Jews, Christians, Muslims: Remember One God?

14 May

Muslims are unsafe among Jews and Christians today. Christians are unsafe among Jews and Muslims. Jews are unsafe among Muslims and Christians. But they all believe in the same God whose commands remain unchanged.

The innocents among them fear oppressive politicians and their sidekicks, the terrorists, who wouldn’t allow them to come to terms with each other, that is, peaceful coexistence. Perhaps even love would have been possible?

Let’s build a new world without politicians and their sidekicks. Let’s stop paying attention to them. What Obama? Zardari, who? — Ants before God, insignificant people becoming big in our heads.

O People of the Book! Let us rally to a common formula to be binding on both us and you: That we worship none but God; that we associate no partners with Him; that we erect not, from among ourselves, lords and patrons other than God. (Qur’an: Surah Al ‘Imran, 64)

 

Christians fleeing the Middle East

The Pope visited Jordan. The Christians are fleeing the region

Christians used to be a vital force in the Middle East. They dominated Lebanon and filled top jobs in the Palestinian movement. In Egypt, they were wealthy beyond their number.

In Iraq, they packed the universities and professions. But as Pope Benedict XVI wends his way across the Holy Land this week, he is addressing a dwindling and threatened Christian population driven to emigration by political violence, lack of economic opportunity and the rise of radical Islam.

A region that a century ago was 20 per cent Christian is about 5 per cent today and dropping. In Lebanon, Christians now amount to a quarter of the population. A century ago there were millions of Christians in what is today Turkey; now there are 150,000. In Bethlehem, Christians now make up barely a third of the population after centuries of being 80 per cent. Of the 1.4 million Christians in Iraq in 2003, nearly half have fled.

Source: New York Times.

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