ISLAMABAD: The Muslim community should join hands to spread the message of tolerance, Religious Affairs Minister Noor ul Haq Qadri told participants of an interfaith forum in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on Monday.
“Pakistan has taken a number of practical steps for interfaith harmony, including the establishment of the Kartarpur corridor for the Sikh community living across the globe, which is a perfect example of promotion of peace and tolerance,” Qadri said while addressing the Forum for the Promoting Peace (FPP) in Muslim Societies.
Titled “The Role of Religions in Promoting Tolerance: From Possibility to Necessity,” the three-day assembly was opened by UAE Minister for Tolerance Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al-Nahyan. It is attended by 45 religious leaders from across the world, scholars, politicians, and civil society representatives from more than 100 countries.
“We are striving hard to show Pakistan as a symbol of interfaith harmony in the community of nations,” Qadri told Arab News on the phone, adding that the Kartarpur corridor is a perfect example through which Pakistan has sent a message of peace and tolerance to the whole world.
The minister said the Pakistani government is taking practical steps to revitalize Buddhist heritage sites, which will also improve religious tourism in Pakistan.
“Pakistan is going to celebrate Gandhara week to spread the message that it’s a safe and welcoming place to religious minorities. We have taken on board leaders of all religious sects in Pakistan and have gained their support in this regard,” Qadri said, adding that the government is promoting interfaith and intrafaith harmony not only for foreigners, but also for members of minorities in Pakistan.
On the occasion of 2019 being the "Year of Tolerance" in UAE, the FPP's sixth assembly launched a dialogue between Islamic and Western narratives of tolerance.
Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah, chairman of the UAE Fatwa Council and president of the FFP, during his welcoming remarks called for worldwide tolerance that transcends coexistence and encompasses the act of getting to know one another.
“It is important to move beyond simply acknowledging our differences to getting to know one another and acknowledging our shared destiny,” he said.
The forum was established in 2014 to provide a platform to advance the core concepts of peace around the world. It is held under the patronage of UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.