Role of Ulema in Fostering a Culture of Interfaith Peace and Social Harmony.

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Taasir English News Network || 29 Nov 2022 || New Delhi


Seminar on the Role of Ulema in Fostering a Culture of Interfaith Peace and Social Harmony in India and Indonesia

  • A Seminar on the Role of Ulema in Fostering a Culture of Interfaith Peace and Harmony in India and Indonesia was held in New Delhi on 29 November 2022. The seminar was attended by Ulema from India and Indonesia, as well as attendees from other faiths. The meeting discussed the historical and cultural context of Islam in their respective countries, and Islam’s teachings on peaceful co-existence and tolerance. The Ulema also shared views on the experience and practice of Islam in multi-religious societies like India and Indonesia. They appreciated the prevalence of religious freedom, pluralism, and equality before the law in both societies.
  • Contemporary challenges of religious radicalization and extremism in India and Indonesia were discussed along with the need to counter disinformation and propaganda that can impede peaceful co-existence among the followers of different faiths. Noting the key role of Ulema and other religious leaders as well as education in countering radicalisation and extremism, the participants agreed on the need to work together to develop common narratives on de-radicalization.
  • The religious leaders agreed that a better understanding among different faiths is a constructive element in the efforts to build harmonious societies. The participants denounced all hate speech, prejudice, propaganda, demonization, violence, conflict and condemned the misuse of religions for these ends. The discussions emphasized the need to contribute all efforts possible towards building mutual understanding, trust, and respect in order to build secure, peaceful, and prosperous societies.
  • The Indonesian delegation also met with leaders of different religions from India. They emphasized the role of religious leaders in promoting inter- faith understanding towards building a harmonious society. 5. The participants agreed to encourage further engagement between themselves and the larger communities of both countries, including scholars, academia and students by exploring cooperation between civil society organisations, think tanks, universities and other social as well as educational institutions.

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