MANILA, March 21, 2014 — The Media Center of the Silsilah Dialogue Movement broke into shouts of jubilation early this week after learning that it had won First Prize in the World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) 2014.
The United Nations Inter-faith Harmony Partners of Zamboanga headed by the Silsilah Dialogue Movement has been spearheading the celebration of the WIHW in Zamboanga City since 2012. The annual celebration is in response to a U.N. General Assembly Resolution setting aside the first week of February of every year for various activities to promote interfaith harmony.
Inter-faith Harmony week promotes the use of dialogue among different faiths and religions and their contribution for peace in the world.
According to Silsilah, “[The Inter-faith Harmony Week]s encourages the spread of interfaith harmony and goodwill in the world’s churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other places of worship. The celebration is based on the love of God and love of one’s neighbor according to their own religious traditions and convictions.”
The honor comes after a period of an unstable peace and order situation in Zamboanga City, especially after the siege on the city last September by an MNLF Misuari faction, which left the city with thousands of evacuees without permanent dwelling places.
This year’s events were largely planned by Fr. Sebastiano D’Ambra, Founder of Silsilah, and implemented by the Silsilah Media Office, the Silsilah secretariat headed by Professor Alih Aiyub. in coordination and collaboration with groups that make up the U.N. Interfaith Harmony Partners-Zamboanga.
According to the WIHW website, “The prizes will be awarded to those events or texts that are judged to have been most successful in promoting interfaith harmony, and impacting religious understanding. “
Sponsored by H.M King Abdullah II of Jordan, the WIHW prize will be awarded in Amman, Jordan next month.
The email was sent by Mr. Aftab Ahmed, Office Director of the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, and one of the judges for the contest. (silsilahdialogue.com)