Jordan's Interfaith Initiatives

 

Amman Message (2004)

A landmark document that gained the broad consensus of Muslim scholars and leaders, The Amman Message is an invitation to greater understanding and respect among faiths and cultures. It refutes ideologies that advocate violence and sedition in the name of religion. It is a robust answer to those who have depicted Islam as a violent and hateful faith, stirring Islamophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment.

 

A Common Word (2007)

Initiated by His Royal Highness Prince Ghazi bin Mohammed, and endorsed by a growing list of Muslim clerics and scholars representing all denominations and schools of thought, "A Common Word" is a joint message to the leaders of the world's churches and Christians, to embrace the common ground between Christianity and Islam. Described as "the most successful Muslim-Christian interfaith initiative in history," A Common Word has stimulated profound discussions between Muslims and Christians and has paved the way for genuine understanding and engagement.

 

Catholic-Muslim Forum (2008 and 2011)

Building on “A Common Word”, the Catholic-Muslim Forum was established between the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and Muslim leaders who signed the Open Letter to Christian leaders urging them to engage in inter-faith dialogue. Held twice so far, first in the Vatican and then at the Baptism Site of Jesus Christ (peace be upon him), Bethany beyond the Jordan, the Catholic-Muslim Forum brought together leading scholars from both religions to foster understanding of each other, enhance mutual respect and further collaboration within the scholarly circles of the two religions. A third Catholic-Muslim Forum will take place in Rome in November 2014.

“World Interfaith Harmony Week” (2010)

“World Interfaith Harmony Week” was initiated by His Majesty King Abdullah, who put it forward to the 56th session of the UN General Assembly, which unanimously adopted it as a UN resolution; henceforth, the first week of February has become “World Interfaith Harmony Week”. Building on this initiative, King Abdullah created an annual award to recognize activities and publications that best contribute to the promotion of inter-faith movements around the world. This year the prizes were awarded to youth in India, the Philippians, Uganda and Egypt.

 

Aal al-Bayt Conference (2013)

The Aal al-Bayt Conference aims to deepen dialogue and reinforce cooperation among the seven Islamic schools of jurisprudence. Bringing together Muslim leaders from around the world, the conference concluded that Islamic principles and democratic ideals complement each other and that the most feasible model of a viable, sustainable Islamic state is a civic state founded on institutions, Shura and justice. 

“The Challenges Facing Arab Christians” (2013)

This conference discussed threats to the historical identity of Jerusalem's Muslim and Christian Holy Sites and affirmed Arab Christians' essential role in their societes.

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