During the last two decades, our perceptions of other faiths and of
folks who are different from us have been shaped by hateful rhetoric, prejudice
and misinformation. I wonder how different the world might be if our view of
Islam was formed by genuine encounters with our Muslim neighbours. How might
our world be transformed if our world-views were shaped by learning from other
religions how to be better practitioners of our own faith?.....
We propose that the Catholic Church develop and consider shifting to a
Just Peace approach based on Gospel nonviolence. A Just Peace approach offers a
vision and an ethic to build peace as well as to prevent, defuse, and to heal
the damage of violent conflict. This ethic includes a commitment to human
dignity and thriving relationships, with specific criteria, virtues, and
practices to guide our actions......
To that end, allowing Islamic prayer at Cordoba Mosque-Cathedral would
be highly symbolic, something extremists across the political spectrum would
fear. At this critical juncture in our collective history, it would be an
important victory for peace. This is because when faiths display tolerance of
each other in symbolic acts, it is the polar opposite of what Daesh want. It
also damages the cause of the terrorists’ best friends: the Far Right in Europe
and North America...
One reason to get involved in interfaith work is to look more critically
at your own faith, take it more seriously, and become more curious about it.
This has been my own experience. Learning and practicing Buddhist meditation
methods led me to explore the rich meditative and contemplative mystical
traditions of my Christian heritage. Learning about other faiths from their
practitioners has heightened my interest in their similarities and differences
with my faith...
Keen to share in their happiness, we began to search for venues and
ended up celebrating Holi at a church! Stepping inside the Holy Trinity
Cathedral in Karachi, I saw bright beautiful hues of pink, yellow and green in
the air around me. Under this vibrant sky, Muslims, Hindus and Christians
doused each other's smiling faces with colour. It filled me with an unqualified
joy, the kind you feel upon returning home from a long, tiring trip...
Some may say this tolerance is no surprise, given the long histories of
both Christians and Muslims in Kerala. But one need only look at Eastern Europe
or the Middle East, where long-standing bonds within a once diverse community
were ruptured within a single generation...
To push interfaith dialogue forward there must be a certain level of
commitment to education and understanding. The Bible and The Qur’an share many
of the same stories and names while giving these people different duties and
roles. Understanding these differences while staying committed to ones religion
is key. Mary/Maryam as Jesus/Isa does not have one narrative but many
narratives that hold special places in people’s lives.....
Dr Habib Siddiqui
The violence and Takfir associated with these neo-Khariji movements of
our time bear more than a coincidental resemblance to the policies and mindset
of the Khawarij of the Prophet Muhammad’s (S) and Ali’s (RA) time. It is no
accident that these neo-Kharijis of our time blow up Muslim worshippers even
inside mosques as if those targeted are worse than non-Muslims. They are a
renegade movement and should not be taken as an Islamic movement.....
Dr Habib Siddiqui
The anti-Muslim zealots cite the chastisement of the Jews, especially of
Banu Qurayza, in Madinah to show how intolerant Prophet Muhammad (S) was and
how horrible Islamic Shariah is for a non-believer to live under. Again, they
won’t tell the kind of conspiracy and treason, let alone the assassination
attempt against the Prophet (S), that those Medinite Jews had committed to
deserve the punishment. (RVC Bodley, The Messenger – the Life of Mohammed; see
also: Rafiq Zakaria, Muhammad and the Quran) If they were to compare between
the treatment meted out by Muhammad (S) and Musa (Moses) (AS) against the pagan
Jews, they would find that Muhammad (S) was indeed a Rahmat ul-Lil-Alameen
(‘Mercy to the entire universe’): much kinder and gentler to the Jews and Christians
than their own prophets......
Dr Ilmana Fasih
Sufi poets too eulogised Radha and Krishna’s romance in Holi, while
expressing their love for their revered Sufi saints or even God. It is Shah
Niyaz’s Hori Ho Rahi hai that is immortalised by Abida Parveen.
Hori hoye rahi hai Ahmad Jiya ke dwaar
Hazrat Ali ka rang bano hai Hassan Hussain khilaar
Aiso holi ki dhoom machi hai chahoon or pari hai pukaar
Aiso anokho chatur khiladi rang deeyon sansaar
“Niyaz” pyaara bhar bhar chidke ek hi raang sahas pichkaar.
(Holi is happening at beloved, Ahmed’s (PBUH) doorsteps. Colour has
become of Hazrat Ali (AS) and Hasan (AS), Hussain (AS) are playing. It has
become such a bustling scene of Holi that it has become talk of the town,
People are calling others from all over, What unique and clever players (Hasan
and Hussain) that they coloured the entire world. Niyaz (the poet) sprinkles
bowlfuls of colour all around, The same colour that comes out of thousands of
Pichkaaris (spray guns)).....
It is at the crossroads of a church, temple and mosque where humanity
can find breathing space. The true pride of being an Islamic majority lies in understanding
that Yusufs of our society may be free to attend mass with their families on
Easter. The prestige of Islam as a universal religion lies in the happiness
that little Poojas and Radhaas may feel when they illuminate their houses with
candles on Diwali and spread the many colours of Holi in their
The 2014 report of the Institute for Economics and Peace might help explain the situation better. The report showed that religion was not the main cause in any of the 35-armed conflicts in 2013. According to the report, they were mostly related to anti-government sentiments, separatist movements, ideological divides and the distribution of natural resources.
On auspicious days like Eid and Eid-e-Milad, they treat cows with kheer. They have been engaged in vaccination and treatment of cows in nearby villages. Every week mobile vans visits nearby villages to treat cows, goats and buffaloes for free. They spend little over a lakh on these cows per month and are planning to double the strength.
She asks them
to temporarily suspend their own religious judgments to learn the teachings and
appreciate the similarities of all major faiths. And she tries to counteract cultural
hatred against and among religions with more realistic views of what they
actually stand for. “I hope to plant a seed of understanding, a seed of
respect, for different cultures and values,” she said. “There isn’t any
religion that preaches hate. God is love, and that’s preached in every
The goal: to
invite the non-Muslim community to an Islamic centre where they could meet
Muslims and learn more about Islam during a political and social climate which
increasingly views Islam with negativity and fear. Islam is an inclusive
religion that attracts more converts from all backgrounds than any other faith
in the world. Al-Huda Islamic Centre has members representing more than 50
mercy is “the core of Islam,” there is tragically a difference between “Islam
as an ideal and Islam as it is applied and as it is practiced by people,” Khan
said, noting that the same can be said of any religion. “Unfortunately there
are people who will invoke the name of Islam to all kinds of unspeakable and
egregious things,” he said. “Those may claim to be believers who act out in
such vengeful and violent ways, but again, it is such an anomaly and such an
aberration from the divine message that it’s very difficult to be able to say
with a certain straight face that this is really what God intended.”.....
with Islam is so important to Pope Francis that he elevated Fr. Ayuso to the
rank of bishop. The appointment was announced Jan. 29. The bishop-designate is
an expert in Islam and served as a professor in Cairo. After his ordination,
his new rank will give him a major impact in his work to strengthen connections
with the Islamic world, a commitment crucial to the Pontifical Council for
whom we met expressed an outpouring of gratitude for coming to visit and to
hear their stories. We were desperate to understand how this small, poor, rural
country broke out of the mould of hate to protect one another. We learned that
Albania has a culture of harmony. ...
Dr Ibrahim Ahmad Bajunid
In a world torn
by ideologies and quest for supremacy in all domains, there are bands of good
people everywhere who work quietly to promote understanding, religious
integrity, unity, integration, peace and harmony. They interconnect
respectfully, with humility, commitment, empathy and hospitality.....
also stressed a commitment to the brotherhood of the divine religions; to
commend cooperation among the followers f these religions in the search for
peace love and stability. It warns against radical and terrorist speech both
intellectually and socially.....
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
as a positive phenomenon, and it will become a boon for you. Difference is not
an evil—it leads to discussion and dialogue. And, open discussion and dialogue
lead to all kinds of intellectual development. When two ideas clash, a third
idea emerges. ....
half-expected her mother to be wearing a Burqa, her father to be chewing Paan
and her brother to be wearing Kajal in his eyes. Everything typical Indian
movies had taught me about Muslim families. But they were too normal, almost
bordering on boring when I saw them. They looked, you know, ordinary, like, say
my family. Educated, happy and well, routine. Can you believe my disappointment
when I realised she had only one mother (yes, I thought every Muslim had
multiple wives, blame it on the movies again)....
How do we define and explain key words is absolutely important to better understanding of The Quran in the light of Global Inter-religious peace movement that is going on. It creates a mind-set that can become very narrow and selective in creating antagonistic divisions or it can create a more accommodating and tolerant mind-set bringing believers from other religions into one large global family….
Mian Mir was an
icon of unity, tolerance and love during and after the Mughal era. According to
Sufi as well as Sikh traditions, Mian Mir laid the foundation of, what is now
known as, the Golden Temple Amritsar, also known as Harminder Sahib. Mian Mir
is said to have travelled from Lahore to Amritsar on the invitation of Guru
Arjun Dev, the fifth Guru of Sikhs, who asked Mian Mir for his blessings.....
Not only should
we be concerned about the human rights of non-Muslims in Muslim-majority
nations, but we must be attentive to the human rights of Muslims in
non-Muslim-majority nations. Islamophobia must diminish and neighbourliness in
the human family must increase. Toward that end, this Declaration is