Lovefast 8 | Muslims: a minority in India
By Gordon from Mahabba Oxford
Thought for the day
We might talk of Muslims as a minority in India, but it was still 172 million or 14.2% of the population in the 2011 census - the second largest national population of Muslims in the world!
Even so, a minority is a minority, and today there is still deep underlying friction in some areas.
My father’s family grew up in India, during the time of the Raj: what was designed to bring unity and peace, led to irreconcilable disputes and tensions.
India today has managed to achieve a level of harmony, though some areas have a higher percentage of Muslims, such as some of the northern states.
Wherever we live, we need to recognize that as Christians we hold the key to community cohesion and peace, through the way we extend “Mahabba- love” and friendship to the minority groups of Muslims who live amongst us.
We cannot remain unconcerned and detached.
Inspired by today's entry in 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World
Prayer for the day
Father we have allowed the media and our own fears and prejudices to cloud our image of those Muslims who live amongst us. Many of them feel insignificant as a minority, so help us to reach out to them at this time.
Do some research and find out by asking local Muslims, who are the most marginalised Muslim group in your area. Then contact them and make them feel welcomed, valued and significant! (See also: watch Viceroy's House)
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