Religion: A Belief Or A Way Of Life?

“If your religion requires you to hate someone, you need a new religion.”

Religion is the science of faith and following of a superpower that is referred to commonly as God. Earlier, religious disputes were caused due to the rise of power of one and territorial expansion. As time passed, the motive behind religious disputes has undergone changes. Religion has become an excuse and a forced reason for hatred towards a particular community. Most holy books insist on the presence of a God, even if the names given in these books are varied. People have now started to mistaken the presence of one God as the absence of the god of another religion and incorrectness of other religious beliefs. A lot of disputes and discrepancies like Hindu-Muslim ones are prevalent today and are causing a considerable amount of emotional, spiritual and physical damage.

In a world filled with terror, mass killings and hatred, there is a need for people to realise and accept the existence and concepts of other religions. Inter-religion marriages should be accepted, not deemed impossible. Muslims and Hindus must accept each other and live peacefully and quietly in the society. Religion is just a belief and every human being is entitled to his own beliefs. This concept must not be used to cause damage to others. Religious freedom is a much-needed practice to further move a step towards world peace. Religious norms like the Sharia law is a practice, which must be allowed to anyone wanting to follow it, but it must not be insisted or inflicted upon unwilling people. It must not be used as an excuse to make a person give up his/her life.

Most Muslims strongly believe in and advocate the beliefs of the TV show host, Zakir Naik. He believes music and alcohol are intoxicating and must not be engaged in regularly. This promotes the opposition of music and alcohol by his followers. This makes them oppose anyone who enjoys music or consumes alcohol.

Zakir Naik also preaches and believes in patriarchal concept which claims that the man is rightfully the leader of the house. He promotes the belief that the man has ‘the right to beat a woman gently’. This makes his followers disregard women and their opinions. It makes them inculcate values of domestic violence and female discrimination.

He also disregards the LGBT community by calling them “mentally ill patients”. This makes his followers believe in the same, to go on and create more riots and uprisings against the community. This completely puts aside the concept of one’s one beliefs and ways of living.

The practice of triple talaq is still followed by Muslims, which puts women on a lower pedestal as compared to men when it comes to dissolution of a marriage. This is extremely regressive and not helpful in progress or human development. This practice completely neglects the views and opinions of women and does not advocate practicality.

The holy books of all religions promote and preach certain beliefs, which were written thousands of years back. These beliefs may not be relevant in the modern times and must be altered in practice today. The Sharia law does not condemn other religions and must not be misinterpreted for hatred towards others. We must rethink our practices and decisions before causing harm to others. Causing harm to others and humanity on the pretext of religion is a form of terrorism and this must be condemned.

Religion is a concept to be practised, faith-related violence is not to be embraced.Everyone must believe that the world is a place of religious diversity and not of one dominating religion. This will reduce terrorism, violence and hatred and promote love, unity and brotherhood. We must consider everyone’s choices and respect them in the name of humanity. We must all condemn hatred and promote love and unity. This will make the world a happy and peaceful place, safe from everything else. This will eliminate evil and cruelty by a major portion, thus reducing wars and disputes.

Everyone must believe that the world is a place of religious diversity and not of one dominating religion. This will reduce terrorism, violence and hatred and promote love, unity and brotherhood. We must consider everyone’s choices and respect them in the name of humanity. We must all condemn hatred and promote love and unity. This will make the world a happy and peaceful place, safe from everything else. This will eliminate evil and cruelty by a major portion, thus reducing wars and disputes.

If your religion requires you to hate someone, you need a new religion.

Shreya Kawoor

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