World Interfaith Harmony Week is February 1-7. Every year the first week of February has been designated by the United Nations since 2010 as a week to showcase and celebrate the ongoing work of interreligious harmony and peacemaking.
With President Trump’s January 27, 2017, thinly-veiled, anti-muslim executive order of extreme vetting of travelers from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia, it is incumbent upon all generous people of good will to bring about interfaith harmony to counterbalance this cause of religious tension. “Aside from the national security concerns, the president’s executive order has ignited a fierce debate on its legality and constitutionality,” says PBS Newshour’s Miles O’brien. Aside for legal and political concerns, we are all humans, deserving of tolerance, empathy and respect.
This year, the international committee has been gathering letters of support from around the world. Groups and individuals are encouraged to sponsor events during this week and to share the information on the World Interfaith Harmony Week website.
The World Interfaith Harmony Week is based on the pioneering work of The Common Word initiative. This initiative, which started in 2007, called for Muslim and Christian leaders to engage in a dialogue based on two common fundamental religious Commandments; Love of God, and Love of the Neighbour, without nevertheless compromising any of their own religious tenets. The Two commandments are at the heart of the three Monotheistic religions and therefore provide the most solid theological ground possible.
“The World Interfaith Harmony Week extends the Two Commandments by adding ‘Love of the Good, and Love of the Neighbour’. This formula includes all people of goodwill. It includes those of other faiths, and those with no faith.”