Mabda Report 06/05/12

Faith groups voice support for Brookfield mosque in advance of public hearing

Three faith-based organizations issued separate statements this week in support of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee’s proposed Brookfield mosque, in advance of the public hearing on the project Monday.

The statements, by the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Southeast Wisconsin Unitarian Universalist Congregations, stressed the importance of tolerance and the bedrock American principle of freedom of religion.

“It is our duty, as people of good will, to defend the free practice of faith and religions,” the Jewish Community Relations Council said in its statement.!page=1&pageSize=10&sort=newestfirst

US researcher in Iran defines necessity of religious dialogue

American participant in interfaith conference in Tehran highlighted trust between opponents and respectful contestation as necessities of a successful interreligious dialogue.

Charles Randall Paul, President of the Foundation for Interreligious Diplomacy based in the US underscored the open-mindedness for honest criticisms as a vital part of interreligious dialogue.

Scholar urges Sri Lankan expats to stay calm over racial tensions back home

Sri Lankan Islamic scholar currently visiting the Kingdom said racial tensions following an attack on Dambulla mosque in Sri Lanka had greatly eased and the country’s government is trying its best to resolve this issue amicably.

Mufthie, who was adjudged among the 500 most influential Muslims worldwide, was addressing the members of the Sri Lankan Muslim community here on Friday.