Interfaith dialogue planned in Kochi, India with MWL backing

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    Interfaith dialogue planned in India with MWL backing - Arab News

    JEDDAH: An international interfaith conference will be held in the south Indian city of Kochi in March 2011 with the cooperation of the Makkah-based Muslim World League (MWL) and other global interfaith organizations.

    The decision was taken by the executive committee of the International Interfaith Dialogue India (IIDI). Justice K.A Abdul Gafoor, who presided over the meeting, commended MWL Secretary-General Abdullah Al-Turki for backing the conference. V.K. Abdul Aziz, director of Al-Hayat International School in Jeddah who attended the meeting as a IIDI governing body member, said prominent religious leaders and personalities from around the world would be invited to the three-day event.

    “The first day is allocated for the public and media in order to create awareness about the importance of interfaith dialogue,” said Aziz, who has produced three documentaries on interfaith dialogue initiated by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.

    “During our recent meeting with Dr. Al-Turki, the MWL chief advised us that the Kochi conference should be conducted with the support and participation of other organizations and movements at national and international levels,” he said.

    Aziz said a high-level delegation would meet the Indian home minister and foreign minister next month to get the government’s approval for holding the conference. He emphasized the importance of such a conference in India, saying it would promote communal harmony and create greater understanding between the various religious believers and organizations. Film star Jagathy Sreekumar, addressed the meeting and emphasized the need to spread religious and moral values in the society.

    He pledged his full support for interfaith dialogue and hoped the upcoming conference would change the face of India.

    Jamal Mangada, imam of the Palayam Juma Masjid, made an appeal for building a unified society wherein people would not quarrel on religious grounds. He hoped IIDI’s positive dialogue concept would flourish all over the country.

    C. Radhakrishnan, a writer and thinker, urged religious leaders to accommodate the living realities and broaden their outlook while K.P. Ramanunni, an executive member, called upon them to promote real humanitarian values such as love, affection, justice.
     
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    Muslims in Kerala take pledge against terrorism - Arab News

    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India: Hundreds of thousands of Muslims took the pledge against terrorism at the end of the marathon prayers on Lailat Al-Qadr, the night of power, overnight Monday.

    Believers started pouring into Swalath Nagar in Malappuram district well before the breaking of fast at a mass iftar after which the prayers began. The annual event was organized by Ma’dinu Ssaquafathil Islamiyya, which runs a group of religious and educational institutions. “We, the servants of Allah and followers of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), affirm in good faith that we will strive for the virtue and well being of our family, friends, teachers and the entire humanity. We will be in the forefront of giving a helping hand to the poor and the oppressed,” devotees repeated the pledge administered by Sayyid Ibrahimul Khaleelul Bukhari, chairman of Ma’din.

    Apart from the main venue, people were accommodated in other 10 grounds, spread across 10 km on either sides of the highway. Of these, five were reserved for women and all were linked with closed-circuit TVs.

    “We have assembled here upholding forbearance and abstention from everything that Allah has forbidden, to rededicate ourselves in the service of humanity and to lead a life afresh devoid of sins and transgressions,” read the pledge The believers gathered from far-flung places in India and abroad reaffirmed that usurping the rights of fellow-beings is a grave offence to humanity and that the Muslims would continue to honor the dignity of others.

    The organizers said more than half million people had been gathering at the venue for the past three years. The size of the gathering is estimated by the number of food packets distributed to the guests.

    “And we praise God for blessing us with an Islamic life. Even when we take pride in being a Muslim, we respect and honor all other faiths and their followers. We will keep a continuous vigil against forces that work to destroy the oneness of humanity,” the pledge said.

    It said the Muslims are duty-bound to protect India’s integrity, wealth, values and legacy. “We once again reaffirm that we will uphold and safeguard the integrity and unity of the country, and will distance ourselves from all actions and moves that may jeopardize the nation.”

    Reiterating that terrorism, extremism, subversive attempts, factionalism and discrimination on the basis of religion, community, caste, politics and language are sure to destabilize India they took the solemn oath to reach out to others with the message of peace.

    In his inaugural address, Kanthapuram A.P. Aboobacker Musliar, general secretary of the All India Jamiyyathul Ulema, said Islamic scholars and leaders always upheld the message of harmonious coexistence of different faiths in the country.

    A.K. Abdul Hameed, Central Haj Committee member, welcomed the gathering following which Sayed Ali Bafaqi Thangal led the initial prayer. Sayed Abdurahman Bukhari Thangal, president of the Samastha Kerala Jamiyyathul Ulama, presided over the congregation. Sayed Mohammed Ba-Alavi, Quran scholar from Yemen, who led Tharaveeh prayers earlier, was the chief guest.

    The congregation stayed up throughout the night chanting prayers for peace and salvation. It reached a crescendo as the gathering said “there is no God but Allah” a thousand times in unison anticipating that the night greater than a thousand nights in sanctity and rewards from Allah falls on 27th night of Ramadan.

    The mass prayers were telecast live by television channels while special video-screening were held at centers in Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi in India and major cities in the Middle East. Several people abroad joined the congregation utilizing the online video streaming, live telecast and screening facilities, making it truly global.

    Ma’din started organizing the annual prayer meet with a view to spreading peace and communal harmony in a small way 24 years back and the number started swelling year after year.
     

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