414. – Ethan Vanderleek

Title/ Position:
Christian Reformed Chaplain

Organization:
Multi-Faith Centre, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Country:
Canada

Your Message:
The Surrey Interfaith Council is excited and proud to participate again in the United Nations World Interfaith and Harmony Week. As a local group of diverse religions and worldviews in western Canada, we see this annual and global celebration of harmony as emblematic of a deep desire for peace, love, and justice, a desire which we endeavor to foster here in Surrey and which we are hopeful can take root in the hearts and minds of people across the globe.

One of our main events this year, as in years past, is an interfaith pilgrimage. People from all walks of faith and life gather for a (rather lengthy) walk through the city of Surrey, stopping at different places of worship and religious practice along the way. It is an act of hospitality and love that takes place across different traditions, a small attempt to embody the larger project of global interfaith and harmony. This pilgrimage, along with other events through the week in Surrey celebrating the intellectual, aesthetic, and contemplative dimensions of different traditions, serves to highlight our commitment to the Interfaith and Harmony Week in particular and also to the practice of Interfaith and Harmony in general.

By faithful adherence to our deepest resources of love, compassion, and justice, interfaith practice can continue to move from idea to reality. Here in Surrey we hope to be one small but committed piece of that movement.

413. – Nadya Shaista Ramdjan Azizuddin

Title/ Position
Profesor in psychology of religion

Organization:
Central University of Venezuela

Country:
Venezuela

Your Message:
This type of celebration is so important, because peace is the only way we have to live In this world, specially considering from the variety of culture and religions. Thanks for this opportunity. Our university and investigation needs support and this kind of events.

412. – Joseph Kelley

Title/ Position
Professor of Religious and Theological Studies

Organization:
Merrimack College University

Country
United States

Your Message

411. – Maria Eugenia Crespo

Title/ Position
Director of Cooperation Circle Support

Organization:
United Religions Initiative

Country
Argentina

Your Message
I wholeheartedly support the wonderful work Global Compassion is doing in Cameroon. I consider it is meaningful and helping to change the life of people in Santchou, specially children.

The project ”Peace Through Sports in Cameroon” is outstanding and creating interfaith harmony in a challenging environment.

URI is proud of the sustained effort this Cooperation Circle is doing and moved by this event organized on the occasion of the World Interfaith Harmony Week.

We recommend you consider this project an awardee of your prize so that they can continue doing their excellent work.

410. – Interfaith Harmony Halifax

Title/ Position
Planning Committee

Organization:
Interfaith Harmony Halifax

Country
Canada

Your Message
Dear Friends,

Inspired by the ever-growing momentum of World Interfaith Harmony Week, the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions, and our own deep desire for peace and harmony in the world, we developed a ’declaration of interfaith peace and friendship’, which we invited local, regional, national and international organizations to sign.

30 declarations have been received to date from organizations representing education, government, media, business, diverse faiths, as well as community groups involved in peace, compassion, interfaith and contemplative work.

Our letter of support to you is Interfaith Harmony Halifax’s signed Declaration of Interfaith Peace and Friendship – please see attached.

May we and all those who have made similar declarations continue to live up to their commitment, and may the circle of ’interfaith peace and friendship’ continue to expand.

With every good wish, and deep appreciation for your good heart and efforts.

Kim MacAulay
On behalf of Interfaith Harmony Halifax
ihhalifax.ca

View Letter

409. – Aaghaz Ahmed

Title/ Position
Graduate

Country
India

Message
May Allah peace and blessings be upon everyone of us.

Its a great initiative that you have taken to promote brotherhood across faiths. This is actually the need of hour where religion has turned to be the tool of hatred. But all those who practice different faiths, know how important and beautiful it is. And people are still ignorant to it. By doing programs like this across the world I believe every can understand what faiths across their society teaches and practice and that faith is never the reason of ’evil to the society’ but the person himself is ’satan’.

Once again thanking everyone who are acting and organizing events like this, May the Lord accept all our efforts.

Ameen

408. – Rev. Michael Barnes

Title/ Position
Convenor Relations with Other Faiths

Organization:
Uniting Church in Australia

Country
Australia

Message
Greetings to all in this special Week of World Interfaith Harmony.

On behalf of the Uniting Church in Australia and the Assembly Relations with Other Faiths Working Group, I commend this global initiative and urge people across the world to celebrate the religious and cultural diversity of their own communities.

As Christians, we are called to live in harmony with all people and contribute to a world of peace, justice and hospitality.

Initiatives like this provide a powerful opportunity to get to know one another better and realise how much we have in common.

In a world marred by division, fear and ignorance, it has never been more important to reach out across our different faith traditions.

When we come together, without agenda, without prejudice, we begin to see each other as we really are – brothers and sisters.

When we build friendships across our different faiths, we give hope to the world.

I encourage members of the Uniting Church in Australia to find ways to build interfaith harmony wherever you are.

The friendships we make will be transforming.

Grace and peace,

Rev. Michael Barnes

407. – Gulsum KATMER

Title/ Position
volunteer

Organization:
Multi Cultural Mosaic Foundation

Country
United States

Message

406. – Scott Reynolds

Title/ Position
Member

Organization:
Surrey Interfaith Council

Country
Select Country

 Message
The Surrey Interfaith Council is working to create an environment of interfaith respect and harmony among faith traditions by promoting religious freedom and social justice in the community of Surrey, British Columbia. But we know that this goal can’t just be local; in order for this goal to reach its fullest potential in our community, we need to work with global partners who understand that interfaith harmony is essential in our increasingly connected, multicultural world.

For this reason, we are proud supporters of the United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week, a time for people of all faiths around the world to testify publicly that all major faiths have an equal right to adhere to their teachings and practices without prejudice from others; to remind ourselves that God is impartial and loving towards all people; and to recognize the need to live exemplary lives in order to transmit mature spiritual values to future generations.

World Interfaith Harmony Week encourages us to put these values into practice. We know that peace and goodwill can only happen on a global scale if it is happening in individuals and then in small communities first. As we come together during this week in various places of worship, some not our own, we become a sign to the world that security, peace, and harmony are possible.

405. – Elaine Sanchez

Title/ Position
Peace and Justice Coordinator

Organization:
Sisters of the Holy Family

Country
United States

Message
In support of World Interfaith Harmony Day, all are welcome to join us in this celebration of solidarity and community.
This event is an opportunity to hear one another, and experience the compassionate spirit that joins us all together.

404. – The Rev. Jeffrey Spencer

Title/ Position
Senior Pastor and Teacher

Organization:
Niles Discovery Church

Country
United States

Message
I am writing to support the Interfaith Harmony Day event in Fremont, California, USA, on Saturday, February 6, 2016.

Right now in the United States of America, Islamophobia is taking the form of violence against people and property. The Fremont Interfaith Harmony Day event is an attempt to address Islamophobia and to build bridges of understanding.

The reality is that at the base of all the world’s religions is a call for compassion. Let us all work to make the world a more compassionate place.

403. – Shamsa Rafay

Organization:
Tri-City Interfaith Council

Country
United States

Message
I’ve been a member of the Tri-City Interfaith Council for past four or more years. The experience here has been very enlightening, with such amazing bonds being made among the people of all faiths. They are all always ready to back each other,

402. – Jack Herrington

Title/ Position
Software Architect

Organization:
Walmart Labs

Country
United States

Your Message
It’s great to see so many religious and non-religious groups coming together every year to peacefully share information and ideas!

401. – Mihai Valentin Vladimirescu

Title/ Position
President

Organization:
Centre for Promotion of Intercultural Dialogue

Country
Romania

Message
Dear colleagues,

On behalf of the members of Centre for Promotion of Intercultural Dialogue and on my own behalf, I have immense pleasure in extending warm greetings of friendship and felicitations to the organizers on the occasion of the World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) 2016.

Peaceful societies can only be built on the foundation of a strong justice system and of a concrete intercultural and interreligious dialogue. The promotion of dialogue among different communities and civilizations is, at present, a priority for the international community. It is only in dialogue that communities can truly meet and understand one another.

We would like to express our full support for your work for interfaith and intercultural harmony. It is obvious that dialogue between cultures and religions has become one of the main pillars of modern cultures, and one of the ways we judge the maturity of today’s religious traditions. This is an extraordinary initiative and it should have the concrete support of all heads of state and leading international organizations focused on building a world where the cultural diversity is respected and valorised, where people from different cultural backgrounds work hand in hand for solution of global problems and for sustainable development.

We at Centre for Promotion of Intercultural Dialogue fully support World Interfaith Harmony Day.

Prof. Dr. Mihai Valentin Vladimirescu
President – Centre for Promotion of Intercultural Dialogue

400. – Barbara Meyers

Title/ Position
Rev. / Community Minister

Organization:
Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Country
United States

Message
I support World Interfaith Harmony Week.

399. – Lee Guio

Title/ Position
Vice President

Organization:
Wat Buddhanusorn – Thai Buddhist Temple

Country
United States

Message
In today’s world, it is all too easy for people to blame others based on classifications such as religion or cultural differences. The World Interfaith Harmony Day gives everyone a chance to learn and understand about those whose religion may be different. Acceptance follows understanding. Harmony follows acceptance.

We at Wat Buddhanusorn fully support World Interfaith Harmony Day.

398. – Hermes B. Sabud

Title/ Position
Catholic Priest

Organization:
Society of Mary (Marist Fathers

Country
Philippines

Message
Dear Everyone in the Globe,

Greetings of Peace and Harmony as we celebrate the World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) 2016.

May this year’s weeklong Celebration of Harmony will deepen our relationship with others, nature, self and God.

It is my prayer that the whole world will slowly create a culture of Peace and Harmony even in the midst of tensions, conflicts, wars and violence. Together, even in our little initiatives contributions we can make a difference in the world.

Let us all highlight and share the pockets and sporadic success stories of Peace and Harmony around the corners and edge of the world and beyond.

Grace-filled and Joy-filled Celebration of the World Interfaith Harmony Week 2016.

Fr. Hermes B. Sabud, SM.
Marist Fathers
Diocese of Digos
Digos City
Philippines

397. – Muzammil H. Siddiqi

Title/ Position
Dr. Imam

Organization:
Fiqh Council of North America

Country
United States

Message
Assalam ’alaikum wa Rahmatullah
I would like to express my full support for your work for interfaith and intrafaith harmony. This is an excellent initiative and it should be supported by all states, organizations and the people of conscience.
We also need an interfaith delegation to visit the trouble spots of the world and help resolve the conflicts and save the innocent people suffering in those areas. I specially refer to the Syrian situation. There is an urgent need of intervention.
My prayers are for peace and justice for all.
Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi

396. – Khaled Esmael Osman

 

Name
Khaled Esmael Osman

Title/ Position
SCHOOL MANEGER

Organization
مدرسة سميح السعيد الرياضية بني بأسيوط

Country
Egypt

Your Message

أنسانية لا عنصرية
تتعامل اسرة مدرسة سميح السعيد الرياضية فيما بينها بمفهوم الاسرة الواحدة التى تحفظ الدين فى قلبها وينعكس على البر والوئام فى قبول الآخر و تعاملها السمح بما لايمكنك من معرفة ديانه الشخص … ويتجلى ذلك فى الاحتفال بالاعياد الدينية داخل المدرسة وأعتبارها أعياد وطنية فيشارك المسيحى فى الاعياد الاسلامية ويشارك المسلم فى الأعياد المسيحية … ولما كانت المدرسة جزء من المجتمع فقد كان لزاما على أسرة المدرسة نقل صورة للحياة بين أروقة و حجرات طلابها ومعلميها وقياداتها تعبر عن مدى التوافق والسلام الاجتماعي والوئام في يومياتها الحياتية ليرى العالم
أجمع أن الإنسانية سبقت العنصرية واختلاف المعتقدات والاديان ، فكل منا إنسان قبل أن يكون مسلم أو مسيحي أو يهودي .. وتسعى المدرسة دائماً على نشر تلك الروح فى المجتمع المحلى وعرض مدى الوئام والتناغم الموجود بين ابنائها وذلك عن طريق تنظيم وفود من أسرة المدرسة الرياضية للمشاركة فى الاحتفالات الدينية مع رموزها , ففى الاعياد المسيحية تزور وتشارك الكنسية بأسيوط فى أحتفالاتها المختلفة … كما تشارك مديرية الاوقاف فى الأعياد الأسلامية المختلفة …. بأحتصار تطبق المدرسة فى تعاملاتها مقولة (أنا انسان زيك)..

 

395. – Tariq Naveed Malik

Title/ Position
President

Organization:
Quran Research Center

Country
Pakistan

Your Message
I myself and on behalf of my ”Quran Research Center” and it’s all members of country of pakistan warmly welcome World Interfaith Harmony Week of UN which is really remedy to the deadly disease of sectarianism especially in pakistan that has taken a form of madness. we fully support World Interfaith Harmony Week of UN which has come to us as a morning light piercing the darkness of extremism. we owe to celebrate this week every year on behalf of our center as we knew about this UIPM pakistan who has informed as about this celebrations.

394. – Annamária Szarkali

Title/ Position
leader of Rose Dance Team

Organization:
Rose Dance Team

Country
Hungary

Message
In my view WIHW is a great initiative. After the incident of Paris it is really important to organise such kind of events like WIWH. We would like to thank World Interfaith Harmony Week for making it possible for every place of the world to participate in similar events that were made to represent unity and harmony. On the other hand the event is also wonderful because it unites people from all around the world. It is amazing to see that year by year more and more events like this are held and we hope that more people feel interested to join this event. God bless World Interfaith Harmony Week.

Greetings from Hungary,
Rose Dance Team

393. – Sue C. Morrow

Title/ Position
Facilitator, Lubbock Interfaith Association, Lubbock, Texas

Organization:
Lubbock Interfaith Association

Country
United States

Message
Events in the world tell us that there is an even more urgent need for interfaith knowledge, communication, and relationships. To borrow the the sentiment from Dr. Hans Küng: There will be no peace among nations without peace among religions, and there will be no peace among religions without dialogue.

Our interfaith work is essential to achieving greater peace, and World Interfaith Harmony Week is a critical venue for bringing this message to the world.

392. – Cheikh Sidya NDIAYE, MA, PhD

Title/Position:
Researcher. Teacher. Writer. Co-founder and chairman of the ASBAC

Organisation:
Senegalese Association for Active Participation in Sustainable Development and Struggling against Unemployment)

Country:
Senegal

Message
The WIHW is a good initiative.This event represents one of the best promises for a bright future in our world. In this period of time, Africans have a particular concern over the turmoil reaching their continent. War and terrorism are blurring our hopes of economic development, better education and health, ending the endemic diseases and starvation. African are beware that people living together must consider their mutual enhancement in a peaceful and productive context, instead of engaging their souls and resources into self-destructive attempts to vainly extinguish the social and cultural rainbow on Humanity.

We give full total support to the WIHW.

391. – Robert Crane, Ph.D.

Title/ Position
Father of Seven

Country
France

Message
Interfaith understanding is the lifeblood of world peace. We in France have had this lesson brought home to us in 2015 with two bloody incidents stemming from religious strife. We must know our neighbor, his culture, and his religion, whether we share the same nationality or not. We must learn about each other to build peace.

390. – William R. Allen, MD, FAAP, CPE

Title/ Position
Director of Prayer Ministry

Organization:
First United Methodist Church Houston

Country
United States

Message
It is refreshing and reminds us all of the goodness of God’s creation when we see brothers and sisters across all religous and cultural boundaries working together for what is truly important. I am confident that as we put forth love of one another and promote the welfare of all that whatever tradition we are doing the right thing. It will be an honor to support this noble effort. It gives us all hope in this difficult world that there are some sane people left with love in their hearts.

389. – Dr. Subhash Chandra

Title/ Position
Secretary General

Organization:
Global Harmony Association (GHA)

Country
India

Message
Message: Global Peace through Interfaith Harmony and Science
GHA is dedicated to the WIHW concept of ‘Love of the Good, and Love of the Neighbor’ through Global Peace Science (GPS) from Harmony and World Philosophy of Harmony.We believe the UN resolution of King Abdullah II and encourage all the leaders in the world to promote culture of peace from harmony & religious harmony through scientific understanding harmony and cooperation.Interfaith harmony is Key to GPS as Alternative to Nuclear War. http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=624.

Interfaith Harmony through GPS as soft intellectual force is the humanity spiritual potential and culture to overcome war, militarism, terrorism, enmity and violence. GPS is a scientific Nonviolence movement of world harmony for Peaceful Co-existence between all the Religions & all the nations. The GPS formula: One Humanity + One Harmony+One Peace +One in Harmonious Diversity Religion= World as one Family (VasudhaivaKutumbkam), as Victory of Peace over War and as saving the Earth planet & Humanity: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=585.

This World Family through Interfaith Harmony and GPS create Oneness of Global Peace: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=635.

GHA has long (since 2012) supports and promotes WIHW as a powerful tool to achieve Global Peace: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=541. We encourage all the social organizations & educational institutions to promote WIHW for peace and harmony in every community in the world. GHA invite all our members, partners, social & religious leaders, civil society organizations, faith communities, universities, youth, and other sectors to participate in WIHW initiative and stopping a Nuclear War threat to humanity. We intend to further promote and develop it, to expand its sphere of influence and to bring to it the new collective and individual members. It is the only way it would live and develop further, for what we have formulated nine key proposals: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=541#9

Dr. Subhash Chandra
Secretary General, Global Harmony Association (GHA), India

http://www.peacefromharmony.org

388. – Rabbi Barnea Levi Selavan

Title/ Position
Archaeologist, Guide, Editor

Organization:
Foundation Stone

Country
Israel

Message
How refreshing and important this effort is to create bridges amongst people of faith who are aware that w are in a relationship with the Creator and we are charged with perfecting the world to the best of our ability. The winds of chaos and propagation of falsehoods permeates our environment.The challenges of our times are great, but ”the truth will out.” I commend your efforts and am happy to add my name to this who appreciate it.

Yours

Rabbi Barnea Levi Selavan
Jerusalem

387. – Tawhidul Alam

Title/ Position
Learning Coordinator

Organization:
World Vision

Country
Bangladesh

Message
World Interfaith Harmony Week is an excellent initiative on the part of the Organizer. I would like to be a part of the wonderful efforts that will happen around the world on this occasion. I truly believe in the mission and vision of this program.

386. – Dr Allama Abulfateh G R chishti

Title/ Position
Fouder /President

Organization:
Modern Islamic Studies Centre

Country
Pakistan

Message
I myself and on behalf of `Modern Islamic Studies Center, most humbly pay salute of reverence to H M King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussain the Great of Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan whose brain child is the UN`s `World Interfaith Harmony Week`(WIHW), and I must covey my most respectful Salam to popular Royal Prince Dr Professor Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal, whose erudition and pen power explained and elucidated the Idea of the King in such a way that it was unanimously adopted by all the nations of the world at United Nations General Assembly in October 2010.
This historic royal action undoubtedly has proved the royal entities as the benefactor of humanity as a whole generally and of Muslim Ummah particularly as it has given the sense of confidence to Muslim world who was suspicious and hesitated to share interfaith dialogue movements as the extremists have declare the interfaith dialogue as anti-Islam. Uncountable thanks to Royal Hashemite Kingdom pride of Muslim world for leading the Ummah to the path of Interfaith Dialogue by creating UN`s WIHW. As Much as we thnak is never enough May Almighty Lord bless the Kingdom Amin.

385. – Anne A/ Klinker

Title/ Position
Religious Sister

Organization:
School Sisters of Notre Dame

Country
United States

Message
World Interfaith Harmony needs to be EVERYDAY as we honor the Divine Indwelling in each person and honor and respect all creation. Religion is all about relationships , first with the Creator and then with creation.

384. – Mukhtar Ahmad

 

Title/ Position
President

Organization:
Iqra education foundation

Country
India

Your Message
This is wonderful initiative. It is very much required in present atmospherre. Let there be many people in different countries associate themselves with this initiative.

383. – Dr. El-Tantawy Attia

Title/ Position
Executive Director

Organization:
Masjid Toronto/Muslim Association of Canada

Country
Canada

Message
We congratulate you for your efforts. The world interfaith harmony week should help in creating a more peaceful world for everyone. You have our support and prayers for success.

382. – Sheikh Mohammed Nur Abdullah

Title/ Position:
Associate professor

Organization:
The International University of Africa, Khartoum Sudan.

Executive director of Welcome to Islam Org.
Scholar and Religious Leader
Former ISNA President
Member of Fiqh Council of North America

 

Salam ,Peace be with you. It so wonderful to hear this message which is
timely needed where we see extremism from Muslims, Christian, Jewish and
politicians reasing their voices to divide us. we as Religious leaders,
Scholars and community leaders we should come together and show our support
To Interfaith Harmony Day. I fully support this effort. May God bless this
project make it successful.

381. – Dr.Marty Shoemaker

Title/ Position
Humanist Chaplain

Organization:
Multifaith Center-Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Country
Canada
The Multifaith Center of Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia, Canada, is dedicated to the WIHW concept and celebration by our 2nd annual event. We believe we are first university in Canada to start commemorating the UN resolution of King Abdullah II and encourage many other universities and organizations to promote this week of emphasizing peace and harmony in every community in the world. It has grown in the 5 years from a few hundred in 2012 to almost a thousand such events in 2015.

We are most pleased to be a part of the solution and not the problem we face with exploitation, separateness and stereotypes. We are fundamentally caring humans with primate altruism that will naturally flourish in a safe world. We are dedicated to focusing on interfaith and secular harmony and that one can do good everyday.

380. – Şükran Kaldan

Title/ Position:
English Teacher- Master Degree on international cultures,literatures, religions,etc.

Organization:
Studies on awareness various cultures, religions and literatures


Throughout the history of human beings we see that there is an interaction between the peace, balance and harmony within our inner worlds and the universe. And that we are travellers of the same ship and have the same respnsibility of reaching The Eternal World safely and alltogether. With birth we bring this peace, without prejudices of any kind. In my university studies, in my personal life and my Master thesis, I focused on ” The Relationship Among The Conscious Individual and The Society”. I’m thankful to all of you; World Interfaith Harmony representatives, travellers for contributing this process of peace and harmony.

379. – Joanne Carroll

Title/ Position
World Interfaith Harmony supporter

Country
Ireland

I very gladly support this wonderful effort towards World Interfaith Harmony. We are fortunate to be living in a time when such understanding and reverence can be achieved. The forces against this are also gathering, and this is to be expected. But no doubt God is bringing this new harmony about. Through efforts such as yours, God’s will is coming into fulfillment in our world. Blessings on all those who through big means and small, global, neighbourhood, personal, are transforming our world through interfaith harmony.

378. – Terry Hemming

Title/ Position
Priest

Organization: 
Church of England

Country
United Kingdom

Religion is about reconciliation.

377. – Zakaria El hamel Idrissi

Title/ Position
Founder & President

Organization: 
Youth for Peace-International

Country
Morocco

As in previous years, Youth for Peace-International in Morocco welcomes this year’s World Interfaith Harmony Week 2016 We invite our members, partners, civil society organizations, faith communities, universities, youth, and other sectors to participate in this initiative. 2014’ theme was Stopping Violence in the Name of Religion,2015 them was Interreligious Dialogue in Morocco; Peaceful Co-existence between Divine Religions

The UN designated the first week of February every year as World Interfaith Harmony Week with the motto of ”Love of God and Love of the Neighbor” / ”Love of the Good and Love of the Neighbor.” Youth for Peace-International calls on Youth of faith to honor the Divine indwelling in a way that encourages understanding, respect, and cooperation among Youth of all faiths for the well-being of our communities and peace in the world.
So, cooperative action among religious communities and states for peace must express our common commitments to honour and protect the inviolable dignity of each person.

376. – Jane Buttery

Title/ Position
Anglican Christian pastoral care

Organization: 
Anglican Church of Canada in Harrow ONtario

Country
Canada

I used to live in Malaysia from 1959-64 and we still have friends there. When I was teaching, there was a real feeling of harmony and joy working together with Indian, Malay, Chinese and European teachers. We had students at Ipoh Road School in Kuala Lumpur who got along well together.
Today as I look back, I wish all people in Malaysia a wonderful year ahead and a continued fellowship together.
Blessings and Joy,
Jane

FOR MALaysia

375. – Eman Mohamed Yousif Saddik

Title/ Position
Teacher and supervisior of TwT

Organization: 
Directorate of Education

Country
Egypt

 

الثأر ..ومخاطرة وكيفية إيجاد حلول لبناء مجتمعات تحيا بالسلام
نفترق ولا نجد الطريق الآمن . تدفعنا أمواج العنف ونسينا بر الآمان . نثائر وننتقم بدون وعي . قتل , سرقه , إغتصاب بلا رحمة. الهدف أصبح غامضا لأن الجهل ساد العالم عن الصواب . ألم ندرك إنسانيتنا بعد؟ أحمد وولاء ابنائي ماري و عبد المسيح أبنائي في الإنسانية . الشيخ عبد الرحمن والأنبا مرقص جيراني واخوتي في الإنسانية. هلا عدنا إلى منبع التسامح وشعاع النور الصادر من رب العباد على لسان رسله الكرام ؟ هلا قرأنا عن التسامح والمحبة والغفران في التوراه والإنجيل والقرآن؟
عودوا يا بني الإنسانية إلى الهداية والعودة لصفاء القلوب مع إحياء أسبوع الوئام العالمي بين الأديان ومبادرة نبيلة اطلقها جلاله الملك عبدالله الثاني ملك الأردن في الأسبوع الأول من شهر فبراير من كل عام . إحترامي وتقديري لشخصكم الكريم مع الصدق والأمانة والنوايا الحسنة مع حب الله وحب الجار أو حب البر وحب الجار . وهي دعوة للعودة إلى منصة الرحب والسعة والأمن والأمان وعودة إلى أنشودة السلام

374. – Siti Aisyah Mariam

Title/ Position
A Person Who Supports Harmony

Country
Malaysia

Your Message

World Interfaith Harmony is one of the important organisation that bring awareness about the real Harmony to us > the world… May it get more brighter and global in future

373. – Mohamed Farhad Khadim

Title/ Position
Director of Education

Organization:
Islamic Institute of Toronto

Country
Canada

Your Message

Assalaamu Alaikum,

I would like to congratulate you on launching another year of World Interfaith Harmony. Your effort in this area is critical at a time when there is still so much misunderstanding about faith and its potential to build a better world. All the best.

372. – Professor Tamara Sonn

Title/ Position
Professor, History of Islam

Organization: 
Georgetown University

Country
United States

Your Message
Never has world interfaith harmony been more important. May it result in global solidarity in the struggle for justice — the essential foundation for peace!

371. – Prof. Dr. Abdelmadjid Amrani

Interfaith dialogue to :
1-Clash of Civilizations
2-Dialogue of Civilizations
3-Alliance of Civilizations
4-An Appeal to One Civilization to One World

Working on this project since 2003

Batna university, Algeria
See more information www.amrani-lab-aocd.org

Country
Algeria

Organization
Batna university

Title / Position
Prof.Dr.Director of Laboratory Research of Dialogue Between Civilizations and Globalization

370. – Cassam Uteem

Congratulations to the four winners of the award on World Interfaith Harmony Week, 2013. I hope that there will be more participants in this year’s W.I.H.W.

I commend the initiative of HM King Abdullah in organizing the W.I.H.W. which contributes in its own way towards establishing peace in different parts of the world.

Congratulations to all the participants as well as those involved in overseeing the smooth running of this important event.

Country
Mauritius

Organization
O.Uteem Foundation

Title / Position
Former President of Mauritius

369. – Teresa Abdallah

I feel happy to receive such a wonderful letter and I will be ready to discuss it. Prof-Actriz Thank you very much!!!

Country
Argentina

Organization
Facultad de filosofia y Letras, UBA

Title / Position
PROFESORA – ACTRIZ-

368. – Wafa Goussous

Greetings,
The focus of the World Interfaith Harmony Week comes at a critical time in our world’s history, a time when we witness many societies struggling to embrace religious diversity as a vital component of peaceful communities. The need to deepen connections between people of all faiths is greater than ever, and just as tantamount is the need to do so on a global scale. We appreciate this week as a reminder to reject sectarian divisions around the world, and especially in the Middle East. 
Interfaith harmony is an essential part of the work of the Orthodox Initiative. Working in Jordan today – a country which is hosting people of many nationalities and heritages – helps us practice our belief of assisting and interacting with all people of the world, regardless of faith.
As Jordanians, we are proud that the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan was the initiator of such an important week. We hope to cherish and respect the intention of World Interfaith Harmony Week through our daily work of encouraging the vitality of faith diversity in all communities. 

Wafa Goussous
Director, the Orthodox Initiative
www.OrthodoxInitiative.org

Country
Jordan

Organization
Orthodox Initiative/Middle East Council of Churches

Title / Position
Director

Attachment
http://worldinterfaithharmonyweek.com/docs/Orthodox-Initiative.pdf

 

367. – Naeem Ikram

It’s a great cause by H.M. King Abdullah. In today’s world where violence has more place than the peace. This is a great platform for all believers of their respected religions.

I don’t have or belong to any orgnization. But if ever WIHW will ever need my services i would feel honored to serve this cause. Peace and harmony to all the human beings!!!

Country
Pakistan

Organization
Private

Title / Position
Graphics Designer

366. – Mashood Okorejior

Greetings of Salam(Peace)from Lagos, Nigeria,

This is to congratulate you and express my delight at this initiative. Going by the religious animosity in the world today the peaceful and pleasurable results that WIFN will disperse to the nooks and cranies of world will make the human race more amenable to living in peace and harmony.

God bless you all as you teach the world to accentuate the areas where we are connate no matter what faith we may belong.

Country
Nigeria

Organization
MMDS:imc Ltd

Title / Position
MD

365. – Alliance for Conflict Transformation (ACT)

It is great event to celebrate the World interfaith Harmony week to remind us on how can we working together among divers faith to build our one communities and society.

Cambodia NGOs who working relate to difference faith commit to celebrate the World Interfaith Harmony Week in Cambodia as possible.

Country
Cambodia

Organization
Alliance for Conflict Transformation (ACT)

Title / Position
Director

364. – Fazeel Mohamed Ferouz

Country
Guyana

Organization
Central Islamic Organization of Guyana

Title / Position
President

363. – Anette Jørgensen

I think it’s a wonderful initiative, and as I just read a book on common ground between islam and buddhism, I was already a fan of His Majesty Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad. Thank you for everything you do for peace and respect amongst people of different faiths. I have no doubt that you are a decendant of the great Prophet Muhammed.

Yours faithfully,

Anette Jørgensen

Country
Denmark

Organization
Private person

Title / Position
Linguist & writer

362. – Saleem Ahmed

Congratulations to the Jordanian monarch for proposing the World Interfaith Harmony Week contest, and to the United Nations, for accepting this innovative idea.

This initiative has sent a ripple of excitement around the world and has inspired many organizations worldwide to bring to fruition whatever interfaith project they were working on.

And while only few will be recognized as winners, I believe every one who participates will be a winner. All of us will learn from others about unique ways to promote interfaith harmony. What a wonderful, positive, and proactive way to compete instead of through random or targeted acts of violence in the name of the Reality!

Country
United States

Organization
All Believers Network

Title / Position
President

361. – Zachary Perlman

We are writing from a brand new interfaith seminary in Los Angeles, excited about the possibilities ahead as more and more of humanity finds creative ways to contribute to a world that works for everyone. Please accept this simple communication as our heartfelt thanks for encouraging such positive and healing work.

Country
United States

Organization
Los Angeles Interfaith Seminary

Title / Position
Co-Founder

360. – Rev. Ruth Broyde Sharone & Dr. Joseph Prabhu

This UN initiative is visionary: a simultaneously serious and joyful catalyst for inspiring interfaith engagement and awareness around the world. We, the Southern California Committee for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, have created our own upcoming event in Los Angeles– the Latino-Yankee Celebration–to honor this initiative, knowing that we are in the best company possible May we all be interfaithful and multiply!

Country
United States

Organization
The Southern California Committee for a Parliament of the World’s Religions (SCCPWR)

Title / Position
Co-Chairs of SCCPWR

359. Faith Leaders’ Statement (UK)

Country
United Kingdom

Organization
Week of Prayer for World Peace

Title / Position
Maggie Brizzi & Jennifer Jackson
Co-Chairs and Secretaries

See Attachment
Faith Leaders’ Statement 6th Feb 2013

358. – SADIA

respect each other and interfaith harmony is most important thing for peace ,”we can do no great things; only small things with great love.” -Mother Teresa! we all are human being from same God .colour of our tear n color of our blood is same so we should not hate on the basis of religion all religion preach love,humanity and tolerance n kindness.
love

Country
Pakistan

Organization

Title / Position
teacher

357. – Champha Singh Bhandari

Stop the war : Peace is possible
Millions of people face war, fear and are displaced in their own place,house,country in the world . we want social justice, social harmony & peace .Many children, woman and old age people suffered from war .We have Many kinds of discrimination & marginalized people in the world. The humanity and human dignity has been lost. We need love and mutual respect,interfaith relationship in the world . Start the reconciliation process by interfaith initiation for world peace .

Just peace

Champha Singh Bhandari

Country
Nepal

Organization
Sahakarmi Samaj Surkhet Nepal

Title / Position
Program officer

356. – Dr. Leo Semashko

The UN World Interfaith Harmony Week is the second great intuitive step of humanity to global harmony and harmonious civilization after the Congress of World Religions in 1893, Chicago. The highest purpose and subject of the GHA Project of World Interfaith Harmony is to make this step from the intuitive into scientific-conscious one and commit it on the fundamentally new way of global harmonious education at the ABC of Harmony base. It is his ultimate meaning. The Project authors suggest to hold of the Third World Religions Congress ”Global Interfaith Harmony Education” in 2015, under the UN aegis.
The GHA key proposal to Jordan’s King HM Abdullah II: Organize Third World Religions Congress ”Global Interfaith Harmony Education” in 2015, under the UN aegis. It will be logical development of HM World Interfaith Harmony Week initiative.

Country
Russia

Organization
Global Harmony Association

Title / Position
Founder and President

355. Eman Mohamed Yousif Sadik

عالم بلا رموز
السلام والوئام والحب هو شعارنا
ما أجملها وأعظمها من دعوة ينبغي أن تسود العالم بأكملة ، دون النظر إلى جنس أو لون أو دين، دعوة تقوم على التسامح والتواضع والمساعدة للبشرية بأكملها على تحقيق النمو والإرتقاء والتقدم . فنحن جميعا أبناءالوجود الذي تفرع من أبا واحدا وأما واحدة وكل البشرية تعبد خالقا واحدا هو خالق الكون ، فهيا سويا نتفق على السلام ، المحبة والإخلاص.
قال رسول الله صلى الله علية وسلم ” أفشوا السلام بينكم” ، لم يحدد لمقولته جنس بعينه بل دعا إليها البشرية كلها.
وفي الإنجيل ”إن أمكنكم سالموا جميع الناس”
وفي التوراه ” حد عن الشر وأصنع الخير أطلب السلام وأسعي ورائها”
فهيا معا نحمل الرسالة الخالدة للبشرية جميعا لنشر السلام والوئام والحب بين أمم الأرض في عالم بلا رموز وإنما رمزا واحدة تحملة قلوبنا ونسعى إلى تحقيقة وهو الحب في الله في عالم المحبة والوئام.
ففي القرآن الكريم قال الله تعالى:
” يا أيها الناس أدخلوا في السلم كافة”
نتمنى أن تصلكم رسالتي بصدر رحب مع القبول والتطبيق.
والسلام عليكم ورحمة اللة وبركاتة.
A world without symbols/signs

Peace, harmony and love is our motto as outlined and most of the invitation should prevail in the whole world, without regard to race, color, religion, tolerance, humility and help for humanity as a whole to achieve growth and progress. We are of one father and one mother and all mankind to worship one creator is the creator of the universe, come together to agree on peace, love and faithfulness. The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) ”consider peace among you”, did not specify the gender of the sayings but called for all mankind. And in the Gospel ”that you could they make peace with all people” in the Bible ”on evil and make a good call,” peace and together we carry timeless message of humanity all for peace, harmony and love among the Nations of the Earth in the world without codes but one symbol to bear our hearts and we seek the love of God in the world of love and harmony. In the Quran God said: ’ o ye people have peace all wish to received my open-minded with acceptance and application. Peace, mercy and blessings of God be upon you..

Thank You
Eman mohamed Yousif
emanyoussef42@yahoo.com
Members:
Abeer Abdel Azim Ahmed

Country
Egypt

Organization
Gamal Farghaly Soltan Segondary School for Boys

Title / Position
Teacher

354. Rev. Laura George, J.D.

The Oracle Institute operates an interaith spirituality school and non-profit press. We are pleased to participate in World Interfaith Harmony Week, and we are grateful that so many faith-based organziations have come together to celebrate God.

May a new spiritual paradigm manifest – one that recognizes the feminine half of God and the rights of women. And may unity and peace be achieved by people of faith and goodwill.

We have sent the attached letter of support to our local newspaper to further publicize the event.

In Truth, Love, and Light,
Rev. Laura George, J.D.
Executive Director

Country
United States

Organization
The Oracle Institute

Title / Position
Executive Director

353. Rico Jacoba

This is a wonderful idea, I strongly believe that you have started not only one step but a thousand steps towards unity and harmony. People should think that religion is not at all hindrance to harmony of all nations…there is unity in diversity..Mabuhay!

Country
Philippines

Organization
Saint Louis University

Title / Position
Dr.

352. Society of Democracy Peace and Development Pakistan

Greetings from Pakistan,

In Pakistan there is need to organize WIHW type of events to promote PEACE education at local, provincial and national level.

On behalf of the SDPD, we are highly motivated to organize this event in February, 2013.

We believe that we together can make the difference in the society.

Regards,

Iffat Zahra
Islamabad

Country
Pakistan

Organization
Society for Democracy, Peace and Development

Title / Position
National Program Cordinator

351. Syed Muhammad Hasnain Gillani

My name is Syed Muhammad Hasnain Gillani,Executive Director Ibteda Foundation (Regd)with govt of punjab, Pakistan.I am working on interfaith harmony through education in Pakistan.I love the idea of H.M.King Abdullah,I also join the world interfaith Harmony Week and make various programmes in coming harmony Week in shah allah. God bless you all..

Country
Pakistan

Organization
Ibteda Foundation

Title / Position
Executive Director

350. Pam

In 2013 I will be bringing UN Interfaith Harmony week to my campus for the first time. I wish it to be successful due to the facts and resources I’ve found here. Hope all events go well.

Country
United States

Organization
Central CT Stste University Hillel

Title / Position
Program Coordinator

349. Shawn Rae

Your Majesty King Abdullah ibn-Alhussien
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Your Royal Highness Prince Ghazi

Your majesty’s quote “The fact is, humanity everywhere is bound together, not only by mutual interests, but by shared commandments to love God and neighbour; to love the good and neighbor” encapsulates how the human race needs to conduct itself. My Associates and I agree that:

“A unified humanity can collectively resolve problems… Divided, we only serve to create them.”
–Shawn Rae

The challenge then is individually and collectively to awaken our true potential for goodness and greatness, and to realize that positive change begins with us. I sincerely believe that World Interfaith Harmony Week is a very positive vehicle to lead humankind towards that positive change.

With great respect and admiration I applaud you and all those involved, including the United Nations, and certainly those joining in the future on this much needed undertaking.

We, in our organization will do our utmost to spread the wonderful message of this great international event!

In Peace & Solidarity,
Shawn Rae

Music Message for Interfaith harmony (3:49 sec.)

Country
United States

Organization
Worldwide Foundation For Humanity / www.ShawnRae.com

Title / Position
Chairman/CEO

348. Zakaria el Hamel Idriisi Hassani Hashimi

Your Majesty King Abdullah ibn-Alhussien
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

On Behalf of youth for peace,its my great honor and privilege to support world interfaith harmony week.

Youth for Peace ‘s mission to to build a world where young people from different releligions and backgrounds can come togather to create understanding and respect by serving their communities

The Prophet (PBUH) said, ”By Allah, he is not a believer! By Allah, he is not a believer! By Allah, he is not a believer.’’ It was asked, ”Who is that, O Messenger of Allah?’’ He said, ”One whose neighbor does not feel safe from his evil”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, ”He who believes in Allah and the Last Day let him not harm his neighbour; and he who believes in Allah and the Last Day let him show hospitality to his guest; and he who believes in Allah and the Last Day let him speak good or remain silent”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
Peace and interfaith dialogue is much needed today,that’s why youth for peace,each year orgnize an international walk for human rights specifically the united nations universal declaration of human rights and inspire them to became advocates for peace and tolerance.

I highly support the WIHW and I will do my best to make this week an international event by spreading this great message throughout our website and future projects.

In peace and solidarity,

Zakaria El hamel Idrissi Hassani Hashimi

Ambassador for peace
Youth for human rights Ambassador in Geneva
www.youthforhumanrights.org
URI Ambassador(MENA REGION)
www.uri.org
President /founder
Youth for Peace
Director of world peace festival
www.euromedpeacefest.com
Oujda.Morocco

Country
Morocco

Organization
Youth for Peace

Title / Position
Mr

347. Saeed Khan Falahi

Greetings from India. It is an unavoidable need of hour to make sincere efforts to spread the spirit of mutual understanding, love, global brotherhood in order to restore universal peace. To achieve universal peace it is so necessary to enhance mutual understanding and respect among all the people of different religions and cults.
We all must pay proper respect and honor to all the inter religious and inter cultural festivals and events in order to grow mutual understanding among different religions and cults.
We all must keep in mind that paying respect and honor to other religions creates mutual understanding that is the mother of Peace.

Country
India

Organization
Haiya Alal Falah Movement

Title / Position
Founder President

346. Riyaaz Ismail

Greetings

There are more commonalities in religion than differences.
Let us not nit-pick the differences but work towards the common good of man(woman)kind,plants and animals.

Collectively we supplicate for the good efforts of this initiative.

May it grow from strength to strength.

Peace and Blessings!

Country
South Africa

Organization
Voice of the Cape Radio Station

Title / Position
Current affairs commentator and assistant producer

345. Rev. Seforosa Carroll

8 February, 2012

Greetings,

The Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) National Assembly Working Group on Relations with Other Faiths would like to add its name to the many supporters of World Interfaith Harmony Week.

The UCA is the third largest Christian denomination in Australia; a country that is increasingly multicultural and multi-faith. We believe that this diversity is a part of God’s creation and that we are therefore called to live together in peace, loving our neighbour as God loves us and all people.

Responding to Christ’s call within Australia’s contemporary landscape, our Working Group was established to promote knowledge and understanding of other living world faiths and communities. We seek to promote respect for the integrity of the beliefs of other faiths, cultures and traditions. This desire not only arises from our common humanity but also because we seek to live in peace and goodwill as neighbours in our communities and the world.

Believing that World Interfaith Harmony Week promotes peace and goodwill within communities, we affirm the ideals and ambitions of the same.

Grace and peace,
Uniting Church in Australia
National Assembly Working Group on Relations with Other Faiths

Country
Australia

Organization
Uniting Church in Australia National Assembly

Title / Position
Convener, Working Group on Relations with Other Faiths

344. Allan J. Katz

World Interfaith Harmony Week is an opportunity for people around the world to come together in the shared understanding that dialogue between different religions, faiths, and beliefs is essential to building sustainable peace.

Protecting religious freedom has been a fundamental concern of the United States going back to the earliest days of our republic and it remains so today. As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has noted, “Religious tolerance is one of the essential elements not only of a sustainable democracy but of a peaceful society.”

As U.S. Ambassador to Portugal, I meet regularly with leaders of different faiths to help strengthen the dialogue between people who may not recite the same prayers, but who have a common commitment to, and interest in, a peaceful world where all of us can live, and worship, without fear.

People of all faiths have much to gain by working together to combat religious intolerance in all its forms. Let that be our goal during World Interfaith Harmony Week – and every week.

Country
United States

Organization

Title / Position
U.S. Ambassador to Portugal

See Attachment
Letter from Ambassador Katz

343. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints extends its sincere gratitude and commendation to His Majesty King Abdullah II for his wisdom and integrity in proposing World Interfaith Harmony Week. We unite our voices with those of so many others who have declared their support of this most laudable initiative.

There has never been a greater need for religious understanding and tolerance than in today’s world. There has likewise never been a greater opportunity for people of faith to reach out together in compassion to those who suffer across the globe.

Through its humanitarian arm, Latter-day Saint Charities, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has partnered with charitable organizations of numerous religions to alleviate suffering and build capacity among the poor and needy of the world regardless of religious affiliation.

In recognition of World Interfaith Harmony Week, we confirm our continued commitment to seek out communities of faith who share our concern for humanity and to join with them in goodwill and solidarity as we work together to bring relief to the afflicted and hope to the downhearted.

With deepest respect,

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Country
United States

Organization
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Title / Position
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

342. Ambassador Mussie Hailu

URI Africa calls Religious Leaders in Africa to observer the World Interfaith Harmony Week
On behalf of its 98 members organizations in over 28 African Countries the United Religions Initiative (URI) Africa calls upon Religious leaders in Africa to celebrate the World Interfaith Harmony Week.
As it is stated by Mr. Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations, the World Interfaith Harmony Week is an opportunity to focus global attention on the efforts of religious leaders, interfaith movements and individuals around the world to promote mutual respect and understanding between followers of different faiths and beliefs.
With this in mind URI Africa appeals to all Religious Leaders in Africa to spread the message of interfaith harmony by organizing prayer, light candle and promote the teaching of the Golden Rule which says “Treat others the way you want to be treated” as it is the practical action to build Interfaith Harmony, a culture of peace and co-existence in the world
URI Africa welcomes the United Nations General Assembly resolution of 65/5 on World Interfaith Harmony Week. This is what URI members throughout Africa and the rest of the world are working hard to achieve on a daily base. The World Interfaith Harmony Week resonates well with the purpose of URI.
URI Africa is very grateful to His Majesty King Abdullah Il Bin A-Hussein of Jordan for spearheading this timely and important initiative. URI Africa pledges its maximum support in the successful implementation of UNGA 65/5 as well as other resolutions relative to interfaith harmony. The World Interfaith Harmony Week is an opportunity for collective action in pursuit of making the Golden Rule a lived reality.
Responding to the call of the General Assembly of the United Nations, in 2010 Ambassador Mussie Hailu, Regional Director of URI for Africa and Board Chairman of Interfaith Peace-building Initiative sent out a letter of invitation along with the copy of the resolution of the General Assembly to African Union and its 53 members State to celebrate the first World Interfaith Harmony week. The call was made on the occasion of the 16th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Heads of States held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
On the occasion of the celebration of the United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week, URI Africa congratulated the United Nations for its outstanding effort to make this world a better place for all and URI uphold strongly the purpose of the United Nations and its principle as enshrined in the charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The United Religions Initiative Africa mission is to create a platform in Africa where different religions followers could come together to promote interfaith harmony, the teaching of the Golden Rule, understanding, trust, co-existence, constructive dialogue among different cultures and to make religions a healing force in Africa and build bridges of lasting peace, development and respect.
May Peace and teh Golden Rule Prevail on Earth

Country
Ethiopia

Organization
United Religions Initiative- Africa

Title / Position
Regional Director for Africa and Representative at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

341. Steven Greenebaum

Please see attached. We will be dedicating our service on February 12th, in song and word, to World Interfaith Harmony.

Country
United States

Organization
Living Interfaith Church

Title / Position
Minister

340. Gail Allan

January 30, 2012

Greetings of peace from The United Church of Canada,

The Theology and InterChurch InterFaith Committee of The United Church of Canada affirms the values and objectives of World Interfaith Harmony Week and wishes to record our support for this initiative.

For life to survive, grow and flourish in ”the wilderness of the world”—amid the exploding bombs, the fragile atmosphere, the burning rains, the polluted waters, the many illnesses, and the myriad expressions of violence—all people of compassion and wisdom need to work together in the common task of caring for one another and the whole of God’s creation. The United Church of Canada has articulated our understanding of the work of creating interfaith harmony in the document Mending the World. The document states that “naming the search for justice for God’s creatures and healing for God’s creation as the church’s first priority, and joining with other persons of good will in the search for justice, wholeness and love” commits us to make “common cause with all people of good will, whether they be people of faith or not, for the creation of a world that is just, participatory and sustainable.”

We live in a pluralistic society; we need one another in order to build communities of compassion and justice where all are welcomed and valued, and where we can work together for transformation. Engagement with people of different faiths helps us to reflect more deeply on our own faith. We have learned from their wisdom and experience and this has helped to shape us as a church which affirms that God is creatively and redemptively at work in the religious life of all humanity. Interfaith relationships locally and globally deepen faith, shaping how we understand participation in God’s mission and how we perceive the role of faith in Canadian society.

For these reasons we value the opportunity to join with others around the world in this week of focused attention to interfaith harmony. It is our prayer that World Interfaith Harmony Week will be received by people in The United Church of Canada, and all people of faith, as a call to engage in sustained dialogue and action out of which will grow a world of peace, justice, wholeness and respect.

Sincerely,

Arlyce Schiebout
Chairperson
Theology and InterChurch InterFaith Committee
The United Church of Canada

Country
Canada

Organization
The United Church of Canada

Title / Position
Program Coordinator InterChurch and InterFaith

339. Farhaz Feroz Khan

FOR PEACE AND HARMONY.
ITS A WAKE UP CALL

Country
India

Organization
BUSINESSMAN

Title / Position
PEACE

338. Sarah Hall

Peace. One Heart. One Soul. Love. Abundance. Tranquility. Infinity. HUMAN!

Country
Jordan

Organization

Title / Position
Student, Secretary General of German Jordanian UniversityMUN

337. Uttam Kumar Sahoo

I support the Interfaith Harmony week. As history reflects the power of a bunch of sticks and the power of a single one, we can presume the need for the future. celebrating unity among diversity and joining hands together irrespective of our faith, religion, culture, geographical boundary for a common cause should be practiced. This will be called as a globalized world or a global market where the identity of each human being and religion of humanity will be telecast.

Country
India

Organization
SAHER (Society for Awreness,Harmony and Equal Rights.)

Title / Position
Post graduate student and working as a interfaith leaders for social action project in Mumbai.

336. Karen Fish

The Temple of Love – The World Peace Religion wishes to congratulate Prince Ghazi and King Abdullah of Jordan and the United Nations on their extraordinary vision and courage in establishing the annual United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week..

Country
United States

Organization
The World Peace Religion

Title / Position
Founder

335. Doak Maddox Mansfield

I extend support from a rural progressive church in the coastal plain of North Carolina, USA. May it be of significance and inform and impact for the ultimate good.

Country
United States

Organization
Red Hill Universalist Church – Unitarian Universalist

Title / Position
Minister

334. Adv. Muhammed Shamsuddin

I express my solidarity & support to the world interfaith harmony week. In Islam instruct the true believers for nice treatment of neighbors.Neighbor refers every human being irrespective to faith,race & color

Allah says in the Holy Qur’an
”Worship Allah and join none with Him (in worship); and do good to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, Al-Masakin(the poor), the neighbour who is near of kin, the neighbour who is a stranger, the companion by your side, the wayfarer (you meet), and those (slaves) whom your right hands possess.(4:36)

Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, ”Jibril kept recommending treating neighbors with kindness until I thought he would assign a share of inheritance”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Messenger of Allah (PBUH) commanded me thus, ”O Abu Dharr! Whenever you prepare a broth, put plenty of water in it, and and give some of it to your neighbors”.
[Muslim].

The Prophet (PBUH) said, ”By Allah, he is not a believer! By Allah, he is not a believer! By Allah, he is not a believer.’’ It was asked, ”Who is that, O Messenger of Allah?’’ He said, ”One whose neighbor does not feel safe from his evil”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, ”He will not enter Jannah whose neighbor is not secure from his wrongful conduct”.

The Prophet Muhammed(PBUH) said, ”O Muslim women! No one of you should consider insignificant (a gift) to give to her neighbor even if it is (a gift of) the trotters of a sheep”.[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, ”No one should prohibit his neighbor from placing a peg in his wall”. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) added: Now I see you turning away from this (Sunnah), but by Allah, I shall go on proclaiming it.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, ”He who believes in Allah and the Last Day let him not harm his neighbour; and he who believes in Allah and the Last Day let him show hospitality to his guest; and he who believes in Allah and the Last Day let him speak good or remain silent”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

The Prophet (PBUH) said, ”He who believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him be kind to his neighbor; and he who believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him show hospitality to his guest; and he who believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him either speak good or remain silent”.
[Muslim].

Ayesha(may Allah be pleased with her) reported: I said, ”O Messenger of Allah (PBUH), I have two neighbors, to which of them should I send a present?’’ He (PBUH) replied, ”To the one whose door is nearer to you”.
[Al-Bukhari]

The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, ”The best of companions with Allah is the one who is best to his companions, and the best of neighbors to Allah is the one who is the best of them to his neighbor”.
[At-Tirmidhi].

Country
Bangladesh

Organization
Human Rights Lawyers Society-HRLS

Title / Position
Secretary General

333. Amir Shihadeh

I would love to extend my greatest appreciation to His Majesty King
Abdullah II of Jordan for his continuous efforts and action in building
peace around the world! I highly support the World Interfaith Harmony
Week, and will try my best to make this week an international phenomenon
by spreading this great message throughout YARA’s online presence and
projects.

Many of the problems around the world are related to:
- The misunderstandings of the three monotheistic religions,
- Lack of knowledge and/or implementation of religions beliefs,
- The misconceptions of religion – in which the media plays a
significant role in.
- The effect culture and tradition have on religion.

I believe that these topics are very important and should be
discussed in a more frequent
manner. I personally aim for a better world, and I will continue to
support the WIHW.

Country
Jordan

Organization
YARA

Title / Position
Founder and Director

See Attachment
Amir Shihadeh

332. Christian Falkenstein

We will support the idea of harmony and peace under the different religions. Therefore we ground the House of Ideas in Germany. We are pleased to offer this house for a dialogue place for the different religions.
To get more information please look at: www.haus-der-ideen.org

Country
Germany

Organization
House of Ideas

Title / Position
Founder

331. Barnea Levi Selavan

If we all work together towards harmony, every single day, we will save lives, bring peace, happiness and love, while eradicating evil and falsehood. Truth and Love require of us an ongoing investment!

Country
Israel

Organization
Foundation Stone

Title / Position
Rabbi

330. Patricia Marie

Assalaam alaikum WIHW group – As an individual I have posted copies of the poster in the two rear seat side windows of my car and on my FACEBOOK page. Although a small project, it is something that one person can do :-)

Country
United States

Organization
Why Islam

Title / Position
volunteer mentor

329. Inayat U. Khan

Worthy sir,
I whole-heartedly support and humbly pray for the WORLD INTERFAITH HARMONY DAY to dawn and usher-in that DAY when-as the inspired man of god prophesied long ago;-
”To hail that season,
By gifted men foretold,
When man shall live by reason,
And not alone by gold.
When man -to-man united,
When every wrong thing righted,
When the whole world shall be lighted,
As EDEN was of old.”
And for that day to dawn ”WORLD INTERFAITH HARMONY” is the only right path to tread.
MAY LORD FoRGIVE And LEAD US ALL TO TREAD THAT PATH.ameen

Country
Canada

Organization

Title / Position
Refired

328. Charlotte Nanton

World Interfaith Harmony could be all year round, not just for a week!!

This is my support.

Country
United Kingdom

327. Ebrahim Al-Adsani

We at the AWARE Center believe that peace can only achieve by working together to promote positive understanding and constructive relations between different communities of different cultures and faith that will lead to mutual respect. It is through culture that we preserve our heritage, that we express our creativity and that we share our individuality with the world.

Country
Kuwait

Organization
AWARE Center

Title / Position
General Manager

326. Grand Ayatollah Shaikh Muhammad Hussain Najafi

As-Salaam-o-Alaikum wa-Rahmatullahi wa-Barakatuhu

The Letter of Support from is attached herewith.

Best Regards & Was-Salaam

Country
Pakistan

Organization
Jamia Ilmia Sultan-ul-Madaris al-Islamia

Title / Position
Grand Ayatollah

See Attachment
Grand Ayatollah Jamia Ilmia Sultan-ul-Madaris al-Islamia

325. Thomas M. McCord

World Peace is achieved through mutual
understanding. It is achieved in sincere
dialogue among the people.

Our gathering (2011) had approximately
forty people from Muslim, Hindu, and
various Christian denominations.
We viewed the video of Prince Ghazi’s
speech to the UN. followed by dialogue.

Country
United States

Organization
St. Patrick’s Catholic Parish

Title / Position
lay member of social justice committee

324. M.Zaman

just to celebrate the IFHW is not enough, we people, actually realize our responsibilities that how we can make this globe a peaceful living place for every one irrespect of cost, creed and religions. Every one has the inherent right to live in this world peacefully,fearlessly and do the righteous deeds for the betterment and welfare for the society. There should be no pressure exerted any one to bow before the tyrant, arrogant and haughty. we are all equal with respect to our basic rights. Thanks

Country
Pakistan

Organization
Forman Christian College (A Chartered University)Lahore

Title / Position
Professor

323. Giuseppe Cicogna

Sono felice di aver ricevuto il sollecito ad inviare una lettera di supporto alla World Interfaith Harmony Week.

Lo faccio volentieri oggi, ricordando che si celebra il primo anniversario della risoluzione del 20 ottobre 2010, che ha sancito l’adozione della Settimana Mondiale dell’Armonia Interreligiosa.

Oltre alla lettera allegata, daremo il nostro supporto, assieme ad altre realtà religiose, attraverso vere e proprie attività umanitarie.

Country
Italy

Organization
Chiesa di Scientology di Torino

Title / Position
relazioni esterne

322. KHALID IKRAMULLAH KHAN

We all as member of the One Family of Mankind must Join Hands as well as Lend a hand to all worthiest causes, build up love, peace and harmony as well as help create a better, safer, cleaner and greener world for all without discrimination. A’meen. Yours-in-Peace,
Khalid Ikramullah Khan.

Country
Pakistan

Organization
Asian Conference on Religions for Peace, & Muslim Interfaith Harmony Society

Title / Position
Associate Secretary General, & Chairman

321. Charlotte Nanton

Love of doing good for others in need…..and giving them the deserved respect , from whatever faith, culture or language difference……..Universal understanding and learning from each other…..This is my letter of support. x

Country
United Kingdom

Organization

Title / Position

320. Dr. D John Chelladurai

Country
India

Organization
India Peace Centre

Title / Position
Director

See Attachment
India Peace Centre

319. Nancy Roberts

It’s been wonderful to read other letters of support, and to see the faces of people whose names have become familiar to me over the years through their writings and interfaith efforts. I salute this endeavor, and everyone engaged in it, with all my heart.

Country
Jordan

Organization
none

Title / Position
freelance Arabic-English translator

318. Dr. M.I.H. Farooqi

Interfaith Harmony is the only solution for Global Peace which is so essential to get rid of ignorance,bigotry and human miseries.

Country
India

Organization
Sir Syed Scientific Society

Title / Position
Retired Scientist, Secretary, Sir Syed Scientific Society

317. Kathryn Nevin

May the One God, Lord of All the Worlds, assist us in the pursuit of peace and harmony among all people.

Country
United States

Organization
Masjid Al Kawthar

Title / Position
member, Masjid Al Kawthar

316. Nicholas Croce

WIHW 2012 & All Partners:

It gives me great hope for the future as I watch and contribute among the numerous organizations working for harmony through interfaith understanding: WIHW being one expression of the global movement towards interfaith dialogue. I know that the coming years will continue to hold global tensions of daunting proportions, and the need for programs such as these is evident.

At no point in the world’s history have people of different faith traditions and cultures lived in such close physical proximity as is today. Unrealized Religio-cultural ignorances are, as a result, are becoming more and more obvious in the media, international politics, and everyday lives.

While this is a peculiar phenomenon, the times leave us with a peculiar opportunity. Now that humans have begun to realize how little our brothers, our sisters, and ourselves know about one another, the doors of learning about each other far wider opened. Only through dialogue can we gain appreciation for that which will inevitably lead to a world of harmonious coexistence.

In partnership, we must keep the doors of dialogue open. If we let the doors close, the wheels of progress on the road to harmony will slip back down the hill of ignorance.

Peace,

Nicholas J. Croce
Peace and Justice Studies / Religious Studies (Interfaith Studies)
Nazareth College
Rochester, New York

Country
United States

Organization
Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue

Title / Position

315. Kayed Almasarweh

Full support and wishes to you to succeed in such a holy mission to bring people together again. Nothing can be more critical at this time than the work that you are all leading to build bridges and promote peace among people of all faith. May the blessings and success be yours

Kayed Almasarweh
USA

Country
United States

Organization

Title / Position
Engineer

314. Lutheran World Federation

Country

Organization
Lutheran World Federation

Title / Position
President and Secretary General

See Attachment
Lutheran World Federation-letter

313. Kwak Joon

As the attached ”Declaration” dated 2 February 2011 makes clear, our organization is dedicated to support the objectives of the UNGA resolution 65/5. We are most impressed with the UN’s clarion call for interfaith harmony around the world. This resonates well in the context of Korean situation and we are truly grateful to His Majesty King Abdullah Il Bin A-Hussein of Jordan for spearheading this critically important world-wide campaign. We pledge our maximum support in the succesful implementation of UNGA 65/5 as well as other resolutions relative to interfaith harmony.

Kwak Joon, President,Theravada Buddhism Korea Meditation Center, Seoul Korea

Country
Korea, South

Organization
Theravada Buddhism Korea Meditation Center

Title / Position
President

Declaration

312. George Windsor, The Earl of St Andrews

Your Majesty,

Prince Ghazi,
May I congratulate you on this bold initiative to which I wish all success. Building on the noble and generous initiative of A Common Word, itself a historic milestone in interfaith (especially Muslim-Christian) relations, it creates a space in which men and women of goodwill of all faiths and none can meet in common affirmation of love of God (or the Good) and of neighbour, an affirmation that is at the core of our humanity. In acknowledging this shared commitment (which need exclude no one) we can build a culture of harmony, peace and mutual respect in a world too often marked by fear, mistrust and hostility. I hope the Week will be widely adopted in schools and universities around the world. It is has the potential to be a powerful force for good.

Best regards,
The Earl of St Andrews

Country
UK

Organization
Golden Web Foundation

Title / Position
Chairman

311. Michael Giacalone

Hello,
I think what you is wonderful to create a common harmony and understanding through faith. I congratulate HRH Prince Ghazi of Jordan for his staunch and immense commitment in this cause.We need more leaders like him to bring forth cooperation among the people of the world through faith.

Best regards,
Michael Giacalone

Country
Italy

Organization
Italain Cultural Institute

Title / Position
Public Affairs

310. Naushard Cader

Naushard Cader Family Foundation

Country
Sri Lanka

Organization
Naushard Cader Family Foundation

Title / Position
CEO/Founder

309. Stephen Shashoua

Country
UK

Organization
Three Faiths Forum

Title / Position
Director

See Letter of Support

308. Stephanie Grant

Watford Interfaith Association is pleased to support UN World Interfaith Harmony Week in 2011 and we hope that it will be well supported internationally.

Country
United Kingdom

Organization
Watford Interfaith Association

Title / Position
Secretary

307. Husaini A. Hayyan

From al-Quran al-Hakim:

“Allah forbids you not with regard to those who neither fight against you for your faith nor drive you out of your homes from dealing kindly and justly with them, for Allah loves those who are just.” [Sûrah al-Mumtahanah: 9-10]

As a Muslim, I believe in the Quran and I am happy to be a part of this initiative.

May we learn to treat each other with respect and dignity.

Country
Malaysia

Organization
International Islamic University

Title / Position
Lecturer

306. Shaikh Habeeb Alli

Salam, Shalom, Shanti, Peace!

Please find attached our support and gratitude for the announcement of the Interfaith Harmony Week.

Thanks

Country
Canada

Organization
Canadian Council of Imams

Title / Position
Secretary

See Letter of Support

305. Rabbi Reuben Livingstone

Your Majesty King Abdullah

Your Royal Highness Prince Ghazi

On behalf of the national charity for imams, rabbis and Muslim and Jewish scholars, Banu Ibrahim – Bnai Avraham – Children of Abraham, I offer sincere greetings of peace – shalom, salam.

My fellow senior rabbis and senior imams from a wide range of traditions join together with me to congratulate you on this most blessed and important initiative for the sake of peace between all believers in the One God of Abraham (may peace be upon him).

We strive together as Muslim and Jewish scholars and religious leaders better to understand our holy books, and their teaching of peace. In this, your most important initiative of World Interfaith Harmony Week is a major contribution, and we offer it our total support at every level.

We have held major events in the British Parliament during the national interfaith week in the UK in November 2010, and are holding a series of major events around mosques and synagogues, as well as churches. We supported and participated in the International Gathering of European Muslim and Jewish Leaders in Brussels in December 2010.

May the One God preserve and support you in all your endeavours.

Most sincerely

Rabbi Reuben Livingstone
Chairman, Children of Abraham

http://www.childrenofabraham.org.uk/
Children of Abraham (Registered Charity: 1133235)

Country
United Kingdom

Organization
Bnai Avraham – Banu Ibrahim – Children of Abraham (Registered Charity: 1133235)

Title / Position
Chairman/Rabbi

304. Matthew Russell

Wow. This is amazing! The college chaplain and I, sometime during the last few months, decided to organize an interfaith week. It was this week. We had no idea of world interfaith harmony week. It is truly amazing how interconnected we all are.

Country
United States

Organization
Hamilton College Meditation Club

Title / Position
Student

303. ANTONIO FUCCILLO

Si dà finalmente rislato alla religione ed alla riligiosità come valore e non come un qualcosa da espellare dalla società del diritto

Country
Italy

Organization
Seconda Università di Napoli

Title / Position
professore universitario

See Attachment

302. D.SAMUEL

3.2.2011

UN WORLD INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK

HIS MAJESTY KING ABDULLAH II

KING OF THE HASHEMITE KINGDOM OF JORDAN

On behalf the Member of RELIGIONS FOR PEACE . I would like to express my thanks to HIS MAJESTY KING For introduced a Resolution to the UNITED NATIONS. I WILL Offer PRAYERS AND FASTING This week.

IN HIS SERVICE,

D.SAMUEL

Country
India

Organization
RELIGIONS FOR PEACE

Title / Position
MEMBER

301. Chrysostomos II Archbishop of Cyprus

Country
Cyprus

Organization
Church of Cyprus

Title / Position
Archbishop of Cyprus

See Letter of Support

300. Rajan Zed

Hindus welcome “World Interfaith Harmony Week”

Hindus have applauded the launching of “World Interfaith Harmony Week” by United Nations (UN).

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that “it was step in the right direction”.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, stressed that despite our seriously different traditions, we should learn to live together in mutual trust and peace. Dialogue would bring us mutual enrichment and help us overcome prejudices passed on to us by previous generations.

Rajan Zed pointed out that religion was a complex component of our lives and its broader and more inclusive understanding was needed.

The UN General Assembly in November resolved that the first week of February be devoted to spreading “the message of interfaith harmony and goodwill in the world’s churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other places of worship… based on love of God and love of one’s neighbour or on love of the good and love of one’s neighbour, each according to their own religious traditions or convictions”, according to a UN release.

Country
United States

Organization
Universal Society of Hinduism

Title / Position
President

299. Daisy Khan

Greetings of peace,

The Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE), a program of the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA), affirms the importance of strong and collaborative relationships among people of all faith traditions and extends its endorsement of the United Nations’ World Interfaith Harmony Week.

As a social justice, grassroots movement led by Muslim women, WISE recognizes the importance of religion in the daily lives of individuals, as well as the unique role it plays in shaping attitudes and behaviors at the local, regional, and national level. In today’s world, in which many societies consist of people of various faiths and traditions, interfaith respect and understanding is essential for achieving sustained peace and social development.

Misunderstanding and distrust between religious groups, as well as the use of religion to mask underlying causes of conflict, has led to bitter cycles of aggression and hostility. WISE condemns all forms and manifestations of violence, including those between and among religious groups. WISE calls for (re)interpretations of Islamic scripture that are egalitarian and respectful of other faiths.

Just as religion can be used to divide societies, it can also unite people for the common good. WISE and its global network of women has benefited from collaborations with people of various faiths. WISE will continue to engage with its sisters and brothers from other religious traditions in order to further promote the human rights of women, men and children around the world.

ASMA aims to elevate the discourse on Islam and foster environments in which Muslims thrive through interfaith collaboration, youth and women’s empowerment, and arts and cultural exchange. The mission of WISE is to build a cohesive, global movement of Muslim women that will reclaim women’s rights in Islam, enabling them to make dignified choices and fully participate in creating just and flourishing societies.

Most respectfully,

Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE) program,
American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA)

Country
United States

Organization
American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA)

Title / Position
Executive Director

298. Aidah Aroh

my message is that the world should come together and know that we have one God, we should be teaching in the faith that states of loving one another caring for one another and so on.lets come together.so tha peace will learn in our world Thank you.

Country
Nigeria

Organization
Care Ministry OutReach

Title / Position
President

297. Joyce Dubensky

February 2, 2011

H.M. King Abdullah II Bin Al-Hussein
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Your Majesty King Abdullah:

On behalf of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, it is my great pleasure to support World Interfaith Harmony Week. We acknowledge the vision of His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan and the UN General Assembly in enacting this resolution and creating a world-wide opportunity for collective action in pursuit of making the Golden Rule a lived reality.

The need for interfaith respect and cooperation is urgent, and Tanenbaum is dedicated to providing practical tools to help combat religious hatred wherever it occurs. That’s why we create resources for educators, managers, health care providers, and peacemaking practitioners designed to contribute to the spirit and the practice of interfaith harmony worldwide.

Tanenbaum also created a set of Clergy Speaking Points to help guide religious leaders and others as they talk to their congregations in mosques, churches, temples, and other places of worship. It is our hope that the conversations which emerge will encourage people of all faiths, or of no particular faith, to make harmony across the lines of belief an important part of their own lives.

Our organization’s namesake, the late Rabbi Marc H. Tanenbaum, was a pioneer of interreligious dialogue and would no doubt enthusiastically endorse World Interfaith Harmony Week. We are pleased to carry on his legacy and to join in this movement in cooperation with all who seek a world of mutual respect.

In Peace and Friendship,

Joyce S. Dubensky
Executive Vice President & CEO

www.tanenbaum.org

Country
United States

Organization
Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding

Title / Position
Executive Vice President & CEO

PDF

296. Rosaria Norrito

Prego per la pace nel mondo e penso che chi ha fede possa fare molto perchè la pace sia un bene di cui godere tutti. ”Questo è il mio comandamento: che vi amiate gli uni gli altri come io vi ho amati” Gv.15,12

Country
Italy

Organization
Famiglia salesiana

Title / Position
suora cattolica salesiana FMA

295. Dharmavajra Schultze

It is about the time these initiatives are taken. In the town of Malmo in Sweden we have had interfaith dialogue since 1993, and 2009 we started the Forum for interfaith cooperation. Several activities have been launched since then. This spring we are invited to organise up to three information meetings at the town library. I hope the Interfaith Harmony Week will really set a new agenda for many peoples of this conflict ridden planet. It is about the time.

Dharmavajra

Country
Sweden

Organization
Yi Gah Chö Dzong in Malmo

Title / Position
Buddhist teacher

294. Dr. Rakesh Kumar

Interfaith can surely bring peace and harmony in the world. People around the world should beileve that: ”There is only one Race – The Race of Humanity”
”There is only one religion – The Religion of Love” and ”There is only One God – Who is omnipresent”
Believe in the brotherhood of man and fatherhood of God. Love all, serve all, help ever, hurt never. May there be peace on the world.
-Dr Rakesh Kumar
Chairman
ISHWARCENTER
www.ishwarcenter.org

Country
United States

Organization
ISHWAR USA

Title / Position
Founder & Chairman

293. Rev.Dr & Canon Trond Bakkevig

Country
The Holy Land

Organization
Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land

Title / Position
Convener

See Letter
letter of support

292. Jinwol Y. H. Lee

Your Majesty King Abdullah:
It is a privilege, on behalf of the World Fellowship of Buddhists (WFB) and Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, to offer greetings of peace and the lunar new year to you, to the people of The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and to H.R.H. Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad; and to extend our gratitude for your visionary leadership and my haeartfelt congratulations and support for World Interfaith Harmony Week.

WFB has been the oldest and biggest Buddhist organization in the world and Jogye Order is the representative Buddhist order in Korea. They fully endorse World Interfaith Harmony Week and will take a part of this global movement. This inaugural year will be the beginning of cooperation and goodwill among people of all religions. Thank you for initiating this Week to build a culture of peace and harmony around the world. We appreciate the spirit of humanistic harmony and look forward to joining you and many others around the world in celebrating it.

Most respectfully yours,

Ven. Dr. Jinwol Y. H. Lee
Representative of WFB and Jogye Order to UN related affairs

Country
Korea, South

Organization
World Fellowship of Buddhist

Title / Position
Ven. Dr./ EXCO Member

291. Mary Ann Thekrulebinuo

I support this good initiative, and I wish and pray that all men and women of good will belogning to the different faiths dialoque and work together, to bring about peace and harmony among us and in our world. May the good principles that each religion believe and live be an inpiration and a guiding force so as to create an atmosphere of unity, peace and harmony.

Country
India

Organization
Daughter of Mary Help of Christians

Title / Position
Catholic Nun

See Letter
message of peace 2004

290. Mohamed Ali Harrath

Country
United Kingdom

Organization
Islam Channel and Global Peace & Unity Foundation

Title / Position
Chairman

See Letter
letter of support

289. Ajarat Bada

The ‘Missing Millennium Development Goal- Ensure Interfaith Collaboration for Peace’initiative strongly supports the leadership of H. M. King Abdullah II and H.R. H. Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad and the UN General Assembly in the establishment of World Interfaith Harmony Week, 1-7 February each year. As an initiative of One Young World (OYW), the premier global forum for the best and brightest young people of leadership caliber, we are delighted to be observing this week with people from all over the world.

The OYW ambassadors in unison strongly believe that some of the Millennium Development Goals may not be possible at all in the countries torn by war and conflict, majority of which are motivated by or excused with religious differences. It is imperative that Interfaith Dialogue becomes key to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and our common vision of a more just and equitable world where the “Love of God and love of neighbor” or love of the good and love of neighbor” will be at its peak.

This inaugural year for the World Interfaith Harmony week is particularly important for One Young World, as it marks the year when major initiatives of the previous year, 2010, are put to test. This commemoration comes after the Inaugural One Young World Summit, the review of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals and more importantly, it falls in the middle of the United Nation’s International Year of Youth, an initiative that has empowered young people like us to be actively involved in the planning of our future.

Thank you for initiating this Week as a shared focus to build a culture of peace around the world.

Kind Regards,
Ajarat Bada, Founder
‘The Missing Millennium Development Goal- Ensure Interfaith Collaboration for Peace’
One Young World Ambassador (Nigeria)
A One Young World Initiative
www.oneyoungworld.com

Country
Nigeria

Organization
’The Missing Millennium Development Goal: Ensure Interfaith Collaboration for Peace’- A One Young World Ambassador Initiative

Title / Position
One Young World Ambassador (Nigeria)/ Founder

288. Alex Krem

We fully support this worthy initiative and will host an Interfaith Harmony Breakfast on 3 February 2011 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, bringing together religious leaders of every faith represented in the area. We expect about 30 guests and devote ourselves to promoting love, mutual respect, tolerance and understanding.

Country
Mexico

Organization
International Academy for Interfaith Studies

Title / Position
Director

287. Fr. Michael Peterson, OSB

What a joy and blessing – an evolution in the spiritual life among all peoples is beginning! I will offer prayers and fasting this week.

Country
United States

Organization
Blue Cloud Abbey

Title / Position
Monk

286. Harbans Lal

Let all of us make it known that global human spirit is behind the initiative of Interfaith Harmony everywhere. To Sikh communities it is a mandate from their founders.

Country
United States

Organization
Sikhs for Interfaith Engagement

Title / Position
President

285. Anil Bhanot OBE

A wonderful initiative, much needed to promote the common goal of spirituality shared by all religions as more and more nowadays we find ourselves interacting with peoples of different traditions, different laws and customs in our ordinary daily lives. Traditions are important, they bring people together, they serve to give families and friends happiness through a shared sense of belonging and with interfaith activity we extend that principle to all humanity. We go a step further than observing just our own tradition, we learn to give others space for theirs. Thus more we give to others provided they are progressive and not regressive, humane and not imposing, we can only add to a better world nearer to the Absolute Brahm.
Thank you for inviting me to send a letter of support for this noble activity.

Country
United Kingdom

Organization
Hindu Council UK

Title / Position
Managing Trustee

284. Taroub Khayyat

The interfaith dialogue is an illuminating step forward; it reinforces self-identity and at the same time it gives room for the realization of more tolerance, more profound understanding of the Other, and better coexistence.

Country
United Kingdom

Organization
University of Surrey

Title / Position

283. Aftab Raza Khan

GREETINGS FROM THE CORE OF THE SPIRIT TO H.M KING ABDULLAH 11,PRINCE GHAZI BIN MOHAMMED, MR BAN KI MOON, EU LEADERS,MR TONY BLAIR AND ALL OTHER WHO R DOING SUCH KIND OF DIFFICULT ,CRUCIAL EFFORTS ,TO CREATE AWARENESS AMONG DIFFERENT FAITHS ,BELIEVES THRU SEMINARS,DIALOGUES,WORKSHOPS AND CONSTRUCTIVE WORK .
IN PAKISTAN WE R DOING THE SAME JOB.PLS VISIT www.theharmonyintl.com.
warmest regards
AFTAB RAZA KHAN
EDITOR,
www.theharmonyintl.com
cell,00923005314363

Country
Pakistan

Organization
The Interfaith Harmony pakistan

Title / Position
Editor

282. Monica Willard

January 24, 2011

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations strongly supports the leadership of H. M. King Abdullah II and H.R. H. Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad and the UN General Assembly in the establishment of World Interfaith Harmony Week, 1-7 February each year.

As active NGOs dedicated to bringing the spirit of our traditions into the work of the United Nations, we will work together as a committee and with our individual organizations to build awareness of World Interfaith Harmony Week and encourage activities to demonstrate “Love of God and love of neighbour or love of the good and love of neighbour.”

This inaugural year will be the beginning of expanded cooperation and global goodwill among people of all faiths. Thank you for initiating this Week as a shared focus to build a culture of peace around the world.

May Peace Prevail on Earth,
Monica Willard, President
Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations

Country
United States

Organization
Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations

Title / Position
President

See Letter
RNGO-letter

281. Dr Asad R Khan

Letter of Support: UN World Interfaith Harmony Week

His Majesty King Abdullah II

King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

On behalf of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) I would like to extend a warm and deep-felt congratulation on winning the endorsement of the UN General Assembly for this special and much-needed programme. The concerns highlighted in the speeches and texts are precisely those that need addressing through the higher values that our faiths give us.

As a national organisation, with regional and International reach, we are encouraging all of our partners, affiliates and supporters to recognise this week as an apt opportunity in engaging in multi faith dialogue, joint programmes for all the family, and stimulating activities that foster shared trust and harmony.

In Greater Manchester, we have organised a talk and exhibition at a public library for members of the community to participate in. We are also sending letters to schools to encourage their pupils to submit entries for a poster competition, with the best ones selected awarded at a Prize-giving ceremony.

The MCB, along with all its affiliate organisations, continue to appreciate the work of diligent people of all faiths who empathise with the ‘other’ and seek a common path to civil responsibility, peaceful co-existence and mutual respect.

In this spirit, we welcome and salute your creativity, leadership and fore-thought in bringing together key elements for the advancement of world peace and harmony.

We are delighted to be part of this strategic movement and look forward to cooperating with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and other countries in The World Interfaith Harmony Week.

On behalf of The Muslim Council of Britain and with appreciation, I remain
Most sincerely yours,

Dr Asad R Khan,

Secretary,

Inter Faith Relations Committee,

MCB

Country
United Kingdom

Organization
Muslim Council of Britain

Title / Position
Secretary

280. Chryspin Afifu

For the organizaers of the event, I wish you successiful deliberations and I believe that someday, the world over will recognize the strength in Interfaith Harmony. For this will build lasting peace relations, mutual co-existence, cohesion and interdependency.

Jan 25, 2011

King Abdullah II,

I salute you for the thoughts and deeper insights in the development of the World Interfaith Harmony idea. This is because, religion has a strong, perhaps growing significance as a key source of identity for billions of people across the world. In recent years, religion has made a muted but tangible impact development circles, most commonly reflecting the view that religious hatreds and differences are central to many recent and current conflicts in both developing and developed world.

Religion can encourage conflict in one hand and build peace on the other. However, religious forces play a constructive role in helping to resolve conflicts. Religious individuals and faith-based organizations, as carriers of religious ideas, can play important roles, not only as a source of conflict but also as a tool for conflict resolution and peace-building. Interfaith Harmony can help achieve greater social cohesion, and provide crucial foundation for progress in enhancing human development across the world.

Our organization, Center for Partnership and Civic Engagement (CEPACET)- www.cepacet.org, is engaged in promoting the principles and philosophies of Interfaith in order to bring lasting peace, interdependence, co-existence and common good among Kenyan communities. We whole heartedly support the World Interfaith Harmony Week and hope to follow the proceedings to enhance our work.

Thank you all and may you be blessed exceedingly abundantly.

Regards,

Chryspin Afifu

Country
Kenya

Organization
Center for Partnership & Civic Engagement

Title / Position
Programmes Director

279. Santigie Bayo Dumbuya

Dear World Interfaith Harmony Week.

We are a group of Young and concern parent in Sierra Leone called My Own Children International. We are very much happy about the work of world Interfaith to bring peace which create a pace for unity, freedom, equality in opportunity at all levels in society we find our self. We are asking all stakeholders involve and others out there watching what is going on to support us as we are very much interested to take part and celeberate this Internationally recorgnized day in our Country Sierra Leone.

Thanks for your audience to our request.

God bless us all.

Country
Sierra Leone

Organization
My Own Children International

Title / Position
Programs Coordinator

278. Dr. William F. Vendley

21 January 2011

H.M. King Abdullah II Bin Al-Hussein
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Your Majesty King Abdullah:

On behalf of the members of Religions for Peace – the world’s largest multi-religious coalition with a presence in nearly 100 countries – I welcome with enthusiasm the UN General Assembly’s adoption of your country’s Resolution establishing The World Interfaith Harmony Week.

The World Interfaith Harmony Week presents a special opportunity to recognize the existing interfaith contributions to peace, and to encourage others to join in the great work of principled multi-religious cooperation for the common good.

From global to grassroots levels, the religious believers who have worked together to build Religions for Peace for the past 40 years have respected religious differences and united in common action for peace. The World Interfaith Harmony Week is bringing helpful and much needed public recognition of the importance and value of multi-religious cooperation.

Your Majesty, Religions for Peace esteems most highly your leadership and looks forward to fruitful collaboration with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and other countries in The World Interfaith Harmony Week.

In this spirit, we applaud and support your initiative and look forward to joining you and many others around the world in celebrating it.

On behalf of Religions for Peace and with appreciation, I remain

Most respectfully yours,

Dr. William F. Vendley
Secretary General

Country
United States

Organization
Religions for Peace

Title / Position
Secretary General

277. James J. Hurtak, Ph.D., Ph.D.

World Interfaith Harmony Week will be an inspiring celebration where religious thinkers and spiritual philosophers are able to create a global commons. This Week of celebration is signaling how the peace of God can become a truly unifying experience. Let us all join together to help open the hearts of humanity around the world. Let us also allow interfaith harmony to express itself in myriad ways –from dance, poetry and music to totally unexpected and novel experiences and insights that bring communities of faith together in experiencing the deeper questions of life and in redefining our future together.

The week of Interfaith Harmony is a call to each of us to be in human and divine service “together.” This is a difficult path that challenges the old paradigm. But when we succeed we may find our next level of transformation!

Dr. J.J. Hurtak
www.healtheplanet.org

Country
United States

Organization
Academy for Future Science

Title / Position
President

276. BAN Ki-moon: Secretary-General of the United Nations

Country

Organization
United Nations

Title / Position
Secretary General

See Attachment
BAN Ki-moon-letter

275. Alison Van Dyk

His Majesty King Abdullah II
King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

His Majesty,

The Temple of Understanding is pleased to offer our full support and congratulations for World Interfaith Harmony Week. Our contribution to this initiative will be hosting an event at the United Nations in New York City, as part of this global effort. Our 14th annual Gandhi King Chavez Season for Nonviolence event, with the theme “Speak out, Unite, End Violence against Women” will be held on Wednesday, February 2, 2011.

The Temple of Understanding has led the way in interfaith education and advocacy for 50 years. We educate youth and adults both cross culturally and inter-religiously for global citizenship and peaceful coexistence; advocate for acceptance and respect for religious pluralism by the worlds governing bodies; and actively continue to promote justice and tolerance. The organization was founded in 1960 by a pioneering visionary, Juliet Hollister, with the support of a distinguished group of “Founding Friends,” which included Eleanor Roosevelt, Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Sir Zafrula Khan, H.H. Pope John XXIII, Anwar al-Sadat and H.H. the XIVth Dalai Lama, among others.

We look forward to participating in this first weeklong celebration of interfaith harmony with our colleagues from around the globe. Thank you for your leadership and initiative in this endeavor.

Sincerely yours,

Alison Van Dyk
Executive Director
Temple of Understanding

Country
United States

Organization
The Temple of Understanding

Title / Position
Executive Director and Chair of the Board

274. Dr. Paul Eppinger

Dear Global Family: Re: February, 2011 World Interfaith Harmony Week

On behalf of the Arizona Interfaith Movement, a non-profit organization comprised of 22 different and diverse faith traditions whose mission is to build bridges of understanding, respect and support for all people through the implementation of the Golden Rule, we would like to congratulate and thank HM King Abdullah II and HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan for initiating the idea of World Interfaith Harmony Week. Additionally, we would like 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 we 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, compassion, 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 and to promote its teaching in order to bring more harmony among people of different religions and cultures.
 
In Arizona, we worked to have Arizona be the first Golden Rule state in the nation in 2003, then worked to obtain a state Golden Rule license plate that is a traveling billboard reminder to “LIVE THE GOLDEN RULE,” thus promoting kindness and civility in our communities. Then, through the gracious work of Mr. Mussie Hailu, Board Chairman of IPI, Regional Director of URI for Africa

and Representative of URI at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, we took his appeal for a state proclamation to our Governor in Arizona. We are please to announce that in Arizona, we now honor April 5th as INTERNATIONAL GOLDEN RULE DAY. Our Governor, Janice K. Brewer, shared this proclamation first with our community publically at our 2010 Golden Rule Awards Banquet. This Banquet is an annual event we host to bring awareness to the Golden Rule, and to inspire people of our community to live the Golden Rule. As our Emcee, Mr. Pat McMahon, Radio and Television personality, so beautifully said of this event, “I’m fortunate in having numerous opportunities to participate in faith-based gatherings, but the Arizona Interfaith dinner I attended at the Phoenix Civic Plaza was one of the most diverse and inspiring events I’ve ever experienced.” We invite you to access our website, www.interfaitharizona.com for details of all our Golden Rule initiatives, education and events, all stemming from a Golden Rule basis. It is our sincere desire to promote the Golden Rule as a tool for our global family to use that will make our world a better and more peaceful place for all.

May we join together in building World Interfaith Harmony and Culture of Peace through the teaching of Golden Rule, and may there be Peace and World Interfaith Harmony in our lives, local communities and throughout the World.
 
Infinite blessings and May the Golden Rule Prevail.

With a passion for UNITY,

Dr. Paul Eppinger
Executive Director, Arizona Interfaith Movement

Country
United States

Organization
Arizona Interfaith Movement

Title / Position
Executive Director

273. Maha ElGenaidi and Ameena Jandali

Greetings of Peace:

This is a wonderful and long overdue initiative to emphasize the importance of interfaith dialogue and ommunication, and the power of religion in promoting good in society. At a time when religion is often an excuse for hate, bigotry, and violence, highlighting the value and primacy of interfaith engagement is a wonderful effort. The purpose of all religious traditions and paths is to promote positive actions and character, and a better world for our children. Religious leaders and practitioners must do their part to promote peace and harmony between faiths, and build the society that all of humanity desires and deserves. We congratulate all who have worked tireless towards this initiative and wish for a successful week of interfaith learning and engagement for this year and years to come.

Regards,
Maha ElGenaidi and Ameena Jandali

Country
United States

Organization
Islamic Networks Group

Title / Position
CEO

272. Charlie Wiles

International Interfaith Initiative (III) is genuinely inspired and whole-heartedly supportive of the United Nation’s World Interfaith Harmony Week. In a world torn apart by poverty, violence, and disregard for the natural environment, we are compelled to draw from our religious and spiritual heritage and reach out to the “other” and strengthen the whole. We seek a common effort in ameliorating chronic ills and manifesting a unified resolve to work together in support of the common good.

At a time when so many international and domestic conflicts seem driven by religious differences, some people believe the concept “interfaith” can point toward common ground. But others worry that the idea of “interfaith” requires sacrificing what is unique and special about their faith, or reducing all religious traditions to a shallow lowest common denominator. By contrast, the International Interfaith Initiative believes that when we come together in open dialogue and an honest effort to find solutions to chronic problems, adherents of differing religious traditions can discover answers that none of us would have imagined alone. In other words, public engagement and political conflict can bring out the best rather than the worst of different religious traditions.

Here at III, we will continue, shoulder to shoulder with many in this global effort represented by World Interfaith Harmony Week, to pursue our mission to “foster interfaith cooperation and strengthen civil society.”

With hope for unity, peace, and harmony for all the world,

Charlie Wiles, director
International Interfaith Initiative
Indianapolis, IN USA
Charlie@centerforinterfaithcooperation.org
www.internationalinterfaith.org

Country
United States

Organization
International Interfaith Initiative

Title / Position
Director

271. Kadek Kastawan

I Love Harmony, I Love Peace….

Country
Indonesia

Organization
Anand Ashram

Title / Position

270. Angel Cleary

One of the best lessons I was taught as a child was to respect all beliefs that shared common tenets.
I don’t care if you believe that space aliens are coming to get you, or if you follow cows and drink their urine, as long as you have love and respect for your fellow earthlings, you believe in love and peace for all, I love you!!!

Country
Canada

Organization
earthling

Title / Position

269. zuhl kandi

Greetings and peace from God’s guiding light for mankind .With appreciation and respect for His Majesty King Abdullah and each carried the light of God in his heart No matter how different our languages and religions.That if we look for the truth that brings us together We will find the way and is one (God)Brought us together with love, compassion and brotherhood.Not days are asked for the name of or Of any religion we to answer to our question and bless us with His bounty and grace .Will not be considered day to our faces, but look into our hearts.Accepts us as we are our sins and our Cruelty .Looking for a good seed planted by us Which is the basis of our confidence in its and bring us closer to him .The first houses of God in us is our hearts Let there be light and full of mercy and love To make a circle surrounded by all the lovers I need your hands If God in your heart you are lovers
Do not tell me your name or religion, just give me your hands in order to complete the circle .
God brings us together to love and peace

Country
Iraq

Organization

Title / Position
We all pray to God

268. Rev Fr John-Brian Paprock

Every week should be World Interfaith Harmony Week. What a wonderful opportunity to begin a week focused on harmony. As one of the founders of Interfaith Awareness Week in Wisconsin(the week of the UN Declaration of Human Rights), I can see a future where it is not strange or unusual to discuss our individual faith without fear of reprisal or ridicule with others who believe differently.

We have just finished our 13th annual Interfaith Awareness Week and every year seems to have a life of its own. We have wondered how to extend the peaceful and harmonious vibrations that our Capitol Celebration evokes.

My book ”Neighbors, Strangers, and Everyone Else” deals with the complex issues of peace and harmony from an Eastern Christian perspective. (available on amazon.com)

Locally, the Greater Madison Interreligios Association has started an Interfaith Thanksgiving event in November.

This World Interfaith Harmony Week will be a welcome addition to our calendar of ongoing dialogue and discussion to bring the high ideals of our spiritual ancestry into fruition.

May God bless this effort and all efforts of peace and harmony throughotu the world.

Country
United States

Organization
Inroads Ministry

Title / Position
director

267. nour

THANX FOR ALL THINGS THAT U TRY TO DO COZ OUR GOD WANT FROM US TO BE LIKE THAT.
PHARMACIST:NOUR BASSIM

Country
Iraq

Organization

Title / Position
i like ur steps

266. Jackie Tabick

We are one of the oldest interfaithnorganisations working out of the UK. We were founded in 1936 and have worked continuously since then to better the understanding and respect between peoples of different faiths.
We would like to express our support for this initiative.
Never has the world been more in need of such organisations as ours and yours. In so many ways the Global Village has become a reality. We can strike up e-mail friendships across the world; we can text thousands of people a greeting or a warning (or unfortunately, most often an advertisement!) by pressing a few buttons, but that hasn’t stopped lack of communication with our neighbours bringing inevitable mistrust, tragedy and violence in its wake.
We hope that such initiatives as this will help lessen this mistrust and increase the sum of peace and justice on this earth.

Country
United Kingdom

Organization
World Congressof Faiths

Title / Position
Rabbi/Chair

265. Shaikh Ahmad Bin Hamad Al Khalili

Please find enclosed our letter of endorsement

Country
Oman

Organization
Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs

Title / Position
Grand Mufti of Oman

See Attachment
Grand Mufti Khalili-letter

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

263. Tim Hall

At last a breath of fresh air after so much infighting within and between faiths.

At last an interfaith initiative that respects individual faiths while reminding us that our need for GOOD RELATIONSHIPS is at the united heart of most faith traditions.

At last an interfaith initiative that challenges individual faiths to unite behind something very positive rather than looking inwards at our differences.

I offer World Interfaith Harmony Week my full support.

Tim Hall

www.comeback2faith.com
www.thanks4courtesy.org

PS: I have likewise developed www.comeback2faith.com as an initiative applicable to all faiths.

Country
New Zealand

Organization
www.comeback2faith.com

Title / Position

262. H.T. Schlaman

I support this initiative and wish you good luck.

Country
Netherlands

Organization
none

Title / Position
private

261. Floor van der Voet

My haertfelt support for this positive and important initiative, wishing all the participants succes !

Country
Netherlands

Organization
none

Title / Position
private

260. Professor Anwar Fazal

This initiative ,with the strenght of the United Nations framework, will help to inspire us with concrete action to move from a culture of violence,hatred,racism and bigotry to one of harmony,dialogue.empathy and trust.

I look forward to working with my brothers and sisters to further this cause.

Professor Anwar Fazal
www.anwarfazal.net
www.peacespeaks.net
www.usm.my/rlc

Country
Malaysia

Organization
Chairperson ,Malaysian Interfaith network,Advisor the Taiping Peace Initiative

Title / Position
Director,Right Livelihood College

259. Onno Seroo

Please find enclosed our letter of endorsement

Country
Spain

Organization
Unesco Centre of Catalonia

Title / Position
Head Institutional Coordination

See Attachment
Unescocat-letter

258. tara lav

What a wonderful project this is! You definitely have my support. May God bless you all.

Peace and love

Country
United States

Organization

Title / Position

257. Dr. Halit Eren

Country
Turkey

Organization
Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA)

Title / Position
Director General

See Attachment
Dr Halit Eren-letter

256. Yusri Mohamad Ramli

Dear brothers and sisters, sons of Adam.
I strongly support this initiative that bring us together in remembering that we are all belong to one big family of the world created by One God. Although we are different from one to another, that should not be an excuse for us to engage with others as the things we got in common is a lot more than what we differ. God bless us.

Country
Malaysia

Organization
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Title / Position
Lecturer

255. Suleman Nagdi MBE DL

4th January 2011

WORLD INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK

We would like to congratulate His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan on his very commendable and praiseworthy initiative that met with the approval of the U.N. General Assembly and led to the declaration of the first week of February the World Interfaith Harmony Week.
The Federation of Muslim Organisations (FMO), (www.fmo.org.uk) are pleased to endorse the work of World Interfaith Harmony Week. The FMO believes that as Islam and Christianity are the largest faiths in the world, we have a duty to lead the world towards peace and co-operation. Not only through dialogue but action such as sports, charity events like Mitzvah Day and exchange visits can help break down barriers and help us build peace.

As Chair of the Muslim Burial Council of Leicestershire (MBCOL) www.mbcol.org.uk we have set high standards in the provision of out of hour’s death and bereavement services by sharing our good practice with other faith communities especially our Jewish cousins. We are due to complete a holistic book covering the eight major faiths.

Peace and blessings to you all.

Suleman Nagdi MBE
Deputy Lieutenant / Justice of the Peace

Email:- nagdi@ntlworld.com
Phone +44 7759 446555

Country
United Kingdom

Organization
Federation of Muslim Organisations

Title / Position
PR Officer

See Attachment
Suleman Nagdi-letter

254. Riaz Ravat

I am delighted that Muslims and in particular King Abdullah II have been at the forefront of the initiative to create the World Interfaith Harmony Week. It complements the UK’s National Inter Faith Week which has made a positive difference to the well-being and relationships within and between different communities.

Throughout the world, we see acts of violence and aggression carried out in the name of religion. We must all work studiously to ensure that we reclaim our faiths from those who wish to disrupt and disregard the shared histories our faiths all have. No one man is an island and no single faith can achieve anything on its own. With pressing problems around the world we must stand together to better our world.

Country
United Kingdom

Organization
St Philip’s Centre

Title / Position
Faith Training Development Manager

253. Elias El-Halabi

Nowadays we need to appreciate and support such creative initiatives that highlight the positive and reconciling aspect that is dormant in each religious tradition. The harmony stems from the common divine origin of the monotheistic religious traditions. It is our firm conviction that all good things are drawn from the creator of the entire universe.

Country
Lebanon

Organization
Middle East Council of Churches

Title / Position
Associate General Secretary

252. Traore Moussa Serge

Let us join wholeheartedly in this initiative. this is a time of grace we should not miss. we have missed so many chances. this one is another hand of God out of his unconditional love for all of us!

Country
Burkina Faso

Organization
Catholic Church

Title / Position
Reverend Father

See Attachment
Traore-Moussa-Serge-letter

251. Horst Rickels

This initiative gives hope again !

Country
Netherlands

Organization

Title / Position

250. Prof. Dr. Din Syamsuddin

Country
Indonesia

Organization
MUHAMMADIYAH

Title / Position
President

See Attachment
Muhammadiyah-letter

249. Prof. Dr. Din Syamsuddin

His Majesty King Abdullah II
King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

His Majesty,

Inter Religious Council-Indonesia (IRC)- a consultative forum of all leaders of different faiths in Indonesia gives high appreciation and congratulation to His Majesty King Abdullah II for his wisdom and peace vision for the UN- endorsed World Interfaith Harmony Week

The initiative is timely and quite relevant to the current situation of the world civilization which has shown accumulative global damage. The World Interfaith Harmony Week may well symbolize a starting point for our long-march to a peaceful, harmonious and just new world order.

IRC Indonesia, while expecting the World Interfaith Harmony Week to be successful, it plans the week celebration in first week of February 2011 in Jakarta.

Sincerely

Prof. Dr. Din Syamsuddin
Chairman of IRC-Indonesia

Country
Indonesia

Organization
Inter-Religious Council Indonesia

Title / Position
Chairman

248. Marie-Anne Paepe

I hope peace will come true !

Country
Belgium

Organization

Title / Position

247. Jana Loose

I underline the importance of maximising common denominators among different religions and I firmly agree with the proposal to institute a World Interfaith Harmony Week.
Jana Loose
The Netherlands

Country
Netherlands

Organization
AViN

Title / Position
Dr.

246. Saeed R. Khan

I agree with the concept. Since it is Interfaith event, we should mobilize the Rabbis, Imams, Pandits and Pastors to give khutbas/sermons on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday on the subject emphasizing that we make up 3/4th of the world population, that for future of our children we need to look at commonalities rather than differences. It will be even better if all of participating religious leaders read same message in addition to their sermons. The Week should culminate with followers of all faiths, or no faith at all, get together at a central location at sunset and light the candles.

Country
United States

Organization

Title / Position
Retired Professor

245. Eunice Schroeder, D. Min.

Dear Friends Across Our Fragile Planet,

What a great joy to add our support to the World Interfaith Harmony Week. I and my colleagues at the Interfaith Spiritual Center in Portland, Oregon, USA, join with others in stating our desire to reach across porous borders of religion and ethnicity to celebrate our common bonds of humanity.

May we truly hear the words of our friend, Rumi, who said,

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field.
I’ll meet your there.
When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.

May it be so!

Eunice Schroeder
Spiritual Director
Interfaith Spiritual Center
Portland, OR 97217 USA

Country
United States

Organization
Interfaith Spiritual Center

Title / Position
Spiritual Director

244. Marco Pucciarini

Dear friends,
I am very grateful for the work done for the approval of documents that relate to the encounter and dialogue
between religions and the promotion of peace and harmony.
I fully endorse the initiative and I promise to make it known to my students and colleagues.

Marco Pucciarini
Prof. History of Religions at the University of Perugia and at the Theological Institute of Assisi.

Country
Italy

Organization
Univ.Studi Perugia; Istituto Teologico di Assisi

Title / Position
Prof. History of Religions

243. SYD ZAMAN

Darood on Aale-Mohammad. Joanna Molly a Daily News, NY Columnist on her Tuesday, Dec. 21st, 2010 article has wisely put, Quote;
”We have so much in common. We could start this holiday season by reading one another’s Holy Books. Here is one passage: Behold! the angels said ’O Mary!God giveth thee glad tidings of a word from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honor in this world and hereafter.’
That is from the Bible, right?
Nope, it is from the koran. un-quote
It took a King to have to have world interfaith harmony week. Now it is upto us to see it flourish.

Country
United States

Organization
City of New York

Title / Position
Engineer

242. Omar Obeidat

Dear Sirs,

I am pleased to express my full support to and deep respect of this initiative by HM King Abdullah the II. As a Jordanian Arabian Muslim, I believe that we should follow and implement Almighty Allah call for reaching non Muslims and practicing the “good dialogue” with them using “wisdom and decent advice”.

As a believer in Allah the one God of this universe, I believe in all of his prophets and Books. Accordingly, I believe all of the followers of those prophets and the believers in these books are my brothers in faith regardless their religion. I fully respect them and believe in their right to worship God the way they think it right.

In the end, we are all the children of Allah and he is the only one who has the right to judge us, and let’s know who is right and who is wrong if any at all were wrong.

God bless you all.

Country
United States

Organization
MBN – Alhurra TV

Title / Position
News Producer

241. David B. Myers

Our organization is committed to promoting understanding and respecting differences. We work to increase interfaith dialogue and interfaith cooperation. We are excited about the idea that, throughout the world, a week in February will be devoted to interfaith harmony.

David B. Myers

Country
United States

Organization
Center for Interfaith Projects

Title / Position
Executive Director

240. Howard Comen

On September 8th I received a call from Barbara Vaughn of the Mayor’s office, City of Charleston, South Carolina asking if I was still involved in interfaith matters. I told her I was not. A young mother had emerged from the Jewish community upset with the scheduled Koran burning. She was fed up with all the hatred and negativity toward Muslims.

Krista Faurie had called Mayor Riley’s office demanding action. She wanted the Charleston Community to react to this religious abomination. Mayor Riley has been a proponent of interfaith activity along with local Imam Mohammed Idris. Imam Idris was close to internationally recognized Imam, the Late W. Deen Mohammed, may G-D be pleased with him and the two Imam’s became close to the Mayor giving him a more in depth understanding of the religion.

I felt the least I could do was to sent an E-mail out to those clergy I used to know.. Rev. Joe Darby of the Morris Brown AME church e-mailed that we need to build an organization to stand together as a community to respond to any such action. He agreed to join a movement of clergy to do that.

Rev Peter Lanzalotta, former head of the Unitarian Church e-mailed of Unity Church Minister Rev Ed Kosak’s Sept 11 interfaith program at James Island County Park with Imam Melman and the Central Mosque of Charleston. Rev Joe Darby’s idea was picked up by Rev Kosak and Rev Lanzollata who are forming an interfaith group.

In addition the Charleston Jewish Federation has developed an permanent Interfaith program with the Muslim, Christian, and Jewish Communities. Dr. Carl Evans Professor Emeritus of the University of South Carolina, Bishop Herman Yoos of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, have launched Interfaith Partners a permanent Dialogue between clergy of all religions at this juncture Interfaith Partners is forming in Columbia, Myrtle Beach, Charleston, and Presumably Greenville -Spartanburg. The Myrtle Beach group is being spearheaded by Lubavitch Rabbi Doron Aizenman. Rabbi Aizenman was born in Israel.

The Interfaith Partners Project, recently written about in the Muslim Journal, has attracted Imam’s from as far away as New Jersey and Chicago. The Chicago group is being organized by Rabbi Capers Funnye, a black Rabbi.

As a result of Krista’s letter and Rev Kosak’s event and the members of the Central Mosque several new initiatives are underway throughout the country to insure Unity and Interfaith Cooperation,

The next time someone wants to hijack a religion, burn a Koran, Torah, Bible, Hindu, or Buddhist Holy book there are a growing number of people in the local, state, and national community that will stand up against such nonsense. All because one young mom refused to sit buy and watch a Koran burned.

Howie Comen

Country
United States

Organization
Charleston Congress of Religions

Title / Position
Concerned Citizen

239. Heidi Rautionmaa

Peace and all good,

The Interfaith dialogue network in Finland celebrates the World Interfaith Harmony Week with gratitude and joy. It is appreciated to have such common forums for growing to live in harmony with our neighbours.

May so called Golden Rule be practised among us.

Country
Finland

Organization
Interfaith dialogue network in Finland

Title / Position
co ordinator

238. Charles P. Gibbs and Yoland Trevino

Your Majesty King Abdullah:

It is a privilege, on behalf of the global community of the United Religions Initiative (URI), to offer greetings of love and peace to you, to the people of The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and to H.R.H. Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad; and to extend our gratitude for your visionary leadership and our congratulations and support for World Interfaith Harmony Week.

URI’s purpose—to promote enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, to end religiously motivated violence and to create cultures of peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings—is fully consistent with the aspirations for World Interfaith Harmony Week. URI’s work, carried out by 500,000 people in 500 local Cooperation Circles in 78 countries, including Jordan, is a living embodiment of interfaith harmony in action for the good of all.

URI endorses World Interfaith Harmony Week and has designated staff to provide encouragement and practical ideas to interfaith networks worldwide.

We look forward to joining with colleagues—sisters and brothers from all sectors and all levels of society, all over the world—in celebrating World Interfaith Harmony Week 2011, and in helping it to serve as an ongoing inspiration for the work of interfaith cooperation for peace, justice and healing.

Country
Select Country

Organization
United Religions Initiative (URI)

Title / Position
Executive Director and Global Council Chair

237. Yahya Mahmoud ibn Junaid

[Translation] Peace, Mercy and Blessings of Allah be upon you,

With reference to your letter number 19/650 sent on the 22/11/2010, requesting our opinion about the project of the “World Interfaith Harmony Week”. I hereby inform you that I agree with the project from an Islamic perspective, which calls upon all to respect the religion of others.

Sincerely yours,

Country
Saudi Arabia

Organization
King Faisal Center for Research & Islamic Studies

Title / Position
Secretary General

See Original Arabic
letter-King-faisal-center

236. Ginny Findlow

Your Highness King Abdullah

Your Royal Highness Prince Ghazi

I am very thrilled by this initiative and would like to congratulate you both, on the care you have put into the wording of the speeches and resolution, so everyone is included. This is truly a work of the spirit of God, I feel privileged to be part of it.

Yours Faithfully,

Ginny Findlow

Country
Australia

Organization

Retired

Title / Position
Family Doctor & Family Therapist

235. Jamal S. Munib

His Royal Highness Prince Ghazi,

Assalamu Alykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu

As peace is consider the most elusive commodity in our contemporary time, with this marvelous work and with GOD permissions, peace can be realized sooner than we expect, we fully support this excellent endeavor.

Country
Phillipines

Organization
United Muslim Council for Peace and Development (UMCPD) Davao city

Organization of Islamic Leadership Conference (OILC) Ermita, Manila

Title / Position
Chairman, Religious Leader

234. Mohammad Othman

I am really attracted to the Idea.I support it 100%.

Everyday, bridging the gap between religions is becoming an important need for humanity, for us to live safely in a world full of Love and happiness.

God Bless You You Majesty King Abdullah II.

Country
Jordan

Organization
’EWI’ East West Initiatives

Title / Position
Community Server

233. Reverend Eva E. Schroeder

The World Parliament of Religions of 1893 proved to the world that holiness, purity, charity are not the exclusive possessions of any church in the world and that every system has produced men and women of the most exalted character. In the face of that evidence if anybody dreams of the exclusive survival of his own religion and the destruction of the others,I pity him from the bottom of my heart and point out to him that upon the banner of every religion will soon be written, in spite of resistance: Help and not Fight, Assimilation and not Destruction, Harmony and Peace and not Dissension. No human life together without a world ethic for the nations. No peace among the nations without peace among the religions. No peace among religions without dialogue among the religions. Interfaith Study and Dialogue Honors the differences in World Faiths and Common Ground in Human Dignity and Spirit. In gratitude and prayers of seeds of peace we remain for your success in a tranformational consciousness of responsibility and unconditional love inspiring compassion, forgiveness and healing.

Country
United States

Organization
Mothers Trust, Lakeshore Interfaith Community

Title / Position
President, Founder

232. Bruce Lambson

To the Creators and Supporters of World Interfaith Harmony Week,

When I read the letters of support for World Interfaith Harmony Week, I was deeply moved by the spirit of the authors and their sincere faith. I thank them for their words.

Our ability, collectively, to recognize our oneness, is an important first step. At the same time we must honor and preserve the rich diversity of cultures and faiths. This is our task, if we wish to have a world where we continue to grow, and continue to enlighten and inform each other.

So, on behalf of All Rivers, let us add our light to the sum of light, and by this light see our way forward.

Peace,

Bruce Lambson
Executive Director
All Rivers
www.allrivers.org

Country
United States

Organization
All Rivers

Title / Position
Executive Director

231. Dr Edward Kessler

Your Majesty King Abdullah,

Your Royal Highness Prince Ghazi,

On behalf of the Woolf Institute, Cambridge I offer my wholehearted support for this global initiative promoting peace between all peoples.

We at the Woolf Institute are dedicated to studying relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims through teaching and research in recognition of the increasingly urgent need for education between people of faith. Only by understanding the ’other’ can we live peacefully together.

Dr Edward Kessler
Executive Director Woolf Institute, Cambridge (www.woolf.cam.ac.uk)
Fellow of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge

Country
United Kingdom

Organization
Woolf Institute

Title / Position
Executive Director

230. Fakhry

Country
Switzerland

Organization
mission of Jordan

Title / Position
counselor

229. Ambassador Arif Kamal

In an age torn by conflict and violence, it is even more of an imperative that we inculcate a culture of peace by striving to fulfil the Qur’anic commandment of: ”And do not argue with the followers of earlier revelation otherwise than in a most kindly manner – save with those of them who act unjustly and say: “We believe in that which has been be¬stowed from on high upon us, as well as that which has been bestowed upon you: or our God and your God is one and the same, and it is unto Him that We [all] surrender ourselves.”

The World Interfaith Harmony Week is a ray of light and a positive step towards inculcating this culture of peace which is envisioned by the Qur’an. His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan and His Royal Highness Prince Ghazi should be commended and supported by all in their efforts to make this culture of peace a reality in our turbulent times.

Ambassador Arif Kamal
Member Aalal Bait Institute of Islamic Thought

Global Studies
ISSRA-NDU
Islamabad

Country
Pakistan

Organization
National Defence University

Title / Position
Adviser – Global Studies Program

228. Dr.Hissein Massar Hissein

قام المجلس الأعلى للشؤن الاسلامية بجمهورية تشاد بحكم عضويته بمؤسسة آل البيت الملكية للفكر الاسلامي بترويج هذا المشروع أسبوع الوئام للمنظمات الاسلامية بالدول المجاورة لتشاد للقيام بفعاليات في مثل هذا اليوم وهو ما تم توضيحه عبر رسالة الجمعية الخيرية للتنمية الثقافية والاجتماعية بدولة الكميرون
ونحن في تشاد اقمنا يوما للصلاة للاهل الاديان السماوية حضرها علماء مسلمين ومسيحيين وسنقوم بفعاليات عديدة في يوم 1 فبراير 2011 يتزامن مع أسبوع الوئام وسنشجع كافة الجمعيات الاهلية للقيام بفعاليات عديدة في هذا اليوم العالمي لحملة الاديان السماوية

Country
Chad

Organization
المجلس الاعلى للشؤن الاسلامية بجمهورية تشاد

Title / Position
مستشار رئيس الملجس

See Translation
letter-Dr.Hissein

227. Ayatollah Shaykh Muhammad Ali Al-Taskhiri

Assalamu Alaykom,

[Translation]: In reference to your correspondence 19/650 dated 22nd November, 2010 regarding HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad’s speech which he gave at the UNGA on 20th October, 2010 re the Draft Resolution A/65/L5 entitled the World Interfaith Harmony Week; I am honoured to inform you that after careful consideration I am happy to support this resolution.

Warmest Regards,

Muhammad Ali Al-Taskhiri

Country
Iran

Organization
The World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought

Title / Position
Director-General

See Original Letter [Arabic]
letter-Dr.Tashkiri

226. Prof. Dr.Professor Ali Auzak

Assalamu Alaykom,

I give my heartfelt support to the Draft Resolution entitled “The world Interfaith Harmony week” Presented by HRH prince Ghazi bin Mohammed to the United Nations General Assembly by the proposal of HM King Abdullah.
Islam is a universal religion, so ıt can enter into debates with all kinds of religion, faith and sects. As a matter of fact, the world has already become smaller, and the people who belong to different religions and ideologies have begun to gather and live together due to various reasons.

Country
Turkey

Organization
Endowment for Islamic Scientific Studies, Istanbul

Title / Position
Head

225. Prof. Dr. Salman Harun

All mankind are the creatures of God: they are brothers and sisters

Country
Indonesia

Organization
Center for Multi-faith Education, State Islamic University, Jakarta

Title / Position
Director

224. Bruce Green

On behalf of Bridge Building and as a board member of the Afghan Coalition in Fremont, California, we enthusiastically support the initiative of H.M. King Abdullah II and H.R.H Prince Ghazi Bin Mohammed of Jordan to champion the annual World Interfaith Harmony Week. We also congratulate the United Nations General Assembly for adopting this resolution and hope all member states will support this initiative to build interfaith harmony, both locally and globally.

Bridge Building is an initiative from a consortium of churches in the Fremont area near San Francisco. The Pluralism Project of Harvard University selected this diverse region for a documentary on religious pluralism (available on their website: http://pluralism.org/fremontusa/). The Afghan Coalition is a leading social service organization serving the large number of Afghans in this region (http://www.afghancoalition.org/). Building bridges of understanding between the Muslim and Christian communities requires harmonious engagement from both sides of the bridge, which is beginning to happen in our area. We are happy to add our voices to the global chorus which needs to resonate with harmony in our discordant world.

Rev. Bruce Green
Bridge Building Facilitator
Board Member, Afghan Coalition

Centerville Presbyterian Church
4360 Central Ave.
Fremont, CA 94536

Country

Organization
Afghan Coalition

Title / Position
Bridge Building Facilitator

223. Yahya Hendi

Your Majesty King Abdullah,
I send my best greetings of peace to you and to the people of Hashemite Kingdom Of Jordan, and to HRH Prince Ghazi.
I send this letter to show my enthusiasm and full support of this UN initiative regarding Interfaith Harmony Week. I hope this initiative creates a new positive relationship between the followers of different world religions. I hope it becomes a way by which we can focus on issues related to gender equity, spirituality, world peace, social, economic and political justice, and inter-religious and interfaith harmony and diversity.

It is about time that we create a movement that internationally raises awareness on the issues of the 21st century which include 1) environmental responsibility, 2) a peaceful resolution to the political conflicts, 3) eliminating poverty, and 4) fighting against the growing sense of militarism,

In Judaism, the word shalom is derived from the word shalem, which means complete, and perfection; therefore peace in Judaism means perfection and completion. Perfections of three levels of relationships to which one aspires: between man and himself, between man and his fellow man, and between the nation of Israel and all other nations.

In Christianity, one would read how Jesus manifested unconditional love for all people. He gave himself to save sinners. He called his disciples to love their enemies, to rely only on faith. Above all, Jesus called on one to judge himself before judging others and to criticize oneself before criticizing others.

The very word Islam from the Arabic Silm includes peace according to a tradition of Prophet Muhammad. Peace is one of the prerequisites of Islam. Islam states that a Muslim is one from whose tongue and hand all people are safe. One of the attributes of God described in the Qur’an is As-salaam, which means peace and security. When war breaks out, the Qur’an teaches that peace and reconciliation are the best of all actions.

One would have to conclude that peace, reconciliation and dialogue are an expression of faith. Peace-building and reconciliation are values we all have to commit ourselves to and encourage because reality demands them and because our religious traditions require them.

There is another path we can model, the path of love, reconciliation and dialogue which streams from our religious commitment to a God of love.
Yet, the fruits of religious convictions and our love of God are not achieved in a vacuum. They are achieved and found in the context of human relationships. Indeed, we cannot understand love except as we see it striving on behalf of all its enemies.

All of us human beings must find within our own traditions sound reasons to value other faiths without compromising our own. We should not tolerate voices of divisiveness. We must use Feb Harmony week to explore the best in each of us. So let us all choose to be united with all of our differences for the best of this nation and all of humanity.

Let Feb events of Interfaith Harmony week inspire us to find a common forum with a common action for the common good of all. Let dialogue become a part of our culture.

Many Blessings

Imam Yahya Hendi, PhD
President
Clergy Beyond Borders
www.clergybeyondborders.org
www.imamyahyahendi.com
www.theheartofislam.com

Country
United States

Organization
Clergy Beyond Borders

Title / Position
Imam

222. Hartmut Dreier

For more than 30 years we are involved in inter-religious/inter-cultural efforts with children, youth and adults.
Re the strong impact of migrant workers from Turkey in our context the Ruhr-area in Germany our main thrust involves Christian-Muslim cooperative practice. Re German history since 2001 we have each year the Abraham-Festival Marl which is the oldest and ongoing trialogical project in Germany.
I am also involved on the Board of the Zentralinstitut-Islam-Archive-Deutschland Amina Abdullah Foundation (Soest,Germany)on behalf of the Protestant Church (=”Evangelische Kirche von Westfalen”)and support any move and movement for respect, trust and cooperation among people of different religions and living faiths. We share faith in God and responsibility for peace and justice and ecological awareness of Earth. Yours Hartmut Dreier

Country
Germany

Organization
Protestant church, Christian-Islamic Association,Abraham-Festival

Title / Position
Reverend and community organisor

221. Dr. Nedzad Grabus

As-salamu alaikum. Please, find attached letter of support.

Best regards,

Dr. Nedzad Grabus

Country
Slovenia

Organization
Islamic Community of Slovenia

Title / Position
Mufti of Ljubljana

See Attachment
letter-Dr.Grabbus

220. Marlies ter Borg

We Dutch have a special obligation to join in with this wonderful initiative.I was born in Indonesia on Christmas Eve 1948 when my (Christian)countrymen were attacking the (mainly Muslim) Indonesians during their war of independence. We hope to contribute to reconciliation with our site
www.bibleandkoran.net
and with my book Sharing Mary, Bible and Qur’an Side by Side.

Country
Netherlands

Organization
Dutch interchurch broadcasting company-Radio Netherlands worldwide

Title / Position
author of Sharing Mary, Bible and Quran Side by Side

219. Dr. Quazi Rafeequddin

Faith is the fountainhead of human race. barring exception of the onslaught of atheistic waves around the world, the human race has felt sustained need of faith to survive with peace. As a matter of fact, the Truth is One. the interfaith dialogue shall provide an opportunity to unite the whole mankind with the unity in faith of God by knowing the prevalent ideologies about God among different religions. the book written by Mr. Vidyarthi includes 155 names of God addressed by different nations of the world. the features incorporated in those names shows a kind of unity in faith in God and celebration of interfaith week has provided a common platform for interaction.

Country
India

Organization
North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon.

Title / Position
Assistant Registrar

218. Rachel

Peace, love, and tolerance. Is that so much to ask? Thank you so much, UN, for doing this, and allowing us all to take the opportunity to think about how we can better our world by trying to UNDERSTAND each other as opposed to immediately judging and criticizing. I hope this makes a huge impact, it gives me goose bumps just thinking about the possibilities!

Country
United States

Organization

Title / Position
Harmony Supporter

217. The Revd Dr John Perumbalath

We join our brothers and sisters around our globe, who of any faith or none, to promote tolerance and mutual respect. We are convinced that Faith has a major positive role to play in our quest for peace and justice in our world. We are committed to fight both religious fundamentalism and secular fundamentalism (a growing ’religion’ that is intolerent to religions!), and recognise both as dangerous tendencies.

Country
United Kingdom

Organization
North Kent Council for Interfaith Relations

Title / Position
Chairman

216. Sh. Ahmad bin Sa’ud Al-Siyabi

[TRANSLATION]

Peace, Mercy and Blessings of Allah be upon you,

With regard to your letter 19/650 dated Oct, 31st, 2010, in which you seek our opinion on the project by UN number (A/65/L5), entitled “World Interfaith Harmony Week”, in light of the speech given by his Royal Highness Prince Ghazi bin Mohammad, may God protect him, I would like to express my deepest gratitude and great appreciation for what was mentioned in your letter.

Additionally, I would be more than glad to express my consent to supporting this project asking Allah the Almighty to grant us his guidance.

Country
Oman

Organization

Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs

Title / Position
Secretary-General

See Original Arabic
letter-Sh.Siyabi

215. Dr Saheed Timehin

I wholeheartedly support this UN initiative. It’s time we all knew that God in His Infinite wisdom is beyond any group or creed. He cannot be monopolized by anybody and neither can he be caged within any religious persuasion. Our God is one,despite the multiplicity of His manifestations and representations. How wholesome is His declaration- wherever you turn, you shall find the face Of GOD…!

Country
Nigeria

Organization
NIREC-Nigeria Inter Religious Council.

Title / Position
Co-Chairman,Nigerian Inter-Religious Council ,Lagos State Chapter.

214. Ivan Marcil

Je suis en faveur de cette reconnaissance qui est un pas de plus dans le dialogue interreligieuse pour la paix du monde.
Ivan Marcil

Country
Canada

Organization
Eglise catholique

Title / Position
Chrétien

213. Dr. Jagjit Singh Taunque MBE. DL

I fully support the UN passed Resolution recognising the World Interfaith Harmony Week.

It gives a golden opportunity for different faiths to hold seminars and conferences for creating better understanding, good relations and harmony between the different faiths which are so vital for global peace and prosperity.

Country
United Kingdom

Organization

Title / Position
Deputy Lord Lieutenant

212. Ted Durr

Now is a time of the world’s greatest population. Now is a time of severe polarization. Now is a time when fires in the mind burn in the media. Now is a time when tons of energy from billions of years are wasted. Now is a time when millions of acres are destroyed. Now is a time and water, land, and air are being fouled.

Now is the time when men and women of good will can show the world that belief in God is belief in life and in the love that creates it, sustains it, and holds all things together.

Country
United States

Organization
Presbyterian Church, University of Baltimore

Title / Position
former pastor, professor

211. Aliaa R. Rafea

At that moment of our history where atrocity, terrors and violence are committed in the name of religions, we need to create deep understanding of the authentic message of all religions where love, compassion, services and oneness of humanity were assured. The World Interfaith Harmony is greatly needed for this world to settle conflicts and wars, and for our grand children to live in a safe place.

Country
Egypt

Organization
Ain Shams University

Title / Position
Professor Dr.

210. Abdulghani Eling

I strongly support this UN initiative. May we (humans) all live in harmony and peace without fear of being attacked from pepople of other faiths either directly or indirectly. During the Tsunami in Acheh, Indonesia in 2004, about 300,000 people died and a lot of buildings were damaged in Banda Acheh and the affected areas were levelled. Surprisingly there are three buildings remain intact, the Grand Mosque, the Church, and the Chinese Temple. What does God want to convey to the humans?

Country
Malaysia

Organization

Title / Position
Mr

209. Abdulkarim Gheewala

The world in 21st Century is full of conflicts and tensions, often created by a few selfish and self centred leaderships from political as well as religious leaderships. The humanity is almost fed up with propagandas and counter propagandas. Freedom of expression, freedom of practicing religion or no religion is attacked under one or other pretext, anonymity among the different faith groups and countries are created for selfish motives. Conflicts are promoted and sustained for vested interests. Enough is enough. Let us unite to give ’peace’ a chance. This initiative at an International level loudly announces the wishes of Millions from across the board to engage in achieving peace and harmony. We proudly associate ourselves as partners to this initiative.
Abdulkarim
President

Country
United Kingdom

Organization
Islamic Education Trust, Leicester

Title / Position
President

208. Aisha Rafea

I full heartedly support the WORLD INTERFAITH HARMONY initiative, as a necessary step for spreading awareness that we humans need to work more for enhancing the right of each and every human being to live in a safe environment. We humans need to more work together to spread the awareness of belonging to each other.

Country
Egypt

Organization

Title / Position
writer

207. Allama Abulfateh G R Chishti

I myself and on behalf of our organization `Universal Interfaith Peace Mission`(UIPM), `Common Word Movement Sub Office Islamabad`,warmly welcom and fully support without any reservation UN`historic Resolution regarding the`World Interfaith Harmony Week`which has been set aside to be celebrated in the Fist Week of February evey year. I and my like minded Ulema , Scholars and Mashiekh-Sufis from pakistan must participate in this unique program of great importance for world peace of which our beautiful modern world is in utmost need and we promise to orgnise supportive programs with pump and show God Willing.
Also I must add that to suport the `WIHW`has become our spiritual duty with the knowled that it idea of World Interfaith Harmony Week was suggested by HM King Abdullah II, followed by HRH Prince GHazi Bin Muhammad of Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan asThe Royals belong to the Holy Family of Our beloved Prophet Muhammad therefore to support it is somethig relious obligation and thus we may be allowed to salute the HM King and HRH of Jordan the createrand leaders of A Common Word Beteen Us and YOU( Common Word Community World wide).

Country
Pakistan

Organization
Universal Interfaith Peace Mission

Title / Position
Chairman

206. Dr. LAXMI D sHAH

PEACE AND HARMONY TO YOUR MAJESTY kING ABDULLAH.
YOUR ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCE Ghazi,
i AM SUPPORTING WORLD INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK WHICH YOU HAVE INITIATED.
WE ARE ALL CHILDREN OF ONE GOD AND THAT MEANS WE BELONG TO ONE GLOBAL FAMILY and family should always live in Harmony with each other.
” LIVE AND LET LIVE”
warm regards,
Dr. Laxmi Shah
UN REPRESENTATIVE

Country
United States

Organization
International Mahavir Jain Mission

Title / Position
UN Representative

205. Fathy Elsherif

It is a good idea
We poorly need this

Country
Egypt

Organization
garpad

Title / Position
engineer

204.H.E. Jorge Sampaio

Dear Friends,

The UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) seeks to reduce tensions across cultural divides that
threaten stability and peace among and between communities and societies. The Alliance
welcomes efforts by states, civil society, and other actors to build trust and respect among diverse
communities – including among religions.

In this regard, I welcome the UN General Assembly’s unanimous adoption on October 20th, 2010, of
a Resolution establishing the World Interfaith Harmony Week, upon an initial proposal by H.M. King
Abdullah II of Jordan on September 23rd 2010. Its intent is to be broad and inclusive, bringing
together people of all religions, faiths, and beliefs.

I therefore invite members of the Alliance of Civilizations, partners, civil society organizations, faith
communities, universities, youth, and other sectors to visit the website established by the
Jordanian government at www.worldinterfaithharmonyweek.com to learn more about the
initiative and investigate ways in which they may promote the initiative, support it or get involved.
Furthermore, you will find enclosed two notes prepared by the Secretariat of the Alliance that give
an overview of the initiative to facilitate its dissemination among your own constituencies and
partners.

I thank you in advance for your kind collaboration.

Sincerely

Country
UN

Organization
The Alliance of Civilizations

Title / Position
UNITED NATIONS High Representative

See Attachments
Un AOC doc1
Un AOC doc2

203. Sheikh Omar Khalfan, BIZURU

Peace will be in the world when at least intellectuals will be understanding each other regardless what they are or what they believe, as Muslim I believe that my neighbor (Muslim, Christian, or any other believer.. has rights stay where she/he wants , and on my part I must treat him/her as Islam teachings. The Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him had jews as his neighbors, and HE has treated them in proper manner, and all Muslims must follow HIS teachings.

Country
Rwanda

Organization
Rwanda Muslims Assocaition

Title / Position
Lecturer at National University of Rwanda, Member of Rwanda Muslims Council, Member of Rwandan Interfaith Organization, (Muslim -Christian Relations)

202. Mohammed Tahir

I fully support the efforts being made to provide an enabling opportunity for peace and justice to reign all over the universe.

Country
China

Organization

Title / Position
Diplomat

201. Khuzaima

Islam and Rasullah has given message to live with harmony and peace with all. As he has said in his khtba of Hijatul Wada.
We by living with peace and harmony can make this world a place worthy to live.

Country
Pakistan

Organization

Title / Position

200. Mousa Elsheikh

in it’s early stages ,Islam Relied on christianity for suport , later on Muslims and Christians ( and Jewish ) lived in harmony and love for centuries in Jerusalem and the whole world before the greed of politicians took over .
it is never too late to go back to peace rather than wasting huge amounts of money for the killing : wars costly , peace is free

Country
Saudi Arabia

Organization
Bank Aljazira

Title / Position
senior manager

199. Charlotte Nanton

Yes I will support World Interfaith Harmony week in February….Y….because its the common word that is so important for Universal Understanding of each other, through dialogue and music….

Country
United Kingdom

Organization

Title / Position
Ms

198. Maria

I find it strange that the UN, which does so much to harm people from other religions, is establishing such a thing. In any case, I’m all for it. The world interfaith harmony week is a good idea. But then all faiths should really be in harmony with each other and people must respect other religions and their rulings. Muslims should be allowed to wear hijab. As for harmony, America please stop fighting us Muslims! Get your troops out of Iraq. Stop the wars! What harmony and peace there can be with armies and tanks? Besides, interfaith harmony isn’t something for a week, its for always. Here, there is even a right that people of each religion have, and other religions must always respect and have harmony with them. Okay, enough of criticism, I’ll end off on a good note. Thanks, UN for finally doing something positive. (If it isn’t yet another underhand scheme!)

Country
South Africa

Organization

Title / Position

197. David C. McGaffey

For anyone who believes that there is one God, it is obvious that different faiths are merely a result of Man’s inability to understand God. We each worship Him as the single God, even if we use different names and rituals to do so. I am sure He understands, and forgives our clumsiness.

Country
Macedonia

Organization
InterConsultUSA

Title / Position
Professor/President

196. Joseph Nahabwe

Global Citizens International is a Believers Organization for interfaith Action against TRIBAL GOSPELS that produce religious extremism in what are otherwise Religions of Peace.
Our VISION is for a future single REPUBLIC, the Global Republic, spear headed by all BELIEVERS after ABRAHAM.
We believe only our CULTURES make us different, otherwise: WE ARE ONE HUMANITY, with ONE GOD, and ONE GOSPEL, namely, that incensant alienation not with-standing, RECONCILIATION IS POSSIBLE, both with God and fellow man.
We rejoice with & for the VISION of the rightly-named,H.E. ABDULLAH, God Bless Him, and the support shown him by the UN. We hope the UN will for once give us a consistent promotion of this vision without fronting for the interests of its principal sponsors.

Country
Uganda

Organization
Global Citizens International

Title / Position
MR. CHAIRMAN, Director

195. Dr Mohammed Abdur Razzak

The original nature of human soul is purely unified by God. Human freedom, peace and progress depend on this paradigm of just Politics, Society and economy. Common human ethics ensures justice and peace in each sphere of mankind. Here is the universal justifications of world interfaith harmony comprising of all global and local religions around the world over time. We have all support and enthusiasm for this global initiative. We remain and will positively be lucky to be attached with such forum. Shukran and immense thanks

Country
Bangladesh

Organization
Al Anjuman Foundation

Title / Position
Chairman

194. Munawar A. Karim

I wholeheartedly welcome this timely initiative from H.M King Abdullah which was so eloquently proposed by H.R.H Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad at the United Nations.
From my perspective it is an answer to God’s call in scripture: ”O humankind, We created you from a male and a female, and We made you races and tribes for you to get to know each other.” (Qur’an 49:13)
The Deenway Foundation not only supports this initiative, but we hope to contribute in our own small way to the many global activities that will, God willing, make it a success.

Country
United Kingdom

Organization
Deenway Foundation and the Deenway Montessori School

Title / Position
Director

193. Fikree Davids

Wonderful initative!

Let’s be good to each other for God’s sake.

Country
South Africa

Organization

Title / Position

192. Dr Mohammed Abdur Razzak

Great and exciting

Country
Bangladesh

Organization
Al Anjuman Foundation

Title / Position
Chairman

191. Kenneth B. Cragg

Grace and Peace to
Your Majesty King Abdullah,

Your Royal Highness Prince Ghazi,

With joy I welcome your continuing effort to share a spirit of spiritual fellowship across the boundries of our religious institutions. The Common Word was a great step forward. Now this recent UN iniative continues your exciting effort to share the deeper truth of God and build a faith bridge of love and peace.
May the eternal and compassionate God bless and encourage you in your effort.

Country
United States

Organization
Northampton Community College/Wesley Methodist Church

Title / Position
The Reverend Doctor, Adjunct Professor

190. aisha n galadima

MY MESSAGE IS PEACE AND LOVING ANOTHER AS YOU LOVE YOURSELF.ISLAM MEANS PEACE ,OUR PROPHET MOHAMMED SAW ALSO PREACHED PEACE AND LOVE.CHAOS IS NOT OF GOD THE QURAN IN MANY VERSES PPTELLS US OF THE GAINS OF BEING AT PEACE AND EMRACING AND DIALOGUE INSTEAD OF VIOLENCE.LETS EMRACE PEACE PATIENCE AND LOVE SO THAT THE WORLD CAN BE A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO LIVE IN AS OUR CREATOR ALLAH WANTED IT TO BE.

Country
Nigeria

Organization
lrgal manager first bank nig plc

Title / Position
barr

189. Michael Chittum

It is incumbent upon us to recognize that we are all human beings, even though we may live in different countries and follow different spiritual paths.

May we engage in conversation with others and in learning about their values and beliefs. This is a path to peace.

Country
United States

Organization
First Congregational Church

Title / Position
Senior Minister

188. Geri Brown

I am 100% behind the ideal of World Interfaith Harmony Week! I believe God loves and reaches out to ALL His children, regardless of the ”religion” they practice. It doesn’t matter how we worship Him, as long as we do. All religions have value and should work together to make this world the Kingdom of God!

Country
United States

Organization

Title / Position

187. Syd Bill

I welcome all efforts to promote harmony between faiths and cultures.
Since 1997, I and others have worked hard to promote understanding.
Sadly, much of our work is thwarted by
apathy, bigotry, and self power seeking.
Syd

Country
United Kingdom

Organization
One World Week

Title / Position
Nothing in particular

186. Carmen Dietrich und Gregor Merten

The Angel of Culture is our art project, which translates the dialogue
between different religious communities into a clear picture aiming at tolerant and collaborative action.
The project is supposed to show in a visual, illustrated and understandable way that nobody and no group can be detached from this circle, without leading to a deep damage of our common future.
It is getting more and more important to strengthen the unity of our society. The Angel of Culture supports this process,and expresses the desired ideal:

We live in one world.

We give acceptance and space for free development to each other.

We are all aligned and can only create our future in peace and in common.

(www.angel-of-culture.com)

Country
Germany

Organization
”Angel of Culture” – Art Project

Title / Position
fine artists

185. John Barratt

We cannot consistently worship God and destroy his creation.

Country
United Kingdom

Organization
Retired lawyer

Title / Position
Dr

184. Michiel ter Horst

Interfaith Harmony is the core value of all world religions well understood in their true sense and as long as religion is not misused for political aims.
Abuse of religions for political interests sadly is still happening everywhere and on global scale.
May God bless the UN Week of Interfaith Harmony to counter the political abuse of religions.
Michiel ter Horst, Amsterdam

Country
Netherlands

Organization
Iona Foundation

Title / Position
Mr. / Chairman

183. Mir Bashir

Good effort subject it has no hidden agenda and not floated by any polity with vested interests.

My viewpoint about religions / faiths

Well, I am treating my faith as a ”software” in my body ”hardware”, like other softwares, language, customs, etc. But as it has been loaded in me by my parents or the society in which I am living, it has become such a strong platform, that I am exposing myself to conflicts, in case I do not practise it. The manner in which the software have been loaded in me over the period of time, a virus has developed in me, which is to consider my software of faith as the only right faith and be biased about other faiths. This software has been started by naming me, Bashir, an Islamic name, which means any one providing good news. I know, in case I believe in Almighty as Creator, it was His wish to let me born in a Muslim family in the same way and manner as Some Mr. John was let to take birth in USA in a Christian family or atmosphere. Keeping this belief or formula in background, It should have been sufficient for me to understand that both the aforesaid examples of birth taken place with the wish of God. it further suggests that it is God who creates humans in different faiths. Otherwise would He have been interested in only Islam, the women from the other faiths would have been deprived from conceiving. It is the same for the other faiths as well. Now Mr. John when he knows my name, he shall immediately scan me rather avoid me for having possible links or soft corner for Terrorists. In turn I shall also curse myself for being that what I am present. We both are sufferers from the under reference virus of biasness. The unfortunate phenomena of this virus are that it is also found in a particular faith. Like Muslims v/s Shiats, Catholics v/s Protestants so on and so fore. Wars fought, massacres, humans burned alive, towers air dashed, people of smaller countries / societies kept hostages after putting forth lame excuses for substantiating the ill will. The examples could be endless. It is not easy to change, but let us first reform ourselves; others are there to join us.

Imagine the situation when the hatred present in the world shall free itself from this undeleted virus.

Country
India

Organization
Drishti Projects & Advisory Services Pvt Ltd

Title / Position
VP

182. Adv. Muhammed Shamsuddin

We express our solidarity on this noble endeavor for the cause of peace in the global society. At present the entire globe is divided in two way one is Power and the other is religion. All the conflicts arosed till date for either of the two. I feel Interfaith harmony week can reduce tension of conflict. We believe on God and trust on God,God love peace and His creations.

Country
Bangladesh

Organization
Human Rights Lawyers Society-HRLS

Title / Position
Secretary General

181. Muhammad Irfan Raza

Country
Pakistan

Organization

Title / Position
student

180. Jojo Joseph

I support this initiative wholeheartedly, and congratulate the people behind it. I am deeply interested in interfaith harmony, and I yearn to work full time for interfaith reconciliation in due course.
I believe that such peace initiatives are willed by God and that it will gather momentum and engulf the whole of humanity soon. I exhort all religious scholars to awaken and to engage in dialogue with their counterparts of other religions to usher in the “Kingdom of heaven” prescribed variously in all Holy Books.
I firmly believe that the transcendent Spirit or “Word of God” being followed by believers in all religions is working behind the scenes to bring together all people together under one umbrella without destroying the unique identities of any of them. The invitation for this “Wedding Feast” is gradually being accepted by all those who are spiritually awakened in all religions.
I invite all those who are interested in interfaith harmony, particularly in pursuing theological engagement with counterparts of other religions, to pick up some seeds of thought from the following articles in Christian theological journals and to develop them further in their own traditional courtyards.

(1) QUR’AN GOSPEL CONVERGENCE: THE QUR’AN’S MESSAGE TO CHRISTIANS; (Journal of Dharma, Bangalore, India, 2010) http://www.shc.edu/theolibrary/resources/Quran-Gospel.pdf

(2) INDIRECT PRESENCE OF “THE WORD” IN OTHER RELIGIONS (Sedos Mission articles, Rome, 2007)
http://www.sedosmission.org/site/index.php option=com_docman&task=doc_details&gid=673&Itemid=59&lang=fr

(3) MISSION IN THE PLURALISTIC CONTEXT: SPREADING THE MESSAGE OF ABBA EXPERIENCE; (Sedos Mission articles, Rome, 2002)

http://www.sedos.org/english/jojo_1.htm

Country
India

Organization
Department of Atomic Energy

Title / Position
Scientific officer

179.Ibrahim Long

As recognized by the composers, signers, and welcomed responders to the ’Common Word Initiative’ (2007), Muslims and Christians together make up over half of our world’s population. ”Without peace and justice between these two religious communities,” the initiative reads, ”there will be no meaningful peace in the world.”

Of course World Interfaith Harmony Week is larger than just what Christians and Muslims have to speak about, but there is no doubt that the need for their increased understanding of one another is both urgent and necessary. As both a Muslim Chaplain who works on a religiously diverse school campus, and a student myself of Muslim-Christian relations (Hartford Seminary, CT), I welcome a week dedicated to the greatest commandments of our two faiths: Love of God, and Love of Neighbor.

God bless,
Ibrahim Long

Country
United States

Organization

Title / Position
Muslim Chaplain

178. Dr Sayed Khatab

Great thanks are due to everyone involved in the Interfaith Harmony resolution. I agree on everything that came in this draft resolution and strongly support its aim and objectives. Indeed, Interfaith Harmony is greatly important but what is more important is to render these lofty principles of this resolution into a program that can work and deal with the varying interests of world politics. How these principles could be applied to the double standard of the world powers’ politics on the Middle East issue or Islamophobia and the related issues such as liberties and freedom of speech. How these principles could be applied to the rationally known that freedom was and will never be absolute because absolutism is not of the nature of things.

With best wishes
Dr Sayed Khatab
Politics
Monash University
Australia

Country
Australia

Organization
Monash University

Title / Position
Dr/ Politics

177. Reverend Helen Summers

On behalf of the members of The Interfaith Centre of Melbourne, I send our congratulations to H.M. King Abdullah 11 of Jordan for initiating the proposal to establish the World Interfaith Harmony Week at the United Nations General Assembly.

Our congratulations and support also go to H.R.H Prince Ghazi Bin Mohammed for his work as Personal Envoy and Special Advisor to the King of Jordan in introducing and explaining the draft Resolution at the UN which resulted in its adoption.

Our organization shares similar purposes in doing positive work to promote peace and harmony among people of diverse faiths and goodwill. We look forward to sharing the good news and participating in the first UN World Interfaith Harmony Week in February 2011.

Country
Australia

Organization
The Interfaith Centre of Melbourne

Title / Position
Director

176. Trevor Skinner

I welcome the initiative.
There is so much strife in the world arising out of fear bred upon ignorance.
Peoples who, in reality, share many common values, wrongly imagine that they are antagonists.
As a muslim I cherish the belief that all religion originated from the One source.
I would like to quote from Rumi:
”Pass from names and look at qualities so that, through qualities you come to know the Essence. The differences between people arise from names: when the meaning arrives, peace descends”.

Country
Australia

Organization

Title / Position
Dr

175. Dr. Chandra Setiawan

Let us commit ourselves with courage and resolve to forge vibrant and meaningful interfaith partnerships and programs for promoting universal social cohesion based on our common identity, shared values, principles, and morals to overcome ethnic, religious, gender, social and cultural barriers.

Let us arouse a spirit of unity and conciliation in place of conflict and confrontation, equity and fair play in place of exploitation towards all human beings irrespective of color, gender, creed, religion, ethnicity or geographical location.

Country
Indonesia

Organization
Global Peace Festival Indonesian Foundation

Title / Position
Chairman

174. Rev. Dean A. Woodward

We must respect and trust our spiritual brothers and sisters wherever our Creator has placed them, and we must listen and then listen again, humbly we might hear how united we are.

Country
United States

Organization
Advisor on Public Policy in Health and Human Services

Title / Position
Consultant

173. Bart ten Broek

Each initiative to work at interfaithwork I like to support, deep from my heart!!
I think, that it is very omportant to look for a collective initiative with other particular institutes in de wide world.
Thank you for this initiative!
Let’s go on….!

Country
Netherlands

Organization
several interreligious organizations in the Netherlands

Title / Position
secr. United Religions Initiative The Netherlands

172. Farhad Khadim

In the spirit of the Qur’anic revelations and the Prophetic discources about the rights of fellow human beings, this is indeed an important step forward to bring friendship, co-operation and harmony among faith communities across the world. Together, we can draw upon the divinely inspired traditions to promote peace and righteousness and to alleviate suffering and injustice.

The Islamic Institute of Toronto commends you on this important initiative.

Country
Canada

Organization
Islamic Institute of Toronto

Title / Position
President & Director of Education

171. talib

regards for all worlds i just wann tell that we can be have love betwin each other cause god love who love her brother so let that be perfect

Country
Algeria

Organization
pease and love

Title / Position
belhouchat

170. Johannes van der Harst

I think that peace between Peoples can be promoted when there is peace between Religions. Professor Hans Küng is also promoting this with his Worldethos idea, instituted by the parlement of worldreligions.
To increase the impact of your activity you should contact him. He is or was Director of the Institute for Ecumenical Research of the University of Tübingen, Germany.
I hope the week will be of some influence on world leaders.

Faithfully yours,
Ir. J. van der Harst

Country
Netherlands

Organization
Haags Interchurch Peace Work, HIVW

Title / Position
Ingenieur

169. Shaykh Seraj Hendricks

Shaykh Seraj Hendricks

We live in an era of increasing polarisation and extremism – both at the inter and intra-religious levels. It is an era that appears to have become emblematic of the very antithesis of Islam viz. that Islam, on the other hand, is a religion of balance, of equilibrium – a religion of the middle way.
و كذلك جعلناكم أمة وسطا لتكونوا على الناس شهداء.
And thus we have appointed you as a middle nation, that you may be witnesses over other peoples. (Baqara, 2: 143)
Witnesses to what.? Witnesses to the fact that Islam as a religion of the middle way has, as one of its central messages, the call to peace. The word “Islam” itself is derived from the root word “salm” and “silm” meaning peace. To be Muslim, therefore, is to submit to the message of peace, which is Islam. It is a state of peace, nonetheless, that is not merely submissive for the sake of a meek and mortifying submission. On the contrary, it is a peace that stands in both dynamic and diametric contrast to the centrifugal tendencies of conflict and chaos. Paradoxical as it might sound, it is our duty as Muslims to be the bearers, the vicegerents, of this dynamic peace.
However – and as it is with the nature of justice – there can be no peace in the absence of wisdom and compassion. Most acts a Muslim performs are accompanied by the phrase بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم “In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate.” Oftentimes we ourselves as Muslims do not fully comprehend the significance of this benedictory phrase. Indeed, while we are surrounded by prejudice and bigotry; we are equally the agents of prejudice and bigotry. Prejudice is often the result of an inability or sheer lack of will to understand and accept difference and diversity. In our quest for peace, therefore, we need to understand the wisdom behind the diversity that we witness in the world. Moreover, we need to connect with that wisdom in a spirit of engaged pluralism.
The World Interfaith Harmony, and all those responsible for its realization, should be commended for this extraordinary initiative in trying to heal the unwarranted wounds – wounds of bitter misunderstanding, incomprehension and mutual hatred – that blight the universal human condition during the present hour.
May the Grace of God be upon this effort.

Country: South Africa

Organization:
Al-Zawiyah Institute, Cape Town South Africa.
University of Johannesburg, Studies in Islam, Department of Religion.
Patron, Dome Publications.
Hakim, Crescent Observers’ Society, South Africa.

Position:
Lecturer/Religious Teacher

Country
South Africa

Organization
Al-Zawiyah Institute, University of Johannesburg, Dome Publications, Crescent Observers’ Society of South Africa

Title / Position
Lecturer/ Religious Teacher

168. Anne L. Reath

World peace will elude us all,until we love and respect our neighbor whatever his/her faith stance.

Country
United States

Organization
Christian

Title / Position
Mrs.

167. Malene Fenger-Grøndahl

Congratulations and all the best! I hope that the World Interfaith Harmony Week will be a great success – sending a clear and beautiful message to people of all faiths. Interfaith relations is a crucial topic, and as a journalist I try to cover this topic in a way that inspires more people to engage in interfaith activities. Blessings and best wishes from Malene Fenger-Grøndahl, journalist and writer, Denmark

Country
Denmark

Organization

Title / Position
Freelance journalist and writer

166. Talip KUCUKCAN

This is a worthwhile project that will build bridges among so many different faith groups by providing opportunities not only to learn about one another but also learn from each other.

Country
Turkey

Organization
Middle Eastern Research Center, Marmara University

Title / Position
Professor/Director

165. Ziad Fahed

Country
Lebanon

Organization
Notre Dame University – Louaize –

Title / Position
Dr. Associate Professor

164. Reinhard Kirste

It is helpful but also necessary that people of different religious traditions come spiritually together each year in the ”World Interfaith Harmony Week” during the first week of February. Religions are challenged and also rsponsible to help for a better ”convivencia” on the same level. I am glad to join this initiative.

Country
Germany

Organization
Institute of Interreligious Studies

Title / Position
Dr. theol.

163. Thomas Block

Your Majesty King Abdullah,

Your Royal Highness Prince Ghazi,

One of the greatest tragedies in our world is that people concentrate on what separates one from another, instead of finding the even more real aspects of the shared human quest that unify us. I strongly echo the United Nations’ call, under your auspices, to ”recognize that the moral imperatives of all religions, convictions and beliefs call for peace, tolerance and mutual understanding.”

We must use your call as impetus to work harder and more diligently to overcome the political and social narratives that separate us. I have written a book about the interrelationship between Jewish and Islamic spirituality, ”Shalom/Salaam: A Story of a Mystical Fraternity” (published by Virginia Gray Henry and Fons Vitae) to help melt the hearts of Jews and Muslims, hardened by more than 60 difficult years fighting over the same piece of ground in the Middle East. With more than 1000 years of often very positive relations between these two Children of Abraham, what takes place currently in the Middle East is not only a tragedy, but a fratricide.

I thank you very much for your ministrations.

Sincerely,

Thomas Block

Country
United States

Organization
Shalom/Salaam: A Story of a Mystical Fraternity

Title / Position
Author

162. Umm Abdul Basit

As salam o alaikum, peace be upon you all.
As indicated by the greeting, Islam is a religion of peace and calls for peace and harmony amongst all faiths and religions.
No doubt Harmony Week will not only bring harmony but peace and love for each other.
I thank you for making this happen.

God Bless you all.

Country
United States

Organization
none

Title / Position
Educator

161. Abdulbarrwafy

هذا أحسن خطوة لتجسيد العلاقات بين الأديان، وأعتقد أنه يعين على انتشار السلامة في العالم ان شاء الله

[TRANSLATION]

This is a wise step taken towards strengthening relations between different religions. I think it help towards spreading peace all around the world, God Willingly.

Country
India

Organization
Co-ordination of Islamic colleges, Kerala-India

Title / Position
Master in Islamic studies and Master in English literature

160. Paul Z. Carlson

We live in an interesting period of transition as we move from more conservative, perhaps exclusive, ways of viewing our religious traditions to a broader understanding of religious experience across the human spectrum. The transition pivots around a basic point, in my view: that the diverse traditions in which each of us are rooted are no longer to be understood as exclusive claims to truth. This is a hard point to concede for many, but it is crucial for interfaith dialogue to progress. It does not mean that we give up our traditions for a moment to a composite faith, but rather that we speak to one another deeply out of the best of our traditions in the interest of a common humanity under God. We become learners and listeners, friends and companions, and ideally even workers together on a spiritual path for the good of all, especially for the most vulnerable among us. Collectively we have great power to change the course of history from violence to non-violence, war to peace, injustice to justice. I am pleased to support Interfaith Harmony Week and will be sure to speak of it in my congregation.

Country
United States

Organization
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church

Title / Position
Pastor

159. Shafi Refai

The world has become a global village with the advancement in technologies. However, we have not yet learnt to live in harmony with the people of other faiths. It is high time to start this initiative of Inefaith Harmony.

With best regards,

Country
United States

Organization
United Muslims of America

Title / Position
President

158. Kovit Hasanee

Only way to understand each other, Communication!

I strongly support the World Interfaith Harmony Week.

Country
Canada

Organization
University of Toronto

Title / Position
Architectural Designer

157. Amer Hassan E. Doro

This is among the great works of the children of Adam (may peace be upon him). The Supreme Creator will surely appreciate it. GOD is watching us, so let us be united for a better world and future of our children. May peace be upon the children of Adam (may peace be upon him).

Country
Philippines

Organization
Islamic Brotherhood/Alternative Resource Center for Disadvantaged People Inc.

Title / Position
Member of the Board of Trustees

156. Özcan Hıdır

I would like to congratulate His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan on this very commendable initiative that met with the approval of the U.N. General Assembly and led to the declaration of the first week of February the World Interfaith Harmony Week. I belive that this kind of initiatives will deffinetely bring peace and harmony between nations in the multcultural societies and globalising world.
I would also thanks tot HRH Prince Ghazi on his plea to the UN General Assembly.

Wassalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullah

Özcan Hıdır
Dean of the Faculty of Islamic Sciences and Scholar of Qur’an and Hadith Sciences in comparative perspective with Bible
Rotterdam-The Netherlands

Country
Netherlands

Organization
Islamic University of Rotterdam

Title / Position
Prof.Dr.

155. Professor Abbas Al-Jarari

Country
Morocco

Organization

Title / Position
Advisor to the King

See Attachment
letter-jarari

154. Prof.Hasan Hanafi Husnain

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته،

أوافق على كل ما جاء فى مشروع القرار. المهم هو الآتى:
كيف تتحول المبادئ السامية التى تضمنها المشروع إلى برنامج عملى؟
كيف يمكن القضاء على الاتجاهات العرقية والطائفية التى تهدد الوطن العربى بالتجزئة؟
كيفية تنبيه الغرب على وقوعه فى المعيار المزدوج: اعتزازه بالعلمانية وعدم رفضه لفكرة الدولة اليهودية؟
كيف يمكن التخفيف من حدة العداء للإسلام والمسلمين فى أوروبا وأمريكا، ورؤية حضارة الإسلام على مدى أربعة عشر قرنا حتى وصلت إلى ربوع أوروبا، الأندلس نموذجا؟
مع خالص التحية وعظيم التقدير،

أ.د. حسن حنفى حسنين

[TRANSLATION]

Peace, Mercy and Blessings of Allah be upon you,

I agree with all that has been mentioned in the draft resolution. What is of more importance is: How will the seminal principles incorporated in the project transform into a practical project?

How can we eliminate ethnic and sectarian attitudes, those of which are a threat and tend to divide the Arab World? How do we make the West aware with regard to falling into the trap of double standards: being proud of secularism and accepting the idea of a Jewish State?

How can we minimize hostility towards Islam and Muslims in Europe and America, as well as showing them the Islamic civilization which has spread over 14 centuries, and which reached Europe with Andalusia as an example?

Country
Egypt

Organization
Cairo University

Title / Position
Professor of Philosophy

153. Professor Ahmad Matloub

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
لقد قرأت خطاب الأمير غازي بدقة ، ووقفت عند المقترحات العملية فرأيت أن لابد من أن يكون الوئام بين الأديان قائما لينتهي الصراع ويسود السلام وينعم العالم بالاستقرار ، إذ أن الصراع دينيا أو طائفيا بلاء فرق العالم وانه لأمل كبير أن ينتهي وتشرق الحياة.
وفق الله الجميع والسلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

أحمـد مطلوب

[TRANSLATION]

Peace, Mercy and Blessings of Allah be upon you,

I went carefully through Prince Ghazi’s speech, and paused by His Royal Highnesses practical suggestions. I came to the conclusion that interfaith harmony must exist in order to end conflict and spread peace and stability in the world.

Since religious and sectarianism conflict is a curse that has divided the world, there is great hope in ending it and for the sun to rise and shine upon the world once again.

May Allah the Almighty grant us His guidance.

Country
Iraq

Organization
Iraq Academy of Science

Title / Position
Acting President – [former Minister of Culture]

151. Adnane Mokrani

I support this initiative as an opportunity for dialogue and peace building.

Country
Italy

Organization
Pontifical Gregorian University

Title / Position
Professor

150. Khalid Naveed

It is really wonderful that someone has come up for Interfaith Harmony.I believe that it is the need of the hour, more than anything else.We should all pledge our sincere devotion for this noble cause.I believe that all the major problems in the world today is because of the lack of Interfaith Harmony.If this beautiful thing prevail all over the world then i am sure that we will all be able to live in peace and the poor will have no fear when goes to sleep at night and our future generations will always be thankful to us for this gift to the much needed peace and harmony.

Country
India

Organization
Movement for peace and justice

Title / Position
District gen.secretry

149. Giovanni Esti

I am relieved from fear of self-destructiveness by joining good people who can see beyond their fences and reach out to the shared property of our world with a spirit of creative freedom. This is our world, entrusted to us as a gift and sought to make it a gift for those who will receive it from us. Let’s all find joy in this shared dream.

Country
Egypt

Organization

Title / Position

148. M. Idrees

I am delighted to write this letter in support of WORLD INTERFAITH HARMONY initiatives. Difference of opinion is innate to human nature. In any discussion, dialogue or debate, different people come out with different opinions of their own. Under a system of freedom of choice, a consensus is never hundred percent; there is always dissention, at least thirty percent. Religious diversity is nothing but a reflection of difference of opinion, innate to all of us. Therefore, having one world religion or having no religion (atheism) is incompatible with human nature. The whole creation is full of diversity. Variety is innate to creation. Had the Creator wanted He would have created only one belief system. Major world religions including the most demonized, stigmatized and despised, are going to be with us. They have survived throughout ages and are not going to vanish now. This is reality and the best policy is to reconcile with reality. What better way than create world interfaith harmony to reconcile with this reality? Traditionally, decent people are supposed to tolerate each other’s religious views and that is where the problem lies. One tolerates something bad, something evil and hence tolerance carries with it a sense of us, the righteous vs. non-us, the evil. There is no such thing as an evil-religion. All religions have their share of good and bad. Humans tend not to smell their own odor and thus it is hard for one to find what evil ones religion has done. There is no such thing as an all-good-religion Such a religion would have wiped out man’s cruelty to fellow man long ago. Globalization and interdependency are forcing us to deal with religious diversity. Those who can deal with it will be more successful than those who decide to go against this tide of history. If a religion appeals to ones heart and mind and comforts the soul then one has the right to believe that his/her religion is the true religion: there is nothing wrong with it and nothing wrong in becoming an informant of it. We need to understand it and accommodate it. Problem arises when people are entrapped in believing that they are all-good and them of false demonic religions are all-evil; let us proselytize the evil or else exterminate them. This is the biggest hurdle to world interfaith harmony. I end this letter with a hope that, eventually, people will realize the fallacy of going against something, which is innate to the creation such as religious diversity. We the created, have no right to challenge His design. Hating and demonizing other religions is like challenging His design.

Country
United States

Organization

Title / Position
Physician

147. Hussam Ayloush

I commend and thank all those involved in this crucial work and effort. Our world needs to hear from peacemakers from all religions and faith backgrounds.

As our respective religions teach, we need to help promote among our members and communities a culture of dialogue, mutual respect, and compassion for all people.

Thank you for leading on this campaign and please let us know how we can help.

God bless – Barakallahu Feekum

Country
United States

Organization
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA)

Title / Position
Executive Director

146. Jack Cuffari

The world is tired of the whole ”my God is better than your God” game. We are all loved unconditionally by the Creator, and are called to have loving compassion for one another. I was baptized a Catholic, ordained as a Presbyterian elder, am a practicing Quaker, and am studying to be ordained as an interfaith minister. I have learned from every faith tradition I have studied, and am grateful for each one: Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and others. May we all learn tolerate and love one another and to respect and support one another’s faith journeys.

Country
United States

Organization
One Spirit Interfaith Seminary

Title / Position
Quaker

145. Sharon Best

Just think! If all of us who believe in God and actually practice that belief and live by the words of whatever Holy Book we ascribe to, maybe we could live in a world much more secure than the one we live in now. If we could just try a little harder to be more compassionate, a little more kind to others and stop all this intolerance and the endless wars, maybe we could have a safer world. Thank you King Abdullah for this initiative.

Country
United States

Organization
no organization

Title / Position
no title

144. Navina Østergaard

I believe that true believers believe in peace and in love, and this belief transcends the name we give our God.

I am convinced that all religions have more in common that what separate them. And we should challenge ourselves in focusing on the our shared values in stead of the separating forces.

Therefore I support the World Interfaith Harmony Week.

Country
Denmark

Organization
Københavns åbne Gymnasium

Title / Position
High School teacher

143. Rashid Patch

As-Salaamo Aleykum – Peace be with you.

Qur’an makes it clear that all human societies have been sent guidance from God by Scriptures and Messengers, and that He has honored all of the Children of Adam. Qur’an further makes it clear that those who truly have faith believe in all of God’s Scriptures and in all of God’s Messengers, and that they cleave no divisions into the Unity of God’s Messengers.

If God wanted us all to be one religion, that would be easy for Him; He would just say, ”be”, and it would be so. He has made us different religions and races and nations in order that we might continually encounter each other intimately, to learn from each other.

I pray that this Interfaith Harmony Week is blessed with an increase of understanding, toleration, and good will among all human beings. Amin!

Imam Rashid Patch
Oakland, California, U.S.A.

Country
United States

Organization

Title / Position
Imam

142. Ali

I strongly support your business. The need to eliminate this thought, we are free to choose our religious beliefs must respect all monotheistic religions, also called the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon sound and we must call for peace and love in this universe and I’m ready to participate in any activity in any place for the deployment of awareness, peace and love between Chub
With all due respect

ali shwaiyat
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Country
Jordan

Organization
Ministry of Justice

Title / Position
ajlon jordan

141. ZULFIQAR ALI MALIK

Greetings of Peace!
Interfaith harmony is not a choice but a mandatory obligation on the children of Adam.
Best Wishes.
Zulfiqar Ali Malik
Overland Park, Kansas, USA
www.MuslimNewsDigest.com

Country
United States

Organization
Muslim News Digest

Title / Position
Editor

140. Dr. Faten Alarrabi

انا كشخص مسلم.. أؤيد هذا العمل، فالسلام في تحية الاسلام ليس للمسلمين وحدهم بل للبشرية جمعاء، وهذا العمل يدعو للاخوة الانسانية والتعايش السلمي، وأرجو أن نعمل معاً لتعزيز ثقافة الحوار بين الاديان للعيش في عالم آمن وواضح خالي من كل الشوائب التي صنعها البعض ليشعلوا الفتن والمكائد بين المسلمين وغيرهم، فبالتواصل والحوار بين الجميع سنتوصل لغايتنا المنشودة وهي السلام، إن هذه الحوارات تعد من الاستراتيجية الدائمة التى تنطلق من الاسلام ومبادئه وأسسه القائمة على الدعوة الى التعايش الآمن والأمان للجميع، فالمسلمون وغيرهم في كل مكان يجب أن يكونوا قدوة فى البذل والتضحية لخدمة بلدهم ووطنهم من خلال نشر الوعي وترسيخ المفاهيم ”الصحيحة” الخاصة بدياناتهم. العالم بحاجة لمعرفة جوهر الإيمان في الديانة الإسلامية، وسرّها الذي هو مجمع الرحمة الإلهية، والرحمة والتسامح. فالجميع بحاجة الى معرفة جوهر دينهم والأديان الأخرى كي لا يقعوا فريسة في المستقبل لأولئك الذين يسعون إلى استخدام الدين لأغراض سياسية وشخصية ، من خلال خلق الشقاق والعداوة بين الناس.
فهناك البعض من غير المسلمين، وخاصة الغربيين، ممن يؤمنون بأن الإسلام يُشكل خطرًا عليهم، خصوصًا بعدما حدثت هجمات إرهابية اتهمت منظمات إسلامية بالوقوف ورائها. ومما زاد من خوف هؤلاء الناس، الانتشار السريع للإسلام في الدول الغربية بفعل ازدياد عدد المهاجرين من المسلمين، واعتناق عدد من السكان المحليين لهذا الدين، ويُطالب هؤلاء بعدّة أمور لضمان عيشهم بأمان، منها عدم بناء المساجد وعدم السماح للمسلمين بتطبيق الشريعة الإسلامية، وبالمقابل، فهناك نسبة أخرى من الغربيين لا تؤمن بأن الإسلام يُشكل خطرًا عليها ولا تمانع ببناء المساجد وتطبيق الشريعة في المجتمعات الإسلامية المغتربة.
أنا مع العمل الجماعي لتصحيح كافة المفاهيم الخاطئة حول الديانات خاصةً الإسلامية، وأؤيد كافة الأعمال التي تسعى لتحقيق الحرية والمساواه والسلام بين الشعوب كافة.

[TRANSLATION]

I, as a Muslim, support this initiative. ‘Peace ‘, the greeting of Islam, doesn’t refer to Muslims only, but to the whole of Humanity. This encourages peaceful coexistence and humanity amongst nations. I do hope that we can all work together to enhance the idea of interfaith dialogue, in order to live in a peaceful world, clean and free of impurities created by certain people who want to incite turmoil and plot amongst Muslims themselves as well as others.

Through communication and dialogue between all, we shall reach our desired purpose, i.e., peace. These types of dialogues are considered a continuous approach which emanates from the religion of Islam, its principles, and foundations that rise from the call to peaceful coexistence amongst all nations. Muslims as well as non-Muslims together must set an example in their true efforts to serve their country through spreading awareness and establishing the “correct” concepts of their religion. The world needs to understand the core of Islam; its secret lies within divine mercy and forgiveness. Everyone needs to understand the core of their religion as well as the religion of others, so they are not victimized in the future by those who try to misuse religion to serve their political and personal ends, i.e. through creating strife and enmity between people.
There are some people out there, and particularly in the West, who believe that Islam is a threat, especially after the terrorist attacks claimed to have been carried out by Islamic Organizations. The fear of those people increased after the wide and rapid spread of Islam in Western Countries as a result of the increasing number of Muslim immigrants as well as the conversion of locals to Islam.

These people have pressing demands to assure a peaceful living, some of which are not to allow the building of mosques and forbidding Muslims from applying the Islamic Law of Sharia’. Per contra, some Westerners do not believe that Islam is a threat, and do not mind the construction of mosques and applying Islamic Law of Sharia in Western Islamic communities.

I support group work that endeavors to clarify misconceptions about religions especially Islam. I also support all efforts that seek to achieve freedom, equality, and peace amongst all nations.

Country
Jordan

Organization

Title / Position
Pharmacist

139. Arshad Ahmad

Assalamalaikum,
If anyone who desire to live in peace and harmony must support inter-faith. As a true Muslim and according to teaching of Quran and Sunnah of Prophet Mohammad, I support this great program.
Masalama.
Arshad Ahmad

Country
United States

Organization
Islamic Society Of Mansfield

Title / Position
Social Director

138. Noriyan AbdulWahab

I support the initiatives and efforts to make the world a better place to live. Stop the hatred among us and may all the people from different religions, culture and background can live together in peace and harmony.

Country
United States

Organization

Title / Position
Teacher

137. Annabel Eatherley

JUDAISME
Ce qui t’est odieux, ne le fait pas à ton compagnon
Lévitique 19: 18

CHRISTIANISME
Ce que vous voulez que les hommes fassent pour vous, faites le vous aussi pour eux
Luc 6:31

ISLAM
Aucun de vous n’est un croyant tant qu’il n’aime pas son frère comme il s’aime lui-même
Hadith note par al-Bukhari, Sunnah

HINDUISME
Ne pas faire aux autres ce qui te fait souffrir lorsqu’on te le fait
Mahabharata 5: 15-17

BOUDDHISME
Ne pas blesser les autres de façon à ne pas te retrouver toi aussi blessé
Udanavarga. 5:18

SIKHISME
Soyez centrées sur Seva, ça vaut dire le service désintéresse
Guru Granth Sahib : Pannaa : 110 Line:1

Country
France

Organization

Title / Position

136. Mathorel Gilles

As a Catholic Priest and active Member of the ”Faith and Encounter Center” (Fenza) of Lusaka – Zambia, I do rejoice to the initiative of the Interfaith Harmony Week. We, at Fenza, are working so that people of all cultures and religions learn to live together in harmony, accepting their differences. And it has to be started in countries like Zambia where up to now, there has been no religious conflicts. The Interfaith Harmony Week falls entirely within our objectives.

Country
Zambia

Organization
Faith and Encounter Center

Title / Position
Staff Member

135. Muhammad Muhasibi

I support this subject strongly because we can live together peacefully by having more interfaith dialogue.

Country
Malaysia

Organization
student club

Title / Position
student

134. Bent Melchior

So called religious people have over centuries been the cause of persecutions and wars. This must take an end. God has asked us to choose life. All God fearing people must therefore unite to bring understanding, tolerance and peace to the world. Then we shall come to the Messianic Age.

Bent Melchior.

Country
Denmark

Organization
Jewish Community, Copenhagen

Title / Position
Chief Rabbi, Dr. h.c.

133. Shaheer Yousaf

This a noble endeavor that must be supported by every responsible citizen of the world. This is an effective way to achieve peace in the world.

Country
United States

Organization
center for advanced orthopedics

Title / Position
ceo

132. Ebrahim Mohamed

We fully support the Interfaith Harmony Week and would like to participate in any activities that might take place in our country to bring about Peace, Love and Harmony to all mankind regardless of race, creed or faith.

Country
South Africa

Organization
Lahore Ahmadiyya Islamic Missionary Society

Title / Position
President

131. Des Kennedy

Increasingly in an ever increasingly turbulent world, we find people of faith wanting so much for harmony to reign. While secularism seemed poised to dominate our various cultures, still the eternal message pervades peoples hearts. Pope Benedict is quoted as saying that there as many ways of seeking and reaching God as there are people in the world. May we all help one another on the journey.

Des Kennedy.

Country
Ireland

Organization

Title / Position
Mr

130. John Abrami

A wonderful venture inspired by GOD.

It has my total support:
First Aim (This must be clear in our minds) FOR THE GLORY OFGOD

Secondly For the good of the total world community, believers and non-believers alike.

Country
United Kingdom

Organization
Christianity

Title / Position
Priest married

129. Ernesto Nocera

Though I am atheist I have a great respect to the religions.I am strongly against any fondamentalism :I would ask to all believers:Since your God preaches love between men why fight each other to support the the supposed primacy of ourown idea?We are all passenger on his Earth nd we must try to live in peace and mutual respect.I think that for believers this is the best way to respect God

Country
Italy

Organization

Title / Position
Retired

128. Zafar Iqbal

All praise and glory be to the Lord of all the Worlds. Interfaith work is the realisation of unity in diversity of all people of faith and the common chord in all exchanges is the atainment of harmony and peace within ourselves through the Almighty.
UN Harmony Week is a fitting tribute and the way forward of acting locally and thinking globally .

Country
United Kingdom

Organization
Woking BC/ Woking People of Faith

Title / Position
Dr/ Senior Policy Officer

127. Navinachendra

Peace be on earth and let there be goodwill among men. Enough of bloodletting in the name of religion.

Country
Malaysia

Organization
BUC

Title / Position
Manager

126. Roy Port

I am a Anglican who was brought up a Christian. I should like to endorse wholeheartedly the UN Resolution. Until the world recognises the universality of God who loves us all, regardless of our belief, we shall always view with suspicion our neighbour. I look forward with eager anticipation to the day when my neighbour can love all as God has called us to do.

Country
Australia

Organization
Quixan Pty Ltd

Title / Position
Dr

125. Werner Krotz

I am a follower of Jesus. There are many scriptures which are assumed as holy scriptures by various people and peoples.
If a scripture is holy to you – whoever you are – then it is also holy to me.
But let us remember that the holiest scriptures are the scriptures engraved in our hearts. It is very urgent that we recognize the holy spirit in our hearts and that we reach out to each other to bring a peaceful and nourishing world into being.

Country
Austria

Organization
We are Church

Title / Position
Dr.phil.

124. kato

Truly support Interfaith Harmony Week. Where all the people from different country and different religious live truly happy and harmony.

Country
Malaysia

Organization
Soka Gakai Malaysia

Title / Position

123. Jim Thomas

This interfaith work is very important,I pray that this will bring us peace and harmony.I pray that many more will support this work.Blessings to all from Asian Christian Human Rights Concern Network, Chiangmai, Thailand and Vientiane,Laos.

Country
Thailand

Organization
ACHRCN

Title / Position
Reverend

122. Abd al-Hafidh Wentzel

Your Majesty King Abdullah II.
Your Royal Highness Prince Ghazi

As-salamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

Praised be our Most Merciful Creator, and may His blessings and peace be upon all of His Prophets and Messengers and whoever follows in their footsteps until the Last Day.

With great pleasure I have received the news of this initiative and I thank the Almighty for inspiring You to spearhead this much needed effort to promote the return of mankind to the genuine values of all Prophets, Saints and their sincere followers. I pray for success of this endeavor and am ready and willing to serve this noble cause in any way you may see fit.

With best wishes and kindest regards,

was-salam,

Abd al-Hafidh Wentzel

Country
Germany

Organization
WARDA Publications

Title / Position
author/publisher/translator

121. Muhammad Yusuf Khalid

It is very good news because Allah has asked Muslims to be active in this field since 1400 years ago but only resently they realize the importace of the subject. So, congratulation to those who support this subject both Muslims and non Muslims. Better late than never.

Country
Malaysia

Organization
Islamic Science University of Malaysia

Title / Position
Dr. /Senior Lecturer

120. Dr. MIH Farooqi

Great initiative indeed. Islamic Renaissance in the field of Science and economic prosperity is not possible without Global Peace and Global Peace can not be achieved without Interfaith Harmony

Country
India

Organization
Sir Syed Scientific Society, Lucknow, India

Title / Position
Scientist (Retired)

119. Laurie Augustine

I support any group that promotes Harmony among religions. I have conducted Comparative Religion courses and promote this cause in my blog site.

Laurie

Country
Australia

Organization

Title / Position
Supporter and publisher of Aus22.bigblog.com.au

118. Aesha Lorenz Al-Saeed

Just briefly, the word Islam means peace, and we are all put in this world by the same Merciful Creator. I think it is an insult to Him when we fight and war with eachother. It says in the Quran He created diverse humanity so we would know eachother. Do not dissapoint and sadden Him by refusing to know and befriend eachother and live in Harmony.

Country
Saudi Arabia

Organization

Title / Position
educator/writer

117. Cynthia Lesh

My Dear King Abdullah,
I wish to thank you for trying to unite the world under one thought…to love and respect your neighbor. I have had the opertunity to visit many countries in the last few years from Japan to Egypt from South America to Poland and many countries in between and have found a universal thought, love God and treat your neighbors like your brother. When one really tries to look at other religions with an open mind you will find that they are all the same in essances, like they say, ONLY THE NAME has changed Allah, Mohamed, Jesus, Yajoba and many others but is this not the same God. Are we not all human? I have found that we are and inorder to houner all,when I visit a new country I try to follow the teachings of that country while I am there and to being home an image or writting to remind me of that fact. I really do hope that we can someday put the hate behind us and learn to live as one.

Country
Mexico

Organization
Gastronomia Molecular S.A.

Title / Position
sales

116. Sande Hart

Thank you for providing an opportunity to join a critical mass of people and concentric circles to collaborate on a common theme and at a common time. This also serves as an empowerment opportunity to embrace our broader community and larger circles of influence.
I am looking forward to watching this wave of intention turn into a tsunami

Country
United States

Organization
S.A.R.A.H. (Spiritual And Religious Alliance for Hope

Title / Position
President

115. Robert & Roberta Ouderkirk

We strongly support your activity. The need to eliminate wars of words as well as munitions is paramont in our minds. Many religious leaders such as Jesus, Krishna, and Mohammed have taught us that God is within us. We belive this and also believe that we must all act accordingly. When we may be speaking and acting directly from God, our message must be clear. PEACE!

Robert & Roberta Ouderkirk

Country
United States

Organization

Title / Position
Retired

114. Dr Sergio AbdusSalâm Scatolini

To many young people, religion appears as one of the constant causes of conflict throughout history. Some of them cannot really quite see what is so wonderful about religions and opt therefore to write them off. If we truly want people to appreciate the spiritual richness and the pool of wisdom present at the heart of our religious experience(s) and traditions, then we must give a better example than our communities have done so far. Such a week is not just about who we are/were and what we do/have done, but above all also about who we could become and the wonderful things we could accomplish if we had a more interreligious mindset and got cooperating.

Country

Belgium

Organization

GROUP T – Leuven Education College

Title / Position

Senior lecturer at the Teacher Educ Program (Islamic Religious Education) and the UNESCO-inspired International Educating Classes (IEC)

113. Rev. Stewart Mills

An event whose time has most assuredly come. Although it may appear to be but a baby step in the direction of interfaith harmony, it has nonetheless the poetential for world-wide understanding, acceptance, and genuine love between and among the different faith communities.
King Abdullah of Jordan and the United Nations General Assembly are to be congratulated for initiating this much needed movement toward world peace. If it doesn’t begin in these sectors it will not happen anywhere.
May God/Allah be with us all as we begin this vital process.

Country
Canada

Organization
United Church of Canada

Title / Position
Minister (Retired)

112. Sunni-Ali Islam

With G-d’s Name, The Merciful, The Benefactor, The Merciful Redeemer…May G-d Most High Make it easy for you we support the good works of all right thinking people of faith in this ”Shared Freedom Space”

Country
United States

Organization
The CenterCity Musalla

Title / Position
Imam/CEO

111. Jeffery Ewener

World Interfaith Week is a wonderful initiative. As a Catholic I believe deeply in the truth of my own faith tradition. But I believe there is a deeper, foundational truth that my faith shares with every other religious tradition. World Interfaith Week will provide a chance for each one of us to catch a glimpse of the truth we all share together, to see our own faith reflected in the shining mirror of our neighbour’s faith.

Sincerely,
Jeffery Ewener
Canada

Country
Canada

Organization

Title / Position

110. Losang Gendun

What a wonderful initiative; for if even we, that teach compassion, understanding and wisdom, can’t find eachother in peace, what hope is there for the world? …And how could we could we ever claim the moral right to preach? Indeed, acts speak before words.

Country
France

Organization
Nalanda Monastery

Title / Position
Buddhist monk

109. Nicholas F. Gier

Dear Colleagues in Interfaith Harmony,

In lieu of a letter I have attached a column that I recently wrote. It is entitled ”The Three Amigos and Interfaith Harmony.” Three three fellows are absolutely amazing.

Country
United States

Organization
University of Idaho

Title / Position
Professor Emeritus of Philosophy

108. Mukhtar Ahmad

I fully support this idea. The world definitely needs harmony among various religions.

Country

India

Organization

Aligarh Muslim University

Title / Position

Professor

107. Mehrézia LABIDI MAIZA

Praise be to Allah Who granted you success in launching this week of WIH, as an activist for peace in the name of my faith since many years, I consider your initiatve as a dream that comes true, Blessed beall those who contributed to this project

Country
France

Organization
Religions for Peace

Title / Position
Coordinator Global Women of Faith Network

106. Gary Edmonds

May we learn to treat each other with dignity and respect.

Seeking the Peace of God,

Gary Edmonds

Country
United States

Organization
Breakthrough Partners

Title / Position
President

105. Dodi Tabbaa

Your royal Highness
Thank you for initiating The Interfaith Harmony Week.
I would like to share my two most favourite quotes by two extraordinary
personalities…..may we learn from their words of wisdom.

For our part, we shall continue to work for the new dawn when all the Children of Abraham and their descendants are living together in the birthplace of their three great monotheistic religions, a life free from fear, a life free from want – a life in peace.
King Hussein I

All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.
Dalai Lama

Country
Jordan

Organization
Freelance

Title / Position
artist/designer/consultant

104. Salim Samai

I am in the heart of Berlin living in a place which used to be a Home for Jews!

Bigotry, the game of religion vs another religion, religious coalitions, manipulation and politics turned it into a hell in the past where millions Human Beings were burned, executed, murdered, assassinated in the most systematic and scientific massacre mankind has ever lived.

Let´s not repeat it today whereas some politicians are again at the ”Religion Monoply Game.”

God/Allah/Dieu/Dios/Gott and Moral are the same for all of us.
We´ll sink or sail together.

Country
Germany

Organization
SST GmbH/ Bavaria

Title / Position
Contractor

103. Cedrik Schurich

I support this initiative for peace, dialogue and tolerance. Religions should work together to harness what is good in their heritage, for the benefit of humankind. Religions have been and still are divided, but in my opinion this is due to the ”tribal” tendency of the human, not religion as such. Humans are devided along all kinds of lines. There is a need to emphasise the univeral, spiritual and ethical dimension of religion. In Islam, this dimension lies in Sufism, and in the universal message of the Qur’an, as opposed to its more time-bound message. This is a minority view amongst Muslims, unfortunately. And one only earns what one sows…

Country
United Kingdom

Organization
Government

Title / Position
Economist

102. Hal W. French

It’s a privilege to endorse this visionary action by the United Nations.
There are so many barriers to harmony; let our religious identities be bridges of understanding.

Country
United States

Organization
U.S. Chapter, Intl. Asso. of Relg. Freedom

Title / Position
Chair

101. Richard Martin

Your Highness King Abdullah
Your Royal Highness Prince Ghazi

Children of Peace fully supports this inspirational initiative. It is a noble project and it brings with it a compelling message to the world – of peace, understanding, mutual respect and tolerance. It is a message for us all.

Children of Peace works to protect all children in Israel & Palestine, aged 4-17 – regardless of community, culture, faith, gender or heritage as part of our peace building principles. (See: www.childrenofpeace.org.uk)

We are proud of our own worldwide support from all faiths and we all fully endorse this wonderful project.

Country
United Kingdom

Organization
Children of Peace

Title / Position
Chairman & Founder

100. James DuMond

We have had a dialogue between representatives from Muslim, Jewish and Christian faith commmunities for a number of years and are planning a community event during that first week in February. I am greatly encouraged by the outpouring of support for the World Interfaith Harmony Week. We must stand together against religious violence, intolerance and hatred. Let us pray together that love for God and neighbor can overcome hate.

Country
United States

Organization
Redeemer Lutheran Church

Title / Position
Mininister

99. Shafiq Morton

Peace to All

In a world overgrown with angry, thorny ”isms” there is a dire need for the middle way – the way of all the great prophets and sages.

Without their living examples we stand to drown in the oceans of our own prejudices and extremisms.

Our diversity is the greater blessing .

Our unity in diversity is the greatest strength.

Harmony is to live and to understand that there are many roads to the divine.

Country
South Africa

Organization
Voice of the Cape Radio Station

Title / Position
Senior Journalist, author.

98. John Allen Lapp

Thank you for initiating this project.
Peace and harmony will begin with those
who honor God and the human family.
Blessings to all.
John A. Lapp

Country
United States

Organization
Mennonite Central Committee

Title / Position
Executive Secretary Emeritus

97. M. Nimer

Thanks to King Abdullah’s initiative, the world now recognizes the first week of February as interfaith harmony days in the world. Symbolic advancements are important steps in building global peace and tolerance.

Country
United States

Organization
Washington Semester Program

Title / Position
Professor

96. Dr. Yehuda Stolov

It was so wonderful to see this fine initiative succeed!! We, at the Interfaith Encounter Association, are working on an on-going basis to build interfaith harmony in the Holy Land (see attached data sheet) and will be happy and honored to take part in the Interfaith Harmony Week!!

Yours, Yehuda

Country
Israel

Organization
Interfaith Encounter Association

Title / Position
Executive Director

See Attachment
Data-Sheet-2009.pdf

95. Prof. Imtiyaz Yusuf

I fully support this great initiative. I hope it will also include the Asian religions. For the civilizational crisis is not only restricted to the West but in our age of Globalization it extends to all areas of the world

Best.
Imtiyaz Yusuf

Country
Thailand

Organization
Assumption University

Title / Position
Head, Dept of Religion, Graduate School of Philosophy and Religion

94. Father Nabil Haddad

Birthed among the sandstones of the Holy Land of Jordan with the Amman Message and Common Word, this noble initiative of His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan and HRH Prince Ghazi bin Mohammed, is an initiative designed for the world holy land, the communities of those who love and seek to serve humanity.

We at the Jordanian Interfaith Coexistence Research Center (JICRC) believe this initiative has come forth at a necessary time, a time when world turmoil calls for leaders, individuals, families, students, every individual to stand up and, in Love of God and in Love of Neighbor for the good of all. With enthusiasm, we support and praise this endeavor and call out for everyone to join hands and walk forward into the coming years with a steadfast gaze on a horizon of harmony.

Country
Jordan

Organization
Jordanian Interfaith Coexistence Research Center

Title / Position
Founder & Executive Director

93. Chief Rabbi David Rosen

Your Royal Highness,

I send you my sincere greeting for an Eid Munarak – kul’ aam u’into
bcheir.

I also send you and His Majesty my congratulations on this noble
initiative. Allow me to suggest that you also enlist the Council of the
Religious leadership Institutions of the Holy Land (www.crihl.org ) in
this World Interfaith Harmony Week through its convener , Canon Trond
Bakkevig of the Church of Norway.

Having the different religious leaders of the three faiths in Jerusalem
would, I feel, make an enormous contribution to the impact of this
initiative.

With my respectful personal regards and good wishes.

David

Chief Rabbi David Rosen, CBE,KSG

Organization / Title
International Director of Interreligious Affairs, AJC

92.Shaykh Mohammed Al-Sadeq Mohammed Yusuf

Country
Uzbekistan

See Attachment
goziy90.pdf

91.Professor Bruce B. Lawrence

As an Episcopal priest who has spent his entire life studying and living in the Muslim world, I support this welcome initiative to bring minds and hearts, prayerful and hopeful people from all corners of the Abrahamic tent, to focus on the need for vigilance, engagement and trust in the pursuit of a world transformed by the higher calling of Divine Truth. In the words of the Noble Book, ’’what is the reward for pursuit of the Good and the Beautiful but (further) pursuit of the Good and the Beautiful?” Surat ar-Rahman(Q 55: 60)

The Reverend Dr. Bruce B. Lawrence

Country
United States

Organization
Duke University

Title / Position
Professor of Islamic Studies

90. André Gerth

Your Majesty King Abdullah
Your Royal Highness Prince Ghazi

Your successful initiative is a great support for us and especially for Muslim partners who are cooperating with us in African and Asian countries. I hope that your example will encourage them to make more first and further steps towards interreligious cooperation in various fields of development work, also if their activities are not always appreciated by their communities.
Human development is a common mission we have and here we can try to live jointly our love of God and the call for the love of the neighbour.

In Munich the International Munich Security Conference will also take place every year in the first week of February. It will be a special pleasure to plan with religious communities some events to celebrate the World Interfaith Harmony Week during these days in Munich and to have by this providentially the chance to raise another issue which will provide sustainable security: Trust in God and trust in my neighbour.

Country
Germany

Organization
missio – International Pontifical Mission Society in Munich, Germany

Title / Position
Lic.theol./ Education Department

89. Virginia Gray Henry

Your Majesty King Abdullah,

Your Royal Highness Prince Ghazi,

If all the interfaith organizations around the world could unite – join up together in the way being offered to us here – and thereby help to put all the worlds’ religions in greater touch, then we would certainly be a world force to be reckoned with. Let us continue to move forward, remembering “to love our neighbors as ourselves.” This tenet of all faiths is not just an abstract concept; it is a concrete reality, to be evidenced in being and in action. As Prince Ghazi said, let us not seek mere toleration or absence of war, but let us live in harmony.

We, at Fons Vitae, are devoted to participating in this urgent mission through our publishing of spiritual texts arising from the great faiths, producing films, and creating events and lecture series that aim to promote such a harmony as well as an admiration of one religious community for another. Therefore, we strongly support the Harmony Week initiative and are actively pursuing its realization.

In His Holy Name,

Virginia Gray Henry

Country

United States

Organization

Fons Vitae

Title / Position
Director

88. Sayyid Ibrhimul Khaleel Al Bukhari

Country
India

Organization
Ma’din Islamic Academy (www.mahdinonline.com)

Title / Position
Chairman

See Attachment
World-Interfaith-Harmony-Week-1-88.pdf

87. Muhammad Tahir Tabassum

Dear Colleagues / Friends,

Its great change in the world that UN and other worldwide institutions feel to manage the Interfaith Harmony week every years.
It is very essential and urgent requirement in the world. Lot of religious and cultural conflicts and problems raising day by day, we must address these problems otherwise no body can stop the clash of civilization.
Its responsibility of all religious scholars, preachers and intellectuals to work with devotion for peaceful religious coexistence and harmony.
INSPAD actively working for this cause since 1995 in Pakistan and Europe.


Country


Pakistan


Organization


Institute of Peace and Development (INSPAD)


Title / Position

President / CEO

86. Nik Muhd Marzuki Muhd Nor

Salam.

Jazakallah and Congratulation! With regard to muslim intrafaith and interfaith consensus and declaration all around the world, we strongly support World Interfaith Harmony Week in my country and for all humanity.
It’s time for Islam and the world religions to work together reshaping a new world order based on Love of the God and love of the neighbour.

www.pum.org.my

Country
Malaysia

Organization
Muslim Scholars Association of Malaysia (PUM)

Title / Position
Representative to National Inter-Religious Committees

85. Yahya Pallavicini

Your Majesty King Abdullah,

Your Royal Highness Prince Ghazi,

assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullah wa eid mubarak

In this blessed day where the muslims celebrate the remembrance of the sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim, alayhi as-salam, and his obedience with his son Isma’il to God’s order, I take this occasion to thank you for the noble proposal and presentation of the Interfaith Harmony Week at the United Nations.

In this day where all muslims celebrate the end of the holy pilgrimage to Makkah I see the ”Unity in diversity” of muslim believers from all regions of the world as the evident sign of a sacred Harmony that should be witnessed every day of the year.
This Harmony should engage every religious believer, scholar, leader as the inspirational value for a common engagement to face the spiritual opportunities and the intellectual challenges that mankind is facing in contemporary society in the West as well as in the East.
In Europe and in Italy it will be our pleasure to organise events during the first week of February in order to share this initiative and continue our responsabilities to preserve and learn from the practise of the traditional sacred wisdom of Harmony.

May Allah Ta’ala bless you and guide us all to His Holy Peace and Knowledge.

Imam Yahya Pallavicini

Country
Italy

Organization
ISESCO Council for Muslims in Non-Islamic Countries

Title / Position
Chairman

84. Saleh Nass

I wholeheartedly support this noble initiative. I hope that artists, writers, filmmakers and those working in the media industry in the Middle East and beyond also express themselves in support of World Interfaith Harmony Week – and in turn, help spread the message for the benefit of all people.

Country
Bahrain

Organization
Title / Position

Filmmaker

83. Dianne Griesser

I am not a diplomat or a person of any consequence. I am just an ordinary person who sees hate as contradictory to any true faith. To that end, I feel it is in the best interest of every faith-and every nation-to show seeds of love and respect. We cannot cure war with war. We cannot cure hate with hate. Speaking as a Christian, the core directive of my faith is love. If I do not love, God is not in me. I call on other Christians to be true to their faith and love ALL people as we are called to do.

Country
United States

Organization
I represent no organization

Title / Position
No title–no position

82. Veronica E. Barnes

As we approach the season of Peace and Goodwill let sus shoe a little more Love and respect for as much people as we can. My experience of God is ’To love my neighbour as myself’ I dont propose for one minute that it is easy but it is attainable with more patience and tolerance.

Country
United Kingdom

Organization
Blue Mountain Women’s Group

Title / Position
Founder/chairperson

81. Mazen Barakat

I strongly support your initiative and I will be very happy to be involved in any activity, since I have been very active in this field for around 3 years in 2 counties in Suffolk and Essex UK, which is part of East of England Multi Faith Forume.

Country
United Kingdom

Organization
Suffolk Interfaith and Essex Interfaith

Title / Position
Active member

80. Muddathir Abdel-Rahim

”The World Interfaith Harmony Week”, recently established by the unanimous support of The United Nations General Assembly, is indeed a very important and significant initiative which deserves the full and unreserved support of thinking people of goodwill around the world as it seeks to reaffirm a culture of peace and strengthen mutual understanding between peoples around the globe.

Country
Malaysia

Organization
Int’l Inst. of Islamic Thought & Civilization(ISTAC),IIUM.

Title / Position
Prof.Dr; Very Distinguished Academic Fellow.

79. Professor Dr Omar Jah

I would like to thank and commend His Majesty King Abdallah II’s bold initiative to mobilise members of the United Nations World Assembly to pass a resolution in support of mutual respect, understanding and peace amongst people of the world.

I consider such an initiative as the most positive and powerful means of bringing people of different faiths, ethnicity and political conviction to commit themselves in promoting the culture of peace, harmony and understanding amongst nations; regardless of their different theological and cultural differences.

This resolution has been convincingly approved by the General Assembly thanks to HRH Prince Ghazi’s effective introduction of the resolution and persuasive argument in support of the resolution.

I strongly support the constructive initiative of establishing World Interfaith Harmony Week and would do all that I can to ensure this initiative is successful.

Best Wishes
Professor Dr Omar Jah
Professor of Islamic Thought and Civilization
President of Sheikh Abdullah Jah Charitable Foundation (SAJCF), The Gambia

Country
Gambia, The

Organization
Sheikh Abdallah Jah Charitable Foundation (SAJCF)

Title / Position
President

78. Dr. Hisham Nashabeh

[TRANSLATION]

Peace be Upon you.

It was a great pleasure to receive your letter and the appendix which included the speech of His Royal Highness Prince Ghazi Bin Mohammad, given at the United Nations General Assembly, where he explained the aim of the World Interfaith and Harmony Week. I was satisfied with the decision made regarding this concern.

I will circulate the content of this decree and his Royal Highnesses’ speech amongst the community of teachers and students at the Islamic Makassid University in Beirut.

I also congratulate his Royal Highness on his distinguished speech given before the United Nations’ General Assembly. Furthermore, congratulate him on the documentary “The Blessed Tree”, which was kindly presented to me during the last conference meeting of the Aal al-Bayt Institute in Amman.

I thank you once again.

Country
Lebanon

Organization
Makassed University

Title / Position
President

See Original Arabic Letter
HIsham-Nashabeh-LOS-arabic.jpg

77. Dr.Said Kyamilev

[TRANSLATION]

Peace, Mercy and Blessings of Allah be upon you,

Your speech was heart warming to all of us, when you addressed the United Nations General Assembly with resolution number 65 regarding the initiative of launching the “World Interfaith and Harmony Week”; an initiative launched by His Majesty King Abdullah II, May Allah protect him, before the General Assembly, expressing the aspirations of the Muslims and their ambitions emanating from the great Quranic call to all nations and tribes so ye may know each other on the grounds of righteousness, piety and love of the neighbor.

I have carefully read the text of the resolution and your speech to the United Nations, which you profoundly and convincingly clarified the motivation of this Royal Hashemite Initiative. I have also raised a detailed report to the Shura Council of Russian Muftis which resulted in them holding a special meeting where the council came to the conclusion of making the “World Interfaith and Harmony Week” at the beginning of next February.

Furthermore, the council sent out letters to the heads of religious denominations in Russia, encouraging them to support this historical initiative and join through their active participation in the World Interfaith and Harmony Week. The council also suggested that they hold a general preliminary meeting for the purpose of discussing and drafting a mutual coordinated plan organizing the events of the special week in Russia, and maybe to include the adjacent independent Common Wealth states (States in the former Soviet Union).

In preparation for the meeting and preparing the Russian general public’s opinion to endorse the idea of “The Interfaith and Harmony Week”, we posted detailed information about it on renowned Russian websites which shall be translated into English very soon.

Finally, while I am about to travel to Rabat (From the 7th to the 12th of November), to participate in the 11th session of the Supreme Council of Education, Science and Culture of the ISESCO, allow me to renew our appreciation to your highness on your outstanding and constructive initiative for the sake of preventing the misuse of religion, an issues that could be the cause of conflict around the world, noting that “the cure for the dilemma is within the religions of the world”, just as you had mentioned in the speech given at the United Nations.

We shall remain in touch and update you with our news and developments with regards to the coming World Interfaith and Harmony Week, God Willingly.

Country
Russia

Organization
Institute of Islamic Civilization

Title / Position
Head

See Original Letter
Dr.Said-KyamilevLOSarabic.pdf

76. Reza Shah-Kazemi

I wholeheartedly support this noble initiative and pray that through it much good will come to many, Insha’Allah.

Country
United Kingdom

Organization
Encyclopaedia Islamica

Title / Position
Dr, and Managing Editor

75. Bill (J.W.) Matthews

Bidding to host the 2014 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Dallas Fort Worth, Texas, we join to affirm harmony more than unity, convergence rather than consensus, facilitation more than organization, trust more than agreement. The mandate for interreligious acceptance and dialogue inspires us to respect and support one another – ”the thinness of our differences is offset by the thickness of our similarities.” May our universal faith principles of ”do unto others as you would have them do unto you” bring us to world peace and justice.

Country
United States

Organization
PWR2014DFW Interfaith Coalition

Title / Position
Partner Co-Chair

74. Darrell Bouldin

If we ever wish to progress as one humanity sharing one planet floating in the immensity of space we must learn to live in harmony and peaceful coexistence with goodwill for all. For me interfaith harmony is progressive. In the United States we have had a long history of reconciliation and understanding between faiths. The United States was founded by people fleeing religious persecution and seeking interfaith harmony. This nation was founded upon religious freedom but as with other aspects of it there has been contention. Along with freedom of religion we need interfaith harmony so that this nation, and the world may progress. Interreligious dialogue is essential in an increasingly diverse United States, and an increasingly connected world. Our humanity binds us together. Practically every religion has as a core value respect and love of others. Practically every religion has us as created by the same source therefore making us all brothers, and sisters. I strongly support World Interfaith Harmony Week for harmony in my own country, and among all of humanity.

Country
United States

Organization
Coffee Party Progressives

Title / Position
Activist, Founder & National Coordinator

See Attachment
74-cpp_letter_of_support_for_interfaith_harmony-1.pdf

73. Sharifa M.Zawawi

To H.R.H Prince Ghazi M.Talal Al-Hashimy
Please allow me to be one of the many who congratulate and support you and His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan for your worthy cause of spreading the message of interfaith harmony and peace among nations. I have shared your thoughts with colleagues and friends. when dealing with others, in shaa Allah, I will remind myself of the value of nonviolence and forgiveness that is upheld and endorsed by all faiths. I wish you great success in your important, timely and worthwhile endeavor from which so many will benefit.

Country
United States

Organization
The City University of New York

Title / Position
Retired professor

72. Mariam al-Attar

It is a great honor to express full support to this leading initiative. In our school we seek to instill in our students a sense of compassion and understanding of different religious traditions. Our guiding principles include Respect, Responsibility and global Citizenship, those are implemented in various courses including Ethics, Philosophy, World Religions and Islamic and Christian theologies. We are looking forward to organize events during the announced Interfaith Harmony Week.

Country
Jordan

Organization
King’s Academy-Boarding School

Title / Position
PhD. Islamic Ethics, University of Leeds, Acting Head of the Department of Ethics, Philosophy and Religion

71. Glenn Booker

As a Wiccan in the United States, I give full support to World Interfaith Harmony Week. Everyone has a religious path (incuding atheists) that brings them satisfaction, and in this time of ongoing world strife it is critical that we recognize the commonality that binds us together as a people, and try to honor but set aside our differences.
Blessed Be

Country
United States

Organization
Drexel University

Title / Position
Professor

70. ASR FOUNDATION

Masha Allah.

We are partners for the COMMON GOOD.

Country
South Africa

Organization
ABDULLAH SAEED RESEARCH FOUNDATION

Title / Position

69. Ibtihal Sabihi

بعد التقدم بالشكر الجزيل لسيدنا وراعي مسيرتنا جلالة الملك عبدالله الثاني والذي أعتز بكل مايقوم به على الصعيد الداخلي والخارجي أود أن اعبر عما في داخلي عندما سمعت بهذه المبادرة والتي اشعرتني ان العالم بحاجه ماسه لهده المبادرة التي من الممكن ان تكون نقطة تفاهم واسعة بين الاديان فنحن المسلمون بحاجه لتوصيل سماحة ديننا الاسلامي الدي حاول الكثير تشويه صورته بغض النظر عن الطريقة التي مست ديننا الحنيف فالرسالة الاسلامية هي خاتمة الرسالات السماوية التي نزلت على سيدنا محمد صلى الله عليه وسلم وهو دين التسامح والمحبة واود ان اقول للعالم ان الاشخاص المسلمون الذين تعرفونهم او تسمعون ما يقومنون به واخص بالذكر الارهابيون الذين وضحوا للعالم ان الاسلام اوصى بالارهاب هم ليسوا مسلمين فعلا بل قولا فقط لان الاسلام لا يعترف بالارهاب ابدا بل يعترف بالجهاد في سبيل الدفاع عن الدين والوطن وفي الحرب ضرب الرسولُ الكريم أروعَ المثل على الرحمة والعدل والتفضل ومراعاة أعلى آدابها الإنسانية؛ ففي قتاله لا يَغدر ولا يفسد ولا يَقتل امرأة أو شيخًا أو طفلا، ولا يَتبع مُدبرا، ولا يُجهز على جريح، ولا يُمثِل بقتيل، ولا يسيء إلى أسير، ولا يلطم وجها، ولا يتعرض لمسالم.
فمن وصايا النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم لأمراء السرايا والجيوش:
فعن بريدة رضي الله عنه قال: كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم إذا أمّر أميرًا على جيش أو سرية أوصاه في خاصته بتقوى الله عز وجل وبمن معه من المسلمين خيرًا ثم قال: (اغزوا باسم الله في سبيل الله، قاتلوا من كفر بالله، اغزوا ولا تغُلّوا ولا تغدروا)

Ibtihal

68. Anwaar Mohammed Othman

I`m graduated from al azhar university.
I`m studing in PHD .My subject around religious pluralim and interfaith dialogue.
i`m interestto share you in the week for world interfaith harmony week.
send me how to commit with you please.

Country
Egypt

Organization

Title / Position
Researcher

67. Muhammad Sharjabi

This event will enhance harmony and integration among all people of different religions. I fully support these efforts and wish them the best of success.
May Allah bless all of you.

Country
Yemen

Organization

Title / Position

66. Mohammed M Sharieff

Assalamoalykum-o-rehmatullah,: Maypeace be with every one reading this and their families and The blessings of Lord be upon us.
I support this resolution as to establish shall be the most prioroty item in these days of sufferings.

Country
United States

Organization
Nida

Title / Position
Retired

64. Mary Whitmore

Dear Friend,
Peace be with you.

The core of the three main religions of the world, is love of neighbour, which can only come to be through the workings of the spirit of God. The battle everyone of us must participate in, is not the power of one religion against another, (as the core of monatheism is to uphold the commandments of God), but to conquer are own inner weaknesses and failings, that is the war waged within ourselves, against satan and his whispers of temptation. We have to overcome, where Adam failed. Only when we pray for our enemies (heaven and hell are forever) and plead with the holy spirit to aid us in our daily fight, can we see the change within ourselves, as our eyes are opened in the revelation of God, which is one of truth in the scriptures of the prophets, and the holy gospels. Then the vail of the tabernacle, the holy of holies and the Kaaba will lift, and behold a light mirrored as a reflection of Gods will shines forth, and we become the living temple of his spirit. “Behold, the kingdom of God is within you”.

God Bless you,

Mary

63. Murziq Abodunrin Etti

Many people of the world must have this idea or thought but it takes a few people like you to put ideas like this into a reality not for personal gain but for humanity

Country
Nigeria

Organization
Lagos State Judiciary, Nigeria

Title / Position
Magistrate

See Attachment
63-World-Interfaith-Harmony-Week.pdf

62. SIBERTIN-BLANC

Salaam.
Je suis très sensible à la résolution adoptée le 20 octobre 2010 par l’Assemblée Générale des Nations-Unies sur proposition de Sa Majesté, le Roi Abdullah de Jordanie.
Le fait qu’elle ait été adoptée à l’unanimité démontre la volonté des dirigeants du Monde Entier de soutenir les efforts de paix et d’harmonie.
Je tiens à vous assurer de mon soutien pour relayer, à ma façon, la volonté de la Jordanie d’oeuvrer pour l’unité des Hommes par le dialogue inter-religieux.
Je souhaite partager avec vous un extrait du “Prophète” de Khalil Gibran que vous connaissez sans doute.

“Et un vieux prêtre dit, parlez-nous de la Religion.
Et il dit :
Ai-je parlé aujourd’hui de quelque autre chose.
Qui peut séparer sa foi de ses actions, ou sa croyance de ses occupations ?
(…)Votre vie quotidienne est votre temple et votre religion.
Lorsque vous y pénétrez, prenez tout votre être avec vous.
(…) Et si vous voulez connaître Dieu ne soyez pas préoccupés de résoudre des énigmes.
Regardez plutôt autour de vous et vous Le verrez jouant avec vos enfants.
Et regardez dans l’espace, vous Le verrez marchant dans les nuages, étendant Ses bras dans l’éclair et descendant en pluie.
Vous Le verrez souriant dans les fleurs, puis se levant et mouvant Ses mains dans les arbres”. – Khalil Gibran – “Le Prophète”.

Best wishes.
Amitiés

François SIBERTIN-BLANC
francois@sibertin-blanc.com
- France-

Country
France

Organization
ADEM-INFORMATIQUE

Title / Position
Director

61. Hassan Elhami

H.M.King Abdullah
I have the honor to write on this page which represent humanity noble
Hope through such site to choose and begin the celebration of all the globe

Humanity World Day
for duties and rights
all live , all love and all share

I have tried and call for my friends on my site either on facebook or others to begin such celebration but I do not have enough power to do
some NGO in Egypt promise me to do and support but I still need support or promote such idea through yours

best regards
best wishes
hassan elhami

http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home

Country
Egypt

Organization
Civil Aviation Minstry

Title / Position
ATC Cairo Airport Company

60. Hatem Qweider

God created mankind to warship him…dealing with people with morals will tell whether your relationship with God is as honest as it should be or not…although God knows…
but it’s good to know that for people : Man/woman is a word and attitude.

Country
Jordan

Organization
Royal Jordanian Airlines

Title / Position
IT Dept/Service Desk Support

59. Karen Asfour

This is an amazing and timely initiative. I can’t think of when Interfaith Harmony was needed more!

Country
Jordan

Organization

Title / Position

58. Sabina tufa

I would like to present to you Mr.Ghazi bin Muhammad my congratulations for this initiative and I will do my best to initiate with the help of some Albanian itelectual women a campaign promoting the messages of peace between religions and especially a mutual wellunderstanding between followers of different religions.
Please consider me for every thing I can do to give my humble support in this great cause.
Regards,
Sabina Tufa
Tirana, Albania

Country
Albania

Organization

Title / Position
English teacher and translator

57. Omar Ahmad Shishaniعمر أحمد الشيشاني

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
إن رسائل الديانات جميعها دونما استثناء تركز على الأخلاق التي إن فقدت في شخص لم يشفع له دينه بأن ينتمي للإنسانية.
إن صاحب المبادرة و هو شخص أكن له كل الإحترام ليس كونه ملكاً على وطني و حسب إنما لكونه جاء من بيت أصيل بني على اسس الأخلاق الحميدة.
الدين العالمي الذي لا يستطيع أحد من الإقرار بعدم الإنتماء له دين الأخلاق، فالأخلاق لا تفرق بين طائفة أو عرق أو لغة بل أن الأخلاق لا دين لها لأنها هي الدين القائم الذي لا يستطيع أحد إنكار حسنه و جماله.
و بعلمي أنني أنا الفرد البسيط في المجتمع العالمي الكبير إلا أن المجتمع العالمي ككل نتاج أفراد على شاكلتي فلا بد لي أن أكون فاعلاً و متميزاً كإنسان بمحاولة دعم أسبوع الوئام العالمي بين الأديان و عليه فإنني أتعهد بمحاولة ممارسة أفضل الخلق و أطيبه و بالقدر الذي أستطيع طيلة ذلك الأسبوع و ما بعده أيضاً.
تحية لكل من يعمل و تحية لكل من كان على خلق و يحاول جاهداً الجمع بين البشرية دونما تفرقة و أفضل التحيات هي السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

عمر أحمد الشيشاني

omar_co@yahoo.com


[TRANSLATION]

In the name of Allah the Compassionate, the Merciful

Without any exception, the messages of the heavenly religions all focus on ethics. If these are not envisioned by a person, then he denies his humanity. I have great respect to the person behind this initiative, not only because he is the king of my country, but also because he is from a unique dynasty, which was established on ethics and morality.

The universal religion is that of ethics and morality, and no one is denied the right to belong to it. Ethics and Morality do not differentiate between sects, races and languages; on the contrary, they do not belong to a specific religion. They are a religion by themselves; no one can deny their finesse and beauty.

I consider myself a modest member of the vast universal society that is composed of members just like me. Hence, I have to be active and unique as a human, and that is by means of supporting the ‘World Interfaith Harmony Week”. Accordingly, I vow to commit to the best of morals during and post the World Interfaith Harmony Week. Regards to the activists as well as to those who enjoy morals and try hard to bring the whole of humanity together with no distinction.

The best of greetings is May Allah’s peace, mercy and blessings be upon you.

56. Abdullatif Ali

All the interfaith from god , i hope Peace will prevail throughout the earth , world & peoples

Country
Jordan

Organization
Islam

Title / Position
IT – engineer

55. Youssef Souissi

Assalaamo Aleikom wr wb,

I am glad to recieve your message
I want to particip at the activity

My Englisch is noet good; plaese send my the same annonces in Frensch,
Arabic or Dutch (the languges how i can, i am sworne translator in
that languages

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله تعالى وبركاته
أشكركم من القلب على إشعاركم لي بالتظاهرة الحميدة المنتظرة منذ زمن طويل
كون أني لا أحسن اللغة الإنجليزية، أرجو التوصل بالموضوعات باللغة
العربية أو الفرنسية أو الهولاندية (لغات أترجمها كترجمان محلف)… سوف
أقوم بدوري في تعميم المعلومة والمشاركة في هذا الصرح المتين لإفشاء
السلام والمودة والحوار بين الأديان
وجازاكم الله خير جزاء

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله تعالى وبركاته
أخوكم يوسف السويسي
أنتوربن، بلجيكا

[TRANSLATION]

May Allah’s peace, mercy and blessings be upon you.

I thank you from my heart for notifying me of this kind initiative which we have been awaiting for ages. Since I do not excel in English, would you be so kind as to post the topics in Arabic, French or Dutch (languages I translate ), I shall take the initiative to circulate any piece of information and participate in this great initiative by spreading peace, love, and dialogue between religions.

May Allah grant you the greatest of rewards.

54. Ferré de la Peña, José Mª

Your Royal Highness:

Congratulations for the approval of the Resolution.

I will do my best to work on it and on the Common Word in Spain.

With all my compliments:

José Mª Ferré

Ambassador at Large

53. Hilarie Roseman

It is with thanksgiving that I read of the UN resolution regarding the World Interfaith Harmony Week. I am in the process of finishing a doctral thesis on Loving God and Neighbour within the Abrahamic communities. It concludes with a very special language, the Language of Peace. This language comes from Jewish, Christian and Muslim participants as they dialoged together. I send you their hope and their peace coming from their committment to the One God.

Country

Australia

Organization

Macquarie University NSW

Title / Position

PhD candidate Internatinal Communication

See Attachment
53-Roseman.pdf

52. Debra

May the positive messages found beginning in the UN interfaith initiative continue. I am very much of the opinion if everyone works together to promote a bit of positiveness in the lives of others, nothing is impossible. Best of luck in your campaign.

Debra

Country
United States

Organization
SOAS

Title / Position
Student

51. Maya Safira Muchtar

The decelaration of Interfasith Week is not only timely, and urgent, but also very imperative.

I am very happy, and blessed to support this initiative taken by His Royal Highness Prince Ghazi, and blessed by His Royal Majesty, the King of Jordan.

Salam

http://islamnon-violence.org/en/

Country
Indonesia

Organization
Islamic Movement for Non-Violence

Title / Position
Founder

50. Anand Krishna

I am honored, and much delighted to support this sacred venture. It is but only appropriate that such historical move is made by the heirs of the Blessed House of the Hashim.

I assure Your Royal Highnesses of our services in this part of the world (Indonesia), in order to further the cause.

www.anandkrishna.org
www.aumkar.org
www.tibetindonesia.org
www.californiabali.org

Country
Indonesia

Organization
Anand Ashram Foundation, Indonesia (Affiliated with UNDPI)

Title / Position
Reverend Dr. / Founder / Writer / Humanist

49. Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky

I am proud to support this world-wide effort towards interreligious harmony.
Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky

Country
United States

Organization
Jewish Theological Seminary

Title / Position
Appleman Professor of Midrash and Interreligiopus Studies/Director, Finkelstein Institute

48. Sheikh Dr. Shaheed Satardien

Dear Esteemed Prince Ghazi

Your Royal Highness,
Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuhu. Jumu’ah Mubaarakah to you and your noble and blessed
family.

Alf Alf Mabrook and may Allaah SWT in his infinte mercy
and wisdom bless and reward you, His Majesty King Abdullah,
HRH Prince Talal and the nation of the Kingdom of Jordan very
richly for the great and sterling work that you are doing on behalf
of the ummah of Muhammad bin Abdillaah peace be upon him and
the nations of the world at large.

This is a watershed event and will be documented in the pages
of history in the making and we heartily thank you and your royal
family for your much appreciated and outstanding efforts.You, Prince
Talal and King Abdullah are lauded and we pray that Allaah SWT
reward you in this world and the hereafter and also the late King
Hussain with the highest of abodes in Jannah.

On behalf of all the organizations that I lead including the Interfaith
Roundtable, the Intercultural Peace Centre and the International
School of Applied Peace Studies, we hereby pledge our full support
to this noble initiative. Our Annual Inter-religious Peace Conference
will now be held during the Interfaith Harmony Week instead of the
month of June and we will celebrate the whole week inshaa Allaah.

I will send out this email to all the more than five hundred addresses
on my list by the grace of the almighty Allaah.

Best regards and we thank you again.

Yours sincerely,
Sheikh Shaheed Satardien

الفقير الي رحمة من الله عز و جل
الاستاذ الدكتور الشيخ شهيد ستارالدين

The servant in need of the mercy of Allaah (God)
Sheikh (Prof/Dr) Shaheed Satardien

  • * Secretary General of the International Islamic
    Leadership Justice and Peace Conference (IIL-JPC)
  • * Chairman of the European Muslim Council for Justice,
    Peace and Equality (EMC-JPE)
  • * President of the Muslim Council of Ireland (MCI)
  • * Director of the Intercultural Peace Centre (IPC)
  • * Co-ordinator of the Interfaith Roundtable (IFRT)
  • * Director of the Ideal Business College (IBC)
  • * Director of the Academy of Western and Islamic
    Cultural Studies (AWICS)

www.iilconference.com
www.sheikhshaheed.com

15 Westmoreland Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Tel: 00353 1 6729038 Fax: 00353 1 6729146
Mobile: 00353868144934

47. Rev. Steve Garnaas-Holmes

There is one life, one Source, one human family. There are many ways to worship, many forms of poetry with which to praise. Each of them, to be true, honors all others. True religion is compassion, gratitude, trust and humility. Only we join in mutual honor and compassion are we truly enlightened.

46. John Whitehead

I am very encouraged by this initiative and message. My only hope is that we can soon change the word ”week” to ”forever!”

45. Aziz Zeria

Its a great initiative and very timely. Hope that the UN will urge governments to support communities at grass roots levels to organise and promote the week.

44. Daniel Lynx Bernard

Thank you for this life-saving initiative. The great majority of humanity loves peace and respects people despite difference4s: We have to reassert our voice.

Organization
Engage Minnesota

43. Rev Canon Dr John Hall

This is a marvellous initiative and we whole heartedly commend it.

Organization
St Philip’s Centre, Leicester, UK

42. Massimo

Very good enterprise.Let hope that powerful leaders of planet ,they will take this thing seriously.

Thanks again for partecipation and God bless you.

41. Ufuk Gokcen

His Royal Highness
Prince Ghazi Bin Muhammad
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Amman

Your Royal Highness,

On the occasion of the adoption of a resolution by the United Nations General Assembly to designate a World Interfaith Harmony Week, in my capacity as the Permanent Observer of the Organization of the Islamic Conference to the United Nations in New York, I would like to express my heartfelt congratulations and our deep appreciation for the initiative of His Majesty as well as your invaluable efforts and dedication for the adoption of the resolution.

Following the Common Word initiative, the new initiative of Jordan is yet another impressive contribution to foster peaceful relations and harmony among the followers of world religions and communities.

I would like to assure you that I would be at your service and the Permanent Mission of Jordan to ensure the cooperation of the OIC Group at the United Nations in New York for the effective implementation of the resolution. Moreover, I would also be ready to render support to academic and interfaith activities which might be organized in New York or other cities of the United States within this framework.

Please accept, Your Royal Highness, the assurances of my highest consideration.

Ufuk Gokcen
Ambassador
Permanent Observer of the OIC to the UN
New York

Organization
ORGANIZATION OF THE ISLAMIC CONFERENCE

Title / Position
AMBASSADOR/PERMANENT OBSERVER TO THE UN

40. Bishop Richard Chartres, Bishop of London UK

I very much welcome the UN Declaration, instituting a week every February for reflection and creative enterprise in the interests of World Harmony. The religious traditions of the world are accessible to one another in an unprecedented way and this initiative [which like so many other constructive ideas has its origins in the Kingdom of Jordan] is very timely.

Harmony is a stronger concept than tolerance and opens the door to a symphony in which religions can give of their best to one another and transcend the present situation in which so many people of faith live parallel lives. It is a situation which can very easily incubate unjust suspicions of the other.

Wisdom is integral to the various religious traditions in the world but those who are studying to be wise must confess to their relative failure to establish a global conversation and web of relationships strong enough to overcome the lethal challenges to global peace. Scientists have established such a global conversation and it behoves religious people to be properly humble about their own lack of progress in this regard. Indeed some have responded to the challenge of globalisation by retreating into a sectarian religiosity which is far from the teaching and witness of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace for all people.

Two signs have been given to the generations who have lived after the end of the Second World War. The Mushroom Cloud and the Globe point respectively to the peril and the promise of the century in which we have been called to work as servants of God.

The Mushroom Cloud stands for the destructive capacities of the knowledge we have acquired and the great question of our century is whether we shall have the wisdom to use our knowledge to build a just world in which there is peace and plenty for all or whether our knowledge will destroy us.

The Globe was photographed for the first time from space on Christmas Eve 1968. Our planet was revealed as sapphire blue and beautiful in a haunting picture which conveys the preciousness and fragility of the earth we inhabit. The Globe thus seen beckons us to a future full of promise.

It is in this context that the UN Declaration has been issued by the authority of the General Assembly and I pray that it may make a contribution to a revitalising of spiritual energy in our world.

39. Cassaam Uteem

I would like to congratulate His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan on his very commendable and laudable initiative that met with the approval of the U.N. General Assembly and led to the declaration of the first week of February the World Interfaith Harmony Week. Henceforth, the world community will be invited to commemorate that week. It is hoped that such commemorations will help to bring peace and harmony between States and Nations and also Social Cohesion within States.

I would also wish to congratulation HRH Prince Ghazi on his very forceful and impassioned plea to the UN General Assembly

Wassalaam

Cassam Uteem
former President of the Republic of Mauritius

Country
Mauritius

Title / Position
Former President of the Republic of Mauritius

38. Naveed Baig

Your Excellency Prince Ghazi Bin Muhammad

Thank you for your letter and encouragement for this important cause.

Congratulations on the passing of this important event in the UN. This is indeed historical and i came to know about this from the Commonword newsletter. This story has not been covered in the Danish press where i live and work. I have though written a blog about this and we at the Islamic-Christian Study center and the Jewish-Muslim Platform in Denmark will definetely try to celebrate the interfaith harmony week.

Yours kindly,

Naveed Baig
Vice-chair, Islamic-Christian Study Center
Spokesman, Jewish-Muslim Platform
Copenhagen, Denmark

www.ikstudiecenter.dk

37. EJ San Miguel

In the Name of God
Dear Ghazi,
Peace be to you and to Jordan.
I am of the conviction that the world needs the work we must set out to do together as nations and as individuals.
We are at a crossroads in time. Those religious wars that was such a perplexing feature of the last age shall persist into the new age if we do not act decisively. The challenges of this new age of information require us to act responsibly to banish all those old misconceptions and prejudices and combat the ignorance that have for so long fed into the darkness and the confusion that have imprisoned the preceding age in vicious cycles of needless violence.
There is a responsibility that certainly exists to make sure that religious peace prevail in this new age. And in this hope, I am very much with you.
In my own nation of the Philippines, this peace is the key to our moving forward into the morning that awaits all who are as one whole sky guided by the Light of the LORD, our God Who is, the one God of our Father Abraham.
Thank you so much. Thank you so much for your nation’s initiative. I am with you.
Sincerely,
EJ San Miguel

Country
Philippines

See Attachment
EJ-San-Miguel.pdf

36. Charlotte

alleluia alleluia
as long as we love one another,
Allah will LIVE in us,
and his love will be complete in us,
Alleluia 1 Jn 4:12

because -

Sing psalms to the Lord with the harp
and with the SOUND OF MUSIC
with trumpets and the sound of the horn,
acclaim the( JOY OF THE UNIVERSE.)

Let the sea and all within it, thunder;
the world, and all its peoples-LIVE
Let the rivers clap their hands
and the hills ring out their joy
at the wonderful presence of the (Universe)

For the Lord comes
he comes to rule the earth,
he will rule the world with justice (and truth)
and all the people’s with fairness

ps 5-9

Country
United Kingdom

Organization

Title / Position

35. Joshua Jordan

Thanks to the generosity of H.R.H Prince Ghazi, i was privileged enough to spend a week at Jesus’ baptism site on the banks of the river Jordan last march. Archeologically it was clearly fascinating, but altogether more touching was what it represented; a point of meeting. On the face of it one might assume it to be a fault line – a predominantly christian site sandwiched between Jews in Israel and Muslims in Jordan – but the truth happens to be the opposite. The site clearly has significance for all three of these religions, and rather than provoking difference, it emphasises what religions have in common which, unsurprisingly, is a great deal.

Sadly, such pockets of Harmony are few and far between, but if it can be achieved in a former minefield by the River Jordan, then why not elsewhere?

I hope World Interfaith Harmony Week will go someway to giving us a glimpse of this answer.

Josh Jordan, Student

Oxford, UK

Country
United Kingdom

34. Imam Sunni-Ali Islam, M. Ed.

May G-d Most High Make It Easy For You

Organization
The CenterCity Musalla, Inc.

See Attachment
34-world-interfaith-harmony.pdf

33. Syed Sarfraz Hussain

Assalam-o-Alaikum,

Interfaith harmony is much needed. It will open the hitherto shut doors of knowledge and learning in new perspective.

32. Syed Farid Idris

LOVE TOWARDS ALL MALICE TOWARDS NONE
Permanent Values in a Changing World

Organization
chishtiyamaharaj foundation S Ajmer sharif India

Title / Position
vice president

See Attachment
msg-for-world-interfath-harmony-week.pdf

31. Sr. Rose Susan Montejo,OND

I appreciate the initiative…and I support the World Interfaith Harmony Week.

30. Hamde Blakic

We at Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue fully support the initiative of HH King Abdullah II and of HH Prince Ghazi in having established the Week of Interfaith Harmony by promoting a UN resolution in this regard.

Presentation: Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue was established as a result of a recommendation of the Fifth Doha Interfaith Conference on May 2007 in Doha.

The center was opened officially in May 2008.The main role of the centre will primarily be to spread the culture of dialogue, the peaceful coexistence of humanity and the acceptance of others.

MISSION
We strive for constructive dialogue between followers of different faiths towards better understanding and harnessing of distinct religious principles and teachings to the benefit of all humanity, on the basis of mutual respect and acknowledgement of differences and through cooperation with related individuals and organizations.

VISION
To be a leading model in achieving peaceful coexistence between followers of different faiths and an international reference for interfaith dialogue.

GOALS
The Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue aims to achieve the following:

  1. Become a center for advocating peaceful tolerance and acceptance of others.
  2. Activate religious values in finding solutions to problems and issues that concern humanity.
  3. Broaden the scope of dialogue to include aspects of life that interact with religion.
  4. Increase the network of those involved in dialogue to include researchers, academics and those who are concerned with the relationship between religious values and real life issues.
  5. Become an authority that provides academic, educational and training information in the field.

info@dicid.org

Organization
Doha International Center for Interfaith Dilaogue

Title / Position
PUBLIC RELATIONS

29. Armando Bernardini

We fully support the initiative of H.M. King Abdullah II and of H.R.H. Prince Ghazi in having established this Week of Interfaith Harmony by promoting a UN resolution in this regard. This week shall become an opportunity for focusing on the significance of interfaith dialogue for peace and harmony.
Armando Bernardini
President Foundation IFIIE

Organization
FOUNDATION IFIIE

Title / Position
PRESIDENT

28. Josephine Simsa

A wonderful initiative – may it bring enlightenment to all and promote peace in the world.

Title / Position
human being

27. Abu Salam

Assalamu’alaikum wr wb, we all of human under the same sun, above the one earth should understand that god has been created us for a unique purpose,love each other, to spread peace and hormany. May Allah help us in spreading this messages, Insya Allah. amin. Wassalam wr wb

Organization
aaiil

Title / Position
members of aaiil Indonesia

26. Gamini Fonseka JP

lord Buddha said all human beigns be well & happy.That is the moto of our organisation. We wish peace and harmony to the world

Organization
Sadaham Fiundation of Australia(Buddhist)

Title / Position
Chairman

25. Pat Morgan

The growth of harmony and understanding and the knowledge of our shared beliefs is fundamental to promoting peace and respect throughout the world. I fully endorse this initiative.
Sincerely,
Pat Morgan
Galway, Ireland

24. Amna

the following website has been established to bridge the gap between islam and christianity and to promote better understanding of both religions to their followers.i hope it will help us all.
www.islam-christianity.com

Religion
Islam

23. Hans Ucko

I congratulate you to having established this Week of Interfaith Harmony and it is my hope and prayer that this week will become an annual concern for governments and institutions all around the world as a counter-culture to the misuse of religion so much present in the world.

Organization
World Day of Prayer and Action for Children

22. Richard Lea

I fuly support the idea of the World Interfaith Harmony Week.

Organization
individual

21. Mushfiq Ahmed

People fear darkness because they fear the unknown. Turn on the light and see the familiar room you spend time with your family in each day. Go out when the sun rises and see the familiar park trail you jog in each day – and your fear of those same places in the dark evaporates.
So instead of fearing and subconsciously hating the unknown rituals and customs of your neighbours, make them known to you, and watch your irrational fear evaporate.

Organization
McGill University

Title / Position
Student

20. Bill Bokamper

Dear People,

To accomplish the goal it is necessary to emphasize universal faiths, (Sufism, Vedanta, Zen Buddhism), and de-emphasize sectarian faiths, (Islam, Christianity, and Judaism).

Organization
Port Angeles Sr. Center Political Roundtable

Title / Position
Chair

19. Sharifa (Alicia) Rodriguez Mejuto

As Salamu alalykum wa rahmatullah wa barakatuhu,
Alhamdulillah you are launching this event following the Common Word iniciative. All your endevours reflect the wisdom of Islam and our prophet (saws)because their aim is to bring light and peace among people of different backgrounds sharing the same land and the same adamic origin. Diversity and dialogue are from Allah. The way to implement and respect them are explicit in our prophet’s (saws) mission and sirah, let’s act upon the Divine Guidance and prophet Muhammad’s (saws)example, inshallah.
Sharifa (Barcelona, Catalonia)

18. Corey E. Olsen

I have read that the United Nations General Assembly has established a World Interfaith Harmony Week.

I am told that the text of the World Interfaith Harmony Week Resolution says:

The General Assembly:

(1) Reaffirms that mutual understanding and interreligious dialogue constitute important dimensions of a culture of peace;

(2) Proclaims the first week of February of every year the World Interfaith Harmony Week between all religions, faiths and beliefs;

(3) Encourages all States to support, on a voluntary basis, the spread of the message of interfaith harmony and goodwill in the world’s Churches, Mosques, Synagogues, Temples and other places of Worship during that week based on Love of God and Love of the Neighbor, or based on Love of the Good and Love of the Neighbor, each according to their own religious traditions or convictions;

(4) Requests the Secretary-General to keep the General Assembly informed of the implementation of the present resolution.

This idea has the potential to do a lot of good in the world by:

(1) ’Coordinating and uniting 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;

(2) Harnessing and utilizing the collective might of the world’s second-largest infrastructure (that of places of worship – the largest being that of education) specifically for peace and harmony in the world: inserting, as it were, the right ’software’ into the world’s religious ’hardware’;

(3) Permanently and regularly encouraging the silent majority of preachers to declare themselves for peace and harmony and providing a ready-made vehicle for them to do so. Moreover, if preachers and teachers commit themselves on the record once a year to peace and harmony, this means that when the next inter-religious crisis or provocation occurs, they cannot then relapse into parochial fear and mistrust, and will be more likely to resist the winds of popular demagoguery.’

I certainly support this initiative.

Sincerely,

Corey E. Olsen
CEO Pipe Organs/Golden Ponds Farm
W334S724 Cushing Park Rd.
Delafield, WI 53018-2441 USA
262-646-8647
ceolsen@execpc.com

Organization:
CEO Pipe Organs/Golden Ponds Farm

Title / Position
Owner/Activist

17. Dr. Ingrid Mattson

Ministers, Imams, Rabbis and other preachers and religious leaders often have little time to deliver vital messages to their congregations, and this is why devoting one week a year to interfaith harmony is practical and powerful. When one preacher’s message is echoed around the world, it has great resonance and power. With one sermon or lecture a year, together we can set a new standard for religious leadership and harmony.

Organization
Hartford Seminary

Title / Position
Director Macdonald Center for Study of Islam and Christian Muslim Relations

16. A. Saeed

View this documentry “Out of Cordoba” is a very useful and powerful means of conveying the message of understanding, love and peace among different cultures, religions, and nations. The film will contribute to solving the problem of misunderstanding between the Islamic world and the West.

A Saeed.

Sent in by a South African

15. A. AMIR

I support this initiative from the bottom of my Heart.May Allah help You.AAMEEN.

14. Harry Milian

I believe the vision to be very commendable as long as the goals are noble and away from politics and away from radicalism.

13. Dr. Eng. Sameer Abdul Karim Ayyoub

In the era of globalization, multicultural societies ( multiculturalism), pluralism of ideas, the diversity of ”points of view” there is a necessity and a challenge to all intellectuals, politicians and societies elites; especially to the leaders of our contemporary world, which they should not avoid or ignore. Therefore, the response of the authorities and decision makers (on a global phenomenon) should be the formulation of a comprehensive strategy for all areas of our daily life and the creation of legal regulations and social programs, especially education sphere, among the younger generations to learn them proper systems of values of tolerance, understanding, respect other people’s religions, faiths and national identity and authorities, especially those residing in the same geographical region, beside skills of cooperation and compromise.

They should make their best for God’s sake and human beings’ good, we can not live without a spirit of dialogue. Dialogue, whose roots are deeply embedded in our religious traditions, and its area is a fundamental human values in their religions as well as secular activities for economic development, education in the spirit of tolerance and friendship, fostering pro-social attitudes, respect the law and social justice, fight psychosocial anomalies and many others.

Best Regards,

Dr. Eng. Sameer Abdul Karim Ayyoub

Mobile: + 48 604 340 173
Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering. & Management Science
Polish – Czech College of Business and Sports
”College Glacense” in Nowa Ruda
Poland

12. Raziah Ahmed

At a time when the entire world is facing a financial crisis, and when human trafficking is soaring to unprecedented levels, when human deprivation, and poverty, line up alongside, wealth and personal excess, and the world STILL fighting wars, lets lift our hands in prayer, because prayer unifies. Lets us laugh with our neighbors, because laughter unifies. Let us celebrate Interfaith and harmony, harmony is Unity. with Love, Raziah Ahmed, Former Senator, Trinidad and Tobago .

11. Quaid

The world is in dire need of this kind of good intentioned orgs! Thanks!

10. Muhammad Abdullah

Salaams, May Our efforts and joint endeavours bring a sustainable and enriching experience for generations to come, may we congratulate and show our appreciation by confirming our pledge to support the aims and objective in making a GLOCAL(TM){referers to global and local efforts a term coined by a a Arts charity Artcore-studio)sacred space and haven.

Best wishes and wasalaam
Chair Butterfly Project
Executive member of Derby Muslim FORUM, Derby Forum of Faith, Multi Faith Centre at Derby University
NHS Spirituality Consultant

9. A. Saeed

Live and Let Live.

The onus is on us as ordinary people to bring about progressive change and to heal the “bleeding world” by promoting dialogue, universal human values and human rights.

Respect, tolerance, Love, truth and justice are the essential tools to unite us all.

Excellent Idea.In the interest of the greater good of promoting peace.

From South Africa

8. Rev. Jed Schenck

On behalf of Federated Community Church in Flagstaff, Arizona, thank you for your efforts of global interfaith harmony. As a congregation, we have worked to promote interfaith harmony and understanding for several years. We look forward to recognizing and celebrating World Interfaith Harmony Week during the first week of February each year.
Peace, Shalom, Salaam.

7. Monique

I support the World Interfaith Harmony Week.

6. Andre Ahmed Saramowicz

Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullah
Dear Prince Ghazi Bin Muhammad
Thank you for your letter.
I truly feel honoured that I could in any way assist in this noble project.
I shall draft a letter soon and will forward it to the web for the World Interfaith Harmony Week, inshalla.
I have lately been given a God granted opportunity to participate in the interfaith programs in the Polish television.
This, and other channels can be used into promoting the message. I am currently working on few books relating to clarifying many misconceptions about islam.
If this is the will of the One, I shall engage more into this work, which is so close to my heart.
Salams and kind regards
Andre Ahmed Saramowicz

5. Theodore Friend

As a Presbyterian,ecumenical Christian, and scholar of Islam travelling widely in the Muslim world, I am deeply happy to support the UN Resolution in response to
King Abdullah’s proposal, as delivered and illuminated by Prince Ghazi.
Theodore Friend,
28 October 2010

4. Rev. Kurt Kawohl

Who/what is God/Allah? Is he/she/it responsible for our mess?

If all the events that occurred as written in the Qur’an, Bible, and Torah now, today, would humanity be as gullible now and accept all miracles and God as portrayed then? If the context entails incorrect exegeses and the vast tradition of hermeneutics and the translation is illogical, it is illogical whether it is by my interpretation or by any logic.

Mankind has progressed past a need for an Allah who desires and requires servitude. We can eliminate servitude and still have a closeness and love of Allah. It was man who placed restrictions on himself for the good of mankind and attributed this to Allah. Most of us now live in a lawful society. Now laws are proposed and enforced by governments. Allah does not, and never has meddled in our affairs.

If we take rationality completely out of context when establishing an association with present day problems between Jews, Christians and Muslims, we can come up with numerous solutions. Reality however dictates that if there were no distinctions between Muslims, Jews, and Christians, strife would be nonexistent. The major distinction is religion

The best weapon against irrationality is logic. If logic is implemented in religion, eventually the inference of reasoning has to predominate. A fear of the fundamentalists’ wrath against those who do not share their views has even stifled the desire for the truth. Can the real truth be revealed? Will this end strife? We will never know unless we try.

A fanatic passion to please God has been demonstrated throughout the Ages. We have seen vast destruction and useless killings by religious zealots that have followed us into the present century whereby even technology is unable to quell its tide. Muslims have been led to believe that they must expand Islam in order to please Allah.

Even a single unnecessary death is regrettable. Often the families of the deceased grieve and then strike back or attempt to kill the perpetrator in anger. The battle escalates. God/Allah is called upon to help each side in the strife. People justify their dying for God’s cause and believe that they will be rewarded in heaven. God wants all fighting to stop and to realize that those souls who have not set up lines of communication with the spirit of God during their host’s physical existence, have died, lost forever. Their families souls will not be reunited and continue in the presence of God.

We must again look behind the scenes of the effects of a religious government. A religious government would again oppress the masses. God does not now and never has needed or requested any sort of dominance over mankind or slavery. In this 21st Century, the Age of Technology, we are still plagued by religious beliefs that may be a contributing cause of terrorism, killings and wars between nations. Belief in a God who causes catastrophes, punishes people and who created the universe out of nothing as if by magic was brought about by hysteria and superstition. This thought process needs to be reassessed and brought up to date. Open-minded people must use common sense to determine whether this God was incorrectly perceived, misinterpreted and misunderstood by the masses of a bygone era.

Perception plays a major role in religions. There are numerous interpretations of the Scriptures, hence there are various sects who use the same source, the Bible or the Qur’an, but come to different conclusions. Religious differences are acceptable by the majority as long as fanaticism does not cause physical confrontations. The ironic fact is that the followers of these religions all claim to live by the Word of God. Many claim that God has personally talked to their messengers who have relayed these Words of God to others. Apparently the Words of God were either misinterpreted, God is contradicting himself, or we start all over again by each side claiming to live by and having heard the Word of God correctly. When establishing an association with the present day problems between Jews, Christians and Muslims, we can come up with numerous answers, however if there were no distinctions between Muslims, Jews, and Christians, strife would be nonexistent. The major distinction is religion. Muslims have been led to believe that they must expand Islam by any means at their disposal in order to please Allah/God. In many regions occupied by Muslims, conflicts have arisen with their neighbors. If Jews, Christians and Muslims would ever come to the realization that their God is the same logical deity, rationality would dictate peace and eliminate borders.

When peoples’ concept of God is flawed, corrections, truth, logic and common sense thereof must eventually prevail. Human fallibility and misconceptions have labeled God for past millennia as one who interferes with the natural forces and free will of people by threatening punishment to those who disobey his bidding. The God of our ancestors had to be humanized in order to have the masses adapt the thought processes to that time period. God does not change with the times but our perception of who God is should change as societies eliminate their superstitious beliefs. God, the Ultimate Spirit consists of Supreme Purity, Pure Intelligence, Pure Logic, etc., is not encumbered by human attributes and has no needs, or a desire to be worshiped, prayed to, exalted, venerated, deified, or anything else that we have to offer.

Human characteristics are to exercise upon others: power, control, dominance, destruction, punishment, revenge, and judgment. Everyone is individually and personally totally responsible for his own soul’s destiny. The destruction of civilizations, most sufferings and premature deaths are due to human frailties, stupidity or imperfections and are not God’s doings. God exists in a spiritual realm and never has and never will interfere with anything on earth or in the universe. God is interested in and is involved in humanity, but does not interfere in any way in our physical lives. God guides the development of the universe and everything thereon like a Master Planner. Our relationship and interaction of our spirit with the Spirit of God is for our, not God’s benefit.

3. Jaspert Slob

Thanks for this initiative, we are going to prepare an agenda for the first week of February, 2011.

2. Mohammed Nasser

I just want to mention that it gives me more hope toward our world , our nations & towards Humanity to find such efforts to harmonize people together , to be more united & to be more peaceful , this surely inspire wide part of people in the world by showing how we can live together peacefully & how we want to do it , i believe spreading the concept of love of God & love of neighbours is very touching , very impressive & very kind , & i am , as a Muslim , find it very harmonic with my religion to spread this hope & this love , world needs initiatives like this one , to take us out from the storm of ignorance & fanaticism , God bless all & guide all to the best

1. Aftab Ahmed

I fully support this initiative, and truly believe that it can concentrate the power of the manifold interfaith events to bring about a real change to the world.