Islamic Centre honors Silsilah inter-faith movement
The award given by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, a prestigious institute of Islamic studies, aims to encourage initiatives of interfaith dialogue in the world.
Silsilah, a movement for Islamic-Christian dialogue founded by PIME missionary Father Sebastiano D'Ambra in the southern Philippines has been bestowed with the World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) Award, 2014.
The award given by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, a prestigious institute of Islamic studies, aims to encourage initiatives of interfaith dialogue in the world. Sponsored by King Abdullah II of Jordan, the WIHW prize will be awarded in Amman in April.
“The prizes will be awarded to those events or texts that are judged to have been most successful in promoting interfaith harmony, and impacting religious understanding,” according to the WIHW website.
The honour comes after a period of an unstable peace and order situation in Zamboanga City, especially after the siege on the city last September by an MNLF Misuari faction, which left the city with thousands of evacuees without permanent dwelling places.
The United Nations Inter-faith Harmony Partners of Zamboanga headed by the Silsilah Dialogue Movement has been spearheading the celebration of the WIHW in Zamboanga City since 2012.
The annual celebration is in response to a U.N. General Assembly Resolution setting aside the first week of February of every year as Inter-faith Harmony week to promote the use of dialogue among different faiths and religions and their contribution for peace in the world.
According to Silsilah, “The Inter-faith Harmony Week encourages the spread of interfaith harmony and goodwill in the world’s churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other places of worship. The celebration is based on the love of God and love of one’s neighbour according to one’s own religious traditions and convictions.”
Source: Agenzia Fides & silsilahdialogue.com