God and Religious Toleration/Islam
In fact, the world is multicultural. To create a happy world, we need a tolerant coexistence of all religions. An important precursor is the World Parliament of Religions. It is seeking a peaceful and constructive coexistence of all religions. The big question is whether a nonviolent and tolerant Islam after the Qur'an is possible.
The western television is dominated by images of violent Islamists. In the reality however the vast majority of Muslims practise their religion peacefully. The Qur'an himself is a mystical book with many pictorial stories and vague statements. It needs to be interpretated and interpretations can be numerous. There are many different groups in Islam. There is no authority that gives a generally binding interpretation for all Muslims.
Violence and Islam
- Islam is a monotheistic religion articulated by the Qur'an, a text considered by its adherents to be the verbatim word of God (Arabic: Allah), and by the Prophet of Islam Muhammad's teachings and normative example. Muslims believe that God is one and that the purpose of life is to worship God.
- While all Muslims believe that they are on the pathway to God and hope to become close to God in Paradise— after death and after the "Final Judgment"— Sufis also believe that it is possible to draw closer to God and to more fully embrace the Divine Presence in this life.
- Islam critics see the Islam as a violent religion and argue with the Islamic concept of jihad. As further evidence of the alleged potential of violence Islam critics often refer on the military activities of Muhammad.
- Political scientist and avowed Muslim Prof. Bassam Tibi wants to develop a pluralistic Islam, "Islam has to accept the fundamentals of cultural modernity (democracy, individual human rights, civil society, pluralism)." ( Bassam Tibi: Der Euro-Islam.)
Many Interpretations of the Qur'an are possible
Read the Qur'an and the hadith. Think about the various branches of Islam. Try to understand the deeper meaning of religion. All true religions do lead to God. God is primarily a transcendent experience of the religion's founder. Through spiritual exercises, he has come in contact with a higher cosmic consciousness. This consciousness is described personal by some religions (as a person) and unpersonal by other religions (as a higher dimension, truth, love, peace or light). Religions can be misused by power politics. Then it is not about to create peace, love and happiness inside the people, but to make bigger the ego of a religious leader or secular ruler. Realize that all religions did wrong, some more and some less.
The Way to God is Love, Peace and Happiness
The aim of a religion can be described as holiness, living in God or to get the paradise after death. Paradise is a place of love and peace. A person must develop a consciousness of love and peace so that he can rise after his death into the peaceful and loveful areas of the beyond. Ask yourself which interpretation of the Qur'an in this context is right.
- "If anyone harms (others), God will harm him, and if anyone shows hostility to others, God will show hostility to him." Sunan of Abu-Dawood, Hadith 1625.
Support the tolerance in our society and defend us against intolerance. Get involved for a world of love, peace and happiness. We are one human family. We have to live peaceful and tolerant together, to build up a happy world. Islam is a peaceful religion, if we interpret the Qur'an correctly. May the world be happy. May all people be happy. May we all live in love, peace and truth together.
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