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Whenever the question of faith and the topic of that Higher Being arise, a sense of trepidation overwhelms me. I always make it a ground rule whenever  we discuss this sensitive issue, we should not be angry, emotional and accuse others of being less religious  and that only our faith should prevail on this planet Earth.

I remind everyone present to reflect that we are here and belonging to  differing faiths because of the accident of our births, be you a Hindu, Buddhist, Jew, Christian or a Muslim. Other faith categories include Zoroastrian, Pagan, Agnostic and Atheist.

From the history of violent religious confrontations throughout the ages, we read stories of how people of a faith would rather be tortured to death than converting to another belief. Such is the power of faith. And no wonder religion, since its introduction, is the most divisive social factor in human population.

When a specified faith and the State is intertwined and laws are used to subdue or restrict other faiths, we are in for a difficult climb to the mount of true harmony. May God, The AlMighty, Allah, Yahweh, Tuhan and whatever you call your Higher Power, bless us all.

A rose by any other name, smells just the same ( a cliche ).

I found this poem entitled “Allah” and written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ( 1807 – 1882), a famous and prolific American poet  very soothing to my soul.

Allah  

Allah gives light in darkness,
Allah gives rest in pain,
Cheeks that are white with weeping
Allah paints red again.

The flowers and the blossoms wither,
Years vanish with flying fleet;
But my heart will live on forever,
That here in sadness beat.

Gladly to Allah’s dwelling
Yonder would I take flight;
There will the darkness vanish,
There will my eyes have sight.

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

And the Poet who called to “Allah”, had lived in the 19th Century and here we are in the 21st century, the age of Cyber Technology and in need of such faith to keep our spiritual balance. Let us practise our faith in peace and respect others so that their followers can do the same.

Peace to all the Faithfuls the world over.

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