The hope for something greater. The feeling of being connected to something bigger. A moral compass to guide on through life. The community of similar people.
Religion has been a part of civilization for as long as there has been civilization. But the differences in how we worship and what exactly we believe leads to many misunderstandings.
Too often, the focus is on the small differences. Too often, those small differences lead to big misconceptions with negative, even violent consequences.
Lord, surely my brother is under Your protection, and in the rope of Your security, so save him from the trial of the grave and from the punishment of the Fire. You fulfill promises and grant rights, so forgive him and have mercy on him. Surely You are most Forgiving, Most Merciful. O Lord, Your male slave and the child of Your female slave is in need of Your Mercy, and You are not in need of his torment, if he was pious then increase his rewards and if he was transgressor then pardon him.
A simple and mournful prayer of a man laying his brother to rest. A prayer to Allah in which only a few words were changed to portray it as a Christian message. The differences between most religions are slight. The commands of the scripture that call one to be a good person have many similarities. Let's shift the focus away from the differences and instead look at where there is common ground...between religions and those with no religion.