Religion, Faith, God and Country
Mera watan wohi hai, merawatan wohi hai
Chishti ne jis zamin me paigam-I-haq sunaya
Nanak ne jis chaman me Wahdat ka git gaya
Tatarion ne jisko apna watan banaya
Jis ne hijazion se dasht-e-Arab chhuRaya,
Mera watan wohi hai, mera watan wohi hai.
Yunanion ko jis ne hairan kar diya tha,
Sare jahan ko jis ne ilm-o-hunar diya tha
Mitti ko jiski haq ne zar ka asar diya tha
TurkoN ka jisne daman heeron se bhar diya tha
Mera watan wohi hai, mera watan wohi hai.
Toote thay jo sitary, faris k aasmaaN se
phir taab de ke ji ne,chamkaye kehakshaaN se
Wahdat ki lay suni thee duniya ne jis makaaN se
meeer E Arab ko aai Thandi hawa jahan say
mera Watan wohi hai mera WataN woh hai.
bande kaleem jis kai, parwat jahan ki sena
nuhai nabi ka aa kar, tahra jahan safeena
rafat hai jis zameen ki, bamey falak tha zeena
jannat ki zindagi hai,jis ki fiza mei jeena
mera watan wohi hai, mera watan wohi hai
“Religion, Faith and God”, these are the most commonly used term when it comes to country like India. Constitution of our country clearly mentions in its fundamental rights, the right to freedom of religion. History of India states that it never had a constant rule of any religion in the past and therefore it has been the hub of multiple religions with numerous believes (faith). Political system here in India is characterized by religion. It means the foundation of politics in India is based on religion. The point that I want to raise here is that these two words are often looked upon from a wrong angle because of great similarities in their meanings but in terms of concepts and connotations, they are very different.
One can have faith in anything that he or she wants and religion is the way by which one demonstrates their faith. One can understand faith in terms of hope. Belief is something on which faith is built on. Religion can be culturally biased. It inculcates character, morality etc. The core aspect of all this is that when faith reaches at its peak point, it culminates in religion.
Partition of India, Rath Yatra, Babri Masjid, Gujrat Roits are some of the events which has led to great disturbance in the nation and are all based on religion. Like this there are numerous events far older than all of these that are based on religion and the faith it consists in it. The only factor that has led to violence is the manipulation of these faiths by politicians. India as a country is very political, which means everyone in this country has some political point of view. One can now understand why is it is so, just because it has its root engraved in, religion and faith related to it.
Mumbai is the commercial capital of India and this makes Mumbai a city of diversity. In addition, one can see how religion and lifestyle becomes a free liberal spirit in Mumbai. In this metropolitan city, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Zoroastrianism and Christianity are the religions observed over here. It is the only city in the entire country, which has such miscellany.
One can see the example of this diversity at St Thomas Cathedral, St Michael’s Church, Siddhivinayak Temple, Mount Mary Church, Haji Ali Dargah, Mumbadevi Temple, Mahalaxmi Temple, ISKCON Temple. At all these places people of all religions pay homage because they have faith in it.
Another interesting place where you see the impact of religious faith is the colleges of Mumbai. Like in Sophia’s, you can see a large amount of students coming from Christian and Muslim community. Here you have a club for Christian students. Jai Hindi and HR College are known for giving preference to Sindi and Punjabi students. Likewise Thakur is known for Hindi speaking students, Mithibai, NM College for Gujrati students, Sathay and Vartak College for Marathi students, Dalmia and DG Saraf for Marvari students. Here faith plays very important role, because as you can see that here many all these biases are based on faith despite being from same religion.
However, one cannot miss the other aspect of it. In this city of dreams, there are hospitals based on religions, major impact of above-mentioned events have been seen Mumbai. So where does the faith of unity in diversity goes? Where the fear of that God goes, about whom we are taught to be afraid of because that infinite structure will punish us for our sins?
Mohummad Iqbal, the poet of the above mentioned poem and ‘Saare Jaha Se Achha’, who had so much of faith in his country once upon a time, was also driven by the manipulation of his faith in religion and asked for what we now call as Pakistan.
For centuries now, all our faith is connected or related to religion and that’s why we are not able to see the difference between the two. The ultimate faith of all the religion is the same that there is a supernatural power which protects us from evils and one will be punished for their sins. It doesn’t discriminate between individuals and if anyone says that it does then that is his or her manipulation. The biological system of human beings is the same for all individuals, only the physicality differs which is entirely dependent on culture and climatic factors of the place from where the person comes. Faith is broader concept but it really gets narrow or we can say that we narrow it down when it comes to religion.