JICRC Commences World Interfaith Harmony Week with Evening Banquet
Saturday, February 2nd-Guests from Jordan and the Middle East gathered at the King Hussein Club Saturday evening to celebrate the second annual occurrence of World Interfaith Harmony Week. Among them were distinguished members of Jordanian politics, including various ministers. Of note was the attendance of ministers of the Judicial Branch, the Minister of Islamic Affairs, the Minister of Political Development and Parliamentary Affairs and the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities. Other guests included Dr. Saleem Shareef, Dean of Middle East University and international invitees.
Welcoming the guests were Father Nabil Haddad, Executive Director of the Jordanian Interfaith Coexistence Research Center and JICRC Board Member His Excellency Sheikh Dr. Hamdi Murad. Over a dinner of local cuisine, Father Haddad and Dr. Murad introduced the scheduled events of this year’s World Interfaith Harmony Week, explaining the focus on youth involvement. Guests were also treated to a movie detailing Jordan’s history of interfaith harmony and its status as a model of coexistence through the efforts of domestic and global initiatives. Footage included commentary from His Majesty King Abdullah II addressing the United Nations and Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Jordan, during which he praised the tranquil coexistence between Christian and Muslim communities.
The event was covered by national media and marks the commencement of JICRC’s involvement with World Interfaith Harmony Week 2013, which will continue throughout February with events throughout Jordan in partnership with governmental, religious and international institutions.