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Why Do Religions Differentiate Between People and Hate Each Other?

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Sep 14, 2018

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The inherent problem with religions is that it claims that you are different from the others. You are taught to differentiate and you set borders. These teachings when growing up unknowingly create hatred in the mind of the student, in some cases the hatred is inculcated deliberately. The rules of each religion create otherwise non-existing differences that make people think differently of each other. We as a race find reasons to hate each other for the simplest of reasons, why did we want yet another reason to hate each other so passionately?

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Short Answer: Islam’s mission is to create an ideal society without any hatred at all. For this purpose the reasons we find for hating each other should be eradicated. The Quran does not differentiate between humans on the basis of their tribe, race, nationality, color or language. Islam’s call is not to hate people: but to hate the embodiment of Evil called Iblis (Satan), to whom most humans are subservient. 

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Salam Brother,

Thank you for your question and for contacting Ask About Islam.

We can see in history that all the movements and ideologies that have had a lasting influence on the world began with some sort of a critical analysis of the existing situation.

Visionary leaders and thinkers who started them were in the first place restless and unhappy with the prevailing condition.

While ordinary people quietly suffered under the evils of the system, these revolutionaries among them became painfully aware of the need for change.

So they started speaking to the people about the changes they desired to bring in; and there was opposition from those who had some sort of stake in the system that existed.

Thus, there came into confrontation two sections of the society divided on ideological basis.

If those who argued for changes quietly withdrew from the scene, no improvement could be brought to the system.

They set about with zeal to expose the harm that the prevailing system does to the society and to show how a reformed system can lead to a far better order.

Once there comes to be a division in society, it is natural that the two sides will view each other with enmity. And the solidarity of each group depends to a great extent on the projection of the shortcomings and failures of the opposing group.

So they will use their resources to highlight their own merits while denigrating the opposition. This necessarily generates a lot of mutual hatred and conflict.

Given human psychology and the motive forces of social behavior we cannot expect a different scenario. Religion as such plays no role here.

In social history a new religion comes up in the role of a reform movement. And as described above, there arises an opposing group challenging the claims of the new religion, which in its turn will put forth its ideas of individual and social reform.

In the ensuing ideological clash the success of the new religion depends on the validity of its social criticisms as well as the truthfulness of its fundamental principles.

Understanding Islam

As a religion Islam is Truth: It is based on the Truth of the Oneness and Sovereignty of Allah, and on the concept of Man’s status as Allah’s Ambassador on earth.

Allah is the King of Mankind and Man is His subject destined to obey Him.

Islam is Truth and it fights falsehood in all its forms.

Islam Stands for Goodness, Justice, Mercy and Sacrifice

Naturally, it does not tolerate evil in all its ramifications.

Once this idea is conveyed to humans, it is their duty to accept it; but they are free beings and can reject it. Thus, comes the necessary bifurcation: Those who willingly obey Allah and those who do not.

The Quran speaks of the consequences of belief and unbelief: The Quran favors the Believers and castigates the Unbelievers.

This is an ideological divide, which is unavoidable.

The Quran does not differentiate between humans on the basis of their tribe, race, nationality, color or language. Its criticism is on the basis of faith and behavior:

“O men! Behold, We have created you all out of a male and a female, and have made you into nations and tribes, so that you might come to know one another. Verily, the noblest of you in the sight of God is the one who is most deeply conscious of Him. Behold, God is all-knowing, all-aware.” (Quran 49:13)

If Islam does not distinguish between truth and falsehood, good and bad, what is its rationale?

No Hate in Islam

Islam’s call is not to hate people: but to hate the embodiment of Evil called Iblis (Satan), to whom most humans are subservient.

You have written: “The rules of each religion create otherwise non-existing differences that make people think differently of each other. “

By “non-existing differences” do you mean, differences in faith and practice?

Islam does not teach hatred of people who follow a different faith and practice. And what could be “existing differences”?

Maybe race, tribe or skin color. But Islam does not teach hatred of such differences too, as mentioned before.

And you have also written: “We as a race find reasons to hate each other for the simplest of reasons, why did we want another reason that too such a passionate one to hate each other?”

Islam’s mission is to create an ideal society without any hatred at all. For this purpose the reasons we find for hating each other should be eradicated.

And the one and only way for it is:

To endeavor to create an ideal society where the advocates of hatred have no place.

But then in the first place we need to hate the advocates of hatred.

That is the only way available to us in this imperfect world.

And Allah knows best.

I hope this helps.

Salam and please keep in touch.

Please continue feeding your curiosity, and find more info in the following links:

A Fine Line Between Moderation and Extremism

What Would Jesus Do? (Part 1)

Why Not Give Faith a Chance?

 




About Professor Shahul Hameed

Professor Shahul Hameed is an Islamic consultant. He also held the position of the President of the Kerala Islamic Mission, Calicut, India. He is the author of three books on Islam published in the Malayalam language. His books are on comparative religion, the status of women, and science and human values.


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