7. Not religious wars

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7. Not religious wars


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Dr. Laylá Takla
Nuhayr ‘Ismat
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Dr. Laylá Taklā explains that many of the wars and struggles in the world are not religious ones.

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"Many people wonder to what extent the theories of the clash among civilizations and struggles among religions are true," Dr. Laylá Taklā said, "many also wonder if the differences between Muslims and Christians call for the hostility people are promoting nowadays."

Civilizations are based on stability, and religions are based on coexistence and understanding. Adopting different religions or doctrines should not be treated by violence. "The phrase ’struggle among civilizations’," Dr. Laylá Taklā said, "and ‘the must-be-there struggle between Islām and Christianity’ have nothing to do with religion." Dr. Taklā explained that if religious differences only promote disputes, wars, and hatred, civilizations as well as peoples would not have been able to communicate and progress.

"The idea that struggles among peoples and countries are the result of religious differences implies the idea of encouraging people to abandon rational thinking and principles of humanity," Dr. Laylá Taklā added. She then gave examples that prove her point of view:

- The war in Palestine is not a war against the Jews. On the contrary, it is a Palestinian desire to free themselves from the "invaders" and from injustice. It is a desire to put an end to the demolitions and killings of Palestinians by the Israelis under the cover of religion. Both Muslims and Christians were killed and have had their houses destroyed by the Israeli’s.

- The Israeli bombs did not differentiate between Muslims and Christians or between churches and mosques in Lebanon.
"Despite all this, the illusion of the presence of struggles among religions and civilizations is being spread among people so that they began to interpret any dispute on a religious basis," Dr. Laylá said.