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Arab League calls for promoting values of religious tolerance, dialogue

February 1, 2019CAIRO, Jan 30 (MENA) – The Arab League underlined on Wednesday the importance of promoting values of religious tolerance, peaceful coexistence and dialogue among people of different faiths and creeds. In a statement on the occasion of the World Interfaith Harmony Week, the Arab League stressed that promoting these values will help buttress international security and peace and achieve sustainable development. It expressed rejection of all attempts to link Islam to terrorism and the misleading interpretation of religious texts and teachings used by terrorist organizations as a pretext to spread extremist ideas. It expressed support of UN General Assembly resolution 167/66 on fighting fanaticism and discrimination. Source

World Interfaith Harmony Week 1-7 February

February 1, 2019World Interfaith Harmony Week is an annual event observed during the first week of February. World Interfaith Harmony Week was proclaimed by the General Assembly in resolution A/RES/65/5 PDF document adopted on 20 October 2010. In the resolution, the General Assembly, points out that mutual understanding and interreligious dialogue constitute important dimensions of a culture of peace and establishes World Interfaith Harmony Week as a way to promote harmony between all people regardless of their faith. Recognizing the imperative need for dialogue among different faiths and religions to enhance mutual understanding, harmony and cooperation among people, the General Assembly encourages all States to spread the message of interfaith harmony and goodwill in the world’s churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other places of worship during that week, on a voluntary basis and according to their own religious traditions or convictions. 2019 Observance At the core of all the faith systems and traditions is the recognition that we are all in this ...

Interfaith harmony week commences today

February 1, 2019Islamabad : As part of its celebrations for World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) 2019 of United Nations, Universal Interfaith Peace Mission (UIPM) announced different events starting February 1 till February 22, 2019, says a press release. Recognizing that the moral imperatives of all religions, convictions and beliefs to call for peace, tolerance and mutual understanding, UIPM Chairman Allama Dr GR Chishti announced the WIHW celebration events at a press conference at UIPM Head Office, New Sohan, Islamabad on Thursday in which he highlighted the importance of interfaith harmony for global peace and prosperity. The WIHW is being celebrated by UIPM in collaboration with United Religious Initiative Multi-Cooperation Circle Islamabad and Common Word Pakistan. During the programmes, UIPM has already set up an Advisory Council for those interested in participating in the WIHW and UIPM will guide them as what kind of events they could organize. Besides UIPM on his helpline 0301-5055014 will also guide the aspirants as how to register ...

Lots of activities lined up for 2nd Harmony Week

February 1, 2019THE 2nd Melaka Harmony Week is set to take place at several locations here from today until Feb 7. The event, held in conjunction with the annual World Interfaith Harmony Week, is jointly organised by the Village Community Management Council (MPKK) of Kubu, Melaka Harmony Heritage, Ganasia Craft Market and several other organisations. Kubu MPKK chairman Danny Sim Yong Peng said various activities had been planned for the week-long event such as a book exchange programme, calligraphy sharing session and handmade craft exhibition by six handicraft teachers. “I would like to invite the whole community to participate in this event regardless of their religion or race. Present was Melaka Harmony Heritage patron Lars Lindbeck. The main event for this year’s programme is the Harmony Festival which will be held at Lot 831 (former Pay Fong Primary School) in Jalan Kubu tomorrow. The World Interfaith Harmony Week was first proposed at the United Nations General Assembly by King Abdullah II of ...

Mamata Banerjee calls for interfaith harmony to promote unity

February 1, 2019Banerjee acknowledged the value of interfaith harmony as the need of the hour, especially in the “times of strife and violence”. Urging the people of the country to promote the motto of ‘unity in diversity’, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on February 1 stressed on the need for interfaith harmony for peaceful coexistence. Banerjee acknowledged the value of interfaith harmony as the need of the hour, especially in the “times of strife and violence”. World Interfaith Harmony Week starts today. Acknowledging the value of interfaith harmony in these times of strife and violence is the need of the hour. Let us uphold the motto of ‘unity in diversity’, Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle. Mamata Banerjee @MamataOfficial World Interfaith Harmony Week starts today. Acknowledging the value of inter-faith harmony in these times of strife and violence is the need of the hour. Let us uphold the motto of ‘unity in diversity’ The World Interfaith Harmony Week is a United ...

USA International Men’s Day Team Supports 2019 World Interfaith Harmony Week

February 1, 2019January 31, 2019 by Diane A. Sears At the Plenary Session of the United Nations’ 65th General Assembly in New York on 23 September 2010, His Majesty Abdullah II bin Al-Hussain, King of the Nation of Jordan and the 43rd direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad, unveiled his vision for interfaith collaboration and world peace. In a speech he delivered at the 65th General Assembly of the United Nations, King Abdullah introduced World Interfaith Harmony Week. On 20 October 2010, World Interfaith Harmony Week was proclaimed by the United Nations’ General Assembly in United Nations Resolution A/RES/65/5. In 2019, World Interfaith Harmony Week will be observed globally by institutions, organizations, and individuals under the theme – assigned by the United Nations — “Sustainable Development Through Interfaith Harmony” – commencing on Friday, 1 February 2019 and concluding on Thursday, 7 February 2019. To herald the forthcoming observance of 2019 World Interfaith Harmony Week, the United Nations recently issued a statement (http://www.un.org/en/events/interfaithharmony ...

Tiny Jordan’s outsize role fostering interfaith understanding

December 27, 2018WHY WE WROTE THIS Mention religion in the Middle East and what often leaps to mind is conflict: Muslim vs. Jew, Sunni vs. Shiite. But from Jordan, a religious crossroads, comes a forceful call for interfaith harmony. Courtesy of the Royal Hashemite Court/File Jordan’s King Abdullah (center l.) and Pope Francis (center r.) visit Bethany Beyond the Jordan, the site on the Jordanian banks where many believe Jesus was baptized, on May 24, 2014. King Abdullah was awarded the 2018 Templeton Prize for the country’s interfaith work, becoming only the second Muslim recipient of an award previously granted to the Dalai Llama and Mother Theresa. December 26, 2018 By Taylor Luck Correspondent AMMAN, JORDAN Every month, Christians and Muslims from Milan to Mecca, Kansas to Kuala Lumpur find common ground in an unusual place: a desert country the size of Maine surrounded by war zones. In Jordan, a royal family recognized as descendants of the prophet Muhammad, and a citizenry of Christians ...

Washington, DC: King Abdullah II of Jordan receives 2018 Templeton Prize

November 19, 2018King Abdullah with Heather Templeton Dill By: Elaine Koerner His Majesty Abdullah II, King of Jordan, received the 2018 Templeton Prize last night in Washington, DC at the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Washington, widely known as Washington National Cathedral. He is renowned for his tireless work to promote peace and mutual respect both within Islam and between Islam and other religions. Templeton Foundation President Heather Templeton Dill presented the Prize. She described His Majesty as “a spiritual entrepreneur, a person shaped by temporal and political responsibilities, yet one who holds the conviction that religious belief and the free expression of religion are among humankind’s most important callings.” King Abdullah accepted the prize on behalf of all Jordanians. He reaffirmed the commitment to fight extremism, saying Islam is not about “cherry picking verses from the Koran to justify a political agenda.” He described jihad as the “internal struggle we all share to bring about peace and ...