بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Salam alaykum and Shalom, Peace be upon you.
I would like to start here a discussion about Muslim and Jewish religious scholars, writers and activists and their activities and writings and their ideas on making peace.
Here are some of them:
Haroon Yahya (Adnan Oktar)
A Turkish Muslim writer and activist.
“As people who believe in God and follow His revelations, let us rally to a common formula - "faith". Let's love God, Who is our Creator and Lord, and follow His commands. And let us pray God to lead us to an even straighter path. When Muslims, Christians and Jews rally to a common formula this way; when they understand that they are friends not enemies, when they see that the real enemy is atheism and paganism, then the world will become a very different place. The fighting that has raged for ages, enmities, fears - and terrorist attacks - will come to an end, and a new civilization based on love, respect and peace will be established upon this "common formula".
Adnan Oktar’s interview by Tamar Yonah, Israel National Radio: http://en.harunyahya.tv/videoDetail/Lang/4/Product/16734/
What Should a Moslem's View of the People of the Book and Atheist Zionism Be?: http://www.unionoffaiths.com/article_y15.html
More interesting articles, books, pictures and videos: http://www.unionoffaiths.com/
Imam Muhammad Shirazi
Shi’ite Muslim scholar and writer from Iraq.
“One of the benefits of peace is that the memory of the peace-maker remains as do
his laws, checks and balances and methods whereas memory of the non-peacemaker does not remain even if it is assumed that he was one hundred percent right.“
His teachings on War, Peace and Nonviolence (An Islamic perspective) are available in English here: http://www.shirazi.org.uk/books.html
(The second and third part of this book are really good)
A Sufi poet and writer.
“…Since Rumi saw humans as beings that carry the Divine Entrustment, he loved people no matter what faith or creed they belonged to, and therefore respected all religions. It is for this reason that behind the coffin of that great saint , not only Muslims but also Christians and Jews shed tears.‘‘
Book about Rumi: Sefic Can, Fundamentals of Rumi’s thought
(Read about Rumi's teachings on love)
Emaan (Faith in Arabic)
God revealed to David- peace be upon him: “David, whoever takes refuge in Me and not in my creation, even though heaven and earth conspire against him, I will find him a way out.“
Aidh bin Abdullah al-Qarni
A Salafi Muslim scholar from Saudi Arabia.
‘‘In order to find peace, turn to your Lord‘‘
Happy and patient people won’t fight each other. Faith in God is a key to happiness, patience when facing problems and inner peace. Sheikh Qarni wrote many books on this topic, which were translated to many languages, for example Don’t Be Sad and You Can Be the Happiest Woman in The World.
Emuna (Hebrew word for Faith)
Rabbi Shalom Arush
“The outside world is a portrait of tension, stress, and anger. Modern man is always
on the run and under the gun; he finds no relief from emotional unrest, financial
insecurity, and cut-throat competition, the results of a society that lacks emuna, faith.
If the inhabitants of this earth had emuna , then they'd be relaxed and content .
Knowing that their lives are in the hands of a loving Creator - anxiety, worry, and
stress would become superfluous. A world with an emuna-oriented populace would
become a heaven-on earth haven of peace, justice, and compassion.“
“ War and strife among nations are impossible in a world of emuna, for each nation would realize that its own has a specific task in the global scheme of things. Just as a carpenter doesn't compete with a butcher – on the contrary, each requires the services of the other – the nations of the world would cooperate in peace rather than bicker in constant conflict.
The prophet speaks about the messianic era's world of emuna when he says (Isaiah 11:6-9), "The wolf will dwell with the sheep and the leopard will lie next to the kid goat…they will neither injure nor destroy in all of My sacred mountain, for the earth will be filled with
knowledge of God as water covers the ocean floor." Only emuna leads to the knowledge of God that will lead to a wonderful world of peace and tranquility.
Rebbe Nachman of Breslev writes (Likutey Moharan II: 8), "In the future, as the knowledge of God increases, there will be no more damage and cruelty. Mercy and compassion will spread, since they are the outcome of the knowledge of God."
Rabbi Menachem Froman
Rabbi Froman has long been involved in interfaith dialogue with Palestinians and Muslims, and has participated in informal negotiations with many Palestinian leaders, including from Hamas. He argues that peacemaking efforts between Israel and the Palestinians must include the religious sectors of both societies. Froman conducted meetings with controversial Palestinian leaders, including with the late PLO Chairman and President of Palestinian National Authority Yasser Arafat, and the late Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmad Yassin. . Froman maintains close ties with Palestinian leaders, as evidenced by a letter he sent to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas about his last conversation with Yasser Arafat:
“ I remember my last conversation with him, close to his death, when he answered me with emotion: "You are my brother!" and of course it is possible to explain his emotion, that he wanted to tell me, close to his death, that the two nations – the Israelis and the Palestinians – are brothers, that if the fate of one improves so does the fate of its double. The president customarily would thank me for these blessings and would order that these blessings be publicized in the Palestinian newspapers so that the Palestinian nation will know that there are Jewish rabbis who are blessing them with blessings of peace.
Since the election of the Hamas government in the Gaza Strip, Rabbi Froman stepped up his efforts to organize meetings between Israeli and Palestinian religious leaders. He has met and conducted negotiations with current Hamas leaders Mahmoud al-Zahar and Hamas's Minister for Jerusalem Affairs, Sheikh Mahmoud Abu Tir, with the goal of drafting a ceasefire agreement that will end the killings in Gaza and the West Bank and lift the blockade imposed by Israel on the Gaza Strip. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menachem_Froman
Rabbi Froman and Haroon Yahya: http://en.harunyahya.tv/videoDetail/Lang/4/Product/18815