for "A Congress on World’s Religions After September 11: An Asian
Perspective. New Delhi January 17-20, 2009
Reconciliation of Religious Philosophies, Dogmas and Faiths
© 2009 Nadine Sultana d’Osman Han
21st Century is in mourning. Mourning of hopes deceived,
compassionate justice denied and false prophecies. It is an
overwhelming grief on a Global scale. In their desperate attempt
to alleviate their unbearable sufferings, humans are tearing each other
In the footsteps
of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the General
Assembly of the Nations on December 10, 1948 for a coherent Global
protection of human dignity and simple humanity, the 21st Century must
see the creation of a religious body that can enforce the end of
religious discrimination and more importantly an end of abusive
interpretations of Holy books.
a reconciliation framework of religious philosophies, dogmas and
faiths, a new spiritual awareness must emerge to be an effective tool
to strengthen the UN in its efforts to combat injustice, human
cruelties and the many ills in our present society.
number of Religious Leaders joined the "Appeal of Conscience
Initiative" on behalf of Conflict Resolution in the 90’s. This
Initiative resulted in the following actions:
The signing of the "Appeal for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina" on
November 26, 1992 in Berne, Switzerland, in the office of H.E. Rene
Felber, President of the Swiss Confederation. The participants
were H.E. Reverend Vinko Puljic, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Sarajevo;
H.E. Patriarch Pavle of the Serbian Orthodox Church; H.E. Rais Ulema
Jakud Efendi Selimoski of Sarajevo and Rabbi Arthur Schneier, President
of the "Appeal of Conscience" Foundation.
In this document they declared that:
a) Crime in the name of religion is the greatest crime against religion.
All torture and massacres provoke horror and shame, but nothing
provokes it more than the criminal and inhuman treatment of women and
young girls and even children, and we condemn such
c) We propose the alternative to hatred, destruction,
pogroms and inhumanity, an alternative worthy of men and of our faith
in God: it is peace, justice, the dignity of the human being,
tolerance and reconciliation—in one word—love for mankind for all time
Conference was held on February 1994 in Istanbul, Turkey on "Peace and
Tolerance in the Balkans, Caucasus, and Central Asia" with the
participation of Chief Rabbi Aseo of Turkey; H.E. Mehmet Yuri Yilmaz
who is the President of Religious Affairs in Turkey; His All Holiness
the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, Rabbi Arthur Schneie; H.E.
Cardinal Roger Etchegaray from the Vatican and H.E. Sheikh-ul-Islam
Allahshukar Pashazade from Azerbaijan.
In Vienna, Austria, on March 30, 1995, The "Appeal of Conscience
Conflict Resolution Conference" addressed again the conflicts outlined
above and a new Vienna declaration was signed in presence of H.E. Dr.
Thomas Klestil President of Austria.
The "Kosovo Peace and Tolerance" Vienna Declaration was signed March
18, 1999 with the participation and support of The President of
Austria, H.E. Dr. Thomas Klestil; Chancellor Viktor Klima, Minister of
Foreign Affairs and Vice-Chancellor Wolfang Schussel. Supportive
encouragement came from the President of the United States, Bill
Clinton; the Secretary General of the United Nations, H.E. Kofi Annan;
His Holiness Pope Paul II; The President of the European Community,
Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Gerhard Schroder, and
many others. (1)
these signed "Declarations" firmly denounced the killing and all acts
of violence. They made recommendations to achieve the peace that
we are all seeking, while reminding us of the words from
Proverbs:—"Life and death are in the power of the tongue". (1)
the "2000 Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual
Leaders" brought to the surface disturbing waves of irreconcilable
difference in spite of declared "Good Will" from all. These waves
came to full force in the ensuing years of unrelenting warfare on a
former United Nations Secretary-General, Dag Hammarskjold was quoted in
a letter— to the UN/DPI/NGO Journal by Raymond Sommereyns on 15 August
2007 —that "the United Nations was not created to take humanity to
heaven, but to save it from hell". And, that "it is our
collaborative effort that can prevent us from disaster".
(2). Religion is at the center of this conflict.
is indeed at the center of human conflicts for religion influences
profoundly governmental laws and society’s behavior, even secular
ones—except perhaps Atheist Communist regimes; however this is a
wrote in 1842—"I write by the light of two eternal truths: Religion and
Monarchy"—Since then, it is true that most Monarchies have been
replaced by Republics that did not bring more peace nor justice in
modern times. Quite the contrary, for in fact if not in theory,
Republics are less accountable than Monarchies.
is said that religion and politics cannot mix, yet we must have both to
restrict excessive abuse in either direction. It is this very
duality that was the strength of the Ottoman Empire. Religion
without politics becomes rigid and obsolete with time; politics without
religion become insensitive and unconcerned for the individual’s right
to dignity and compassion. The Ottoman Sultanate-Caliphate form
of government was in balance, because religion limited the excessive
powers of its politics and humanized its rule."— (3)
presentation is not debating the theological merits nor shortcomings of
each philosophy, dogma or faith. The seriousness of Global chaos
in all human aspects of our lives requires an immediate examination of
where we have erred in order to comprehend fully our actions and their
catastrophic consequences, so as to engage seriously and without delay
for the recovery of human life as understood by a civilized world.
This century is
dangerously reverting to a form of inquisition as was endured for
centuries with the infamous inquisition of the Christian Catholic
Church. Today, it could be said that we are in the midst of a
DEMOCRATIC INQUISITION where profiling (instead of racism), torture
(called softening of prisoners) and other unspeakable abuses are being
branded acceptable behavior in the name of democratic freedom (under
the Christian umbrella). As for Islam, in these modern times, its
true teaching of Justice and Tolerance is being jeopardized by a few
misguided leaders or preachers, who impose their own brand of
inquisition. We seem to have lost the ability to tell right from
wrong. Today’s truth is like a lamb surrounded by wolves.
Let us examine the true meaning of words like democracy and capitalism.
is a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the
people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under
a free and fair electoral system. Democracy as applied to
government is the respect for the freedom and equality of its
citizens. It is a state of society characterized by formal
equality of rights and privileges without any discrimination.
is an economic system in which investment in and ownership of the means
of production, distribution and exchange of wealth is made and
maintained chiefly by private individuals or corporations—usually
very small number of people made extremely wealthy by capitalism
activities—who control by their very wealth the life of the
source of capitalist income comes directly from a workforce of
exploited workers who usually do not share in the profit of their labor.
Democracy and unchecked capitalism are incompatible.
democratic government that shows contempt for social justice and
equality toward the most disadvantaged and vulnerable of its citizens,
paves the way for fascism that favors corporatism and nationalistic
intolerance—as reflected in the Patriot Act of the United States.
Corporation’s mix of economics and political power promotes global
injustice and annihilation of civilized humane societies.
Corporations are by their very structure inhumane for their main goal
is the pursuit of profit. This in turn encourages a slavery
mentality as well as a warfare one to appropriate what belongs to
A civilized humanity and wars are incompatible.
The evils of warfare have reached such a level of unspeakable horror
that the whole world shall find itself collapsing under the weight of
the agonizing cries of millions of civilians slaughtered in warfare,
viewed callously as "collateral" damage, or tortured and killed as
collective punishment for real or imagined retribution, the monstrous
concept of preemptive war and preemptive imprisonment of enemies real
or imagined, without trial or rights, the uprooting of millions of
people thrown into the squalor of homelessness by governments that rule
Mafia-style under silence of religious leaders. This is true for
superpowers as well as third world nations.
too long, the World’s Religions have contributed to the present ills by
engaging in warfare themselves and misinterpreting the teachings of
Prophets in order to usurp power and acquire wealth. Today the
World’s Religions must return to the path of SPIRITUALITY —that is the
truth of our conscience without shields of justification for aggressive
behavior or violence.
World’s Religions must abandon bigotry and the race for imposing their
own dogmas over others faiths. All religions are to be based on
the only spiritual truth —that there is only One God with many Prophets
who transmitted to us the same message of Allah/God’s commands: to be
just, compassionate and tolerant, leading us toward a Universal
Consciousness for true human serenity and decency on earth.
Vatican, Patriarchies, Synagogues, and other Religious Temples or
Houses of Worship as well as the former Ottoman Caliphate (that should
be fully reinstated as the rightful Caliphate for Islam), should unite
in their moral duty to preserve human civilization and protect it from
all forms of violence and oppression.
former Ottoman Empire’s laws of conscience and restraint in an era when
warfare was inevitable, could be a milestone toward achieving the
preservation of individuals rights of diversity without being
persecuted. It is well-known that the founder of the Ottoman
Dynasty was selected to be the ruler in spite of being the youngest son
of his ruler-father, due to his exceptional abilities as a
compassionate combatant. Should he be the witness of a group
being unjustly attacked by a larger army (usually for no other reason
than to steal the assets of a defenseless people), Osman Gazi without
hesitation came to the rescue of the victimized minority. Osman
Gazi was ahead of his time by his humanitarian consciousness.
ruler, Osman Gazi, when possible preferred to resolve conflict or
acquire territories by peaceful negotiations. —"The magnanimity
and humility of the Ottoman Sultans as victorious warriors were well
known, for they were at all times conscious of their duties and
obedience to Allah. During the 700 years-long reign of the
Ottomans, the Sultans never relished warfare, and when necessity
obliged them to do so, they were always able to temper the brutality of
war by showing clemency toward the people they defeated. The
conquered people were granted the same justice and privileges as their
own subjects and allowed to preserve their own culture by laws that
recognized that equality did not mean the imposing of one culture over
another, but by respecting differences in personal thoughts, religion
and ethnic background. This fundamental respect guaranteed
Ottoman citizens egalitarian rights under the law of the Empire."— (3)
Ottoman Empire’s founder, Ozman Gazi had these last words to his
descendants for governance of the Empire: —"May whoever, in my
illustrious descents, swerve from honesty and justice be deprived of
the intercession of Rasoul-ou A’zam (Mohammed Moustapha, S.A.S)".—"My
dear son! There is no human-being who is not submissive to death.
Now, with Allah’s Will, the death is imminent to me. I commit the
Principality to you, and you to Allah the All-knowing. You should
keep the superiority of justice in your affairs." (8): p.33 —(3)
ethics were rigorously upheld throughout the Dynasty and in particular
by Padishah Sultan-Caliph Abdulhamid II, toward the end of the
Dynasty. In exile, the Padishah’s younger son, Sultan Selim
i-Rabi bin Hamid Han, upheld these ethics against many odds and
challenges. HIH Sultan Selim transmitted to me the enormous
responsibility of these precepts to be preserved for the Ottoman
Caliphate that was awarded to the Ottoman Sultans due to their
exceptional qualities of humanity and justice.
—"To be an Osmanli means:
The moral values of mankind
Good manners toward one’s neighbors
Honesty in dealing
Compassion toward the needy
Understanding and kindness toward family and friends
Tolerance towards the enemy
And above all, true justice."— (3)
behalf of the exiled Ottoman Caliphate, as Regent, I , Nadine Sultana
d’Osman Han, support fully the proposed Universal Declaration of Human
Rights by the World’s religion, as a supplement to the UN Declaration
of Human Rights.
In addition I would make the following recommendations:
1) A United World’s Religions International Court for humanity with the cooperation of the United Nations.
2) A Declaration for Global Peace and the authority to enforce it through the Court.
To declare Warfare and threat of warfare a Crime Against
Humanity. Governments that persist on warfare should be
accountable before a neutral court and be removed from their position
immediately. In addition, economic sanctions against a Nation
should be outlawed since it penalize innocent civilians.
To oversee that candidates for Leadership be selected only for their
competence to solve conflict by diplomacy only, and the well-being of
5) To enforce the protection of children and
bring to justice without delay any perpetrator. Trafficking and
exploitation of children as well as women must never be
tolerated. Officials who do not enforce that protection within
their borders must be made accountable.
6) Squalid poverty
and hunger should not be tolerated in today’s society. Nor the
underpaid exploitation of workers allowed. Profits should be
equitable between workers and employers with a minimum and a maximum
that is regulated for fairness. We should apply the wisdom of
words from proverbs: "Money is a good servant but a poor master".
Weapons of Mass destruction should be dismantled worldwide, for every
country without exception. The enormous financial budget wasted
on armament should be redirected to alleviate poverty, hunger and cope
with natural catastrophes.
8) Military armies should be transformed as a humanitarian army to cope with disasters and other peaceful missions.
reckless destruction of life is an holocaust, but if we do not change
our mentality of distrust and hatred for those who differ from us, we
may live to see a global holocaust.
cannot overstate the urgency for all organizations of conscience to
unite and act quickly. As with the pollution of the planet, the
pollution of our societies may reach a point of no return unless we act
now with energy and true commitment to the salvation of all mankind.
There is only one fundamental religious rule to which all
religions should abide as well as any governments:—"Do not do unto
others, what you would not like them do unto you"—.
(1) Appeal of Conscience Foundation, 119 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019
(2) Journal for the 60th Annual DPI/NGO Conference, UN, New York 5-7 September 2007
The Legacy of Sultan Abdulhamid II: Memoirs & Biography of HIH
Sultan Selim bin Hamid Han" by Nadine Sultana D’Osman Han—Sultana
Publising, Santa Fe, NM USA 2001—pp.89, 152, 10, 11, 22, 151, ii.