1. Everyone’s faith is precious and dear to the person. Everyone has a right to practice their religion without fear and with the patronage of society and the government if required.
2. It’s alright not to know the details of your own faith since, like you, most others also are ignorant of theirs.
3. It’s alright not to know about the faith of others. Faithful people are mostly like that.
4. It’s not alright to discuss comparative merits of each religion because everyone believes that their faith is the best. Usually this discussion leads to resentment, hurt, abuse, conflicts, and fights. Why do it?
This is Bangladesh and we, in principle, believe that we will promote social harmony. That is one of our social principles and we hope to follow this. This includes leaving other religions alone, and, if they are under attack, to help them even if they are idol-worshippers, and be helped in return
5. Leave other people’s faiths alone and focus on your own. The tolerance you show to others as a matter of principle can serve as an example to others where people of your faith may seek tolerance.
6. Avoid intolerant people because it will make you intolerant too. And two intolerant people will lead to conflict. Why get into conflict, and what do you get except the pleasure of trying to prove you are stronger?
7. There are many subjects to discuss and debate. Ask yourself: Why do you want to choose religion/faith as a topic leaving everything else? And is the public space the best space for this for this debate, given the present global environment?
8. This is Bangladesh and we, in principle, believe that we will promote social harmony. That is one of our social principles and we hope to follow this. This includes leaving other religions alone, and, if they are under attack, to help them even if they are idol-worshippers and be helped in return.
9. That we will engage with those who, like us, believe in letting others be instead of debating, discussing, and ultimately insulting any faith which is by very definition not a matter of discussion, but belief.
10. Thank you.
Afsan Chowdhury is a journalist and researcher.