This world, if i may tell you, is beautiful. We only live in this world for a while. We are travelers, we may be different by race, ethnicity, nationality, and religion. But our goal is one. To come to where we belong. It doesn’t matter if you’re Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Zoroaster, Sikh, Hindu, etc.
What does matter, is your sense of humanity. Your caring for each other. Your forgiveness. Your love. All of those things does matter. For what? Our preparation to travel to a different Dimension from the world. What is the purpose to travel into a different dimension? to meet our creator. Where? to a place where most of atheists don’t believe it’s existence, Heaven.
“But i thought only muslims can go to heaven?” Let me tell you. If you go travel back in time, And you meet prophet Moses (as), and you ask what is his religion, he wouldn’t answer “I’m Jewish”. He would answer “I surrender to god” or in Bahasa “Saya berpasrah diri kepada Allah“. Even the word “Jew” and “Judaism” didn’t exist in the Torah, Talmud, and Mishnah.
Jews are the adherents of Judaism. The word Judaism came from “Judah”, the son of Jacob. God gave Jacob the name of “Israel”, according to Genesis 32:28-29 and 35:10. If you go back travel into the future not very far from Moses (as), you’ll meet Jesus (Prophet Isa as). Ask him “What is your religion?”
He wouldn’t answer “I’m a christian” because it never exist in the bible. He’d answer “I surrender to god”. The word Christian, came from the Roman soldiers, during the time of Jesus. They called Jesus with the name of “Christ”. And his disciples are called “Christians”.
If you meet Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), you asked “What is your religion?”, He’d answer “Islam”. Islam, came from the root arabic word of ‘Aslama‘, it means to show submission and surrender to someone and obey his commands. So, what’s the difference between the religion of Moses (as), Isa (as), and Muhammad (SAW)? The three of them show their submission to Allah. See, “Allah” is an arabic word for God. Same as Elohim (Hebrew).
So, why waste time, trying to label others as “Infidels” or “Un-Kosher” or “Kafeers”. Tolerance is what we need. For muslims, tolerance is a gift from god. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) Didn’t go to a Jew’s house or a Christian’s house and say to them “I’m right and you’re wrong”, no. He appreciates them, because they are the adherents of the teachings of Prophet Moses, and Prophet Isa, the previous prophets before Prophet Muhammad “SAW”.
Take this. Once, the disciple of Moses, asked him, “Moses, what is the meaning of god to you?” He answered “Shema Yisrael, adonai eloheinu, adonai echad.” It means “Hear, O Israel! Adonai is our God! Adonai is One!”. Eloheinu, came from the root word Elohim, or Allah in Arabic.
A couple of century later, The disciple of Jesus, asked the same question to Jesus. “O Jesus, what is the meaning of god to you?” Jesus answered “Shema Yisrael, adonai eloheinu, adonai echad.” The same sentence that has been used by prophet Moses a couple of century before Jesus.
A couple of century later, the follower of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), asked the same question to him. “Muhammad, what is the meaning of god to you?”. He answered:
1. Qul huwa Allahu ahad
2. Allahu ‘s-samad
3. Lam yalid wa lam yulad
4. Wa lam yakul lahu kufuwan ahad
“Say: He is Allah, the One and Only;  Allah, the Eternal, Absolute;  He begetteth not, nor is He begotten;  And there is none comparable unto Him. ”. Compare it to the answer of Moses and Jesus. Ahad, came from the word “Wahid“, that means ‘one’. Echad, came from Ah Haht, or ‘one’ in Hebrew.
If we talk about “Tolerance”, let’s take a look at Hindus. Hindu, is not a word for a religious belief. Hindu came from the “Indus River” in India. It’s the name to call the settlers of Indus river, hindu. Even the Arabs called Indians “Hindi”. They have been taught to be tolerance to the non hindu believers.
Take a look at Rig Veda, the book of hindu teachings. It stated there in Gita CLXIV, Verse 36:
“Ekam sat vipraah bahudha vadanti”
It means “One alone exists, Many people call it by various names.”. Hindus believe in many gods. But, they also believe in one truth. Seek for Svetasvatara Upanishads, Chapter 6 verse 9:
“He has no master in this world, no ruler, nor is there any symbol of him. He is the cause, the cause of all the causes. He has no father or controller above him.”
and seek for Svetasvatara Upanishads, chapter 4, verse 19:
“He cannot be seen, neither above, nor across, nor in the middle. He is beyond grasp. There is no image that is true to his from. His name is glory itself.”
So, no matter where you came from, what you are, and who you are, We are all under one god. “The truth leads us to god”. Love each other. Care each other. Leave our differences behind, let’s hold hands and walk to seek peace. I’m a Muslim, You’re a Jew. My religion is mine, and yours is yours. But that doesn’t break our friendship.
Let’s take a look at Qur’an Surah Al- Hujurat verse 13:
“O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.”
We’re created differently, so that we may know each others,
We are all travelers, confused in this dimension called “life”. There is only one religion, but many people practices it with many different ways. Our goal is to leave the differences behind, and care for each other, not to proclaim war to each other just because his or her religion, race, nationality, not ethnicity are different than us.
“I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit.” – Khalil Gibran