We are summoned here in anger. Not in the spirit of love that is the basis of all of our religions. How is it that mankind has advanced in so many ways, but returns to a blind hatred of other humans based on their religious beliefs? Stranger still is how many of the religions share the same figures in history, but interpet their teachings so differently.
The Christian: Are these not like the crusades of the medieval ages, where the Papacy called for a holy war on the muslims? Nay, the Roman Catholic church of these times does not sanction such hatred. In history the Protestants and Catholics fought amongst each other even to the point of war, even though both believed in Jesus Christ as the saviour. We now find the various sects of Muslims killing each other. We pray that in learning tolerance of various Muslim beliefs is the seed of tolerance of other religions.
The Jew: The hatred of our people by the Arabs goes back thousands of years. They believe that our ancestors tried to kill Muhammed as a child, and later broke treaty with him and joined sides with his enemies to fight him. They consider it a sacred duty to instill this hate in their children. How can we live in peace with such hatred harbored by our neighbors? Even though our ancestors killed Jesus, the Christians do not seek to destroy us. There is to some degree forgiveness, though they malign our character.
The Hindu: The British Raj who played the Muslims against the Hindus since the time of the 1500’s planted many seeds of hatred. This led to the division of India into a Muslim Pakistan and a Hindu India, but the killing continued. In modern times, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi spent his life teaching a toleration for all classes, creeds, and religions, trying to end the cycle of violence. But the paintings on the temples of our naked gods and voluptuous goddesses remain a source of constant provocation to Muslim eyes and minds.
The Buddhist: In our religion there is no concept for holy war. To kill is to break the key moral precept in Buddhism. We do not see Buddah as god or creator, but more teacher to student. We seek enlightenment and liberation from Samsara. Within that, the law of karma who’s concept deals with action and consequences, explains the problems of sufferings, and the apparent inequality of mankind. Your soul may learn through many lifetimes and through reincarnation.
The Arab: Know ye that we are the decendents of Ishmael. It is he not Isaac who Ibrahim was to sacrifice to Allah, but spared because Ibrahim was a god fearing man. We seek to carry out Allah’s will of conquest and subjugation of those in the “Dar al-Charab”, the world of infidels. You Jews and Christians are “Dhimmis,” officially bound in Islamic law as second-class citizens. The Europeans had to kneel at the feet of Muslim scholars to gain knowledge, but with the rise of the Ottomans our forefathers focused on the examination of religious beliefs and turned away from the study of science and medicine. Although our society does not seem “modern” by your standards, our deserts are the home of the oil you so desperately need. That wealth makes us mighty. There are forms of Muslim belief that are less than others, but all are greater than the Dhimmis.
The words of the jihadist are full of nothing but hate for all other religions and even Muslims who believe differently than them. The majority of Muslims are taught by the teachings of the Holy Quran to be tolerant towards and respectful with other peoples beliefs. Our only hope for peace is that the Islamic majority takes the initiative to reign in the radicals who have hijacked the true meaning of Islam. The name of this religion, Islam, is derived from the Arabic word “salam,” which is often interpreted as meaning “peace.” However “submission” would be a better translation. A Muslim is a follower of Islam. “Muslim” is an Arabic word that refers to a person who submits themselves to the will of God.
“The best jihad [struggle] is (by) the one who strives against his own self for Allah, The Mighty and Majestic,” by the Prophet Muhammad.