As I was reading the article about Swami Vivekananda, several paragraphs struck me and I am inspired to write the following article.
The other thought that really touched me was, “Swamiji was in favour of harmony among religious beliefs and against one religion for all.”
Indeed the Foundation for Pluralism is about that, and the Parliament of Worlds Religion has set the lofty but simple goals such as: harmony rather than unity, convergence of purpose rather than consensus of belief and facilitation rather than structuring.
Those of us who feel insecure about the interfaith movement and fear losing our identity or diluting it, please be assured that the goal of the Parliament is NOT to UNITE religions, but to facilitate a platform to learn about the others first hand and work together for the common good of mankind. 90% of religion is about doing common good; only 10% of it is rituals that give it its own uniqueness.
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Through the Foundation for Pluralism, Mike champions the idea of co-existence through respecting and accepting the otherness of other, and is committed to nurturing the pluralistic ideals embedded in Islam through the World Muslim Congress. He is a speaker thinker and a writer on the topics of pluralism, cohesive societies, Islam, interfaith,