World peace on agenda via Wasim Sroya


BUILDING BRIDGES: Ahmadi Muslim Maulana Shafiq ur Rehman and Anglican vicar Bruce Keeley encourage the public to attend a peace conference this weekend. ‘‘Nothing can be lost by talking to each other, a great deal can be lost by not talking to each other,’’ Mr Keeley says.

Religious leaders of different faiths will discuss how to achieve world peace tomorrow afternoon.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community hosts an annual peace conference that this year will be at Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts in Pakuranga.

Members of the public are invited to attend and listen to Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist and Ahmadi speakers.

The community’s national president Mohammad Iqbal says the world is in danger of plunging into chaos because of an imminent clash of cultures and people need to be accepting of one another to avoid conflicts.

“The need to establish the basic principles of justice and equality at this critical juncture in human history cannot be overestimated,” he says.

“Religion as always has a central role to play in achieving these principles, and it is our duty to ensure that the purpose of religion is to spread peace, tolerance and understanding.”

Bruce Keeley, vicar of All Saints Anglican Church in Howick, says relating across divisions is important to have a more respectful and peaceful community.

“I truly believe that a lot of the world’s problems arise from prejudice, and prejudice arises from ignorance,” he says.

“So if we are more informed, we will be less prejudiced, and that will make a better society.”

Mr Keeley encourages Christians to attend.


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