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World Interfaith Harmony WeekShamim Masih Salem-News.com
Communal Love that can lead us to the attainment of “Global Harmony”
(ISLAMABAD) - Reformation for Empowerment and Alleviation of Poverty (REAP) and Youth Development Association (YDA) on Wednesday, February 06, 2013 held a celebration to mark World Interfaith Harmony Week, observed annually during the first week of February.
A major goal of the Week is to make the ongoing work of interfaith groups to be made more visible to the world around. The thousands of events organized by these groups often go unnoticed not only by the general public, but also by other interfaith groups themselves.
In September 2010, His Majesty King Abdullah proposed the launch of the World Interfaith Harmony Week at the UN General Assembly, which adopted the initiative.
Re-affirming that “mutual understanding and inter-religious dialogue constitute important dimensions of a culture of peace”, the UN General Assembly proclaimed “the first week of February of every year World Interfaith Harmony Week between all religions, faiths and beliefs”.
The week serves as a voluntary occasion for people to express their own religious teachings about tolerance, respect for others and peace, in hopes of bringing people together across the globe.
During the ceremony, held at Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry Hall, attended by Dr. Rushadi al Ani- Iraqi Ambassador and eminent speakers, said the King had offered a gift to humanity through this proposal which was made clear during a speech to the UN General Assembly in October 2010 by His Royal Highness Prince Ghazi Bin Mohammad.
Ashok Chand proposed the idea with the aim of achieving a “faith-driven world harmony by extending its call beyond the Muslim and Christian community to include people of all beliefs and those with no set religious beliefs as well”.
About Shamim Masih
"I am Christian rights activist and freelancer Pakistani journalist specializing in writing about Christians rights for the different papers in the world. My aim is to create a peaceful environment in the society and to help eliminate Christian persecution through my writing as I bring the plight of these brave people under the spotlight of the whole world."
Shamim Masih was born in Sheikhopura's village and raised in Gujranwala, a city in Pakistan's Punjab province. He earned his Bachelors Degree from the University of the Punjab, Lahore majoring in English, Economics and Statistics; he also received a Masters Degree in
As a freelance writer and author, Shamim has written for different papers in the world; his expertise is in writing articles highlighting different social issues. He has served as freelance chief reporter and column writer in “Minority Times” in Islamabad, and a number of Shamim's articles have been published in local papers as well.
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