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In India, we, Hindus and Muslims have to live with harmony in a balanced way.
Satbir Singh Bedi | 02 Dec 2014

In India, we, the Hindus have to live with the Muslims in a balanced way. There are 200 million Muslims in India and we just cannot throw them away. Therefore, there is a great need for both Hindus and Muslims to live in peace and harmony and share everything in a balanced way.

Everything is created in balance and harmony with billions of other elements interconnected and interdependent on each other to function cohesively.

In fact, the entire creation can be broadly classified into Matter and Life. Planets, stars, seasons and plants are programmed to function obediently with precision, whereas humans were not put on an auto-pilot, they were instead given a free will to manage and maintain their own balance, and of course there was the guidance for everyone. The sun and the moon run on their fixed courses (exactly) calculated with measured out stages for each (for reckoning, etc.). The Holy Quran warns us against transgressing this balance. The following verses are relevant:

55.6. And the herbs (or stars) and the trees both prostrate.

55.7. And the heaven He has raised high, and He has set up the Balance.

55.8. In order that you may not transgress (due) balance.

55.9. And observe the weight with equity and do not make the balance deficient.

55.10. And the earth He has put for the creatures.

55.11. Therein are fruits, date-palms producing sheathed fruit-stalks (enclosing dates).

55.12. And also corn, with (its) leaves and stalk for fodder, and sweet-scented plants.

55.13. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?

The Holy Quran says that God has created us into many tribes, communities, nations and by extension faiths, ideas, shapes, and colours -- and all of us can trace back our origins to a singular couple referred to as Adam & Eve. Given that diversity, we are bound to have conflicts and compete for the resources. So, the Holy Quran adds, the best ones among you are those who will take the time to know each other for God knows that knowledge leads to understanding and understanding to acceptance and appreciation of different points of view.  The following verses are relevant:

49.13. O mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Verily, the most honourable of you with Allah is that (believer) who has At-Taqwa [i.e. one of the Muttaqun (pious - see V.2:2)]. Verily, Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware.

2.256. There is no compulsion in religion. Verily, the Right Path has become distinct from the wrong path. Whoever disbelieves in Taghut and believes in Allah, then he has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that will never break. And Allah is All-Hearer, All-Knower.

109.6. "To you be your religion, and to me my religion (Islamic Monotheism)."

God through the Holy Quran does not miss a beat in communicating with his creation, and tells us not to compel others to be like you  let it come from their hearts for common goodness, and let others be others and you be you . Indeed, when you respect the otherness of others, and accept the God given uniqueness of each one of us, then conflicts fade and solutions emerge to live in harmony. 

Had he willed, he could have made us all into a single community or created all of us precisely alike , but he chose to create each one of us to be unique with our own thumb print, eye print, DNA, taste buds, belief buds, races, nations and ethnicities.The following verse is relevant:

5.48. And We have sent down to you (O Muhammad ) the Book (this Qur'an) in truth, confirming the Scripture that came before it and Mohayminan (trustworthy in highness and a witness) over it (old Scriptures) . So judge between them by what Allah has revealed, and follow not their vain desires, diverging away from the truth that has come to you. To each among you, We have prescribed a law and a clear way. If Allah willed, He would have made you one nation, but that (He) may test you in what He has given you; so strive as in a race in good deeds. The return of you (all) is to Allah; then He will inform you about that in which you used to differ.

God loves us all, and no one is deprived of his love; he has reached out to every human through a peace maker, messenger, prophet, reformer, a wise man or simply a good friend that brings sense to living. The creator offers a variety of guidance to the mankind, no matter where you live, the guidance is there, the guidance that leads to live in peace, and without fear of the other. He says I have sent a peacemaker to every nation and every tribe.

What does God want? Like a mother who wants her children to live well; a teacher who wants his students to do well; and the chef who wants his patrons to enjoy his food.... God wants every one of his creation to live in harmony. He emphasizes the idea repeatedly (over 18 times) -- if you take care of his creation (neighbour), you need not worry; your rewards are with him. Just to make sure we understand this precisely, he says, whether you are a Jew or a Christian and by corollary other, if you take care of your neighbour, I will take care of you.  Mind you, he is very clear, he has never said, "Muslim Neighbour," but just neighbour to be inclusive of all humanity.  The following verse from the Holy Quran is relevant.

2.62. Verily! Those who believe and those who are Jews and Christians, and Sabians, whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day and do righteous good deeds shall have their reward with their Lord, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve .

Both Hinduism and Islam give us messages of brotherhood.  Let us listen to them. For solace and peace, read Gita.