Can we be Muslim and still remain open to Pluralism? What do the Sufis have to say


Kuch Khaas brings you another lecture as part of our series of talks on Islam. In recent times we have witnessed an upsurge in intolerant behavior amongst people in general. Even though it would be tempting to identify certain individuals and groups with intolerance, it is important to study this phenomenon objectively without any particular denominational or other categorization in order to gain true insight into the matter. There has to be a greater context of intolerance which allows spurts of its concentrated expression now and then and here and there. On the one hand there is a noticeable movement towards expansion and thus inclusion such as through the manifestation of the spirit of globalization which has occurred as a result of the growing political, social, economic, environmental and scientific understanding of the holistic nature of life. Everything and everyone is interconnected in a way that may be mystically described as a huge energetic network of subtle waves that constantly criss-cross to maintain the web of our existence. Nothing and no one exists or can exist in isolation. The fundamental reality is reflected in the basic principle of Tawhid [Oneness] which is the basis of our faith and in fact every faith, even though in appearance other beliefs may be seen as contrary, the core of all echoes the same Truth. Yet on another level, in the external dimension of things, human beings are caught in the endless conflict of proving one’s personal truth as greater than that of the other and in the course of it have decided that the supremacy of their subjective truth can only be established by denigrating, condemning and disproving the other’s truth.