Does religion hold the values that all people should hold?
By Dr. Hany El-Banna
It is essential for us to understand that Allah created the universe and all its inherent attributes for our comfort. By His command, the seas have been tamed and we can traverse the planet to seek of His bounty. “And He has subjected to you, as from Him, all that is in the heavens and on earth: behold, in that are Signs indeed for those who reflect” 45:12-13*. He created the sun, without whose light and warmth we could not survive; the moon, a source of inspiration for poets and the stars and planets which move in galaxies. Without them, would life on this earth be possible. Of course not! “It is He Who made the sun to be a shining glory and the moon to be a light (of beauty), and measured out stages for it; that ye might know the number of years and the count (of time)” 10:5*.
All people should co-operate in matters upon which they agree and be magnanimous and understanding about matters on which they differ. For example, we all have common traditions, customs and terms. If we look to the different holy books we will find that they all agree on more than 90% of their content. Much of what they say is about worshipping the Creator who has created this universe and treating each other with respect. Religion I believe is a positive force that can do following:
- Construct the earth not monopolize it
- Make people happy not miserable
- Participate in good initiatives
- Understanding and cooperation not animosity or rancour
- Harmony and friendship not hatred and alienation
- Praying, not cursing
It is in this comfort that we live, living our everyday lives with the earth around us to sustain us. This is agreed upon by people of different faiths. We should look at what binds us together rather than divides us. If we look at the most basic level, we are all human – surely that should be enough.
*To read this verse you can visit Quran Explorer