Monday, December 1, 2008

Sri Aurobindo and Islam

Sri Aurobindo has written in Karmayogin about the attitude India should take to keep the Indian-Muslims as an indivisible part of the country:

"We shall make it a main part of our work to place Mahomed and Islam in a new light before our readers, to spread juster views of Mahomedan history and civilisation, to appreciate the Mussulman's place in our national development and the means of harmonising his communal life with our own, not ignoring the difficulties that stand on our way for making the most of the possibilities of brotherhood and mutual understanding. Intellectual sympathy can only draw together, the sympathy of the heart can alone unite. But the one is a good preparation for the other."

"yes,we have been bashing islam,and the followers of that religion for a very long time..and for over a decade,attacks on islam has increased by manyfold,no thanks to salman rushdie's virgins,and 9/11.. tragedies in palestine, bosnia and iraq dont make us numb with sorrow and anger..we have forgotten how much hurt we have inflicted upon them..constant insults,attacks will naturally transform anyone into a rebel or a human bomber..we have forgotten that muslim are also human beings with let us pause for awhile and think..why the mightiest amongst us highlighted/mentioned islam,and not judaism or christianity..vivekananda spoke of vedanta brain,islam body,sri aurobindo writing about presenting islam in a new light..why?..some interesting comments on sufism and sri aurobindo...[Yusufali 2:256] Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error: whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks. And Allah heareth and knoweth all things...[Yusufali 2:165] Yet there are men who take (for worship) others besides Allah, as equal (with Allah): They love them as they should love Allah. But those of Faith are overflowing in their love for Allah. If only the unrighteous could see, behold, they would see the penalty: that to Allah belongs all power, and Allah will strongly enforce the penalty.

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