When UK priest Isaac Poobalan threw open his church for Muslims to pray one bone-chilling day, it was a sterling example of interfaith harmony.
With Pope Francis, too, calling for more dialogue with Islam, secularism is the taste of things to come. And India has many heart-warming tales of religious inclusion.
Atop Taragarh Hill in Ajmer, the call of the muezzin from Muslim areas in Anderkot and the tinkling of bells from the 16th century Jharneshwar Temple intermingle to create a divine cadence.
Every morning, Mahant Vishnu Gopal Taparia scales the hilly tract to meet his Muslim friends.
“They take my advice on their wards’ education, financial matters and family problems,” says Taparia.
Every Tuesday, Muslim children gather around the temple for prasad.
It wasn’t always like this. Hindus began to migrate from here due to communal tension and Partition saw their complete exodus.
“Finally, Muslim elders mediated and brought a priest for puja,” says Maulana Syed Noorul Haque, an advocate. “Since then, puja has been performed here every day.”
In Khanqah Muna’mia Dargah, Patna, 70 per cent of the visitors are non-Muslims. When Patna resident B N Tiwari’s son went missing, he went to Muna’mia. “Incredibly, I got strong signals from the shrine about his location and he was traced,” he says.
Meanwhile, in Parumala, 75 km from Cochin, St Gregorios’ shrine rises white and striking against the emerald green foliage. Here, Muslims and Hindus can be seen fervently praying in front of the saint’s relics. Youhanon Mar Demetrios, one of the Metropolitans of the Orthodox Syrian Church, says,
“All our churches are open to people of all faiths. That alone is a welcoming gesture by our church.”
Source: The Times of India
India has a good climate for acceptance of different faiths. This is a must, if we are going to live by the principle of freedom of religion.
To mix up different faiths, is wrong. This leads us into syncretism, and the faith that “all gods are the same”. This is one of the founding principles and doctrines of the false One World religion.
Jesus the Messiah warned Christians not to mix up His teachings. It is only by the blood of the Lamb of God that man can get his sins forgiven, and his soul saved for eternity.
As followers of Jesus we stand on this doctrine. Regardless of what persecution that might come, we do not intermingle and have prayer fellowships with people who do not believe Father, Son and Holy Spirit is One God.
Written by Ivar