Leading Jordanian Muslim and Christian leaders praise Utah, BYU, LDS Church while spreading message of interfaith peace

1608413PROVO, Utah — A Muslim and a Christian got on a plane together in the Middle East and traveled the 7,000 miles to Utah to deliver a message of peace this week to leaders from around the world.

Before their presentation, the two good-humored friends first visited a mosque in West Valley City, celebrated a Catholic Mass and attended the Sunday morning session of the worldwide LDS general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The actions of the grand mufti and the Melkite Catholic priest matched their message, delivered Tuesday to representatives of 40 nations at Brigham Young University’s 22nd annual International Law and Religion Symposium: That the true nature of Islam calls for tolerance, moderation and the rejection of extremism and terrorism and provides a basis for interfaith unity and peaceful coexistence.

“Our message is that if we as Muslims and Christians in Jordan are able to live amicably and in fraternity, why can’t others do that where they are?” said Father Nabil Haddad, dean of the Saints Peter and Paul Old Cathedral in Amman, Jordan.

The fraternity exhibited by Father Haddad and Maj. Gen. Yahya Al-Btoush, the grand mufti of the Jordanian Armed Forces, is formalized in the Amman Message, a pluralistic 2004 statement by Jordan’s King Abdullah that has become a consensus, landmark document that seeks to counter the roots of terrorism and guide interfaith relations.



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