Female Islamic clerics in Indonesia issue rare child marriage fatwa

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Badriyah Fayumi

Female Islamic clerics in Indonesia have issued an unprecedented fatwa against child marriage.

The fatwa, which is not legally binding but will be influential, was issued after a three-day congress of female clerics in the country.

The clerics urged the government to raise the minimum legal age for women to marry to 18 from the current 16.

Indonesia is a majority Muslim country and has among the highest number of child brides in the world.

According to the UN’s children office UNICEF, one in four women in Indonesia marries before the age of 18.

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Brian Grim leads plenary at one of world’s foremost business leader gatherings

Announcement in Religious Freedom and Business Foundaton

How may we develop trust, faith and togetherness to enable progress that can absorb economic, political and spiritual surprises originating locally or globally?

Join Brian Grim, president of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, at a plenary presentation of the 2017 Horasis Global Meeting (28-29 May), Cascais, Portugal to see how several top leaders answer this question at an audience composed of some of the world’s leading thinkers and business leaders.

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Manuel Caldeira Cabral, Minister of Economy, Portugal Horasis will convene the 2017 Horasis Global Meeting in Cascais, Portugal on 28-29 May. The annual Horasis Global Meeting is one of the world’s foremost gatherings of business leaders who interact with key government officials and eminent thought leaders. The Horasis community of more than 300 selected world leaders from 70 countries will gather for an unparalleled experience advancing solutions to the most critical challenges facing corporations and societies today.

Speakers (pictured above, clockwise from top left) on the “Developing Trust” panel with Brian Grim include:

• Cardinal Peter K.A. Turkson | Prefect, Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, and Past President, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Vatican City

• Canon Sarah Snyder | Archbishop of Canterbury’s Adviser for Reconciliation, United Kingdom

• Hamid Karzai | Former President of Afghanistan, Afghanistan

• Elder Neil L. Andersen | Member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, USA

5 facts on how Americans view the Bible and other religious texts

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This year, the Jewish festival of Passover – April 10 to 18 – coincides with the Christian celebration of Easter. And Easter, somewhat unusually, falls on April 16 in both the Orthodox and Western calendars.

Both Passover and Easter are based on biblical accounts. Passover commemorates the Israelites’ Exodus from Egypt, as described in the Hebrew Scriptures.

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SHORT FILM COMPETITION: RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS

An initiative of Religious Freedom & Business Foundation

Short Film Competition: General Guidelines

The 1-to-3 minute films should be artful and compelling explorations of the impact of religious freedom (or the lack of it) in the workplace and community. Filmmakers may choose to create short narratives of real-life business leaders who encourage freedom of religious expression in their workplace or community.

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Singapore Deports Indian Imam For Comments Against Jews, Christians

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Singapore Deports Indian Imam For Comments Against Jews, Christians

 

How great is this! A fine for “promoting enmity between different religious groups!” This should be a law everywhere in the world.

SINGAPORE:  An Indian Imam living in Singapore will be repatriated for his remarks against Jews and Christians. Nalla Mohamed Abdul Jameel, 47, had pleaded guilty to a charge of promoting enmity between different religious groups and was fined Sg $4,000 ($2,860). The Singapore government said there was no room for such remarks in a multi-religious society and he should be sent home

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Ignorance, indifference and hypocrisy are the Yamuna’s three enemies

From Vrindaban Today 

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Achariya Shrivatsa Goswami ji Senior IRFWP board member 

Vrindavan, 31st March 2017 (VT): A conference was organized on the eve of Yamuna Chhath, the appearance day of Yamuna Devi. Several eminent scholars and activists participated in the seminar organized at the Bhramar Ghat hall in Jai Singh Ghera….

The Yamuna is not just a water body for the people of Vraja – Vrindavan, but has always been revered as an ocean of devotion. It has special bonding with the temples of Vrindavan, and the Yamuna water used to be very integral part of the temple ritual. Due to the pollution, this tradition has been interrupted, resulting in devotees feeling as though their faith is under attack.

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Muslim women gather on Westminster Bridge to condemn ‘abhorrent’ attack

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Muslim women gather on Westminster Bridge to condemn 'abhorrent' attack

Westminster Bridge tonight (Picture: Reuters)

Women formed a human chain along Westminster Bridge tonight to remember the victims of the attack on March 22.

Four days after the attack shook London, women from different backgrounds came together in solidarity to condemn the horrific crime and show unity in the face of terror.

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Life contemplated at multi-faith dialogue event at Maidenhead Mosque

From the Maidenhead Advertiser

“The reality today is that we are all interdependent and have to co-exist on this small planet. Therefore, the only sensible and intelligent way of resolving differences and clashes of interests, whether between individuals or nations, is through dialogue.”  The Dalai Lama

IRFWP is devoted to help promote all efforts among interfaith people of good will, not only the costly, high profile, international jamborees. Sometimes the best and most substantial and enduring results come from meetings in the close quarters of local work

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An interfaith dialogue at Maidenhead Mosque in March 2017.

(Maidenhead, UK)-  A record turnout of more than 90 people visited Maidenhead Mosque in Holmanleaze on Tuesday to contemplate life as part of an multi-religion discussion.

Visitors to the Windsor and Maidenhead Community Forum Inter-faith Dialogue considered the topic ‘What makes life meaningful?’ before enjoying a tour of the mosque and a meal.

It concluded a series of dialogues this year that have been held at venues in town, including the synagogue in Ray Park Road and the gurdwara in Rutland Road.

Humanists and people who follow no religion joined Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Brah-ma Kumaris, Baha’is, Christians and Sikhs.

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