faith walk.

In our constantly expanding multicultural and diverse society, it is so important to be knowledgeable about the many different backgrounds everyone has.
We must have the knowledge in order to fully appreciate, understand and respect the cultures, values and beliefs of others.

And so…

the class of eds220 went on a little adventure last week!
We went on a ‘faith walk‘ – where we got the opportunity to get a glimpse of three different religions.

We visited three different places of worship.

Our first stop was the Buddhist temple! 🙂
What a lovely place it was.
The interior decorations and colours were so beautiful.

I really liked a lot of the Buddhist beliefs, as it had a lot to do with achieving and maintaining a sense of inner peace, belief in karma, and reincarnation.

Also, i got a free poster! 😀

Next, we went to a Sikh Gurdwara.

I was very fascinated to learn about the Sikh beliefs. There is a belief in two sides of the human spirit – both a warrior and a loving, peaceful side. Furthermore, we were told of the reason for keeping one’s hair uncut – it is because of the belief that God has made each of us as perfect beings, and we should respect the way that we were created.

Overall, the tour was very interesting and informative!

Last but not least, we went to ISNA, to learn about Islam.
Since I am Muslim myself, I was familiar with the information that was presented to us here. Nonetheless, it was lovely to see how enthusiastic and informative our designated tour guides were. They even showed us a demonstration of the washing ritual performed before praying!

It was great to see how passionate each of our tour guides were about their religion. They were all eager to provide us with information and answer all our questions.
One thing I noticed was that despite any differences these religions may have from one another, the one thing that remains consistent is a very basic rule – be ‘good‘ –  however one may wish to define it! 🙂

Overall, I think religion is a wonderful thing, and it really is more than just following a set of rules and guidelines just for the sake of following them.

As for myself, in a world where we are filled with such uncertainty, grief and misfortune, having religious faith is so important to me.

It helps me believe that maybe, everything does happen for a reason and that
maybe we will all turn out fine in the end;
and that is very comforting. 🙂

So then maybe, we can all just try our best and sit back and enjoy the ride;
after all, it’s all about the journey, not the destination, right? 🙂


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