Auron ka hai Payaam aur, mera Payaam aur hai, / Ishq key dardmand ka tarz–e–kalaam aur hai! (Iqbal)
Believers of the world unite! Hindus, Jews, Christians, Muslims and others! Let all of us unite to do something together: something all of which is good and none of which is bad.
Let us all come together to jointly celebrate the World Day of God 2010 on this Eidul Adha, 1431.
That will coincide with Hajj 2010.
And that, I think, is Tuesday, November 16, 2010.
For, that is the right thing to do.
For, that is the spirit of the Qur’an, which is God’s own immortal word in this world – in our mortal hands.
That is right! World Day of God!
On Tuesday, November 16, 2010: Eidul Adha, 1431.
Jews and Christians Say They Believe in God. Let me explain why and how.
Perhaps – all I am saying is perhaps, nothing more. Perhaps, there is nothing more common or more popular in this entire world than belief in God – One God.
That is to say: God the Almighty; God the Creator; God the Maker and Master of the World.
And God the One Who Gives and Takes Away Life.
And, ultimately, God the one and only!
Jews say they believe in God – One God.
And they have said that forever. And, if you ask me, they have paid quite dearly for saying it.
Christians claim they believe in God – One God. And it doesn’t matter how they come to that point.
Over and above all things, they say, Christians I mean, that is their core belief: One God.
I say, let us take the Christians on their word.
Hindus Say: Aikam Sat!
Hindus argue they too, in their own way, believe in God – One God.
No matter how many other smaller gods they may appear to pay homage to.
And no matter how many different temples they may have set up for each one of them.
For, they say: Truth Is One.
Aikam Sat, they say.
Over and above all these idols, images, statues and deities there is a God, they say: One God. God of gods, they say: God the Almighty!
The one and only supreme God of all, they say, and they say they refer to him by different names such as Paramatma.
And all those different names, they say, mean one and the same thing: God the Almighty!
God the Supreme!
God the One!
And by that we mean, they say, the one and only God that is over and above everything and everyone else.
Aikam Sat, they say.
And that means: “Truth Is One.”
And I say: Let us take the Hindus on their word too.
We are not going to lose this one without a mighty fight: the fight to proclaim that God is one.
And unite humanity on that noble basis, if we can.
We will take from everyone what each can give and then build on it.
If the Hindus say that is what they mean, we are going to take them on their word.
And we are going to proclaim to the whole world that that is what they mean.
And go from there.
Muslims Say They Too Believe in God. Now, here is what I say: Let us take all these people on their word. No matter how they couch, phrase and articulate that word.
Hindus, Jews, Christians, all. If they all say it is God they believe in, let us all say: Okay, it is God you believe in. Period! End of discussion.
Who are we to question the veracity of their belief? And let us proceed from there.
Now, I should think, that is well over 2,000,000,000 (Two Billion) human beings you are looking at, don’t you think so?
And that is close to nearly a third of the human race. And they all seem to be saying one thing: God Is One. That is, one way or another they all seem to suggest that they believe in God – one God. Although, we must admit, they seem to be saying it in several different ways.
Some seem to say it loudly, clearly and without any ambiguity whatsoever: There is no God but God. And they say it in the original Arabic language of the Qur’an – the language and words of God: Laa Ilaaha Illaa Allah! Those are the Muslims.
Right behind the Muslims come the Jews. But as a matter of historical truth, in chronological order, the Jews come before the Muslims – way before the Muslims.
In fact, the Jews come even before the Christians. So, we have got to give Jews the credit and honour of historical precedence. And let them fight it out with the Hindus which one of them came first and who came second. And now let us add to this mix of believers of the Jewish, Hindu and Christian variety, the world’s 1,500,000,000 Muslims. Because Muslims too claim they believe in God – One God. And they too, just like the Jews, take quite a bit of pride in their clear-cut, strong and unyielding Monotheism – belief in One God.
Half of Humanity Believes in God. So, here it is: Hindus, Muslims, Jews and Christians, all believe in God. At least so they all say.
And let us take all of them on face value and do some crude head counting.
Now then, at the end of all this tallying and analysis, what do you have?
You probably have well over one-half of the entire population of the world – 50 percent of the entire human race. And that is, I am quite confident, not a soul less than 3.5 billion people (3,500,000,000) spread in practically every corner of the world.
That is a pretty impressive tally, wouldn’t you say?
Every single one of them repeating, in one form or another, in one language or another, in every nook and cranny of this world, the same single slogan: We Believe in God.
That to me is the greatest and most spectacular wonder that this world has to offer.
That means you can pretty much close your eyes and declare God the winner of this contest, if there ever was a contest: More than half of humanity believes in him. And always has.
GOD WINS, HANDS DOWN!
No contest. God has won. Hands down, I must say. And contrary to the lies some people concocted some years ago with book titles such as God Is Dead, all to sell some books and make some money, contrary to that perverse and evil assertion, God lives. As he always has and will. God is alive and well. For, he is God – al-Hayyul Qayyoom: ever-living, perfectly free from all dependencies, infirmities, needs and weaknesses.
For believers in God, I would say, that is not a bad handicap to start out with. Not a bad set of runs on the Big Board – all 3,500,000,000 of them – before you even showed up on the crease or the plate or held a bat in your hand or pretended to swing it.
Not bad: For all these believers in God, not a bad day at all.
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