Dialogue is fundamental and critical for long lasting peace and enhanced cooperation in our pluralistic communities. Therefore, on Saturday, 5th February, 2022 we held a community-based interfaith dialogue under the theme ‘Building Bridges Through Interfaith Dialogue Amidst Covid-19’ at the Forecourt of Walewale Chief Palace to mark this year’s UN World Interfaith Harmony Week.
Since 2020, we annually commemorate UN World Interfaith Week with an in-person event and so we are glad we were able to continue with our tradition of hosting a safe, friendly and goal-driven dialogue to build and repair relationships for peace.
This year, over 70 people participated in the interfaith dialogue including Duraana Mahami Abudu, the Chief of Walewale who was also the chairperson, his elders, religious leaders, students, community members and the media.
In his opening remarks at the event grounds, our Executive Director Mr. Issah Toha Shamsoo explained that, “Religion plays an important role in how we see other members of the society. This can be a powerful tool for peace or violence.”
“And drawing inspiration from religious practices and scriptures, we are here today to explore ways of dealing compassionately and peacefully with our enemies, strangers, neighbours and friends” he added.
In the wake of religious conflicts around the world, African Students For Interfaith Tolerance hopes to bring people together to build long lasting relationships and trust for sustainable peace and enhanced cooperation.