Saturday, September 26, 2009

King Abdullah’s interfaith dialogue initiative 2009

Interfaith dialogue to strengthen the world peace and stability, Al-Turki

Malegaon: Highlighting the significance of the interfaith dialogue initiated by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, Abdullah Al-Turki, secretary-general of the Makkah-based Muslim World League (MWL) said the conference would contribute to strengthening world peace and stability, reports Arab News, Saudi Arabia's leading English daily.

In a statement on the occasion of the fourth interfaith conference Al-Turki said the Geneva meet is a continuation of efforts that began in Makkah to promote interfaith dialogue.

As many as 166 religious leaders, academics and other prominent personalities from around the world, including the US, the UK, China, Italy, India, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Japan and the Philippines, will take part in the event, which is scheduled to be opened by the president of Switzerland.

...In addition to the MWL secretary-general, Bandar Al-Aiban, president of the Saudi Human Rights Commission, Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches, and Abdul Rahman Al-Zaid, MWL’s assistant secretary-general, will address the opening session.

...The participants of the Geneva summit include William Baker, president of Christians and Muslims for Peace in the US; David Rosen, director of inter-religious affairs at the American Jewish Committee; John Esposito, head of Muslim-Christian Understanding; Terje Roed-Larsen, director of the Institute of Peace; and Larry Shaw, chairman of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Mohammad Hamid Ansari, vice president of India; Pramjeet Singh Sarna, president of Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Sahib; Kuniaki Kuni, president of the Association of Shinto Temples in Japan; Xue Cheng, vice chairman of the Buddhist Association of China, writes Arab News.

1 comment:

  1. AnonymousMay 25, 2011

    The concept of dialog in noteworthy, but do not think it will accomplish anything. The method of the marketing to influence the west has confused me to no end. The Arabs seem to argue human rights and the Jews argue divine right in regard to the issues in Palestinian territories and beyond. Because the Biblical Right the Jews have given to lay claim to the land is not disputed by the Arabs the claim is views at true by the fundimentalist Christian element and it does not matter in that light how wrong something may appear if the impression is that God is for one group and against another. Such dialogue does not emcompass the people with minds that you really wish to change. The irony is that the Bible favors the Arab against the Jew is regard to land rights. I myself have found such debates easy to win. What is really needed is a Biblical debate to show that God is for the Arab people through the Bible and the God disapproves of the way they are being treated morally by the other nations of the world. Fail to take on Zionism in the Biblical arena in terms of Biblical land rights will only continue the belief that the Bible is for the Jew and against the Arab and history will continue in this sad shape.


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