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Special contributors:
Amatul-Hadi AhmadFarina Qureshi
Proof-reader:
Shaukia Mir
Design and layout:
Tanveer Khokhar
Publisher:
Al Shirkatul Islamiyyah
Distribution:
Muhammad HanifMansoor Ahmed Shah
Basit AhmadBockarie Tommy KallonDaud Mahmood KhanFareed AhmadFazal Ahmad.Fauzia BajwaMansoor SaqiMahmood HanifMansoora Hyder-MuneebNavida ShahidSarahWaseemSaleem Ahmad MalikTanveer Khokhar
Views expressed in this publication are not necessarily the opinions of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
 All correspondence should be forwarded directly to:
The Editor Review of ReligionsThe London Mosque16 Gressenhall RoadLondon, SW18 5QLUnited Kingdom
 © Islamic Publications, 2002ISSN No: 0034-6721
Editorial
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2Comments
Christmas and Eid are a time for the family
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3The Palestinian Question
Our feature length article is a transcript of the speechdelivered in the UN prior to the creation of Israel which aimed to achieve justice forall parties concerned. -
Chaudhry Zafrullah Khan
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5Reformation – Part II
Intention and true desire make actions pure and lead to internalspiritual reformation.
Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad
(as)
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34QUESTION & ANSWER: Spiritual Guidance
The need for Prophethood andguidance from the Divine.
Hadhrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad
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30Christianity Uncovered
Discoveries through research and archaeology over the last100 years have provided insight into the truth behind modern Christianity.
Fazal Ahmad
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36Islamic Tolerance and the Concept of Jihad
Address delivered in the presenceof the President of Mauritius on the promotion of peace, the Charter of Freedom and thetrue concept of Jihad
Imam Ataul Mujeeb Rashed – UK 
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45The ‘Blind Watchmaker’ who is also Deaf and Dumb – Part V
Continuing our serialisation of
Revelation, Rationality, Knowledge and Truth
Hadhrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad.
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53Index of articles published in Review of Religions, 2002
Listing with brief desciption of every article published this year. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Contents
December 2002, Vol.97, No.12
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Chief Editor and ManagerChairman of the Management Board
Naseer Ahmad Qamar
 
Political turmoil and racial hatreddo not always happen of theirown accord. People of differentcreeds have lived together forcenturies in harmony before apolitical change born of greedencouraged hatred and turmoil.Such was the case in India whereHindus, Muslims and Sikhs couldhappily co-exist before politics‘reminded’ them that they weresworn enemies, no longercontented with their own lot. Thesame was the case in Palestinewhere Jews, Christians andMuslims had co-existed for yearsand endured side-by-side foreigninvasions from Europe in the formof the Crusades. The Jews hadsuffered persecution at the handsof Europe several times since andhad always fled to Muslim nationssuch as Spain, Turkey and NorthAfrica to get freedom and anatmosphere in which they couldthrive.So how did Jews and Muslimssuddenly become sworn enemiesof one another? Again, we areindebted to politics for creatingthe current circumstances in theMiddle East where thousands ofPalestinians now live in abjectpoverty, unable to cultivate landthat their families had owned forcenturies, and the incumbentJews watch in amazement aswaves of immigrants havecreated Israel. Yet these peopleshare a common religious her-itage which endorses peaceful co-existence and brotherly love!The feature article provides aninsight into the politics aroundthe creation of the mess in theMiddle East. The main issue wasthat the regional politics werecrafted for the benefit of outsideinterests rather than for theinterests of the people involvedand without even their consu-ltation. It is greed and self-interest which drives suchpolitics, but actually nobody winsbecause successive generationsthen bear grudges and look foropportunities to gain revenge.And have we learnt any lessonsfifty years on ... well the Balkans,Central Africa and many otherconflict zones will bear testimonyto our wisdom in years to come.
Fazal Ahmad
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Review of Religions
– December 2002
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ditorial
 
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Review of Religions
– December 2002
A Time for Family
December is a time when Muslimswill celebrate Eid and Christianscelebrate Christmas. The festivalsthemselves are different in theircontext, meaning and practice,but one feature will uniteChristians and Muslims during thismonth - the sense of family.At these festivals, families will gettogether all around the world toshare presents, a traditional familymeal, and meet family memberswho are often too busy to see eachother during the year, or perhapsthose living too far away.Grandparents look forward to thenoise and energy of theirgrandchildren, and maybe evengreat-grandchildren. A large com-amunal meal will be shared,whether it is a turkey with trim-mings, a special stew, or maybe apilau rice meal. Special treats willalso be served such as sweets andpuddings. Brothers and sistersbring their families together, andeach year, the size of the familyseems to get larger and larger andthe excitement of the meetingmore intense. Everyone will bewearing special new clothes forthe occasion. The houses will bedecorated and made to feelspecial and welcoming. But whilewe enjoy our food and presents inthe warmth of our homes, weshould especially open our heartsto those without family, or thosewho feel like outsiders. For them,rather than being the mostenjoyable time of the year and onethey would look forward to,instead this becomes the mostdifficult time as it brings into theopen more acutely than ever theirsense of loneliness. They watchfamilies getting together and canonly feel a sense of loss. Some mayhave fled from terror and are livingin refugee accomodation. Othershave been turned onto the streetsfollowing failed marriages. Ye tothers have drifted apart fromtheir families over the years andwould now feel awkward trying toget re-acquainted with their oldfriends who now have their ownfamilies. On the day of Eid or Christmas, itis hard for them to feel ‘goodwillto all men’ or to feel as if this is aspecial day and that they too arebeloved servants of the same God.
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