Pluralism in Islam

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Quran View on Religious Pluralism

Submited by: Muqadas Ghumman
Submitted to: Mame Amat-ul Rafi
Subject: Quranic View of other Religions
Introduction
While Islam stresses on the unity of humanity, it also recognizes human diversity and gives valuable principles to deal with ethnic, racial and religious differences in society. This paper discusses Religious Pluralism in the light of Quran and Hadith. Islam gives rights to all citizens of Muslim state; granting them protection and allowing them to co-exist in a multi religious society giving birth to the Religious Pluralistic society.
Defining Pluralism
Religious pluralism is defined in different ways by a number of modern writers. The basic
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It sets forth both the etiquette and theology of dialogue. A number of verses in Quran have mentioned the way to deal and communicate with the book of people and other religions as well. Book of people have been separated from other pagan religions but both have been granted rights. For the people of the book, Quran mentions: “Do not debate with the people of the Book save in the fairest manner, except those among them who do wrong; and say to them ‘we accept faith in that which was sent down to us [that is the Qur’an] and that which was sent down to you [that is the Torah and the Gospel]. Our God and your God is one, and to Him we are submitters” (Ankabut: 46). Recommendation of healthy dialogue between religions is also seen in the following ayah: “Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of who is rightly guided”
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