264. Ambassador Mussie Hailu

Supporting Letter for World Interfaith Harmony Week from Interfaith Peace-building Initiative (Member of URI)

On behalf of Interfaith Peace-building Initiative (IPI), an Interfaith Peace organization based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and a member organization of United Religions Initiative, I would like to congratulate and thank HM King Abdullah II and HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan for coming up with the idea of World Interfaith Harmony Week. I want also to take the opportunity to thank the United Nations and all those countries and organizations which endorsed this initiative.

We strongly believe that World Interfaith Harmony Week indeed will help to build more trust, understanding, harmony and respect among followers of different religions and will create the opportunity for them to come together to resist forces of division that spread misunderstanding and mistrust among peoples of different religions. In addition to this, as stated by Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad, the author of the resolution, the week will also be a platform to co-ordinate and unite the efforts of all the interfaith groups doing positive work with one focused theme at one specific time annually, thereby increasing their collective momentum and eliminating redundancy

UN World Interfaith Harmony Week is an idea whose time has come and I strongly believe that one practical action that can make this happen is the Golden Rule. As you know, the Golden Rule which says ”treat others the way you want to be treated” is a pathway to peace, understanding, respect, harmony, democracy, and right human relationships. It has been affirmed in all religions of the world, traditions, indigenous cultures and secular philosophies as a fundamental principle of life and the foundation upon which a global ethic is founded. The message of the Golden Rule is simple, universal and powerful and is the most prevalent and universal moral principle in human history. Therefore on the occasion of World Interfaith Harmony Week we appeal to all supporters of this initiative to live according to the teaching of the Golden Rule, to join us in proclaiming the Golden Rule and to promote its teaching in order to bring more harmony among people of different religions and cultures.

I am very happy to inform you that with this fact in mind, in 2007 IPI declared April 5 as ”Golden Rule Day” and called upon all citizens of the world, religious leaders of the world, and the United Nations, to join IPI in proclaiming this day as Golden Rule Day and to live accordingly to make this world a better place for all and the coming generation.

Let us building together World Interfaith Harmony and Culture of Peace through the teaching of Golden Rule.

Let there be Peace and World Interfaith Harmony in the World.

May Peace and the Golden Rule Prevail on Earth.

In Peace,

Ambassador Mussie Hailu
Board Chairman of IPI,
Regional Director of URI for Africa & Representative of URI at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
P.O.Box 7785
Addis Ababa
Ethiopia
email mhailu@uri.org or mussiepeace@yahoo.co.uk

Country
Ethiopia

Organization
Interfaith Peace-building Inititative (member of URI)

Title / Position
Board Chairman of IPI & Regional Director of URI for Africa