A brief note on Nationality, Religion, and the Question of the Muslim Immigrant

A brief note on Nationality, Religion, and the Question of the Muslim Immigrant
 
Abraham, the founding father of ancient Israel, was not a Jew by birth. He was an” immigrant,” a Chaldean from the land of Ur/Babylon (Modern Iraq). Abraham became a Jew and the fountainhead of the Abrahamaic faiths: Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. Jews, Christians, and Muslims claim him as both their spiritual and physical father.
 
Abraham, the immigrant from what is known today as the modern Iraq and the Hero of the Jews, Muslims, and Christians, just like the founding fathers of the United States of America were illegal aliens and undocumented workers. Yet, Abraham would become the greatest immigrant who has ever graced human history. He would also become the model of religious piety and faithfulness.
 
This message is for my Evangelical Christian brothers and sisters, those who call themselves children of Abraham and Abraham their father, and those who claim this country as their own–and no one else’s– should love all children of Abraham. The Muslims are also the seed of Abraham, and they are your brothers and sisters! Love them, care for them, and extend kindness and hospitality to them!

Poetic Lament!

In “Choruses from the Rock,” eminent poet T. S. Eliot laments over the lack of a sense of community in Western societies:

“What life have you if you have no life together?
There is no life that is not in community,
And no community not lived in praise of God…

And now you live dispersed on ribbon roads,
And no man knows or cares who is his neighbour
Unless his neighbour makes too much disturbance
But all dash to and fro in motor cars,
Familiar with the roads but settled nowhere.
Nor does the family even move about together,
But every one would have his motorcycle,
And daughters ride away on casual pillions.”

My New Book Has Arrived!

My new book has arrived today. It is so good to finally hold it in my hands.

Radical Humanism and Generous Tolerance: Soyinka on Religion and Human Solidarity (2016) by Celucien L. Joseph

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20 Simple Truths Everybody Should Learn about God, Life, and People

20 Simple Truths Everybody Should Learn about God,  Life,  and People

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  1. Love is more important than freedom.
  2. God is love.
  3. God loves the poor.
  4. You give life meaning when you love and serve those who can’t love nor serve you in return.
  5. Justice and love are inseparable.
  6. Don’t follow religion, follow God.
  7. Life is a journey not a destiny.
  8. Show kindness and compassion to strangers and  the poor.
  9. Friendship with the poor and the disadvantaged is worth pursuing.
  10.  Give food to those who are hungry, and a cup of water to the thirsty.
  11. Justice and compassion will never fade.
  12. Many people suffer in the world because of a simple act of injustice.
  13. Always do good to others!
  14. Love your enemy!
  15. Love your family!
  16. Love sacrificially and serve unconditionally!
  17. Do not pursue money in this life; rather, cultivate genuine relationship with people that will last because people matter more than money or wealth.
  18. Invest your time in what is eternal and life-transforming.
  19. Pursue what is honorable, just, and beautiful in life.
  20. Love God, love your neighbor, and walk in solidarity with the poor, the needy, and the powerless.