Interfaith Harmony and Human Development

Dr. Azza Karam, United Nations Population FundInterfaith harmony lies at the very foundation of human development, which in turn is part and parcel of the prevention of conflicts, resolution of conflict, and long-term sustainability of peacebuilding, Dr Azza Karam said at the United Nations during World Interfaith Harmony Week.

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Faith-based Organizations and Japan’s Earthquake Disaster

Yuka Saionji, Deputy Chair, Byakko Shinko Kai and the Goi Peace FoundationThere are many roles religious organizations can play, but also there are many roles that only religious organizations and faith-based organizations can play during disasters, told Yuka Saionji during an address during World Interfaith Harmony Week at United Nations.

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The Great Commandment

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf Founder, Cordoba InitiativeMy dear brothers and sisters, in talking of the common good, it is God, our creator, who is the absolutely good. It is God who is our common ground as the absolute good, and it is in God’s commandments that we can define the common good and the common imperative to all. As has been previously mentioned, in the Jewish, the Christian, and the Muslim traditions – and in all traditions, in fact – all the commandments of God are enfolded into two major commandments: to love our God, our creator, with all the aspects of our human being, with all our hearts, all our minds, all of our souls, and all of our strength, and to love our neighbours – that is, our fellow human beings – as we love ourselves. Upon these two commandments, Jesus Christ said, hang all of the law and all of the prophets.

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Peaceful Mediation of Conflict through Interfaith Dialogue

alt=Differences, be they religious, ethnic, cultural, or even civilizational, will continue to be a fact of life. But these differences should by no means become a reason why we cannot live in harmony and peace, told Prof. M. Din Syamsuddin during World Interfaith Harmony Week at the United Nations General Assembly.

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