Creator(s): Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Because the specter of non secular extremism has grow to be a truth of life at present, the temptation is nice to permit the evil actions and views of a minority to symbolize a complete custom. Within the case of Islam, there was a lot current confusion within the Western world centered on distorted portrayals of its core values. Born of ignorance, such confusion feeds the very downside at hand.
In The Coronary heart of Islam one of many nice mental figures in Islamic historical past gives a well timed presentation of the core religious and social values of Islam: peace, compassion, social justice, and respect for the opposite. Seizing this distinctive second in historical past to mirror on the essence of his custom, Seyyed Hossein Nasr seeks to "open a religious and mental house for mutual understanding." Exploring Islamic values in scripture, conventional sources, and historical past, he additionally exhibits their clear counterparts within the Jewish and Christian traditions, revealing the frequent floor of the Abrahamic faiths.
Nasr challenges members of the world’s civilizations to cease demonizing others whereas figuring out themselves with pure goodness and to show as a substitute to a deeper understanding of these shared values that may clear up the acute issues going through humanity at present. "Muslims should ask themselves what went improper inside their very own societies," he writes, "however the West should additionally pose the identical query about itself . . . whether or not we’re Muslims, Jews, Christians, and even secularists, whether or not we reside within the Islamic world or within the West, we’re in want of that means in our lives, of moral norms to information our actions, of a imaginative and prescient that might permit us to reside at peace with one another and with the remainder of God’s creation." Such assist, he believes, lies on the coronary heart of each faith and may lead the followers of the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) in addition to different non secular and religious traditions to a brand new way forward for mutual respect and customary international function.
The Coronary heart of Islam is a landmark presentation of tolerating worth that provides hope to humanity, and a compelling portrait of the sweetness and enchantment of the religion of 1.2 billion individuals.