From Ahram Online EGYPT- Less than a week after the new law facilitating the building of churches was approved by Egypt’s parliament last week, a Muslim MP has taken the initiative of submitting the first request to build a new … Continue reading →
From the Christian Examiner LONDON (Christian Examiner) – A Jordanian prince, who is Muslim, has joined a Jewish interfaith scholar in defending Christianity against Islamic State (ISIS) claims that the faith is an intrusive tool of the West in the … Continue reading →
From The Newton Bee While politics on the national level may have taken over many headlines in recent weeks, an international crisis is still being watched by many people around the world. A small but growing group of people in … Continue reading →
From BBC 12 June 2016 Muslim farmers in a village in near the city of Gojra in Pakistan’s Punjab province are putting their savings together and helping build a church for the Christians in their neighbourhood. How does such tolerance … Continue reading →
Monsignor Khaled B. Akasheh, PHD, serves as the Head of the Office for Relations with Islam at the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue. As such he was one of the Vatican participants in the 2008 Catholic-Muslim Forum established following the … Continue reading →
Dr. David Hungerford and Safi Kaskas, board members of Bridges to Common Ground produced The Qur’an with References to the Bible a seminal work in which over 3,000 Biblical cross references are integrated page by page throughout a readable, modern English interpretation … Continue reading →
In response to incidents of anti-Semitism in Europe connected to the Gaza war, The Council of Mosques and the Union of Moroccan Mosques in the Netherlands called upon their congregations to champion respect and tolerance. A spokesperson for these Dutch mosque groups explained that they were not trying to ban or forbid criticism of Israel, but that they simply were insisting that even strong opinions “should not be a license for anti-Semitic or anti-Muslim statements or actions.” The spokesperson also said, “all mosques in Netherlands are in agreement about that our behavior should encourage relationships of brotherhood between Islam and Judaism.” This is hopeful.
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It is to be expected that the tragic reality of the Gaza war will give rise to passionate opinions. We pray desperately for peace and healthy life environments for all in the Holy Land. In the mean time, we laud affirmations made by the Council of Mosques and the Union of Moroccan Mosques Netherlands. May their call be heeded. As these groups follow the clear Islamic principle to honor Christians and Jews, “people of the book,” tied together “by a common belief in the God of Abraham.” We pray that all world religions find ways to emphasize our common hopes for good and make small the effects of our differences. It is possible to live as champions of this ideal even in common activities of our day to day lives.
Each year, Time Magazine releases an issue reporting its selection of the 100 most influential people in the world. This year’s list includes imam Kobine Layama, Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga and The Rev. Nicolas Guérékoyame-Gbangou from the Central African Republic. … Continue reading →
Each year, during the first week of February, interfaith activists celebrate World Interfaith Harmony Week, calling our attention to the ideals of mutual respect, understanding, and individuality of the world’s different religions. Since its small beginnings, recognition of the week … Continue reading →
Ayatollah al-Sistani of Iraq’s Shia Islam community continues his efforts to forge positive relations with Christians worldwide. Shia Islam is the majority among Iraq’s Muslims. We hope for a welcome reception for this positive example for interfaith dialogue, including meetings … Continue reading →