Love your neighbor

This is in Leviticus 19:18 and Matthew 22:39. Islam promotes this message in several ways. When we start with love, our problems and differences can be resolved.  

A champion dies

Muhammad Ali, a man who was famous for boxing, was a pacifist and a loving man. He objected to our fighting in Vietnam. He spoke out against hate. “We as Muslims have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda” — Muhammad Ali

Love your enemies?

How can we love our enemies without becoming enemies ourselves? How so we stand up to hate without becoming haters ourselves? In Luke 6:27-28, Jesus says: “But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.”   …

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Love is… being *for* each other… with love that understands

In the contested 1924 Democratic National Convention, the deadlock was reported to be because   “Everybody was against somebody or some place, but not enough people were for anybody or any place.” It may be considered good that the main conflict that year,  KKK influence, ended up being decided with a rejection of the Klan. …

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Hating the haters?

It is sad to hear news reports of protesters and Trump supporters clashing in Chicago. News for everyone, “great” people do not participate in fist fights.   “Professional” people do not start attacks. “These people” are not destroying the country, and “those people” are not making the country great. We are arbitrarily diving people into …

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Jesus on Love

We do not know the true appearance of Jesus, and his exact words are subject to the ravages of time and translation, but we do know that Jesus was a firebrand rabbi who preached a message of radical love. What we know of Jesus is that he quoted parts of the Old Testament1  that were …

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Annoy with love

It would seem that loving someone who thinks ill of you would make it harder for them to see you as opposition… maybe? There are lots of other reasons to love someone, and we should not strive to annoy anyone, but if they do get annoyed???