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When men fight over religion

As per the Old Testament, the prophets of the Jews, Noah (Nuh), Moses (Musa), Abraham (Ibrahim), Joseph (Yousuf), are all prophets of the Christians and Muslims also. Hindus and Sikhs have common names for God like Ram, Gobind, Gopal, Banwari, Neelkanth, Hari, Narayan, etc. I fail to understand that when men have so many things in common, why do they fight against each other?

india Updated: Feb 09, 2006 18:05 IST

According to the Old Testament, the prophets of the Jews, Noah (Nuh), Moses (Musa), Abraham (Ibrahim), Joseph (Yousuf), etc are all prophets of the Christians also. These prophets along with Jesus Christ (Isa Ibne Mariam) are also the prophets of the Muslims. One whole chapter in the Holy Quran is devoted to Jesus Christ or Isa Ibne Mariam.

However, even when they have so many common prophets, the Jews, the Christians and the Muslims have been fighting amongst themselves. Further, amongst the Christians, the Roman Catholic and the Protestants have been fighting each other fiercely and amongst the Muslims, the Shias and the Sunnis have been fighting against each other not only in India and Pakistan but also in Iraq and other countries.

Similarly, Hindus and Sikhs have common names for God like Ram, Gobind, Gopal, Banwari, Neelkanth, Hari, Narayan, etc. but we have seen that during the Sikh militancy period, Hindus were taken out of the buses and killed mercilessly. When two fanatical Sikhs killed the late Prime Minster, Indira Gandhi, thousands of the Sikhs were also killed mercilessly by Hindu mobs.

Even amongst the Hindus, we have seen so many bloody battles between various castes, particularly in Bihar and eastern UP.

I fail to understand that when men have so many things in common including common cultural heritage, a common evolutionary progress from primitives to the modern men, etc. why do they fight against each other?

Why can they not behave like civilised people? Perhaps, the poet Ghalib was right when he said that it is difficult for a man to become a civilised man. (Aadmi ko bhi mayyasar nahin insan hona).

So, the point worth pondering is whether we would remain civilised brutes or we would become civilised men also?

First Published: Feb 09, 2006 18:05 IST