In Kansas City, a Muslim and a Hindu Discuss Faith

January 24, 2004

Source: Kansas City Star

On January 24, 2004 the Kansas City Star published an editorial by Rushdy El-Ghussein, former president of the Islamic Society of Greater Kansas City, on how individuals should participate in public debates concerning religion: "Discussions and debates should bring understanding between people without them being pressured or forced to adopt each other's point of view. Strong believers can eloquently express their belief with examples that reflect strong commitment to ideals without belittling others or resorting to vulgar and objectionable language. In my humble opinion, vulgar, obscene and hateful language indicates a lack of maturity and, moreover, a lack of understanding what religion is about. Prophet Muhammad (P) taught us that we should either say something that is beneficial or be silent." The article also contained comments by Arvind Khetia, an engineer and a Hindu, who notes that "ignorance in regards to other faiths and overzealous regard for one's own faith are two of the many reasons why people criticize other faiths."