Religious Conflicts: achieving peace and harmony through Humanitarianism

Religious Conflicts

Barkat Chrania,MD

Board Member,MCA

Religious Conflicts: Through history we witness arguments, quarrels and fights between different religiosities. However, when we examine the differences over which the conflicts happened, we realize that they were only petty.

If we dig deeper into the principles that all the religions are based on, we find them all almost identical barring only a few differences that are more important for the outcome in the life after death. These differences are generally not material to the physical lives of human beings on this planet earth.

Religious Principles: When we look at the practices and principles of most of the religions in daily life and compare them, surprisingly we have to make hard efforts to find any major differences. Most religions have about a dozen or two of generic recommendations over the practices of daily life. These include all the major items of the Ten Commandments and some more. All of them are directed to a common outcome from human behavior of simply living together in peace, avoid conflicts and help the needy. All religions were started by some good persons (we call them messengers), who had God Almighty instructing and inspiring them. We all believe that they wanted to teach and direct human beings to follow a good path as liked by God Almighty. Obviously then, they will all have the same Commandments from God. Simply put, why would God create different directives for different communities when He created them all? He would most certainly wish them all to follow the same path of peace and tranquility with avoidance of conflicts.

Humanitarianism: We tend to agree that God universally prescribed the daily-life living principles for everyone, irrespective of their religions and different names of God in various religions. We also find that these doctrines and beliefs are all embodied in one word, Humanitarianism. We find that a vast majority of human beings are inherently kindhearted and humane at heart, with love and affection for other fellow human beings. It is difficult to find normal people with inner hostility against colleagues with no reason. Using inner human affection: We all who preach and practice peace amongst human beings have this powerful tool that is built into every human being. We have not used this built-in mechanism effectively for the good of mankind. If we all remember that this quality is present and available in every human being when trying to create a methodology to work on any project directed to achieve peace, we may be able to find much better results to our aspirations.

All human being, barring a very small minority, with average intelligence understands this and is ready to apply such patience and forbearance to enjoy peace and goodwill. Aspiration and achievement of such a goal is not impossible. This requires tolerance, understanding and mutual respect, which is also built-in us, only waiting to be woken up and practiced and applied in every situation where it is needed. We will need to create a pool of respectable, wise and understanding people from all walks of life who are also esteemed by their community around them and have a certain authority over them. Such groups of people can discuss the modalities of further work by them to achieve such noble objectives. Let us hope that we are all successful in creating a wonderful and peaceful world as desired by the Creator around us without any disputes. Ameen.

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