Dear Dr Shabbir
Thank yoU very much for this post. I am reminded of the title of a German film, 'Angst frisst die Seele auf', which translates into English as 'Fear eats the soul.'
If we are seeking knowledge and understanding with a sincere heart we can and must unshackle ourselves from the chains of fear. Fear, especially fear of 'the other', continues to cause so much conflict in our world.
May Allah bless you, dear Dr Shabbir and all the truth-seeking members of this wonderful forum. Oh, how I love it!