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Christian and Muslim women of Kirkuk unite against violence 1 August , 2011

Kirkuk (AsiaNews) – The Free Union of Women (Christian) of Bethnahrain (Mesopotamia) in Kirkuk, northern Iraq, today held a conference focusing on “violence against women” in the great hall of the Chaldean cathedral. The event was attended by more than 100 Christian and Muslim women, along with personalities from the government and civil society. Ahead of the event, the Union carried out a survey on a thousand women in the city of Kirkuk to understand the incidence of phenomena of violence suffered in the past. The vast majority of respondents (88% of the total) said they had suffered some form – more or less serious – of violence and the tendency of continuous growth clearly emerged.

The event organized by the women’s movement was also attended by the archbishop of Kirkuk, Msgr. Louis Sako, who presented the Christian point of view regarding women. “Christianity – said the prelate – never believes that women are inferior to men or have an element of secondary importance.” In the hierarchy, according to the theological concept of creation, women have an equal importance in terms of human value and capability. ” Archbishop Sako mentioned the Bible, where it is written that God created man in His own image and likeness “(Gen 1 – 27).


Interfaith conf. to bring Jews, Muslims together in Ukraine 29 June , 2011

Young Jewish and Muslim adults from 25 countries including Israel, Pakistan and Nigeria will convene in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev July 3rd for an interfaith seminar aimed at fighting anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. “The Conference 2010 clarified that that the next generation of Muslims and Jews in the world is eager for dialogue and constructive contact,” said Ilja Sichrovsky, founder and secretary general of the Muslim Jewish Conference.

“We are determined to keep providing a true chance for them to talk to each other instead of about each other,”  Sichrovsky said.

The 2nd annual Muslim Jewish Conference is organized by members of the Jewish community of Austria and mostly funded by The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding  and the Ukraine Jewish Committee.



“Gayatri Mantra” Concludes Religious Leadership Seminar at Hartford Seminary in USA 16 June , 2011

Nevada (US), June 16: Weeklong “Religious Leadership in an Interfaith World” seminar ended with “Gayatri Mantra”, the most sacred mantra of Hinduism, at Hartford Seminary (Connecticut, USA).

 Esteemed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who participated in the seminar, read the benediction in Sanskrit from Rig-Veda, Upanishads, and Bhagavad-Gita; all ancient Hindu scriptures; and then translated into English. Participants repeated the Gayatri Mantra after Zed.

Reading from Brahadaranyakopanishad, Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, said “Asato ma sad gamaya, Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya, Mrtyor mamrtam gamaya”, which he then translated as “Lead me from the unreal to the Real, Lead me from darkness to Light, and Lead me from death to Immortality.”




Muslim World League to conduct an interfaith conference in Kerala 6 June , 2011

Calicut: Muslim World League (MWL) is looking forward to conduct a massive interfaith dialogue conference in Kerala in association with Al Jamia Al Islamia, Shanthapuram and the International Interfaith Dialogue India (IIDI) of Kochi.

Abdullah Al-Turki, Secretary-General of MWL in a discussion with the vice chancellor of Al Jamia, Abdusalam Vaniyambalam and V.K. Abdul Aziz, director of Al-Hayat International School in Jeddah and also the executive member of IIDI, announced the organization’s decision.

MWL recently conducted large interfaith dialogue conferences in Makah, Madrid and Geneva in last three years. MWL will be conducting its next interfaith conference in Kerala. Leaders of the league have already delivered a letter to the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh seeking his consent for organizing the program in the South Indian state, Mr. Al-Turki said in Jeddah.

Al-Turki added that interfaith dialogue conferences are meant to improve the relations and harmony between the supporters of various faiths and religions. “We want to strengthen our relations with India,” he said.



Rabbis from area lead interfaith trip to Poland 3 June , 2011

Sulaiman Khativ had read about the Holocaust and seen programs about it on television.

But actually going to the Majdanek concentration camp outside of Lublin, Poland, was different.

“It was so important to feel things in the place and feel the history. It’s hard to see that people can reach this level of killing,” he said.

Khativ, a Palestinian Muslim, was in Lublin last month for an interfaith conference organized by the Jerusalem-based Interfaith Encounter Association. Participants came from Israel, the Palestinian territories, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Bosnia, Poland, and other places in Europe. Of 60 participants, half were Muslims, 20 were Christians, and 10 were Jews.



Islam is a Religion of Peace: Zardari 24 May , 2011

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London, May 23(ANI): Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has said Islam is a religion of peace and tranquillity as opposed to terrorism and friction.

Speaking at the Syeda Fatima (S.A) Interfaith Conference at the House of Lords here, Zardari said such events project Islam as a peaceful religion.

“It gives me immense pleasure that Imam Hussain Council arranged an Interfaith Conference in recognition of Hazrat Fatima Tu-Zahra (S.A). The daughter of our Holy Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) is a distinguished personality of the Muslim world. She is a shining moral example for all the women across the globe. Her life, her teachings, her mannerisms and even her authority over her father, the Holy Prophet (PBUH) is a precedent for us to follow even today,” The Nation quoted Zardari, as saying.



Religious Life Council hosts interfaith conference 22 February , 2011

The Religious Life Council hosted Coming Together 5, an annual interfaith conference, this weekend. The summit, which aimed to promote the importance of inter-religious engagement and understanding, attracted college students from 37 campuses around the country, including students from Stanford, Yale, the University of Chicago and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The conference provided students with the opportunity to discuss programs that encourage unity and peace.

“By the end of the conference people had developed friendships and felt a sense of common purpose that transcended their own college but was part of a national effort of bridging religious divides,” Paul Raushenbush, associate dean of religious life, said in an e-mail. “Participants left more equipped with the theoretical underpinnings and practical and programmatic ideas of inter-religious engagement.” READ MORE