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Symbols matter more to followers of various religions than their essence
Symbols matter more to followers of various religions than their essence. Most of the followers of a religion do not understand what their religion preaches or what is the meaning of the contents of their religious holy books.

Most of the Muslims do not understand what is contained in the Quran. They only go by the speeches of the religious leaders given in the Mosques or the Fatwas issued by various religious bodies of Islam. However, all of them are incensed by the cartoons of their Prophet.

Similarly, most of the Sikhs do not understand what is contained in the holy Guru Granth Sahib. They are prompted only by the sermons given by their religious leaders and the Hukamnamas issued from Akal Takhat. They are deeply hurt if harm is done to their temples or their religious books.

Same is the case with Hindus, most of whom hardly understand what is contained in their religious scriptures but are furious when nude paintings of their gods and goddesses are done by some famous painter. It is better to understand the principles of their respective religions and do not get upset by what is only symbolical in it!

Rather than preaching the essence of their respective religions, the preachers of these religions try to convert people to their faith by luring them with money or other such benefits. This is particularly true of Christian missionaries who want to just increase the total number of Christians in the world.

What will they get by it if the converts did not understand the ABC of Christianity and what it stands for? Similarly, Muslim preachers like Zakir Naik use all tactics to convert people of other faiths to Islam without making the converts familiar with the essence of their new religion.

These missionaries and preachers only create bitterness among the followers of the religions from which they convert people to their own religions. This is not conducive for communal harmony and peace.

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