Religion for Peace

UN says Killing of Palestinian by Israeli settlers ‘shocking’

The UN’s Middle East envoy has termed the killing of a Palestinian man by Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank “shocking and unacceptable”. Nikolay Mladenov on Sunday called on Israel to “put an end to settler violence and bring those responsible to justice”. Hamdi Naasan, 38, succumbed to his wounds on Saturday near the village of al-Mugheir after Israeli …

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Indian Muslim women enjoy freedom to choose and it should be theirs alone

On 4 February, the musical legend AR Rahman performed on stage at Dharavi to commemorate ten years of Slumdog Millionaire, the Danny Boyle movie for which he had won two Oscars. The Mozart of Madras was soon embroiled in a hate campaign because of his daughter expressing her right to choose.During the performance, Khatija had come up on stage to …

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Human Rights and Apostasy in Islam: Manzarul Islam

The Conflict Between Human Rights and Apostasy in Islam 7 In terms of the hadith, they argue that the hadith of the prophet Muhammad does not hold the same rank as the Quran. The acceptance of the hadith may raise the question of abrogation of Quran by Hadith (Peter and De Veries, 1976: 14). I do not favor the rejection …

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E. Moosa on Blasphemy & Apostasy in Islam

Defamation, Apostasy and Anathema Pakistan and Afghanistan are not only neighbors. In the first decade of the twenty first century they are both the epicenters of blasphemy-related violence: ranging from prosecutions, political mayhem and assassinations. Anger over matters broadly identified as “blasphemy” frequently erupt in Muslim majority countries in response to cartoons and media that are demeaning to Muslim religious …

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Sunni Dawat-e-Islami ‘towards building India a great nation’

Bahadurpura: Sunni Dawat-e-Islami has planned a two-day state-level Ijtema (religious gathering) on February 9 and 10 at Eidgah Mir Alam, near Zoo Park, in Bahadurpura. “The main aim of Sunni Dawat-e-Islami is to stop unlawful acts and make people aware of Islamic teachings, propagate true teachings of Prophet Mohammed, and encourage people to learn The Holy Quran (Islamic Book) and …

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Document on Human Fraternity for world peace and living together signed by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmed el-Tayeb

INTRODUCTION Faith leads a believer to see in the other a brother or sister to be supported and loved. Through faith in God, who has created the universe, creatures and all human beings (equal on account of his mercy), believers are called to express this human fraternity by safeguarding creation and the entire universe and supporting all persons, especially the …

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Pope at UAE Interreligious Meeting: Dialogue and prayer for peace

Monday’s Interreligious Meeting took place within the context of the Global Conference of Human Fraternity, currently underway in Abu Dhabi. The Conference has brought together hundreds of religious leaders and scholars. It is dedicated to examining interfaith dialogue, religious freedom, combatting extremism, and promoting peace. All of these themes were present in Pope Francis’ discourse, which he delivered at the …

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Pope in UAE: Address to Fraternity Conference – full text

Abu Dhabi, Founder’s Memorial 4 February 2019 As-salāmu alaykum! Peace be with you! I give heartfelt thanks to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Doctor Ahmad Al-Tayyib, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, for their words. I am grateful to the Council of Elders for the meeting that we have just had at the Grand Mosque of Sheikh Zayed. …

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Pope urges Muslims and Christians to reject war

ABU DHABI: Pope Francis denounced the “logic of armed power” in Yemen, Syria and other Middle East wars Monday on a landmark visit to the Arabian Peninsula where Islam emerged, telling Christians and Muslims that conflicts brought nothing but misery and death. Francis, the first pontiff to set foot on the peninsula, was speaking during a trip to the United …

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