Today's meeting on 28th November 2017, with Sri Sri Ravishankar Ji at his Art of Living ashram, Bangalore Rural was truly cordial and heart warming.

We discussed at length the issue of Ram Mandir and Babri Masjid, and the clashes between certain organisations.

Ravishankar Ji wants to have an amicable solution that will possibly build goodwill between both the Hindu and Muslim communities. I too presented my thoughts in the process. We had in the course of discussion some core points that seemed as a win-win situation for both the communities, if the members of the disputing parties over the disputed land for Babri Masjid and Ram Mandir want to find a condition based settlement through an out of court settlement, as the Supreme Court had suggested. If that is not in the decree of Allah, then let's hope that the Supreme Court verdict bring peace and justice to all the people of India.

The life of a Muslim is more sacred than the Ka'bah (the holy masjid in Makkah) in the holy month of Dhul Hajj even, as said by our noble Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam. And a life of a human is like a life of entire humankind. If one life is killed, unless for retribution through the court of law, it is like killing the entire humankind, said Allah in the Qur'an. And if one life is saved, then it is like saving the life of entire humankind, said Allah in the Qur'an. Hence I told Ravishankar Ji that a single life of a Hindu or a single life of a Muslim is greater than a thousand Babri Masjids and Mandirs even.

So, if lives can be saved - of the Muslims, Hindus and all the other people of the world through treaties and mutual agreements, as long as there is win-win situation on both the sides, then that will be the choice of those who want peace on earth. Indeed Allah loves those who uphold justice. And He loves those who spread peace on earth.

Yes, I differ with Ravishankar Ji in matters of theology. But in matters of holding relations between communities to build mutual respect and social harmony, we can still strive to do that through sincere effort to build bridges between the members of various faiths and colours of India In'shaa'Allah. And that's what I've learnt from the life history of Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam.

Anybody who has good thoughts to contribute to this issue, kindly mail me at

May Allah bring that which brings khair (goodness) to all of us. Aameen.

- Umar Shariff
(Represents AL BASHEER International School, AIDCA, DIET, MPJR, RTPC & IMB)