Islam, as it is represented by Holy Quran, Hadith, Traditions of Prophet Mohammad, Practices of His Companions, The First Generation of Interpreters of different Schools of Islamic Thought, Sufis and Scholars of Eminence in different ages are our real source of inspiration in undertaking the task of promoting Interreligious Harmony in the Indian and Global society. The Philosophy of Islam is based on, “Love the Creator and its Creation". As Faithful it is our sacred duty (Farz-e-Kafaya) to present the Eternal Truth of Islam to all the inhabitants of this planet with an utmost sense of humility and Compassion and the rest is submitted to the will of Almighty Allah as He is the Ultimate Custodian of His will.
1) Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi, despite hundreds of years that elapsed after his death is still relevant and his ideas are the beacons that we need in this century of conflicts and innumerable sufferings. Establishment of The International Institute of Studying World Religions after his name and the building of Harmony Compound which will accommodate places of worship of all major world religions can be the best tribute to his words, “Come come again whoever whatever you may be, come; Heathen, fire worshipper, sinful of idolatory, come; Come, even if you have broken your vows hundred times: Ours is not the portal of despair or misery, come.”
2) The Founder of World Baha'i Faith, Baha’u’llah impresses by his concept of Unity- a unity that embraces and honours the full diversity of humankind. He further stresses that the rich religious heritage of humankind should be viewed through the lens of unity. His concept of unity and harmony can be a source of light and inspiration to millions and millions in the world.
3) His Holiness the Dalai Lama, touches the most by his belief in universal philosophy of peaceful co-existence and the remarkable contribution that he is making in bringing people, cultures, civilizations and faiths closer to each other. He is a world class peace maker.
4) Pop Benedict XIV, He is a source of moral strength in bringing about harmony among members of the Family of Abraham. We the Jews, Christians and Muslims share a common bond of eternal relationship which goes back to Adam and therefore, relations within this family must necessarily be family like. We look forward to His Holiness to make this happen all over the globe.
5) His Holiness Sri Sri
6) Mr. M. Fatehullah Gulen, An Islamic Scholar and Thinker, a Prolific Writer and Poet. His books: (1) Advocate of Dialogue and (2) Towards A global civilization Of Love And Tolerance impresses us the most and so to many around the world. Mr. Gulen's fresh interpretation of Islam in the twenty first century is a source of eternal light not only to the Muslims around the world but to the whole of humanity as well. He is a living legend of hope in an atmosphere of despair and desperation.
8) Chief Rabbi
David Rosen, KCSG,
President, the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious
Consultations (IJCIC) and International Director
of Interreligious Affairs, American Jewish Committee. An Internationally
Acclaimed Religious Scholar of Judaism, Great Champion of Brotherhood between The Members of Family
of Abraham, Strong believer in peaceful co-existence and a living example
of Interfaith Harmony. Someone who reminds us all of the eternal bonds
that exists between Jews, Christians and Muslims. A Jewish Religious
Scholar in the year 2007 while participating in South Asia Interfaith
Harmony Conclave in
(9) Singh Sahib Gyani Joginder Singh, Jathedar, Sri Akal Takhat Sahib, Sri Amritsar, Sri Akal Takhat Sahib is the highest seat of Sikh Religion. Sikh sisters and brothers around the world look forward towards its leadership for religious and spiritual guidance. Guru Granth Sahib, The Holy Scripture of Sikhs is a treasure of humanity. Its message of universal brotherhood inspires millions of inhabitants of this planet.
10. Zarathustra’s message has come down from the Bronze age. It is the message of choice. We can choose to strengthen the spenta creation of Ahura Mazda, the spirit of wisdom or turn away to the Ahrimanic path of negation. The Gathas of Zarathustra are Hymns in praise of wisdom. The right choice provides happiness, and Zoroastrianism teaches that, ‘Happiness comes to him who gives happiness unto others’. We may learn a lot from the Zoroastrian community and their total approach to life.