Promoting peace with tolerance and understanding each other’s belief systems is a way of life for some but not for all. It is time that everyone learn of our commonalities and differences so we can promote peaceful ways of life. It is not easy for anyone to learn about other’s belief systems especially if they are different from our own but we as a country in the world must lead the way for peace. We know how to communicate peacefully in this wonderful United States of America and throughout the world, so now it seems appropriate for us to teach our children and our grandchildren how to have hope for peaceful futures.
Recently there have been so many misunderstandings about each other’s cultures, religions, spirituality,and secular views that so many no longer feel safe in their homes, shopping, or meetings to openly discuss differences nor commonalities. Perhaps this article will help all of us to reach out and extend a peaceful hand so that we all can learn tolerance and understanding of each other so we can promote peace for all. We are a cross cultural country that was formed so that everyone, no matter their political, religious, spiritual, or secular views could come together as neighbors and help each other live a peaceful prosperous life with promise for liberty in our futures.
It is for the above reasons that this article will focus on tolerance and ways to promote peace by effectively communicating so we all can learn to not assume we know about each other’s beliefs. First we must examine our own views and understand how coming together to learn and be peaceful will save lives. How can we know what we agree or even disagree about what we think or other’s belief unless we directly communicate. It is when we listen to ourselves and other’s in peaceful tolerance about our common or differences that we show who we are in our hearts and minds. How many of us actually live what we belief in our faiths?
Why are some of us angry and think that demeaning each other is the answer to giving our descendants a safe world to live and thrive in for generations. We can’t all be right or wrong but we can admit when we are misinformed and strive to educate ourselves so we have common peaceful grounds to learn, not profile or dismiss each other because we assume we know what other’s belief’s are. None of us were present when the earth and heavens were created so we have relied on ancestors to teach us about their beliefs. Now it’s time to educate ourselves with reliable resources that tell us about all the current faith’s that will bring us together -not separate us as human beings.
Many of our human societies began with what they felt was right for them at that time in history. Perhap some beliefs which worshipped deities,Stars and other marvelous powers that were recognized in history; as guides. From whatever reference, our ancestors began to have faith and some descendants changed their beliefs. Many skeptics, seeker, and believers changed from unprogrammed faiths to programmed faiths, toward or away from worship of deities, or in quiet and silent ways humans chose to believe in what comforted them. Throughout human history there have been hundreds of faith and belief systems that our ancestors taught us to practice in our lives. Many of us have changed from our families orginial faith’s to ones we chose on our own. We must not carry on steretypes and assumptions of other’s instead we must learn from learned and experienced experts who know their own truths and guide us to find our own individual foundations of beliefs that are peaceful and do no harm. It is time now to find the comfort within our own beliefs that guide us to extend a peaceful hand to all for understanding leads us to tolerant sharing of the common goal of peaceful living for all humanity.
We are descendants of migrants, immigrants, and must learn the truth of other’s faith’s and lifestyles and not continue to assume anyone is our ememy because we are different in beliefs. Let us all come together to promote peace with tolerance and understanding so that we, our children, and grandchildren can feel safe knowing that we made a difference not only in the U. S. A. but in the world. . Throughout America there is so much religious, spiritual, and secular information that many do not know about-it’s time to educate ourselves. For example do you know about The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA established in 1920, is the first American-Muslim organization. There are so many faith’s and belief systems in the United States of America that we all must learn from the expert source to know their truth’s rather than assume we understand what anyone else but ourselves believes. Don’t assume you know about other’s religions, faith’s, beliefs, or spirituality. Most of us don’t truly understand everything about our own beliefs let alone other’s faiths. The following is an example of religious news informational sites from experts that are willing to reach out to all of us and help us understand each other’s faith’s and beliefs
This writer emailed the spokesperson Was-Salam, Waseem A. Sayed, PHD, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to educate to introduce myself and to gain an understanding of the international revival movement. Here is my email and Was-salam, Waseem A. Sayed peaceful and educational response to my inquiry. to promote tolerance and peaceful understanding in my articles. Dear Annmarie: Good morning and greetings of peace.Thank you for contacting us. I have attached a one page summary that describes the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Also, here is a link to an article that succinctly discusses our views about the metaphoric coming of Jesus (peace be on him): http://www.alislam.org/library/books/revelation/part_7_section_3.htmlIf I can be of any help whatsoever please feel free to contact me and I will try to assist, God willing.God bless you and cause you to flourish. Amen!
Waseem A. Sayed, PhD
Spokesperson Ahmadiyya Muslim Community waseem.sayed@ahmad
This writer deeply thanks Was-salam, Waseem A. Sayed, PhD Spokesperson Ahmadiyya Muslim Community for helping to educate all about this international revival movement that believes that God sent Ahmad, like Jesus, to end religious wars, condemn bloodshed, and reinstitute morality, justice, and peace and rejection of terrorism. Please read what Was-salam, Wassem Al Sayed. PHD has provided to all of us with an open heart and mind so together we can all through the world promote peace with tolerance and understanding.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a dynamic, fast-growing international revival movement within Islam. Founded in 1889, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community spans more than 195 countries with membership exceeding tens of millions. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, established in 1920, is the first American-Muslim organization. Its journal, The Muslim Sunrise, is among the earliest and longest running American-Muslim periodicals.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is the only Islamic organization to believe that the long-awaited messiah has come in the person of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) of Qadian, India. Ahmad claimed to be the metaphorical second coming of Jesus of Nazareth and the divine guide, whose advent was foretold by the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community believes that God sent Ahmad, like Jesus, to end religious wars, condemn bloodshed and reinstitute morality, justice and peace. Ahmad’s advent has brought about an unprecedented era of Islamic revival. He divested Muslims of fanatical beliefs and practices by vigorously championing Islam’s true and essential teachings. He also recognized the noble teachings of the great religious founders and saints, including Zoroaster, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Krishna, Buddha, Confucius, Lao Tzu and Guru Nanak, and explained how such teachings converged into the one true Islam.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is the leading Islamic organization to categorically reject terrorism in any form. Over a century ago, Ahmad emphatically declared that an aggressive “jihad by the sword” has no place in Islam. In its place, he taught his followers to wage a bloodless, intellectual “jihad of the pen” to defend Islam. To this end, Ahmad penned over 80 books and tens of thousands of letters, delivered hundreds of lectures, and engaged in scores of public debates. His rigorous and rational defenses of Islam unsettled conventional Muslim thinking. As part of its effort to revive Islam, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community continues to spread Ahmad’s teachings of moderation and restraint in the face of bitter opposition from the Muslim world.
Similarly, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is the only Islamic organization to endorse a separation of mosque and state. Over a century ago, Ahmad taught his followers to protect the sanctity of both religion and government by becoming righteous souls as well as loyal citizens. He cautioned against irrational interpretations of Quranic pronouncements and misapplications of Islamic law. He continually voiced his concerns over protecting the rights of God’s creatures. Today, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community continues to be an advocate for universal human rights and protections for religious and other minorities. It champions the empowerment and education of women. Its members are among the most law-abiding, educated, and engaged Muslims in the world.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is the foremost Islamic organization with a central spiritual leader. Over a century ago, Ahmad reminded his followers of God’s promise to safeguard the message of Islam through khilafat (the spiritual institution of successorship to prophethood). The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community believes that only spiritual successorship can uphold the true values of Islam and unite humanity. Five spiritual leaders have succeeded Ahmad since his demise in 1908. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s fifth and current spiritual head, Mirza Masroor Ahmad, resides in the United Kingdom. Under the leadership of its spiritual successors, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has now built more than 15,000 mosques, more than 500 schools, and more than 30 hospitals. It has translated the Holy Quran into more than 60 languages. It propagates the true teachings of Islam and the message of peace and tolerance through a 24-hour satellite television channel (MTA), the Internet (alislam.org) and print (Islam International Publications). It has been at the forefront of disaster relief in the United States and worldwide through an independent charitable organization, Humanity First.
Here is a link to an article that succinctly discusses our views about the metaphoric second coming of Jesus (peace be on him): http://www.alislam.org/library/books/revelation/part_7_section_3.html