The majority of Malaysians abhor those who for their own narrow interests use religion or other truth-systems to enslave men and women, writes Steven Sim.
Muslims now face the dilemma of whether to continue with the status quo and thereby place greater impediments upon the development of humanity or to reinterpret the teachings of Islam in such a way that its fundamental values and ideals will be able to assist in the realisation of humanity, wrote the late Abdurrahman Wahid.
The actors in the conflict must be trained to see the other for his or her humanness. Their faith perspectives should be drawn to express the inclusive nature of the human family. Linking the transcendent with values provides a foundational basis for common understanding. Fear has to be neutralised. In the shared concern for the future, we must find the resources, the capacities and the possibilities for Peace, urges K Haridas.