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Tweet Your Faith: Think Interfaith on 9-11-11

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Sep 09, 2011

This 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks provoke a wide array of feelings within our American family — profound sadness and loss, a sense of the instability of the world around us and our lack of control over it, gratitude for the many blessings of life.  Unfortunately, for a few among us, including some individuals in power positions, September 11th is a moment to stoke the fires of fear, intolerance, paranoia, and scape-goating; promote a rise in anti-Muslim hysteria and attack civil liberties in the name of national security; and focus on that which divides us, rather than that which unites us all.

At the Standing on the Side of Love Campaign, we believe Sept. 11th is a moment in time to embrace the other, especially those of other faith traditions (and also those of no faith tradition at all).  We are taking this moment to focus on the beauty of crossing social, religious, and ethnic borders in faith, love and compassion.  As a campaign that understands the power of social media to create interconnectedness the world over, we will “Think Interfaith” this September 11th and surrounding days, sharing quotes from various faith traditions’ scriptures, as well as from prominent members of those faith traditions, and others who are simply leading thinkers of our time.  Each quote focuses on respect for all faiths and faith traditions, and the notion that wisdom and divinity is not the province of just one religion.

Below, you will find quotes organized by faith traditions, as well as an array of “miscellaneous” quotes.  We hope you find wisdom across the board.  With one click, you can tweet these quotes, joining people the world over who are promoting cooperation, unity, and interconnectedness this Sept. 11th.  You can also paste these into your Facebook status, as well, and change your Facebook profile picture to a universal symbol of religious pluralism.  Have a quote of your own?  Use the “add your own quote” box below!

Join us in spreading love this Sept. 11th, and may the love find its way back to you in spades.

How to Change Your Profile Picture: On Facebook you can do this by saving this image to your computer (right click on the image and select “save image as”), going to your Facebook profile page, selecting “Edit My Profile” under your profile picture, and then selecting the “Profile Picture” tab in the lefthand sidebar.

Please share these verses:

Use the widgets below to post to Twitter. Cut and paste the full quotes, and share on Facebook.

Sufism & Sufi Leaders

“How many paths are there to God? There are as many paths to God as there are souls on the Earth.” -Persian poet Rumi

Sikhism & Sikh Leaders

“Do not say that the Vedas and the Koran are false. Those who do not contemplate them are false.” -The Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Holy book of the Sikhs

Islam

“The true servants of the Most Merciful are those who behave gently and with humility on earth, and whenever the foolish quarrel with them, they reply with [words of] peace.” -Al-Furqan 25:63

“O ye who believe! Be steadfast witnesses for Allah in equity, and let not hatred of any people seduce you that ye deal not justly. Deal justly, that is nearer to your duty. Observe your duty to Allah.” -Al-Maeda 5:8

Unitarian Universalism

“We need not think alike to love alike.” -Francis David, Transylvanian minister and early Unitarian

Hinduism & Hindu Leaders

“Peace among religions is a precondition for world peace.” -Social Worker Swami Agnivesh

“What interfaith seeks to do is to not allow religion to fall back into confrontational modes, into contemporary crusades and jihads, rather to move onwards to a new level of interfaith harmony and understanding.” -Dr. Karan Singh, Indian Politician

Judaism & Jewish Leaders

“Man is never as open to fellowship as he is in moments of misery and distress.” -Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, 1966

“He who devotes himself to the mere study of religion without engaging in works of love and mercy is like one who has no God.” -Babylonian Talmud, Abodah Zarah, 16b

“A man should always speak in a way that increases civility with one’s brothers, relatives, and with any person, including a non-Jew.” -Babylonian Talmud, Berakhot 17a

”Our Rabbis taught, ‘Give sustenance to the poor of the non-Jews along with the poor of Israel. Visit the sick of the non-Jews along with the sick of Israel. Bury the dead of the non-Jews along with the dead of Israel – Because of the ways of peace.’” -Babylonian Talmud Gitten 61a

Christianity & Christian Leaders

“There are three things that will endure – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love.” -1 Corinthians 13:13

“This is my commandment: that you love one another as I have loved you.” -John 15:12

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” -John 4:7-8

Buddhism & Buddhist Leaders

“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” -The Dalai Lama

Create Your Own:

Addition Quotes

Judaism & Jewish Leaders

“On what basis do we people of different religious commitments meet one another? First and foremost we meet as human beings who have so much in common: a heart, a face, a voice, the presence of a soul, fears, hope, the ability to trust, a capacity for compassion and understanding, the kinship of being human. My first task in every encounter is to comprehend the personhood of the human being I face, to sense the kinship of being human, solidarity of being.”

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, 1966

“…in place of the Old Bottom Line of money and power, a New Bottom Line of Love and Generosity is possible. People of all faiths need to shape a political and social movement that reaffirms the most generous, peace-oriented, social justice-committed, and loving truths of the spiritual heritage of the human race.”

Rabbi Michael Lerner

Unitarian Universalism

“We need not think alike to love alike.”  -Francis David, Transylvanian minister and early Unitarian http://ow.ly/6oJVz #uu via @sideoflove

“We have all of us, whether rich or poor, whether high or low, of whatever nationality and religious conviction, the same supreme necessities and the same great problem and infinity of love.”

Augusta Jane Chapin (1836-1905), Universalist minister and educator

Hinduism & Hindi Leaders

“I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together for unity and love.”

Mohandas Gandhi

“I came to the conclusion long ago … that all religions were true and also that all had some error in them, and whilst I hold by my own, I should hold others as dear as Hinduism. So we can only pray, if we are Hindus, not that a Christian should become a Hindu … But our innermost prayer should be a Hindu should be a better Hindu, a Muslim a better Muslim, a Christian a better Christian.”

Mohandas Gandhi

Christianity & Christian Leaders

I see religion as a powerful positive healing force for this nation and the world. But that force is blunted, weakened, compromised inestimably, if we turn religion into a tool for advancing political strategy; if we make it a matter of how to win political office; if we treat it as anything other than a sacred part of life from which we ought to draw sustenance and values and strength for living courageously as good citizens.”

Interfaith Alliance President Dr. C. Welton Gaddy

Buddhism & Buddhist Leaders

“Do not be idolatrous about or bound to any doctrine, theory, or ideology, even Buddhist ones. All systems of thought are guiding means; they are not absolute truth.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,

and the life of the candle will not be shortened.

Happiness never decreases by being shared.

Sutta Nipata Buddhist scripture

“ I appreciate any organization or individual people who sincerely make an effort to promote harmony between humanity, and particularly harmony between the various religions. I consider it very sacred work and very important work”

The Dalai Lama

“We who have been born Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, Muslim, or any other faith can be very comfortable in each others temple’s, mosques, and churches, praying or meditating together to create a spiritual mass of consciousness which can overcome our greed, hatred, and illusions.”

Dr A. T. Ariyaratne, Founder of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement

Islam & Muslim Leaders

“Contact (between religions) is good. One should listen to and respect the doctrines professed by others. Beloved-of-the-Gods, King Piyadasi, desires that all should be well-learned in the good doctrines of other religions.” Rock Edict Nb12 (S. Dhammika)

Miscellaneous

“Ultimately, America’s answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired.”

Robert F. Kennedy

“We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.”

Kofi Annan, 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations

“True religion has a universal quality. It does not find fault with other religions. [...] Forgiveness, compassion, tolerance, brotherhood and the feeling of oneness are the signs of a true religion.”

Sri Chinmoy, Spiritual Teacher

“If we live in our oneness-heart, we will feel the essence of all religions which is the love of God. Forgiveness, compassion, tolerance, brotherhood and the feeling of oneness are the signs of a true religion.”

Sri Chinmoy, Spiritual Teacher

“I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons and daughters of one religion, and it is the spirit.”

Writer Kahlil Gibran

It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.

Poet and Activist Audre Lorde

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

Former South African President Nelson Mandela

16 Responses to “Tweet Your Faith: Think Interfaith on 9-11-11”

  1. Lara says:

    David – The right message at the right time. Preach it! Standing with you, Lara

  2. Helen Siporin says:

    Thank you for this gift of wisdom from so many faiths. I will use these quotes in my own interfaith work.

  3. Gregory Miller says:

    “Let the beauty we love be what we do. / There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” (Rumi)

  4. Mark bunnell says:

    I think it is 1st john 4: 7 -8

  5. Mar Cardenas says:

    Al-Furqan 25:63 “Los verdaderos servidores del Más Compasivo son aquellos quienes se comportan gentilmente y con humildad sobre la tierra…”

  6. i says:

    hi! just wanted to let you know that “hindi” is a language, while “hindu” is a religious tradition. please change “hindi leaders” to “hindu leaders” if possible! this is an awesome campaign! sat nam, namaste, & love!

  7. John Kusters says:

    Curious how those who do not follow a “faith” are excluded from the list. I guess atheists and skeptics are not considered to be on the side of love?

  8. Lucy Ijams says:

    I posted all to my personal Facebook page. Thank you for compiling this Think Interfaith material.

  9. Nakia Jackson says:

    Just FYI, the Dhammika quote is a Buddhist one. Important, lovely, but not from a specifically Islamic source.

  10. Joseph Michael ish says:

    I am keeping in mind our nation’s motto today: E pluribus unum (out of many, one). Our country is made stronger by diversity if we all respect each others cultures and beliefs.

  11. Janet says:

    On this anniversary of much sorrow we need these reminders to be compassionate to all! Thank you for posting so many reminders from great leaders.

  12. Tynan Power says:

    “O people, we created you from male & female and we made you into nations & tribes, that you may come to know one another. ” Qur’an 49:13

  13. “And love says, ‘I will, I will take care of you,’ to everything that is near.” -Hafiz, Persian mystic & Sufi master (as rendered by Daniel Ladinsky)

    Thanks for quotes to think about.

  14. Yvonne says:

    “We ask, then, for peace for the gods of our fathers and of our country. It is just that all worship should be considered as one. We look on the same stars, the sky is common, the same world surrounds us. What difference does it make by what pains each seeks the truth? We cannot attain to so great a secret by one road.”

    — Quintus Aurelius Symmachus (340–402)
    (ancient pagan/polytheist, pleading for tolerance for ancient pagan traditions in the face of being persecuted by Christians after Christianity became the state religion)

  15. Yvonne says:

    “The fact that astronomies change while the stars abide is a true analogy of every realm of human life and thought, religion not least of all. No existent theology can be a final formulation of spiritual truth. ”

    — Harry Emerson Fosdick, The Living of These Days, 1956

  16. Servetus envisioned a common spiritual reality worshiped by
    Jew, Christian and Muslim. He sought to reconcile differences.
    Today, millions work for interfaith compassion, saying with Hans Kung, “There will be no peace in the world until there is peace among religions.” *
    *Kung at the 1990 IARF Congress, Hamburg, Germany

    From the Litany in SERVETUS – OUR 16TH CENTURY CONTEMPORARY Published by the International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF). Available from UUA Bookstore

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