Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Holy Book Reference

As a Muslim, I was born and raised to believe that God has sent The Holy Quran as His Utterance. On the first verse of the second chapter on Quran, God says; This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of Allah. As a Muslim I was taught that Allah sent His Divine Words to Muhammad the Prophet through the Archangel Gabriel as the good news among faithful people and as a warning for them who disbelieve. And I still keep my faith up to this second.

As a human being, I was born and raised together with other people that has differences from me. I went to public school and learned that not all of my friends believe the same faith as myself. He could be a Christian, she could be a Hindu, and so on. We all different, theoritically and practically, but each religions are common on single thing; there's a Supreme and unseen power that has created and authorized the universe. It is written inside their Holy Scriptures like Bible, Torah, Tripitaka, or Veda. Up until today, I still respect this dissidence and their own version of God's Words.



Recently, the news about Quran-burning day and anti Islam movement has spread all over the world. Our planet currently has 6.8 millions population and 1.66 millions of them are Muslims or people who embraced Islam as their religion. That news is not just hurting those 1.66 millions people who put Quran as their source of life and gift from God, but also hurting people who concern about peace and cultural understanding in our modern day. I know that 9/11 is one of the worst day in the human kind history, but pointing out one religion rather than blame those criminals who missinterpreted the context is a very serious thing.
Most people find peace and comfort only by remembering God, that's why religion still hold key in modern society nowadays. Worldly events has sucked up all human's power, we all need a moment to rest. This rest moment is a hole that need to be filled with spiritual activity such praying or simply just reciting His Words. That's why, people who understand their religion perfectly will stop quarelling about which one is right and which one is wrong because God has inspired him to stay away from this neverending debate.

We will never surely discover about something until we 'say hi' to it, deeply investigate, and purified our prejudice mind with welcomed-mind. It's shocking that a small religious community in a tiny place called Gainesville, Florida could have such a frantic idea to burn Quran. Worldwide protest and even President Obama's dissapprobation were enough to stop the event, but the hatred stays inside the follower's hearts. This is what make me sad. Even the deceased Holy Father Pope John Paul II once had kissed a green covered Holy Quran on his visitation to Iraq. Because He believe that every religion is from God, and God is only One who created Heaven and Earth but humand call Him with many names, in many ways.

As I quotes from cnn.com, Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World," says; "Extremists exist in every religion, and we should not judge any faith by them, a writer says. We shouldn't let our perceptions of Christianity be determined by Terry Jones, or our perceptions of Islam by al Qaeda." He also says; even if you aren't religious you cannot avoid the power of religion, which continues to refuse to be relegated to the private realm either at home or abroad. Religious beliefs and behaviors may or may not move mountains, but they move people. They turn elections in India and in the United States, and they affect economic behavior in Saudi Arabia and China. I'm a hundred person agree with this man. The idea is that we have to maintaining our healthy mind from corruption, bad imagery, and flung into bigotry.

Quran says; And when it is said to them: "Make not mischief on the earth," they say: "We are only peacemakers." Verily! They are the ones who make mischief, but they perceive not (Albaqarah:12-13). May peace be with all of us, and He lead us away from this missunderstanding between others by saying that "We are the peacemakers", while actually is the contrary. Again, as what I always promote and been posted frequently, let us see something 'strange' with different perspective to imagine how it feels to be like other people.

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