Address to Interreligious Leadership Conference 2017, Seoul, Korea, November 10-14, 2017
Dear brothers and sisters in humanity,
I bring a greeting of peace: assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah
“May the peace and blessing of Almighty Allah be upon you all.”
In the Holy Qur’an, Almighty Allah tells us:
“O mankind, We have created you all from a male and a female, and have made you into nations and tribes, so that you might come to know one another. Verily, the noblest of you in the sight of God is the one who is most conscious of Him.”
Brothers and sisters, here Allah says that He made us into nations and tribes to understand and learn from each other, not to fight amongst ourselves.
Again, Allah says in the Qur’an:
“And if Allah had so willed, He would surely have made you all one single community: but He wants to test you to see whether you do right or wrong.”
Dear friends, without a doubt, the human world is in turmoil. Pollution, disasters, disease and destruction cover the whole planet. Many die needlessly every day. Torture, rape, ethnic cleansing and genocide have become weapons of war.
We all need to stop and think. We all need to go back to our scriptures and rediscover the verses of peace that have been ignored, forgotten or misinterpreted as verses of war and conflict. Dear religious leaders, friends, we all need to teach our followers that it is vital to understand the religions, the cultures and the ways of life of others. The lives of all brothers and sisters in humanity must be respected and held sacred.
We need to unite, and truly unite, brothers and sisters. We are blessed to have another opportunity to unite under the Interreligious Association for Peace and Development (IAPD).
As one of the three million Muslims in the United Kingdom, and the nearly two billion across the world, I fully support the excellent work of UPF and the IAPD, and invite you all to join us to bring peace and brotherhood and sisterhood to the four corners of the globe.
Together, united under UPF and the IAPD, we can bring peace to our generation and the generations to come. Brothers and sisters, I would like to ask you to hold your hands together and say “we all united to bring peace to the world.” Amen. God bless you all.
Author: Sheikh Dr. Hojjat Ramzy
Executive Member of the Muslim Council of Britain
Hojjat Ramezanzadeh, known as Sheikh Dr. Hojjat Ramzy, is the Director of the Oxford Islamic Information Centre and the Muslim Chaplain at Oxford Brookes University. Born in the Middle East, Sheikh Ramzy has lived in Oxford for over 30 years. He holds an undergraduate degree from Oxford Brookes University and completed further Islamic studies at Markfield Institute in Leicester. As an Islamic scholar, he has worked with several governmental and non-governmental organisations and with religious leaders of all faiths. He established the Oxford Islamic Information Centre to provide accurate and accessible information about Islam with a view to promoting understanding, peace and brotherhood within the local and national community.