Current Affairs
Islamic community holds inter-religious convention to promote dialogue

The Islamic community Ahmadiyya which meets in the heart of Gzira recently held an inter-religious convention with representatives from other religions, in order to promote dialogue to create an atmosphere of love, respect and hope. The convention was held at the Holy Family Centre in Msida.

The dialogue between different religions is the tool which is being used so that believers may understand one another better so that together they can create an atmosphere of peace, love and respect towards the diversity of religious beliefs. The Islamic community Ahmadiyya felt the need to create an opportunity for dialogue where representatives from different religions can speak about their beliefs to strengthen friendship. The convention had as its theme “Love for everyone, hatred towards no one”.

Laiq Ahmed Atif,  the President of Ahmadiyya Musulmana said, “We teach our community about Islam and how we should live in a society as responsible citizens, how they should respect everyone and help those in need.”

He added that the convention’s aim was to send a message of unity.

Laiq Ahmed Atif said, “people of different religious beliefs live in Malta and we want to send a message that although our religions are different, as human beings we can focus on the common things between us so that we can have a better society.”

Fr John Barry, who is a delegate for the Diocesan Commission for the Church’s Inter-religious Dialogue, said that religious dialogue creates a culture of peace and can even build bridges between different religions.

 

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