Indian Muslims luckier than those in Islamic countries: Mark Tully
Muslims in India are much luckier than those in the Islamic countries as they can worship in any Islamic tradition here, said veteran BBC journalist Mark Tully.
New Delhi: Muslims in India are much luckier than those in the Islamic countries as they can worship in any Islamic tradition here, said veteran BBC journalist Mark Tully.
Citing an example, he says that in Delhi's Nizamuddin area, where he resides, there is the Tablighi Jamaat's headquarters and they are very strict and orthodox.
Next to it, there is the Sufi tradition where people pray at the tomb of Nizamuddin Auliya and sing qawwalis, he added
India's spirit of tolerance is its strength which makes a harmonious environment for different religions to exist side by side, Tully is quoted as saying in the latest issue of The Equator Line magazine. The issue is titled Home and The World.
According to Tully, India is unique and is home to all the religions, well almost.
India has spirituality. As of now these religions are varied themselves. Muslims in India are much luckier than Muslims in the Islamic countries because in India they can worship in any Islamic tradition, he says.
Also in the issue is a piece by Tim Grandage, a Briton who came to Kolkata 32 years ago as a banking officer. He later gave up his job to set up a charity called Future Hope to work for slum children.
Grandage says he learnt a lot from these children.
The value of trust, care, opportunity, commitment, and of tolerance, of talking to others and listening too, of seeing a glass as half full and not half empty.