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Christianity and Islam don’t have room for a discourse. Hindus must Stop Pleasing their former Christian or Muslim masters, says Maria Wirth

The Indian Vedas are powerful, yet, it makes no claims of dominance over other religions

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Maria Wirth. Wikimedia
  • Islam and Christianity are known as Abrahamic Religions
  • Hinduism, distinct from the Abrahamic religions, has features that set it apart
  • It is import to Indianize the current religious discourse

August 16, 2017: A few months ago, when Maria Wirth attended the Interfaith Dialogue held in Delhi where she heard from representatives of Hinduism, Christianity and Islam.

Maria writes in her blog that however, more than being a religious discussion, it turned into an event for the promotion of Christianity and Islam, the two Abrahamic religions. She adds that while the two religions praised themselves, Hindus came up and praised the other two religions as well.

This consideration for the other religion was not reciprocated by the Abrahamic religions.

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It looked like the Hindus were still trying to please their former colonial masters. But they have left an influence that often blinds Indians to the richness of their own religion. This can be seen in the case of gradual demise of Sanskrit.

She boldly writes: “After Independence, the terms ‘secular’ and ‘communal’ were used as sticks to beat Hindus with. However, those sticks have become brittle now. Many Indians see through the agenda. They wonder why the religions of the invaders are favored over their own ancient tradition”.

The concept of secularism and communalism is often confused in the religious discourse. Hinduism is very distinct from Islam and Christianity. While these two religions work extremely hard to convince that they are all knowing truths, Hinduism despite its solid philosophical foundations makes no such claims.

The Abrahamic religions claim they are the ‘revealed’ religions. And they do not allow any questioning or criticism. Maria brings to the attention of readers a glaring fact: “Several Muslim countries lobbied with the United Nations to outlaw criticism of Islam. However, there is a flaw in their argument and it is the duty of Hindus to expose it”. She says that the flaw is obvious,i.e., neither of them can claim ‘originality’ and none can stand the ‘test of reasoning’

The Indian Vedas are powerful, yet, it makes no claims of dominance over other religions. It is the Vedas that have helped the human civilization progress. It consists of universal and immortal laws.

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We know that Hinduism is older than Christianity and Islam. Hence, Vedas had much long ago declared that there is one Brahman that created the universe. This was taken up by Judaism and further customized to liking by Islam and Christianity.

Maria Wirth exposes the sinister claim of Islam and Christianity that they insist on one superhuman entity watching over us, who then decides our worth on the judgment day post death. We owe our existence to this entity and one must convert to its religion to be worthy of living.

Wirth notes that this has caused a lot of bloodshed in the whole of human history.

Instead of these misguided notions, Dharma and Satya need to be brought back into our lives and the religious discourse that goes along with it. Our dharma is innate to us. It is our very consciousness.

But Islam and Christianity demand the suppression of one’s consciousness. The rising Islam extremism and terrorism is a product of this. And of course, it is backed by their scriptures.

The two religions are hypocrites as they downgrade ‘idol worshipping’ Hinduism. This is a major issue that threatens the Hindu religion.

Islam and Christianity’s purpose is to convert others to their thought while Hinduism is a profound philosophy based on pluralism and anti-expansionism.

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Christian Blasphemy Suspect in Pakistan Jumps from Building to Escape Torture

Supporters of Pakistani civil society groups protest in favor of the Christian community in Karachi, Pakistan, Feb. 26, 2018. An official said Sajid Masih, a Christian blasphemy suspect, who suffered serious injuries after jumping off a federal building, is now in stable condition. VOA

Authorities in Pakistan are investigating reports that a Christian blasphemy suspect jumped from a four-story building and suffered serious injuries to escape torture in custody.

Officials and doctors say Sajid Masih is recovering from his “fractured legs and jaw” in a hospital in Lahore where the incident took place on Friday.

Masih and one of his cousins were taken into custody for allegedly posting anti-Islam content on Facebook. They were being probed by cybercrime experts of the Federal Investigation Agency, or FIA, at its main office in the eastern Pakistani city when Masih jumped from the fourth floor of the building.

FIA officials denied charges the man was being tortured or abused, saying “no one had even touched” him. They insisted Masih panicked after “he was asked to unlock his cell phone” for screening.

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In a video message circulated and shared via social media, Masih has accused several FIA officers of “severely” torturing him and snatching his cell phone in the process. Pixabay

He alleged the officers were coercing him and his cousin into sexually assaulting one another before he decided to jump from the window.

Dozens of Pakistani human rights groups and activists strongly condemned the incident in a joint statement Monday. They raised serious concerns over persistent misuse of Pakistan’s harsh blasphemy laws, specifically against Christian and other religious minorities.

“The law enforcement authorities have not only failed in their duty to protect minorities but have actively participated in violence against them,” the statement said.

The groups called for an independent inquiry into the incident, rejecting the FIA’s ongoing internal probe as unacceptable. Wikimedia Commons


They also demanded that area police withdraw the case of attempted suicide against Masih. Activists say they suspect the police case was meant to cover up and protect FIA officers who made the Christian community member jump off the building.

Insulting Islam and its Prophet Mohammad are extremely sensitive issues in Pakistan and can carry the death penalty, although no one has been executed under the blasphemy laws. Right groups say the laws are often misused or exploited to settle personal disputes.

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Mere allegations of blasphemy have provoked mob lynchings of suspects or their targeted killings in Pakistan. Pixabay

In Monday’s joint statement, activists have also demanded authorities take immediate steps for safety and protection of Masih and his relatives.

Last year,23-year-old university student Mashal Khan was beaten to death by fellow students and others at the campus, accusing him of sharing blasphemous content on social media, charges investigations later determined were false. The incident happened in the northwestern city of Mardan, provoking a nationwide outcry against Khan’s brutal killing.

Earlier in February, an anti-terrorism court sentenced one person to death and 30 others to jail terms, including life imprisonment, for their role in the lynching case. (VOA)