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Topic: god/higher power

Religions: Baha'i, Islam

Summery: In both Islam and Baha'i they believe that there is one ruler/god figure. They both believe in the universal unity of all types of religions. it would be interesting to compare these two ideologies where in their respective gods are supposedly the one and only god but, at the same time, accepting of all religions. This situation is rarely discussed due to how new the Baha'i faith actually is (having only been connived in the 18th century). Throughout history many religions have perceived to incite conflicts and divide different groups of people, but here we have two religions both of which have the primary purpose of uniting all people of the world under one god. Through instances like this we can see clearly that there are many avenues on which religions can peacefully co-exist and even grow off of each other.

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Aqdas (paragraph 163)
All honour to this all-glorious station, the remembrance of which adorneth every exalted Tablet. Such is the teaching which God bestoweth on you, a teaching that will deliver you from all manner of doubt and perplexity, and enable you to attain unto salvation in both this world and in the next. He, verily, is the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Bountiful. He it is Who hath sent forth the Messengers, and sent down the Books to proclaim “There is none other God but Me, the Almighty, the All-Wise”.

Analysis:

Once you read through this passage from the Baha'i sacred text a few times, you start to understand that it is explaining God's recurrences throughout many sacred texts. As a fairly new religion, Baha'i has the advantage of taking a more reserved standpoint and looking at all of the world's religions has one united belief.

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Aqdas (paragraph 182)
This is the changeless Faith of God, eternal in the past, eternal in the future. Let him that seeketh, attain it; and as to him that hath refused to seek it—verily, God is Self-Sufficient, above any need of His creatures.

Analysis:

One of the key phrases is this quote from the Baha'i sacred text states the faith in God is "changeless" and in many ways, eternal. This statement serves to reiterate that not only is god immortal and all seeing, but he has only one form. He is "changeless in faith", which can be taken to mean that all belief in God stems from the same emotions. There is a sense of unity amongst religions that is constant throughout many of the popular passages from the "Aqdas".

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Quran (3:19)
The only true faith in God's sight is Islam.

Analysis:

Even though Muslims believe that Allah is the one and only god, there seems to be favoritism towards their own religion. By saying "the only true faith" the Quran is saying that Islam is the end all be all of religions, since their god is the only god, and their religion is the only true religion. The idea that one god rules over all religions is one that has enough substance and sentiment to be cause for discussion but, it has incidentally shut out other religions and in some respects, alienating them.

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Quran (3:19)
“Allah will not give mercy to anyone, except those who give mercy to other creatures.”

Analysis:

Returning to our central thesis, questioning the affect on Islam and it's influence with other religions and faiths, we find that this section from the Quran to be particularly interesting. In it, it is stated that all inhabitants of the earth are guilty until proven innocent. In our dissection of the previous quotes it is made apparent that the Baha'i faith accepts all other religions and celebrates the idea of one universal creator, whether or not one believes in him/her. So it is easy to argue that one of the key philosophies of the Baha'i faith is to show mercy and acceptance to other creatures, yet earlier in the Quran we see their adamant exclusivity to one god (Allah), this predicament brings up a dilemma that can really only be resolved via a debate. Peaceful, open minded debates, similar to the one suggested are crucial to the successful cooperation between religious groups, without them people's views will stay fixed and ridged for many years to come.


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Stated here are what could be the beginnings of a larger dialogue, an interesting conversation between two belief systems. Neither side is right nor wrong, just not in full agreement. This series of analysis's is merely a way to view two different views, and hopefully an introduction for those who have been less informed on topics similar to this.



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"When you grow up with a spiritual foundation that asks you to be conscious of the fact that all races are created equal, that men and women are equal and that all religions worship the same (God), it helps you see the world as one family and not get lost in the traps of political, social and economic belief systems that can lead you astray. I always think of myself as a world citizen. It's a powerful thing."
- Rainn Wilson


“It's not radical Islam that worries the US -- it's independence”
- Noam Chomsky


“I become more than ever convinced that it was not the sword that won a place for Islam in those days. It was the rigid simplicity, the utter self-effacement of Hussein, the scrupulous regard for pledges, his intense devotion to his friends and followers and his intrepidity, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and in his own mission. These and not the sword carried everything before them and surmounted every obstacle.”
- Mahatma Gandhi




“Muhammad has always been standing higher than the Christianity. He does not consider god as a human being and never makes himself equal to God. Muslims worship nothing except God and Muhammad is his Messenger. There is no any mystery and secret in it.”

- Leo Tolstoy



“America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem. Throughout my travels in the Muslim world, I have met, talked to, and even eaten with people who in America would have been considered white, but the white attitude was removed from their minds by the religion of Islam. I have never before seen sincere and true brotherhood practiced by all together, irrespective of their color.”
- Malcolm X





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