Why Interfaith Harmony? How is it Possible? (Challenges and Prospects in Interfaith Dialogue in Pakistan)
Almighty Allah is the absolute creator. He is the creator of good. A human being is the masterpiece of His creation. He blessed human beings with reason, aesthetics, and ethics. This is the uniqueness of a human being that among all His creations only a human being has these three core characteristics with a balance. These basic and fundamental potentials develop and nourish only in peace. Love is the gateway to peace. Every human being has the right to choose a way of life. A being may have a religion or may not. Nobody has the right to compel anybody to adopt or accept or deny any religion. Compulsion is against the dignity and integrity of a human being. Diversity is not bad but the exploitation of diversity and differences for vested interests is a curse. The aim of a religion is to provide peace and tranquility. But unfortunately, it has been made a source of restlessness, terror, and fear. These days, approximately 8 billion people on this globe are resting on the heap of nuclear weapons. Religion is the most powerful factor in influencing the masses. Spreading hate in the name of religion is the most terrible phenomenon all over the world. By having a deep and keen understanding of the background, challenges, and prospects of interfaith dialogue and harmony in Pakistan, we will be able to serve humankind. This article is an effort to search out solid grounds for interfaith dialogue and harmony.
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