Universal faith means that religions of the world were revealed in order of progressive revelation. This means that God sent each religious founder prophet to progressively advance religious teachings. The Bha”i faith in Haifa is a Universal faith. Unlike other universal religions, the Bha”i writings do not state that the human race is a whole but celebrates the variety of religions and the differences among peoples. The Bha”i faith was founded in the mid-nineteenth century by Bahuulah who claimed to be a prophet. He was persecuted and spent over a decade in prison in Ottoman Palestine.
A recent article about iconoclasm and the power of religious objects got me thinking about Kashmir. In the world today there are two sides in conflict claiming that the other side is idolatry. These two sides are from the side of the Abrahamic religion and the side of Christianity and Hinduism. In the middle of this conflict are innocent human beings who become the victims of terrorism.
In Kashmir there is a long time dispute both political, ethnic and religious between Pakistan Muslims and India Hindus. Muslim religion prohibits building any statues of deities. In Muslim temples there are also no forms or images. The Koran is very strict to prohibit connecting to anything but an empty formless space who is Allah hidden and revered.