MABDA Report 30/03/2014

HCEF Signs Agreement with the Arab Cultural Foundation in Jordan to Promote Coexistence and Inter-Religious Dialogue

Sir Rateb Rabie, President of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF), and Eng. Wajeeh Azzaizeh, President of the Arab Cultural Foundation (Shamel) in Jordan, signed a Memorandum of Understanding.
HCEF said that the aim of this agreement is to develop and strengthen mutual understanding between Christians and Muslims and to emphasize the Church's role, both locally and internationally, in improving the welfare of Arab Christians in the Middle East.

11th Doha Interfaith Conference March 25th – 27th, 2014 Doha-Qatar"- "Youth and enhancing the value of dialogue"

Young people are the life blood of nations and our collective futures depend on them. Unlike speculation circulating in the last century about the decline of the role of religion, there has been a fresh wave of young people taking a keen interest in religions in the new millennium.

At the same time they are curious about the diversity in the world among followers of religions. They are active in religious institutions and are therefore welcome to participate in an open and honest discussion into the activities of interfaith dialogue globally. In this way they will benefit from the experiences of the older generations and hear their visions, needs and creative works.

Given the cross-generational challenge of our times, the conference will attempt to nurture the dialogue between youth and their parents' generation.

Filipino Muslims Celebrate Autonomy

Ending a four-decade conflict, joyous Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) celebrated the signature of a deal that would create a new, autonomous Muslim homeland in the southern Philippines.

"The comprehensive agreement on the Bangsamoro is the crowning glory of our struggle," Muslim rebel leader Al Haj Ebrahim Murad was quoted by Reuters, in a reference to the new region, which takes for itself the name used for Muslim and non-Christian natives of southern Mindanao island.

Sharjah Museum hosts educational workshops during Vatican exhibition

A series of educational workshops celebrating the Vatican artifacts being displayed at the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation are being held for families, community groups and students to support the goal of promoting intercultural and interfaith understanding and dialogue in the region.

The Sharjah Museums Department (SMD) is hosting the series of workshops, which started with a two-day workshop on ‘The Art of Islamic Tiles’ on March 26.

It will continue throughout April and May in celebration of the unique, unprecedented exhibition from the Vatican Ethnological Museum currently being held at the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation, featuring traditional artefacts and material culture of Muslim communities the world over.