MABDA Report 26/1/2015

King Abdullah's Plea for Interfaith Dialogue

Saudi King Abdullah, who passed away on Thursday, had the aim to modernize the kingdom to face the future. He was also a committed supporter of dialogue to solve conflicts.

In 2008, Abdullah made an impassioned plea for dialogue among Muslims, Christians and Jews — the first such proposal from a nation with no diplomatic ties to Israel and a ban on non-Muslim religious services and symbols.

Pope: Interfaith Dialogue Bridge Gaps

Amid growing tensions worldwide, Pope Francis has praised dialogue between Muslims and Christians as an effective antidote to violence, in a bid to bid to bridge gaps between followers of the two Abrahamic faiths.

“Perhaps now more than ever such a need is felt, because the most effective antidote against all forms of violence is education towards the discovery and acceptance of differences,” the Pope told the members of the Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies on Saturday, January 24, Vatican Radio reported.

Say no to violence against religion: A R Rahman

Double Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman has urged people to stop violence against religion.

The 48-year-old took to his official Twitter page to promote the annual World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) to be held in the first week of February. “SAY NO TO VIOLENCE IN THE NAME OF RELIGION! Stand up for World Interfaith Harmony during 1st week of Feb #WIHW2015 ,” Rahman tweeted.