Islam and Christianity in Balance released

"I feel unless Palestine is not resolved the Abrahamic religions won''t come to peace," said Kirmani.

Srinagar, Publish Date: Nov 7 2017 1:12AM | Updated Date: Nov 7 2017 1:12AM
Islam and Christianity in Balance released

Renowned historian and author Dr Sheikh Muhammed Iqbal's latest book Islam and Christianity in Balance was today released at a function where scholars called for unity in Muslim Ummah as a precursor to dialogue with people of other faith.

The 546-page book comprises 14 chapters describing various challenges faced by the largest religions of world and how they can live, prosper peacefully.

Speaking on the occasion, Iqbal detailed the historical background of relations between Islam and Christianity, how 11th century changed the dynamics after Christians initiated crusades primarily for other reasons than the faith. He also spoke at length on the current situation in sub-continent with huge challenges faced by Muslims.

 "Those who target Muslims shouldn't forget their contribution. Muslims have the greatest of all legacies in all fields ranging from economics to literature," said Iqbal. "Muslim saints are the beacons of peace who developed human peace with affection."

Iqbal expressed disappointment at the disunity and internal situation of Muslim community which represent its weak point. "Organisation of Islamic countries could have supplemented the UNO as a strong partner in peace but instead countries are fighting each other," said Iqbal. 

"Same thing is happening in Kashmir, leaders are touching cord of mundane politics to lead us nowhere. Unfortunately, we have forgotten our spiritual past much like architecture, mother tongue, culture and other such things that comprised of our strength."

Justice (Retd) Bashir Ahmad Kirmani who was guest of honour said that the book is of utmost importance as it has been released on the 100th year of Balfour declaration "which stabbed Muslim Ummah with the creation of Israel."

"I feel unless Palestine is not resolved the Abrahamic religions won't come to peace," said Kirmani.

The other big challenge according to Kirmani was lack of leadership in Islamic Countries. "Let us suppose that other religions would like to talk to Islamic nations for resolving all issues, not to whom will they talk. We have nobody here. All major Islamic countries are at each others throats trying to undermine each other," said Kirmani.

"The only solution is the establishment of democratically elected governments that will represent true aspirations of people. This will create the much needed unity and true leadership."

Kirmani urged the intellectual community of Kashmir to stress on the need to initiate talks between Muslims and Hindus as this represent the most urgent need. "We are living in challenging times and muslims need to talk to with Hindus. India is turning into a Hindu country and 20 crore Muslims cannot escape this reality," said Kirmani. "Muslims have to think of dialogue with Hindus and only this safeguards their interests and future. And Kashmir has the potential of helping in this regard." 

Renowned pediatrician Dr Altaf Hussain who presided the session said that the book is timely as dialogue is the need of hour. "We have been distorted and misrepresented due to our own shortcomings and that needs to be changed. We will have to stand up against such things by uniting," said Dr Altaf while calling for interfaith dialogue.



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