Religious Leaders Stand Up For Peace Amid Anti-Muslim Attacks

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Source: Huffington Post

Amid a spike in anti-Muslim assaults, vandalism and death threats around the country since the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino and growing sentiment against the resettlement of Muslim refugees, congregations of all faiths have scrambled to think of ways to curb the violence and call for peace.

In Washington, D.C., on Sunday, the Washington National Cathedral played host to an interfaith pilgrimage of Christians, Jews and Muslims who walked with each other from congregation to congregation, calling for the faithful choose “unity over extremism.”

For over 90 minutes, a small yet influential group of religious leaders marched with dozens of community members from the Washington Hebrew Congregation to the cathedral before ending at the Islamic Center of Washington.

Along the way, they held signs quoting the Quran on unity and condemning extremism.

“O humankind, indeed we have created you male and female and made you peoples and tribes, that you may know each other,” said one (Quran 49:13). “American Muslims condemn ISIS and terrorism,” read another.

The group hopes that congregations across the U.S. will join together to host their own pilgrimages.

KEVIN ECKSTROM/WASHINGTON NATIONAL CATHEDRAL
Clergy and community members walk toward the Washington National Cathedral, the second stop on Sunday’s interfaith pilgrimage in support of Muslims and unity between religious groups.

The two-mile walk included Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington; Rabbi David Saperstein, the U.S. ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom; the Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington; Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig of the Washington Hebrew Congregation; and Imam Talib Shareef of Masjid Muhammad in D.C.

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  1. The Prophet Mohammad, peace and blessings be upon him, said: “None of you has faith until you love for your neighbour what you love for yourself.”

    These Golden Rules are found in Christianity, Judaism, and other religions. These are the messages we must give the next generation.(our children and grandchildren)

    John 4:16 : “Whoever lives in love lives in God and God in them.

    John 15:12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

    John 2:10-11. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.

    We, as Educated Muslim should teach our children to love non Muslim, atheist, gay-lesbian etc etc as we love our self…..and do not judge other religion, because only Allah can judge people’s faith.

    What we see in Muslim countries, most Muslim parents do not teach their children to love non Muslim as he love him self, but conversely they teach hatred toward non Muslim etc. This is Muslim problem in this world.

    Now, the fruit decades of hate teaching is coming to fruition, very sad, pity, and heartbreaking—millions innocent people have been suffering, displacing and killed.

    Muslims really need a reformation urgently, if we always claim Islam is peaceful religion and mercy for all people.

    Was Salam
    With love

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