‘An amazingly wide-ranging book, showing that the world’s religious texts can be a force for good today’ John Barton, author of A History of the Bible. In our increasingly secular world, holy texts are at best seen as irrelevant, and at worst as an excuse to incite violence, hatred and division. The Quran, the Torah and the Bible are often employed selectively to underwrite arbitrary and subjective views. They are believed to be divinely ordained; they are claimed to contain eternal truths. But as Karen Armstrong, a world authority on religious affairs, shows in this fascinating journey through millennia of history, this narrow reading of scripture is a relatively recent phenomenon. Armstrong argues that only by rediscovering an open engagement with their holy texts will the world’s religions be able to curtail arrogance and intolerance. And if scripture is used to engage with the world in more meaningful and compassionate ways, we will find that it still has a great deal to teach us.
Different stages of human birth described by the Quran now stands proved with the help of X- ray machines and Ultrasound equipment. Had the Quran been a book of Muhammad (as generally claimed by the West) was it possible for a person apparently uneducated to unfold such realities utterly unknown at his time and remained unknown about more than 1000 years after him. This motivates recent followers of reason told logic to embrace Islam whenever they come across such realities. The Quran says that humans are created under three darknesses called as walls in today?s Medical science. After cutting these three walls, a gynecologist picks up a cesarean baby. A student of Medical Science of 21st century is wonder struck to know the revelations made about birth process of humans in the 7th century.
Three periods of life of Muhammad show that he belongs to everyone. Those who are secular, first forty years of Muhammad are their guide because in this phase of life, Muhammad did not talk about any religion but even then he was the most respectable citizen of pagan society of Mecca. For those who want to transform their societies from slavery to independence, 13 years struggle of Muhammad after prophethood at Mecca is their road map. And for those who want to become rulers of the world. 10 years life as ruler of Madina is their guide. This format of guidance proves verdict of’ the Quran that Muhammad is for grace, blessing and mercy for all-people of all times.
Muhammad lqbal had said that “Religion in its higher manifestation is neither dogma nor priesthood nor ritual”. Today Islam is the only religion that is compatible with the above requirement of modern time. This could only be done by explaining True Face of the Qum and Muhammad as he belongs to everyone. ISBN: 9786277575090 Publisher: AIWAN-E-ILM-O-FANN Subtitle:
‘Home to all the major religions, India is also, inevitably, host to virtually every type of religious fanatic…’
No other nation has witnessed as much proselytization or heard as many war cries in the name of God as has India. Hindus have fought Muslims. Christians have sought to convert animists, Sikhs have armed themselves against Muslims, and Muslims have declared jihad on the kind of Hindu that took delight in the demolition of the Babri mosque. Here in India, writes journalist Edna Fernandes. there is evidence that every religion can be hijacked by the forces of fundamentalism.
Fernandes travels to the country’s recent and past theatres of fundamentalism from Kashmir to Gujarat, Punjab to Goa to meet the generals and foot soldiers of communal wars, and lets their rage and rhetoric speak for them. The Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid calls upon his co-religionists to form militant squads to combat persecution by Hindus. In Nagaland?as in Kashmir?what was once a political insurgency is now a holy war, and armed Baptists demand a separate homeland for Christ. Twenty years after the storming of the Golden Temple and the anti-Sikh riots, an Akali leader in Amritsar cannot forgive, and speaks of continuing the fight for Sikh honour-‘Sometimes through the pen. Sometimes down the barrel of a gun.’ And in shakhas across India, Hindu hardliners ready themselves for the final solution: ethnic cleansing.
There are as many stories of prejudice and violence in these pages as there are of insecurity and despair. But they are told by an investigative writer who has readied ISBN: 9780670058709 Publisher: PENGUIN BOOK INDIA Subtitle: A JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF INDIAN FUNDAMENTALISM Author: EDNA FERNANDES