Muslims condemn the demolition of Hindu Temple in Lahore

World Muslim Congress

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Muslims condemn the demolition of Hindu Temple in Lahore

Dallas, Texas - The World Muslim Congress condemns the demolition of Hindu Temple in Lahore and urges the Government of Pakistan to restore the temple.

Muslims follow Islam, a monotheistic religion but not a monolithic religion. Muslims who have deeply imbibed the teaching of Islam condemn the act of demolition of the temple in Pakistan.

We do appreciate that several opposition members of the National Assembly of Pakistan from the Pakistan Peoples Party, and Pakistan Muslim League reportedly objected and moved a motion against the demolition, saying such an act could have a bearing on Pakistan’s relations with neighboring countries.

We urge the people and the Federal government of Pakistan to join us in not only in condemnation but in restoration.

Allah through the holy Qur’an says: “O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honored of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things) - al-Hujurat 49:13

“Prophet Mohammad emphasized Good deed is one that makes life better for others, as planting a tree would provide shade and fruit for all in the future

The second Caliph Umar set an example of respecting the sanctity of places of worship when he conquered Jerusalem. At the time of the evening prayer the Bishop of the Church of holy sepulcher offered him a nice place to pray in the church but he refused, saying that he fears that generations after him may try to take over and convert the church to a Mosque. So he prayed out side the church.

The old truism is a valuable lesson and a golden rule preached by all religions “treat others as you wanted to be treated”.

It is not about religion in the narrow sectarian terms, it is about respecting other people’s right to have their own place of worship as Islam enjoins and is an important article of the Geneva Conventions.

We urge every one who considers humanity a family to denounce such acts no matter where they take place.