Shaykh Umar Al-Qadri, chair of the Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council and imam of the mosque at Blanchardstown in Dublin, has pointed out that “all religions promote love and discourage violence”.
Islam and Christianity “both stand for peace, harmony and human development”, he said, and he prayed “that the new year may bring healing and peace to our suffering world”.
The dream of global peace “will never come true unless followers of both Islam and Christianity, which together make up well over half of the world’s population, come forward in a spirit of co-operation, respect and goodwill to play their due role to promote peaceful coexistence”.
The “hollow notion of a clash of civilisations’ needs to be replaced with ‘dialogue among civilisations’”, the imam said. Enhanced engagement among different religions especially Islam and Christianity would serve to “build bridges and demolish walls that separate us”, he said.