Trialogue of the Abrahamic Faiths......worth a try

2013-03-16 15:09

There is so much similarity between Judaism,Christianity and Islam as there are differences too.The former seem to be ignored or discarded and the differences become the source of conflict and misunderstanding.Imagine,just imagine that with a new Pope at the helm,Christians,Jews and Muslims coming together TRC style to reconcile their difference and building as well as harnessing the similarities.Its easy if you approach my proposal with an open mind, for an open mind lis like a parachute that lands gently with reason whilst a closed mind is like a guided missile that explodes and destroys on impact. So before you read on, of which mind are you.

If your mind is a closd one, now is the time to stop reading further.For this op-ed moth might as well be written and read in the dark.

In 1979 a unique as well as unusual meeting was held under the auspices of the American Academy of Religion culminating in a trialogue between Jews,Muslims and Christians and 28 years later, in October 2007 in fact a follow up meeting entitled "Children of Abraham:Trialogue of Civilizations" was held in Cambridge,Massachusetts where the theme was that despite our differences,Muslims,Jews and Christians were all brothers and sisters united by the same patriarch Abraham.

Hence I penned an earlier op-ed entitled 'A Muslim's perception of hope on the accession of Pope Francis 1' which elicited a tsunami of responses evocative of deep and fossilized prejudices across the board.As a votary of hope and faith in action I continue to hope and believe that we're on the cusp of something extraordinary.Notwithstanding the most discouraging picture that confronts me,I feel inspired when Pope Francis 1 reiterated that he had a strategy to bridge the gulf between Chritianity,Judaism and Islam.All three faiths are at their farthest since 911.Provided that we are willing and prepared to repair broken contacts,I believe that peace,harmony and co-existence is an attainable goal and worth vying for.

Why can't we exist side and side?Imagine,(as John Lennon cried,'it's easy of you try')three faiths in one allied against greed and poverty ,oppression and dispossession?

The road ahead starts with the courage of who is prepared to take the first step,make the first gesture. Built into Pope Francis 1's strategy is a trialogue that begins between and amongst you and I.........

Saber Ahmed Jazbhay

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