Why not in South Africa?

2016-01-10 04:32

Religion and culture are, I believe, the cornerstone of  social cohesion and in the light of the resurgence of racism allegations it's appropriate that this be openly discussed.

In the  aftermath of Charlie Hebdo and Paris attacks hundreds of mosques in France are taking part in a major two-day open-house event, offering visitors the opportunity to come in for tea and a chat about Islam.

So why not here in South Africa? Better still why not  extend this to synagogues, temples and churches as well?

Its being done informally already in South Africa but on an ad hoc basis whenever  there is a crisis. Why not regularly and formally as they do in Singapore for instance?

When the Dennis Hurley Centre in Durban opened  leaders and people of all the  religious faiths and denominations were invited and attended. I was encouraged and inspired by the ethos and the spirit of  saamheid and shared compassion that  infused the occasion and that served as the blue print for an ummah of all faiths and beliefs.

This is excellent as a tool for nation building and social cohesion as well as enhancing understanding and tolerance between people of all faiths in South Africa.

So in my opinion our religious leaders should also have open days with mosques, temples, synagogues and churches having such events. I am aware of SABC  having radio and television broadcasts weekly  and therefore in the outbreak of racism I opine that these issue should be discussed openly.

I also opine that we as Christians, Hindus, Jews and Muslims should during our daily interactions talk about matters that affect us through our religious practices.

We should break down the mind forged walls and barriers and learn from Singapore and Malaysia where the principle of mosques without walls apply.

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