UNITED NATIONS, Oct 21 (KUNA) -- The UN General Assembly late Wednesday
adopted a consensus resolution, proposed by Jordan, proclaiming the first week
of February of every year "World Interfaith Harmony Week" among all faiths and
Introduced by Prince Ghazi Bin Mohammad, the Personal Envoy and Special
Advisor to the King of Jordan, the resolution recognized the urgent need for
dialogue among different faiths and religions in enhancing mutual
understanding, harmony and cooperation among peoples.
The Prince said the Assembly was well aware the world was rife with
religious tension, mistrust, and hatred, which facilitated war and violence.
The remedy for such problems could only come from the world's religions
themselves, and although much good work had already been done towards that
end, religious tensions were on the rise.
The resolution, he explained, would seek to turn the tide against that
negative movement by coordinating and uniting efforts among all interfaith
groups doing positive work through one focused annual theme. At the same time,
it would harness the collective might of places of worship for peace and
harmony and regularly encourage the "silent majority" of preachers to commit
themselves on the record for peace and harmony.
He said the proposal was purely voluntary and no place of worship should be
forced to observe "World Interfaith Harmony Week".
The resolution, he added, also "excludes no individual, compromises no one,
commits no one, forces no one, harms no one, costs nothing, and - on the
contrary - includes everyone, celebrates everyone, benefits everyone, unites
everyone and has the potential to bring much needed peace and harmony to the
entire world, InshaAllah."
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