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Without human fraternity there can be no peace, symposium told

Aug 24, 2022 09:59:18 AM

“Without human fraternity there can be no peace,” this is the take home message that came out during a symposium that brought together religious leaders, lecturers, students among other interfaith stake holders recently.

The symposium was organised by the Department of Philosophy and Religious studies at the University of Nairobi under the theme of Human Fraternity and World Peace: An Interfaith Dialogue.In his welcoming remarks, Prof. Karori Mbugua-the chair, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Nairobi noted that the purpose of the symposium was to reflect on human fraternity for peace.

It is to coincide with the opening, later this year, of a Abrahamic Family Complex in Abu Dhabi-Dubai that houses

a synagogue, mosque and church is meant to be the peak of understanding for peaceful coexistence inspired by the human fraternity document.In his opening remarks read by Prof. Jack OdhiamboAssociate dean faculty of Arts

and Social Sciences; Prof. Eprahim Wahome the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at University of Nairobi noted that the timing of the symposium was relevant given that the world has been polarized along religious, political, racial and tribal lines. “It is my hope that it will help promote harmony, respect and understanding among religions and countries,” he said.

He said that the University of Nairobi supports the document signed between the Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of

Al Azhar in February 2019. “Indeed dialogue is the best way to gain trust among religions and cultures in countering violence committed in the name of religion.”

Among those who made presentations included Dr. Mohammed Barth on Human Fraternity and Fraternity meeting in Najaf: New Opportunities and Horizons; Prof. Jesse Mugambi on Harmonious Coexistence-The Key to Durable Peace; Dr Hassan Kinyua on Interfaith Dialogue and its significance to the human fraternity for world peace: an Islamic perspective; Fr. Innocent Maganya on Pope Francis’ Fratelli Tutti; Dr. Jacinta Maweu on using media to promote interreligious dialogue between Christians and Muslims in Kenya; Dr. Omar Kalinge on Interfaith understanding: Towards a zone of possible agreement; Dr. Abdulkadir Abubakar on Embracing and Engaging: The humane aspect of Islam; Prof. Peter Wanderi on TBA; Dr. Sheikh Abdulla Bundid on Islamic Sharia Guidance for human brotherhood and Dr. Mohammad Shomali on From Dialogue to Unity.

Several books were also launched including Crush on the Cross by Rev. Ann Wanjiru, A simplified version of Arabic language by Dr. Hassan Kinyua and Katika Vivuli vya Mtume (SAW) by Sheikh Juma Ngao were launched during the

symposium.

The event was graced by Tehid Afzali-the deputy ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Kenya. He observed that there was a big difference between pure Islam and those who use it to perpetuate acts of terror in the name of religion. “This kind of dialogue can bring peace, stability and security around the world. It is also a forum to emphasis that Islam stands for peace as well as inviting others to dialogue.”

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