Earlier ths evening I watched CNN and there was a piece with Becky Anderson about the “Document on Human Fraternity” … never heard about it. Becky had breakfast in Abi Dhabi together with 3 religions (Jewish, Christian and Muslin) at the same table.
The Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together is a joint statement signed by Pope Francis and Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, on 4 February 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It was born of a fraternal open discussion between Francis and Tayeb, and it is meant to be a guide on advancing a “culture of mutual respect”.
Francis led an open-air Mass for 170,000 people in Abu Dhabi where Christian worship is usually allowed only inside churches. Unlike Saudi Arabia, which outlaws all non-Muslim places of worship, Abu Dhabi allows Christians to practise their faith discreetly and has a substantial Catholic population.
The document suggests one chain of causality for religious and national extremism: “a moral deterioration” in international action and “a weakening of spiritual values” leading to “frustration, isolation and desperation”, leading some to fall “into a vortex of extremism”, leading some to “individual or collective self-destruction”.(text; wikipedia.org)
The body of the document has a paragraph to uphold each of these values:
- “freedom of every person”;
- “justice based on mercy”;
- “dialogue” to promote “peace” and “tolerance”, noting that “[d]ialogue among believers” need to avoid “unproductive discussions”; “protection of places of worship”;
- the necessity “to stop terrorism”, particularly naming “financing, the provision of weapons”, and “using media […] to justify” terrorism;
- “full citizenship”;
- “good relations between East and West”;
- “the right of women”;
- “Protection of the fundamental rights of children”; and
- “protection of the rights of the elderly, the weak, the disabled, and the oppressed”.
Abu Dhabi is now building a complex featuring a mosque, a church and synagogue to promote peace between religions on one site to promote ‘human fraternity’. The building project inspired by Pope’s visit to UAE. It’s called Abrahamic Family House. What an amazing idea!!!!
I’m not a believer … but this is something I believe in because this is what we all should live by – but why do we know so little about it??? Why hasn’t this got the Nobel Peace Prize??????!!!! It’s only a year old … but still, the world should be shoting about it.
At least some people are working for that our world is going to change to be a better world for us all … and that we will learn to respect each other for who we are. There is a place for us all. You can read more on their website; The Higher Committee of Human Fraternity
The winning design for the Abrahamic Family House was by London-based architects Adjaye Associates. The three religions are sometimes called the Abrahamic religions because Abraham is regarded as a significant figure in all of them.
Architect David Adjaye said: ‘I am humbled and honoured that our design has been selected. ‘”I believe architecture should work to enshrine the kind of world we want to live in, a world of tolerance, openness, and constant advancement,”
It is hoped that the complex will be completed by 2022 and host daily religious services as well as international summits.
This is an enough strong reason for me to visit the UAE again.
“All religions are branches of one big tree.”
(All images belongs to Adjays Associations.)