Tolerance is the Strength of Society
Tolerance is a sense of willingness to accept behavior and beliefs which are contrary to one’s own. While the disagreement to one’s thoughts, beliefs and ideology is considered as intolerance and it leads to confrontations and rivalry. Intolerance is on the increase in the world today, causing death, genocide, violence, religious persecution as well as confrontations on different levels. Sometimes it is racial and ethnic, sometimes it is religious and ideological, other times it is political and social. In every situation it is evil and painful ultimately paving way of social instability. A person is a unit of society. So, personal behavior plays a significant part in over all social portfolios. Human behaviors shape a society. The strength of society lies in cooperation, coordination and toleration. In public affairs, in the rebuilding of society, something less dramatic and emotional is needed, namely tolerance. All religions of the world stress upon tolerance and forgiveness. Islam is a religion of affection, fraternity and endurance. According to Islam, Literally the word "tolerance" means "to bear." As a concept it means "respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of the world's cultures, forms of expression and ways of being human." Tolerance is a basic principle of Islam. It is a religious moral duty. It does not mean "concession, condescension or indulgence." It does not mean lack of principles, or lack of seriousness about one's principles. Islam emphasizes the establishment of equality and justice, both of these values cannot be established without some degree of tolerance. Islam recognized from the very beginning the principle of freedom of belief or freedom of religion. Respecting one’s another belief is the real strength of society. The UNESCO principles on tolerance say: "Consistent with respect for human rights, the practice of tolerance does not mean toleration of social injustice or the...
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