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    Four Faiths, Praying Together

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    I believe that there are many paths to God. The more we learn about each other's beliefs, the greater our understanding of the meaning of life, and the better our chances of living together in peace.
    There are four major world religions. In this post, I share one prayer from each of them.
    The followers of Christianity are called Christians. The holy scripture for Christianity is the Bible.
    Most Christians are familiar with this beautiful prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi.

    Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
    Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
    Where there is injury, pardon
    Where there is doubt, faith,
    Where there is despair, hope,
    Where there is darkness, light,
    Where there is sadness, joy.
    O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much
    seek to be consoled as to console,
    not so much to be understood as to understand,
    not so much to be loved, as to love;
    for it is in giving that we receive,
    it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
    it is in dying that we awake to eternal life.


    To be correctly used, Islam or Islamic should describe the religion and its subsequent cultural concepts whereas Muslim should only describe the followers of the religion of Islam.
    The two major sacred texts of Islam are the Qur'an (Koran) and the Hadith (Hadeeth).

    O God,
    I ask pardon from Thee for
    the person wronged in my presence
    whom I did not help,
    the favour conferred upon me
    for which I returned no thanks,
    the evildoer who asked pardon from me
    and whom I did not pardon,
    the needy person who asked from me
    and whom I preferred not over myself,
    the right of a believer who possesses a right incumbent upon me
    which I did not fulfil,
    the fault of a believer which became evident to me
    and which I did not conceal,
    and every sin which presented itself to me
    and which I failed to avoid.

    I ask pardon, my God,
    for all of these and their likes,
    with an asking of pardon in remorse
    which may act as an admonisher
    against similar things ahead of me.

    So bless Muhammad and his Household
    and make
    my remorse for the slips
    into which I have fallen
    and my determination to refrain from the evil deeds
    which present themselves to me
    a repentance which will make Thy love for me obligatory
    O lover of those who repent!


    The followers of Hinduism are known as Hindus.The vedas are the common holy scripture for Hindus.
    I love this Hindu prayer!

    Look to this day!
    For it is life, the very life of life.
    In its brief course
    Lie all the verities and realities of your existence:
    The bliss of growth;
    The glory of action;
    The splendor of achievement;
    For yesterday is but a dream,
    And tomorrow is only a vision;
    But today, well lived, makes every yesterday
    a dream of happiness,
    And every tomorrow a vision of hope.

    -Attributed to Kālidāsa, a renowned Classical Sanskrit writer, widely regarded as the greatest poet and dramatist in the Sanskrit language.

    The followers of Buddhism are called Buddhists. Buddhism has a vast number of scriptures, but no one text is accepted as authentic and authoritative by every school of Buddhism. Many scriptures are called "sutras" in Sanskrit or "sutta" in Pali. The word sutra or sutta means "thread." The word "sutra" in the title of a text indicates the work is a sermon of the Buddha or one of his major disciples.
    This beautiful Buddhist prayer would be nice to recite each morning.

    With every breath I take today,
    I vow to be awake;

    And every step I take,
    I vow to take with a grateful heart--

    So I may see with eyes of love
    into the hearts of all I meet,

    To ease their burden when I can
    And touch them with a smile of peace.


    Dear Reader,

    I found these prayers on a web site called Beliefnet. Use this link to search for prayers by faith and need: Beliefnet Prayer Search.
    Did you like any of these prayers? Do you have a favorite prayer to share with us? I would love to hear from you!

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    Just beautiful. Thank you for posting...

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    Well Done.

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    You're welcome! I enjoyed discovering these and some other lovely prayers! - Carol at Ahh The Simple Life

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    I am Quaker and one of the beautiful things that I love about Quakers is that they respect everyone's differences. Basically, you can believe as you please and we have no middle man preacher trying to tell you how he thinks you have to do it if you want be accept in their church. You have your own direct spiritual communication no one can tell you that you are "wrong" for believing what you believe. So there are Christian Quakers, Buddhist Quakers, even agnostic or atheist Quakers. We all have something to learn from each other an are accepting and even welcome our differences.
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