This Week is World Interfaith Harmony Week

In News by Noora Chahine

Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions

The UN General Assembly in 2010 unanimously passed a resolution to recognize the World Interfaith Harmony Week annually during the first week of February. The world is currently celebrating its first IHW with meetings, devotions, the publication of academic papers & of religious statements, & with special press coverage in a number of countries.

This initiative, started by H. M. King Abdullah II of Jordan & supported by many civil & religious leaders from all over the world, is a constructive & structured manner for people of faith to harness religion for the common good, through an emphasis on tolerance & a deliberate discovery of what mankind has in common.

It comes as an extension of other Jordanian initiatives in favour of religious peace, such as The Amman Message & A Common Word.

“Religious harmony does not happen easily or spontaneously ; it requires a conscious decision to patiently seek & build convergence between different traditions.”

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