Russia TLIG Magazine

T L I G M A G A Z I N E I S S U E - 3 9 59 no one can think that he possesses the monopoly of His truth, the monopoly of His Person or His love... Now, when we think that some of us are better than others, when we think that we can possess God and lock him into our own mental structures, we end up believing that ours is the only truth that counts and that we have the right to impose it on others. Then it is when the truth of God, that is to be a source of life and dignity, becomes an element in the service of the religious institution (whatever the name may have ...), it becomes the perfect excuse to fill our hunger for power. I believe that all Christian churches have sometimes fallen into this sin, and we must ask the Lord for for- giveness. And we must ask God together that He will teach us more about the nature of His Kingdom, that which Jesus approached in this world, in which there is no place for competition and rivalry, one in which there are no categories or barriers between its citizens, that in which no one pretends to take possession of God, but is God who takes over us, the kingdom that rests on His mercy, justice and love. The Kingdom of God is one in which each one of us lives for the others, because when we love the brother we are loving God himself. A God who is very close to us, He is walking beside us, we don´t have to leave Him apart with our discussions. Let Him continue to lead us and make us instruments of His love, peace and hope for this world through which we walk to- gether. May the Lord bless you. The bridges of peace and understanding between re- ligions have existed and continue to exist. And what we see today from division and animosity often has several reasons and we will speak about some of them. 1. Ignoring the similarities and focusing on the differences. One of the most important similari- ties between us which unites us is the love of God and the desire to reach Him. While in most so- cieties we have focused on the shell and have abandoned this goal for which we were created. Ofollowersofthebook;cometoanequitableproposition betweenusandyouthatweshallnotserveanybutGod… And we have in a religious narration: “Is religion any- thing but Love?” and another narration: “Make being with you beloved to me.” 2. Ignorance about others’ beliefs and judging without any deep understanding or knowledge. And some of the useful solutions for this problem are: a. Reading about other religions objectively and with openness. b. Invitations between religious groups to have work- shops and lectures about each other to bring about understanding. c. Continuous relationship and meetings between re- ligious leaders in order to have friendly discussions. 3. Not allowing people who are not suitable to rep- resent religions. Today we find many representing religions while they have in fact nothing to do with these religions and they only represent their ignorant understanding of these religions. Some of the solu- tions for this great problem are: a. Being united all together in occasion when any- one, anywhere in the world, faces injustice, condemn- ing such injustice. And I emphasize anywhere in the world and not only in the developed countries. About caring for all humanity, Imam Ali says: “People are one of two groups, either a brother in religion or an equal in creation.” b.Making use of good occasions in the media to spread the moderate way of thinking, which is the true one. 4. Humility in theory and in practice. The basis of worship is humility in front of the creator and one of the greatest physical manifestations of hu- mility is prostration. God wants us to be humble for his best of creations, his prophets and their successors. And after them, be humble to the parents and here there is a story from Imam Sadiq, one of the grand- sons of Prophet Mohammad. Sheikh Mohamed Ali Mostafa Khalik Teacher and Imam at AL KHEI association in Paris Manager institut BERCEA DU SAVOIR How to bridge our divisions and bring peace to the world