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Harmony Interfaith

'Peace among religions is a precondition for world peace.' Swami Agnivesh

'There will be no peace among the nations without peace among the religions. There will be no peace among the religions without dialogue among the religions'. Dr Hans Küngo

'God has given us many faiths but only one world in which to co-exist. May your work help all of us cherish our commonalities and feel enlarged by our differences.’ Lord Jonathan Sacks, the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations

'We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.' Kofi Annan

'Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.' John F. Kennedy

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Harmony Interfaith is a UK based not for profit organization with its registered office in London. We strongly believe that interfaith dialogue and harmony can play a significant role in bringing peace and prosperity to human society. Some of us work formally and some informally to bring their skills and expertise to support the cause.

If you are interested in our cause or have some ideas please feel free to get in touch with us.

Continuous struggle

The long rule of the third Mughal emperor, Akbar the Great in India, allowed Islam, Sikhism, Jainism, Buddhism and Hinduism to thrive. However, a few generations later, the rule of Aurangzeb Alamgir was marred with religious intolerance. Extreme violence also followed partition of the Indian subcontinent.

By no means are we are suggesting that there was not a single incidence of religious intolerance in Akbar’s rule in India. Ruling elite had vested interest in peace and that may have been a contributing factor. Nonetheless, people did enjoyed peace during that time.

There have been several meetings referred to as a Parliament of the World’s Religions, most notably the World's Parliament of Religions of 1893, the first attempt to create a global dialogue of faiths.

There has been considerable contribution from interfaith groups who joined hands with other civil society organizations for civil rights for African-Americans, apartheid in South Africa, ethnic killings in Rwanda, religious atrocities in Yugoslav war and opposition to Iraq invasion.

There are numerous examples of religious pluralism in India, the US and elsewhere. Eboo Patel, founder of Interfaith Youth Core, writes “America is among the most religiously diverse countries in human history and by far the most religiously devout nation in the West.”

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