreciation for pluralism

"The purpose of dialogue between faiths is not to change the other, but rather to deepen the experience of one's own faith. Through greater understanding and appreciation of each other's faith, the Hindu becomes a better Hindu, the Muslim becomes a better Muslim, the Christian becomes a better Christian, the Jew a better Jew and the Buddhist a better Buddhist."

- Mahatma Gandhi (1829 - 1948)

O mankind! surely God created you of a male and a female, and made you into nations and races, that you may know each other. Verily the most honored of you in the sight of God is the most righteous of you. And God is the Knower, Aware. The Quran 49.13

And to each is disposed a goal toward which one turns; then strive together towards all that is good. Wheresoever you are, God will bring you together. For God has power over all things. The Quran 2.148

Proclaim unto the mankind: Call upon as God or call upon as 'the Most Merciful': by whatever name ye call upon Him, it is the same: for to Him belong the Most Beautiful Attributes. The Quran 17.110

To every nation God has appointed acts of devotion which they observe, therefore let there be no dispute about the matter.
The Quran 22.67

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