Iftekhar Hai, president of United Muslims of America and a frequent participant in multifaith gatherings in the Bay Area, writes in a recent column in the San Mateo County Times of the encounter between Islam and Hinduism in the American context. He writes:
India has the largest democracy, with 150 million Muslims blended into its culture from the last 1,000 years. The kind of Islam that India has nurtured is full of pluralism and diversity.
But in America, the question I hear that comes up the most is: What position does Islam take on religions like Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism? Those faiths are embraced by nearly half the world’s population, with deep-rooted philosophies and a very glorious cultural past.
Hai calls for a greater appreciation of our diverse religions as they each find a home outside of their traditional settings.
- Interfaith Inclusion, San Mateo County Times, August 2, 2007