English PeaceNews January 2018: Celebrating Diversity of Religions
Celebrating Diversity of Religions
One question to be reflected is about why is it important to celebrate diversity? How is the way to celebrate? Of course, one of them in this era is about religion diversity. If we reflect our own self with so many conflicts in the name of religion in this world, we may conclude that celebrating religion diversity is not something easy. We want to celebrate it, because we realize that the religion diversity is something special which Allah gives among us. Celebrating diversity is the form of our respect to Allah where Allah has the treasure plan through the religion diversity. Allah wants to raise His name through these differences.
Responding the conflicts in the name of religion in this world for this time, citation from Hans Kung is very precious and imperative to muse. He said, “No peace among the nations without peace among the religions. No peace among religions, without dialogue between religions, no dialogue between religions without investigation of the foundation of the religions.” We realize that the influence of the religions for the peaceful world is very significant. This world could be chaos when the issue of religions being conflict center of the nations. Religions individually and in groups are something imperative. If the existence of religions and groups getting threathen from outsider, it will not seldom to making reaction of people who even willing to risk their life. That’s why for political interest or the power of religion being important part which can be used.
Because of that, the existence of the youth generation who realizing the emergence of celebrating religion diverisity is very important. The youth generation who aware and willing to have the peaceful world, must aware either about the importance of doing interfaith dialogue as the part to do in twining the deep relationship among religions. The generation not only understand their own foundation of faith or religion, but also understand the others well. By that, this generation can be the answer in the world problems in this time which often bringing religion name. Let us celebrating religions as the shape of our grateful and respect to Allah.
Salam Peace Shalom!
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