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Al-Cordoby  
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    Posted: 08 July 2010 at 12:26am
Tariq Ramadan participated in a conference at the Salzburg Global Seminar in June, 2010. The topic of the conference was "One World, Diverse Faiths: How far can different religious traditions come together in support of a sustainable world, artistic creativity and the pursuit of peace?"

Tariq Ramadan was interviewed by Salzburg Global Seminar's Senior Vice-President, Edward Mortimer. Here, he discusses the importance of applied ethics in our daily lives. This is what he said:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpkwcnGQbv0

Can different faiths work together?

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Simple answer is Yes and No.

Yes, because Billions of people of different faiths fully embrace the idea of tolerance and understanding.  Sharing ideas and knowledge for the benefit of all mankind.  When you really analyse matters there is not much that separates us, ie we all believe in the One God, believe in the command to love thy neighbour and let's not forget,  this planet is big enough to accommodate us all.


And ultimately and very sadly NO because:

a) There are still Millions of people dying every year of hunger in the 21st Century, whilst mountains of food go to waste and..


b) Well just ask any born again Evangelical Christian what must happen for Jesus pbuh to return.


a) has nothing to do with faith, but shows the failure of humanity as a whole in it's inability to resolve relatively simple matters.  What hope then for something concerning faith, over which countless/pointless wars have already been fought?
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Originally posted by shamstar

Simple answer is Yes and No.

Yes, because Billions of people of different faiths fully embrace the idea of tolerance and understanding. 
 
And don't forget the billions of people of no faith who also embrace these ideas.
 
 
Sharing ideas and knowledge for the benefit of all mankind.  When you really analyse matters there is not much that separates us, ie we all believe in the One God,
 
Well, no, we don't. However, the first part of your statement is correct. We are able to share ideas and knowledge for the benefit of all mankind. I think particularly of medical research, but there are other areas. 
 
 
believe in the command to love thy neighbour and let's not forget,  this planet is big enough to accommodate us all.
 
But sadly, unless people rein in their desire to have many children, it won't remain big enough to accomodate us all. Oh, the square miles are there, but they are finite, and many of them are not habitable.


And ultimately and very sadly NO because:

a) There are still Millions of people dying every year of hunger in the 21st Century, whilst mountains of food go to waste and..
 
This is actually a good topic. We do indeed have the means to produce enough food for everyone, but we haven't the means of distribution.


b) Well just ask any born again Evangelical Christian what must happen for Jesus pbuh to return.
 
I personally try very hard not to ask any born again Christian anything. I find that, like religious fundamentalists of every strip, they have made up their minds by means of spurious evidence.


a) has nothing to do with faith, but shows the failure of humanity as a whole in it's inability to resolve relatively simple matters.  What hope then for something concerning faith, over which countless/pointless wars have already been fought?
 
Maybe it's time we, the human race, outgrew the use of war as a means to settle our problems.
 
Sorry, what am I thinking?
 
 
 
 


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Of course they can work together, and there already a lot of examples of this fruitful co-works. Of course we can include persons without a faith in this cooperation.

Sad thing is that wars and killings always make news while little steps to a better word seem to interest the public opinion less. That's why we got the impressions that differences always lead to problems.
Spare me the political events and power struggles, as the whole earth is my homeland and all men are my fellow countrymen. K.Gibran
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Dr Ramadan succinctly gave some very valid points towards developing tolerance, understanding and cooperation between members of different religious and moral traditions....Respect and Humility..

The values-Respect , Tolerance, Faith-are all core values that resonate in many societies including Muslim societies...human dignity and human rights and responsibilities are inherent in every person ...Some people want to reach out to the other but mostly aren't sure how...Faith can be a great bridge builder because peace is a universal teaching...there are always challenges but our values can reach beyond ourselves into the world to confront fear, ignorance, and hatred wherever we find them. ...It invites us to reach deep within ourselves to assess our own prejudices... The work begins with living our principles, thereby modeling what is possible in the broader community.
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