Faith and morality in our time.


Today, just as the Christmas and Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah's birthday anniversary have been celebrated, I shall reflect on some serious issues, notably faith and moral issues in our time. Not that the birthday celebrations are not serious, but we can also reflect on lighter issues, such as if the actual birthday of Jesus, Issa, really was the 24th of December, and what exact year was it? Some say that the time that the Orthodox Churches in Eastern Europe and the Coptic Church in Ethiopia celebrate Christmas, are probably more correct, namely in January. Furthermore, some say that it is more likely that Jesus was born spring. And about the founding father of Pakistan, the Quaid-e-Azam, I just heard somebody claiming that perhaps he was born on 26 December, not 25 December.

Does dates of this kind matter? No, not the least; what matters is that we celebrate the events, well, not not even that, but rather that we remember the messages and the results of the works of the leaders. Jesus became the founder of the new and kinder way of understanding God, and the way human beings should relate to each other, not only basing it on Moses' strict interpretation of God's will. Christianity lies at the bottom of Islam, too, and it forms a pillar of the messages of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

On that note, I wish that in future, both Christians and Muslims could agree on celebrating Christmas together. Jesus was a messenger of God. If Christians want to use the term 'Son of God', that must be understood as a way of saying that Jesus was more like God than most other people; that he was closer to being a holy man than others. His way of interpreting God's will, making people see God, and making people live better together with fellow human beings, makes Jesus unique.

I hope that we can reach a time when Christians and Muslims can come closer together. This would be important all over the world, indeed in Europe with high number of Muslim immigrants. Europe has been a stronghold of Christianity, and it still is, yet, also more secular. It would be important that the two religions learn more about each other and get closer, not continue to emphasize differences, because the differences are in actual fact small. Christians know less about Islam than Muslims generally know about Christianity. Leaders and faithful of religions must have open hearts and minds to each other. We must want to live by the moral and religious advice of one and the same God, yet...

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