20-MAY-2018: Ahmadi School organises Inter faith Meeting
Aligarh, May 20: The Ahmadi School for the Visually Challenged, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and Sadbhavna, Aligarh based NGO organised 'Inter faith Meeting ?May Peace Prevail on Earth' and an Iftar in which a 14-member delegation from the Mercer University, Atlanta, USA and intellectuals and clergies of different faiths gathered to discuss how to bridge the gap between people of various faiths.
AMU Vice Chancellor, Professor Tariq Mansoor was the Chief-Guest and his wife Dr Hameeda Tariq also attended the programme.
On the occasion, AMU Pro Vice Chancellor, Prof Tabassum Shahab said that India is a multi-cultural and a diverse nation with a flourishing history of pluralism that has been thriving for thousands of years. He added that Indians have respect for all religions and the differences between various faiths are not a source of worry.
The Pro Vice Chancellor further said that adults are role models for their children and we need to teach children to differentiate in between right and wrong.
Prof Farhatullah Khan (Emeritus Prof, Department of English,) said that AMU has always stood for communal harmony. He added that the University was built on Sir Syed Ahmad Khan's secular principles and it continues with the same ethos as a modern educational institution.
Prof Robert N Nash, McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University said religion plays an important role in understanding life. "We tend to think of religion in individual terms because religious beliefs and values are highly personal for many people," said Prof Nash adding that we need to understand that religion involves patterns of beliefs and behaviour that help a society meet its basic needs.
Prof Wesley N Barker, Mercer University pointed out that Interfaith dialogue helps to bring a cooperative, constructive, and positive interaction between people of different religious, traditions and spiritual or humanistic beliefs, at both the individual and institutional levels. "Interfaith meetings can help communities to come out of isolation and engage with people of other faiths to establish peace in the world," said Prof Barker.
Presiding over the programme, Prof Asfar Ali Khan emphasized the need to understand and respect each other, and other members of our local and wider community.
Prof Shambu Nath Tiwari (Department of Hindi) said that religious institutions are sources to make people understand God and religious scholars through dialogues are working for bringing various communities closer to each other.
Prominent Hindu Intellectual, Mr Ras Raj Das said that since people are distancing themselves from spirituality, they are getting into uneasiness. "On an individual level, peace may start with having calmness within oneself and many spiritual traditions and teachings throughout history have emphasized peace, both as an inner journey and as an outward commitment to live in mutual benefit with our families, our communities, and in the world," he said.
Fr Jose Akhara (Sadbhavna, Aligarh), said that interfaith dialogue provides strong foundations for a greater understanding of different religions in an effort to promote peace. He added that despite the differences in worship and theology, all religions share a common teaching of peace.
Mrs Firdaus Rahman (Principal, Ahmadi School for the Visually Challenged) said that the Art and Craft workshop conducted by the visiting delegation at the Ahmadi School will help immensely in increasing communication and professional skills of students.
Mansih of Sadbhavna and Mohammad Ahmad of the Ahmadi School conducted the workshop.
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Related PicturesPro Vice Chancellor Prof Tabassum Shahab presenting memento to Prof Rober N Nash, head of the delation from Mercer University of Atlanta, USA on the occasion of Meet on Interfaith Understanding
Vice Chancellor Prof Tariq Mansoor with the delegates from USAs Mercer University at Ahmadi School