How can we counter the intolerance that is spiking this year as we come up to the anniversary of 9/11? I just wrapped up a blog about that here. To go with it, I asked my friend, Jamal Rahman, a Muslim Sufi minister at Seattle's Interfaith Community Church, to suggest some verses from the Quran and from Rumi. Brother Jamal is one of the Interfaith Amigos who blog on the YES! website. His suggestions follow. I especially love the Rumi verse:
Greetings Sarah, I am enclosing some Quranic quotes and a Rumi poem (translator is Coleman Barks) at the end.
" Unto every one of you We have appointed a (different) law and way of life. And if God had so willed, He could surely have made you all one single community: but (He willed it otherwise) in order to test you by means of what He has vouchsafed unto you. Vie, then, with one another in doing good works.Unto God you all must return; and then He will make you truly understand all that on which you were wont to differ." (Quran 5:48)
" Repel the evil deed with the one that is better. Then lo! He with whom you shared enmity will become as though he was a bosom friend." (41:34)
" We believe in God and what has been sent down to us, what has been revealed to Abraham and Ismael and Isaac and Jacob and their offspring and what was given to Moses and Jesus and all other Prophets by the Creator, and we make no distinction between them." ( Quran 2:136)
"Truly, those who attain to faith in this Word as well as those who follow the Jewish faith and the Sabians and the Christians—and those who have faith in God, and the Final Day and do righteous deeds—no fear need they have and neither shall they grieve." ( Quran 5:69)
The Indian Tree and One Song
Every war and every conflict
Between human beings has happened
Because of some disagreement about names.
It is such an unnecessary foolishness,
Because just beyond the arguing
There is a long table of companionship
Set and waiting for us to sit down.
What is praised is one, so the praise is one too,
Many jugs being poured into a huge basin.
All races, all religions, all this singing, one song.
The differences are just illusion and vanity.
Sunlight looks a little different
On this wall than it does on that wall
And a lot different on this other one,
But it is still one light.
We have borrowed these clothes,
These time-and-space personalities,
From a light, and when we praise,
We are pouring them back in
Question: Do you have a favorite quote or verse on peace and tolerance? If so, leave it in the comment field below.