After four sessions in which understanding between religions was advocated in order to live in a peaceful world, the 1st Forum 'From Islam-Christian Dialogue to the Abrahamic Family' has come to an end.
The event, organised by the Foundation for Islamic Culture & Religious Tolerance (FICRT), closed with a manifesto reaffirming the commitment to peace and brotherhood.
After the interventions of different religious, political and intellectual personalities from various parts of the world "and taking up the best heritage, spiritual and cultural, of the symbolic figure of the patriarch Abraham", the Forum presented the Cordoba Manifesto.
The text, read in three languages - Arabic, Spanish and English - was presented by Jumaa Alkaabi, president of FICRT; Susana Brauner, professor and researcher; Nedal Alteneiji, director of the Zayed House of Islamic Culture; and Rafael Vázquez Jiménez, in charge of Interfaith Relations at the Spanish Episcopal Conference.
The Cordoba Manifesto is made up of five points which call for "personal and collective responsibility in favour of life, peace and justice", as well as the need to "resolve conflicts through just laws".
The Forum also calls for "respect for life and peace, based on the dignity of all human beings and social justice" and insists on "dialogue between individuals, peoples, beliefs and cultures".
The conclusions of the 1st Forum 'From Islam-Christian Dialogue to the Abrahamic Family' were also presented. In this regard, Jumaa Alkaabi presented some of the conclusions of this event. The president of FICRT emphasised the aim of the event: to reject violence and discrimination and to combat terrorism in order to reach a meeting point in the interests of humanity.
According to Alkaabi, this has to be developed by "avoiding disagreement and encouraging acceptance among us". The president of FICRT acknowledges that "there is still a lot of work to be According to Alkaabi, this has to be developed by "avoiding disagreement and encouraging acceptance among us". The president of FICRT acknowledges that "there is still a lot of work to be done", although he assures that what has been proposed in Cordoba during these two days "has been very specific and represents a basis for the future".
Alkaabi indicated that not only the three monotheistic confessions are invited to this dialogue, but that all beliefs can participate "to achieve a future that guarantees peace". On this point, he highlighted the role of the United Arab Emirates and in particular the project of the Abrahamic Family House.
"The road is long and there will be challenges, but I trust in the ability to overcome them by combining our efforts," Alkaabi concluded.
Francisco Javier Fernández Vallinas, professor of Hebrew and Aramaic Studies at the UCM, also presented some of the conclusions of this event. The academic praised the symbolic value of the Abrahamic Family House in the United Arab Emirates.
Fernández Vallinas also underlined the "commitment to common ethical values" and the "moral demands in the face of the challenges and problems that the current world is causing in relation to regional and world peace".
In the words of the professor, the novel and relevant proposals presented "challenge the academic community itself and the very future of religions".
During this event, testimonies were gathered from the Maghreb, Spain, Egypt and Indonesia. On the other hand, different faiths were present, including non-Abrahamic religions such as Buddhism. This diverse dialogue took place in a sincere manner.
Declaration for Life, Peace, and Justice and Fraternity
The Cordoba Forum, "From the Islamic-Christian Dialogue to the Abrahamic Family", in which different religious, political and intellectual personalities from all continents have participated, gathering the best heritage, spiritual and cultural, of the symbolic figure of the patriarch Abraham, wishes to state the following at this time of the global world
1. To call for personal and collective responsibility in favour of life, peace and justice from a renewed commitment to the dignity of every human person from the effective fulfilment of Human Rights.
2. The drama and faith of Abraham makes us aware of life as the most precious good, but also of the fragility of human life. Many are its weaknesses and challenges, such as hunger and disease, but war is undoubtedly its greatest and humanly avoidable scourge.
3. Our manifestation in favour of peace implies the need to resolve conflicts through a new international order with just laws that are respected by all nations, which implies that these nations respect the human rights of all their citizens.
4. Because of their universal vocation, religions are united in their firm commitment to fraternity and must therefore address each of their followers and, in general, all men and women with a radical and unequivocal message of respect for life and peace, based on the dignity of all human beings and the social justice that guarantees it.
5. We thus appeal to the conscience of a general ethic, which favours dialogue between persons, peoples, beliefs and cultures for the aforementioned purposes.
In Cordoba, 17 May 2022