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Representatives of Abrahamic Faiths sign resolution


The Islamic Centre of England convened an urgent meeting of representatives of the Abrahamic faiths (Islam, Christianity and Judaism) in order to condemn any disrespect and desecration of the Quran, the Islamic holy book.

A group of leaders and experts, from the Abrahamic religions met on the 21st September at the Islamic Centre of England in order to express disgust and outrage towards the insulting and desecration of the Holy Quran which took place in America on 11th of September. They also discussed ways for an extended cooperation in order to protect common interests shared by followers of monotheistic religions.

The meeting which was aimed to approve a 10-point to “Safeguard our Common Values and Communities”…resolution, started with the recitation from the Holy Qur`an. Hujjatul-Islam wal Muslemin Moezi director of the Islamic Centre of England and representative of Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei in the UK, gave a warm welcome to the participants. In his address he described the despicable insult to the Holy Qur`an as: “a conspiracy planned by the agents of international Zionism intent to create tension between Christians and Muslims by insulting the sanctities of Muslims, trying to incite their emotions with an increase in Islamophobia”. The head of Islamic Centre of England described the incident of the burning of the Qur’an as one in a long list of orchestrated attempts via films, cartoons and other medias to undermine the sacredness of the heavenly religions and to belittle them to the extend that ordinary people would lose their interest in them.

Hujjatul-Islam wal Muslemin Moezi mentioned that despite the conspiracies of the enemies of Islam and the occupation of various Muslim countries by global arrogance, Muslims have come closer together showing more and more resentment against occupations especially by the Zionist regime in Palestine. He underlined the fact that Muslims, not only in the West, but throughout the world have a very good relationship with the follower of Abrahamic religions. He also hoped that meeting such as this, would expand and increase the peaceful cooperation among the followers of Abrahamic faiths in an effort to neutralize conspirators’ intent to create division in society.

The other participants also expressed their views regarding the need to protect moral values, common interests and the sacred celestial religions against the hatred and possible repetition of action such as the burning of the Qur’an.

The following is the resolution signed by all participants who in terms committed themselves to increase the number of signatories by introducing it to likeminded individuals.

The full text of the 10 point resolution as follows:

Urgent Gathering of Scholars of the Abrahamic Faiths:
“A Resolution to Safeguard
Our Common Values and Communities”
Tuesday 21st September, 2010

1) We, scholars of the Abrahamic faiths and independent thinkers believe in our own belief systems as individuals and will stand united to uphold our common values for the common good; and
2) Although each faith upholds its own creed, beliefs and rituals, nevertheless, interfaith co-operation is vital in the field of humanitarian and human relationships issues. Indeed, it is a basic tenet of divine religious teachings to treat ones fellow man with the utmost compassion and consideration; and
3) Inherent in the compassionate treatment of ones fellow man, is the essential requirement at all times to ensure that ones words and actions in no way harm, hurt, insult or embarrass other individuals or groups within society. This requirement in turn includes the need to show complete respect for any matter held in esteem by them; and
4) Whereas, disrespect shown to religion is on the rise which contributes to a greater degree of insecurity and sense of danger by members of religious groups that can be distinguished by their dress or place of association; and
5) In the light of the above, we wish to express our rejection at the statements made by certain individuals and groups implying intention to burn copies of the Qur’an. Such flagrant insults can only incite ill feeling and strife between the groups within society instead of enhancing goodwill and peace, which should be the aim of all justice loving people; and
6) Whereas, such behaviour is discrimination against men or harassment of them because of their race, colour, condition of life, or religion; and
7) Whereas, the desecration of the places of worship and graves of religious groups have already been illegal as hate crimes and that the desecration of the books held holy by a religion is considered more seriously than the previously mentioned acts; and
8) We, on our part, are responsible to work and be concerned for the common good, towards preventing the spread of such incendiary kind of behaviour in our communities, which is incompatible with the principles of mutual coexistence and cohesion; therefore, be it
9) Resolved, that the participants representing the various religious groups in this round table gathering of scholars of the Abrahamic Faiths encourage its members to condemn all activity that insults all things held holy by the followers of any religion, in particular the recent act of burning the Qur’an.
10) May we merit the time when the glory of the Al-mighty will be revealed over the whole universe and all mankind will be at peace with each other.
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LIST OF SIGNATORIES TO THE RESOLUTION
DATED 21ST SEPTEMBER 2010 OF THE ABRAHAMIC FAITHS

1. Zafar , Abbas, Council of Shia Scholars (Majlis Ulama-e-Shia), President
2. Ch. Hatem, Aboudaya, Imam Hussain Mosque , Imam
3. Mahmoud, Ahmed, Information Centre, Editor
4. Ali, ALAwsie, International University, Lecturer
5. Ali, Alemi, Islamic Universal Association, Religious Scholar
6. Samir, Al-Haidari, AIM, Executive member
7. Ali H, Al-Hakim, IABA Foundation, Director
8. Hasanali, Al-Taraiki, Abrar Islamic Foundation, Imam
9. Julian, Bond, Christian Muslim Forum, Director
10. Lauren, Booth, Press TV, Independent Thinker & Journalist
11. Ahmad, Fartousi, ICEL, Religious Scholar
12. Said, Ferjani, MINAB & MAB, Vice Chair
13. Frank , Gelli, Anglicanism - Church of England , Revd.
14. Ahmed, Haneef, Islamic Centre of England, Lecturer
15. Kamal, Helbawy, Islamic Unity Forum, Sec-General
16. Ali, Helmi, Iran Cultural Centre, Director
17. Elfazer, Hochhauser, Neturei Karta , Rabbi
18. A, Moezi, Islamic Centre of England, Minister of Religion / Director
19. Ibrahim, Monir, Ikhwan Mouslem, Editor
20. Jafar Ali, Najm, Sakina Trust , Minister of Religion
21. Mohammad, Rajaei, Islamic Centre of Newcastle, Director
22. Mohammad, Razavi, Family & Social Affairs Office, Minister of Religion
23. Massoud, Shadjareh, IHRC, Director