Q. I am Prakash Lote – first of all, I thank organisation for calling people of faiths – and so I am asking another question. For all the Religions, whether it is Hinduism, Christian, or Islam… in books there are many good things. But for years… after thousands of years, the practices of all the Religions, have been discriminatory towards women, and no Religion is a exception to this. So the question is… what is written in the books, whether it is Bible, Qur’an or Gita or whatever it is, whether that is more important, or the practice of the society which is more important? And if practice is more important, then we should give very little importance to what is being written in all such Holy Books, including Qur’an, Gita, whatever it is. So on this, I will expect answer, where in practice, what could be done…instead of saying what is being written in this book, or that book.

A. (Dr. Zakir): The brother has asked a very good question – He says that… all the Scriptures speak about good things, but let us see what people practice. We have to pay more importance to the practice, than to theoretical things – and I do agree with him. What we are doing here is… that I have said in my lecture, that many Muslim societies have deviated away from the Qur’an and the Sunnah. What we are doing here is, we are calling the people to come closer to the Qur’an and Sunnah. Regarding the first part of the question, that all the Religious Scriptures… all Religious Scriptures speak good, so it is useless talking about Religious Scriptures – I do not agree with you. I have given a lecture on ‘Status of Women in Islam and other Religions’, and I have compared the status of women in Islam, as compared to Hinduism, to Buddhism, to Christianity, and to Judaism – and there I have compared, and you yourself can be the judge, if you have opportunity to hear that lecture – you can hear that lecture, you yourself can judge, which Religion gives the maximum rights. Even if you agree, theoretically Islam gives a maximum rights – Now we have to practically follow it. There are people who are following certain aspects… certain aspects, people are not following it. For example, Islamic Law – where it comes to Criminal punishment and Civil rights, Saudi… Saudi Government is doing very good, Alhamdullillah – Even they are deviating, away from the Qur’an, in certain aspects. What we have to do is, we have to take the practical example of the Saudi Government, as a Islamic law of Criminal pun­ishment, and if it is practicable, apply it throughout the world. And check another society, which is practicing the Islamic law in the social aspect, and if it is the best, you apply to the other world. What we have gathered here, brother… is to make you realise, this law is the best law – If we are not putting in practice, we are to blame… not the Religion. So that is why, we have called the people… so that they will understand Qur’an and the Hadith, in the right practice – They will understand Qur’an and Hadith in the right way, and put it into practice. I hope that answers the question.

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