All religions point to the Golden Rule:
MY thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and families of the tragedy
of Sept. 11. Among the thousands presumed dead was an acquaintance of mine,
a tenant of the World Trade Center, a precious soul; but others were as
Terrorists are irreligious people without conscience
The souls of the innocent dead and their families are crying for justice,
and not forgiveness, against the evildoers and state-sponsored group for
their war against humanity.
These terrorist organizations do not represent religion. These are
irreligious monsters who have no consciences. They can be found in Ireland,
the Middle East, Europe and South America, each having their own agenda.
Though not a Muslim, it pains me when people and the press malign Islam and
link these terrorists to this great religion.
Before the advent of Prophet Muhammad, the Arabs were among the most savage
people on Earth. No traveler was safe from being sold into slavery, and some
tribes even considered it virtuous to bury their daughters alive.
Yet, within 100 years of Muhammad's coming, these savages had founded the
most advanced civilization the world had yet seen, whose foundation can be
traced directly to Prophet Muhammad's teachings.
The advancement in medicine, chemistry, algebra and astronomy, Western
Civilization owes to the great Muslim civilization of the Middle Ages.
Just as we cannot blame Christianity and its celestial teachings of love and
brotherhood for the Spanish Inquisition and the horrors of the Holocaust
against our Jewish brothers; or for acts of terrorism in Ireland, we cannot
blame Islam for terrorist acts committed by a few misguided elements.
The true meaning of "Jihad" is a spiritual holy war against one's vices to
overcome our evil nature, not a physical war.
Study of the great religions of Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism,
Christianity or the Bahai faith shows that all teach love, justice,
detachment, honesty, purity, selflessness, wisdom, faithfulness, humility,
forgiveness, charity, respect for trustworthiness, sincerity, compassion,
and a host of other virtues.
If you examine the principle of any religion, all point to the Golden Rule:
* Buddhism: "Hurt no others in ways that you yourself would find
* Judaism: "What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow man.
That is the entire law; all the rest is commentary."
* Christianity: "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you."
* Islam: "No one of you is a believer until he desires for his
brother that which he desires for himself."
* Bahai faith: "Blessed is he who preferreth his brother before
As Bahais, we believe that religion should "unite the hearts and
cause wars or disputes to vanish. If religion becomes a cause of dislike,
hatred and division, it would be better to be without it."
Bahais believe that all these acts and styles of hatred can be
overcome only by spiritual renewal and that we should never
underestimate the power of religion to unite mankind.
Bahaullah said: "Ye are all the fruits of one tree, the leaves of
one branch, the flowers of one garden."
"Glory is not who loves his own country, but glory is his who
"The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens."
Let us hope and pray that when the dust clears from this great nation,
America will emerge as the torchbearer of peace and brotherhood and will
bring the Lord's Prayer to reality: "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on
earth as it is in heaven," in establishing world peace.
Mali, a urologist, lives in Charleston.
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