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mohammed bilal
February 23rd, 2012

itis great work for huminity brotherhood & peace. interfaith harmony create the positive attitude in human behaviour . ……ANJUMAN AMAN DOST INSAN DOST (NGO)

Issa Kirarira
February 14th, 2012

By Denis Cox Emuria
Monsignor Father Wynand Katende of Kampala Archdiocese, has called upon people to relate well with one another regardless of one’s religious affiliation.
Fr Katende made the call during celebrations to mark the World Interfaith Harmony Week held Friday Feb 3, 2012, at the premises of Nile Dialogue Platform in Muyenga Kampala.NDP is an NGO that is managed by Ugandans and Turks who have been inspired by Fethullah Gullens role in interfaith dialogue.
The Interfaith Harmony Week is meant to be marked every 1st week of February.
The Interfaith week was launched by the UN in Feb. 1, 2011. The week is supposed to be marked with a range of activities some of which include: talks featuring the actual participation of civil society, UN entities, intergovernmental organizations breakfasts/ dinners and film shows among others.
Fr Katende noted that if the human race related well, as brothers and sisters, there would be no conflict in society.
He said that as long as people fight another, there will be no peace.
He however regretted the fact that we seem to adore one God in theory, when in reality everyone thinks his or her God is the supreme.
Fr Katende cited an example where Muslims, Christians, and Jews each think in worshipping a different God.
He added, “It is because of hyping of each one’s God that we are eluded by peace.”
He added that it is better to embrace peace such that we can live together in harmony.
He however thanked the Turkish community in Uganda for their tireless effort towards making all people live in harmony despite the diversity in religion.
Dr Deus Nkurunzinza, a don at Makerere University who was one of the key presenters, said that one of the challenges facing society today is the failure to realize that a family is a symbol of peace.
Dr Nkurunzinza who is also a catholic priest added that there is need for peace since the world has become a global village, thus people taking up business seriously.
Citing example from ‘walk to work,’ phenomenon, in the country, he noted that the challenge is on how to do business while at the same time promoting peace.
He urged Ugandans to do business which promotes peace in our communities.
During the recent walk to work campaigns, many Ugandans lost lives and property due to violence that was uncalled for.
Dr Anas Kaliisa, said at the closure of the occasion that it is imperative to maintain interfaith dialogue if we are to eradicate conflict. He continued to say that fighting has no role in creating peace and harmony in society.
He added that Fethulah Gullen’s ideas are good because with violence we cannot co-exist.
He noted that Gullen tells us that people should strive for values of love and peace because the human race is equal before God.
Fethulah Gullen is a renowned Muslim scholar who has concentrated on enhancing dialogue and peace among sections representing different ideology, culture, religions and nations..
Hajji Ibrahim Katende, also a lecturer at Makerere, said that through education, people can fight poverty, since it is the one that causes conflict

Yoon-Yul Kim
February 12th, 2012

It is heartening to see an overwhelming global response to WIHW as RISSC statistics show. As one who proudly participated in the global movement twice in a row, I cannot over-emphasize the critical importance of (1)building on a brighter future on what was already delivered and (2)continue to encourage grassroots level participation where inter-faith harmony must begin to jell. Korea Society for UN Initiative for Peace among Religions (KSUNIPAR)

asbar shah
February 9th, 2012

peace

United Religions Team Lienz
February 5th, 2012

We want to greet all participants from WIHW 2012 with a “As-salāmu ʿalaikum – Shalom – My Peace prevail on earth” coming from the bottom of our heart and with a little story from an Austrian author about the question “who created everything” to read in 41 languages on http://www.kleine-eule.net

Sincerely yours
Elisabeth, Winfried, Almuth, Lisa, Cecilia, Ahmad a.o.

Dr. Faten Al.Arrabi
February 2nd, 2012

نحن بحاجة لعمل مقابلات عامة يحضرها جميع الفئات بلا استثناء، لتعليم أو تفهيم تعاليم الدين الاسلامي، لأنه من حق الجميع الحصول على معرفة كاملة ودقيقة عن دين الاسلام، كي تزال كل ما علقت به من أكاذيب وافتراء، وكي يعرفوا أن المسلمين ما هم إلا بشر مثل سائر البشر، يدعون للسلام ويحبون العيش بسلام، بذلك يستطيع الجميع معرفة وتفسير كل ما نفعله ونقوله، ونصبح غير محتاجين لتبرير كل ما يلفق إلينا من تهم خاصة “الارهاب”، وذلك بجعل أشخاص مختصين يلقون المحاضرات ويعملون الندوات، بلا صراخ وعصبية كما نرى في أوقاتنا هذه، يمكننا استدعاء الداعية عمرو خالد، أو فضيلة الشيخ نبيل العوضي، أو الشيخ محمد راتب النابلسي، وهذا كله لأنني مؤمنة بحق الجميع في معرفة تعاليم الاسلام والغايات وراء كل قانون في ديننا، والأسباب الضمنية التي هي وراء كل عمل وفعل وكلمة يقولها أي مسلم على وجه الأرض، وليعلموا جميعاً أننا ضد الارهاب بكل أشكاله، ولسنا أنصاراً له، ومن سيرة أعظم الخلق سيدنا محمد صلى الله عليه وسلم نرى كامل الصور في التسامح والعفو والحب والرأفة وكيفية التعامل مع أهل الكتاب بلا حساسيات أو تعقيدات، فدين الاسلام دين اليسر وليس دين العسر.
يمكننا ترتيب رحلات إلى دور المسنين، ودور الأيتام، ويمكننا زيارة المستشفيات، وجمع تبرعات للفقراء، كما يمكننا توعية الناس لأهمية التبرع بأعضاء المتوفين من الناس من أجل انقاذ حياة، ومن أحيا نفساً كأنما أحيا الناس جميعاً، وهذه بعض الاقتراحات بيد أنه هناك الكثير مما نستطيع أن نفعله في كثير من المناحي للاصلاح والاعمار في الأرض كما أمرنا الله تعالى. وشكراً

Dr. T V Muralivallabhan
February 1st, 2012

Religions are not for competition and fight,but for cooperation and freedom.Real religions count not the number of individuals or quantity of wealth, but quality of individuals and commitment to the Almighty.The observation of the World Interfaith Harmony week helps s to make the garland of universal understanding and acceptance with the beads of all religious values.

Kodavoor Ramachandra Aithal
February 1st, 2012

Unless one tears down the psychological barriers between faiths one will struggle to achieve peace, tolerence, understanding and harmony in the community. Respect to faiths other than your own is the first step in removing the barriers and building interfaith bridge.
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John Hale
January 31st, 2012

This is an extraordinary collection of interfaith initiatives and activities. Kudos to you for this effort; it gives hope that a compassion movement is emerging throughout the planet. I want to stay in touch with you.

In community,
John Hale

John Hale, CEO
Cascadia Center at Camp Brotherhood

R. Stephens
January 31st, 2012

G’day, Peace and Goodwill to all, women children and planet included. Maybe we could mentor more before we punish more? Peace is more than possible it is achieveable, given the gifts we have. http://tinyurl.com/Gifts-4-Peace ‎ (:PC+GRC:)