Friday, 23 November 2007

God and mortals

I recently had the good fortune to meet Mr Kassim Ebrahim of Noor Culture Centre in Toronto. I was intrigued by the deftness with which he conducted inter-faith marriages. One eye-opener for me was the striking resemblance between Prophet Muhammad's prayer and the Lord's prayer.

Prophet Muhammad’s Prayer -- Arabic transliteration

Rabbu nal laa hooll lazee
Fiis samaa-ee
Takad dassus mukaa amrookaa
Fiis samaa-ee wal ardh
Kamaa rahma too kaa
Fiis samaa-ee faj al rahma taka fil ardh
Igh fee lana hoo bana
Wajaa taaya na anta rab-boot tayib-bina
Anzil rahmatan mir rahmateka

Prophet Muhammad’s Prayer -- English translation

Our Lord, thou are the one who is in heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Thine is the command in heaven and on the earth
Even as Thy mercy prevails in heaven
So, let Thy mercy prevail upon the earth
Forgive us our sins and failings
Thou art Lord of the righteous
Send down mercy from Thy mercy

The Lord's Prayer--

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory. for ever and ever.

If anyone has more comparisons with prayers of other faiths, please contribute. We shall in our own small way, take the wind out of the sails of those who propagate religio-sectarian politics at the local, regional. national and international levels.


MUSER said...

In the eyes of God all humans are the same whatever their faith or race may be.

WorldGazer said...

That's awesome. I also had the good fortune of attending an inter-faith marriage at the Swedish Lutheran Church in Toronto where the priest, Anna Runnesson, brought out the similarities in beliefs between Christianity and Islam. It was so heart warming.