Recent Interfaith Event - Annual World Sabbath: At this time of darkness and ignorance of Islamophobia, outreach more than any other time matters!
Despite, Imam Elahi's recent arrival from his overseas outreach and busy weekend schedule, he felt that it was necessary to be present from the Muslim community in the Annual Interfaith World Sabbath Occasion. Upon organizing alongside of the clergy of various faiths at the start of the event, one of the event organizers, Gail Katz asked Imam Elahi to call the audience to prayer on behalf of the Islamic Faith. Following the program, Imam had a chance to dialogue with participants including answering some brief questions. He was humbled by the encouraging words and feedback of those that he met.
Two parts of the program were shared by Imam Elahi- both impressed him the most about the program!
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" 1- When we clergy community of many faith traditions stood together and read this Interfaith Pledge:
We pledge ourselves this day in the name of all we hold holy, to raise our voices in the cause of peace. No longer shall we remain silent when armies march and children die, while dictators lay the blame on God. No longer shall we remain silent when religious and political leaders use religion as an excuse for bloodshed or claim faith as a reason for war. We shall raise our voices when prejudice and persecution are blamed on God. We shall raise our voices when scriptures are twisted. We shall build a world of tolerance, justice, faithfulness, and peace. We shall build a world where all may know that our faith calls us to be builders of peace, not makers of war. And this we pledge: Shalom, Salaam, Shanti, Peace
2- The other part that really impressed Imam a lot was the Selection performed by Children of Peace! So beautiful:
We are children of peace. We are the children of the world.
We are children of friendship. We are the children of the world.
We don't want war anymore. We are the children of the world.
We are children of justice. We are the children of the world.
We are children of compassion. We are the children of the world.
We are children of love. We are the children of the world."