Interfaith dialogue is important

Interfaith dialogue is important
Updated 17 January 2014

Interfaith dialogue is important

Interfaith dialogue is important

I fully agree with the views expressed by Nawar Fakhri Ezzy in her article “Interfaith dialogue — only way to fight extremism” (Jan. 16). I wish all Muslims and non-Muslims adopt the same approach. This is very important to bring peace in this world. Killing each other in the name of religion is wrong. We all are human beings and children of Adam and Eve. I feel depressed when I read about killings and fighting all across the globe. Why have stopped acting like humans? Religion teaches coexistence. I agree with the writer that it is the extremist elements of different religions that are trying to impose their views on others. We must say no to extremists and their deviant ideologies. In addition to interfaith dialogue, I think we must try to study our own religion carefully. It is due to our lack of knowledge that unscrupulous elements take advantage of a situation and exploit our religious sentiments to their advantage.
I am sure the writer must have earned the ire of many. Instead of criticizing her views, one should contemplate on what she is trying to convey. It is very important to adopt a liberal approach toward people of other faiths. Islam does not prohibit its followers to act nicely with non-Muslims. Please study the life of our Holy Prophet (pbuh) then criticize the writer and her approach. We must admit that times have changed. The world has become a global village. Our interests are intertwined with each other. This is the only approach that could guarantee peace around the globe. — Lala, Jeddah