Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Sunday, October 21st, 2018

We Require Religiosity and Spirituality

With the advancement of human societies and the arrival of so-called modernization, human beings have opted for lives that are too much mechanical. The advent of technology has made human being too much dependent on them and they have started thinking that machines are more important than human beings themselves. This has, in fact, created a distance among human beings and influenced their social relations to a large extent. Human societies, thus, have lost brotherhood and spirituality and they are sauntering in the pursuit of materialism. They have, in the process, neglected religion as well or have destroyed it with their egoistic intentions, which they call politics.
There are so many clashes in human societies nowadays, and most of them have their roots in the pursuit of materialist and egoistic intentions. As human beings have discovered that they are not the center of the universe and they have rejected religious teachings, they have lost their directions and believe that they do not have any sacred responsibility in their lives. Since they believe that their lives are the outcome of a natural incident or accident, they do not give much value to the ethics and social responsibilities and are running in a maze with no end, each individual following his own path.  
Most of degradation can be found in human beings’ ethical values. The concepts of right and wrong are now based on individual prosperity and material wellbeing, not on the common good or on the welfare of the all the human beings alike. The relations have turned into business transactions and love, affection and brotherhood are now considered as weaknesses. They are only useful when they are used to utilize others or benefit from them. Spiritual and religious teachings on the other hand are ridiculed and thought to be obsolete; in fact, most of the modern criticism has been on religions. They are thought to be promulgating hatred and disorder but as a matter of fact they are based on true message of love and brotherhood.
Unfortunately, religions are even thought to be promulgating conflicts and wars but it is not based on true observation. It is not religions but their political interpretations that make them spread hatred and give birth to conflicts. It is difficult to understand how the ones who oppose religion can fill the heinous figure of politics with the colors of innocence and incorruptibility? How can they find violence in the guiltless and demonstrative teachings of religion? How can they talk of peace through a system, which has its footings on the principles of hatred, egocentricity and greed? They fail to understand that in the contemporary world of ours politics is nothing except greed and intense quest for power and popularity. Every politician or political group strives to dominate others in order to gain strength and superiority. Politics in its nature is corrupt. It can never guarantee peace because it has to welcome war. Every political group rises with the downfall of others.
On the other hand, religion, in its true form, starts with love and ends in peace. It demands virtue from man and makes him capable of doing so. The very essence of religion is affection. It has to hate war, because its rudimentary teachings are based on welfare of entire humanity.
A person enters the kingdom of religion when he washes away his ego, selfishness, and hatred through the ablution of his spirit. Religion performs virtue; otherwise, it does nothing. Religion is determined to strengthen tranquility.
The present form of religion that we find around us is the political demonstration of religion. It is religion in the frame of politics. It is one of the manifestations of political hypocrisy. It is religion caught in the webs of politics, suffocating and striving to make its last breaths possible and history has witnessed that whenever and wherever politicians have raised the slogans of religion in their ideologies they have always wanted to dodge the people through sanctity and honor of the religious beliefs. This is not religion. This is politics, changing forms and means to discriminate innocent masses.
Frank Herbert, commenting on the same issue, had mentioned, “When religion and politics travel in the same cart, the riders believe nothing can stand in their way. Their movements become headlong - faster and faster and faster. They put aside all thoughts of obstacles and forget the precipice does not show itself to the man in a blind rush until it’s too late.” 
If we want to experience religion we have to apply it without any political intentions. Religion itself is a self-perpetuating system. Pure religion is destined to guarantee peace and it will because it starts with love and ends in peace. Anna Sewell puts it beautifully, “There is no religion without love, and people may talk as much as they like about their religion, but if it does not teach them to be good and kind to man and beast, it is all a shame.”