Solidarity and Unity: American Muslims and Christians Celebrate the Birth of the Holy Last Messenger
By Islamic Post Staff Writer
Solidarity and Unity: American Muslims and Christians Celebrate the Birth of the Holy Last Messenger Muhammad (Peace be upon him) to view more pictures in pdf form, click here.
In a show of solidarity, Muslims and Christians joined hands to send a strong message by celebrating together the blessed birth of the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him) at the 1st Annual Milad Un Nabi Parade and Festival hosted by the International Quranic Open University and held in scenic upstate New York, Binghamton.
BINGHAMTON- Early last month, Muslims and Christians stood on the courthouse lawn at City Hall in Binghamton, New York to celebrate the Blessed birth of the Holy Last Messenger (Peace be upon him). The 1st Annual Milad un Nabi Parade and Festival was hosted by city officials and sponsored by the International Quranic Open University (IQOU), a group well known for their own humanitarian efforts and joint support of other charitable organizations. “This is a celebration of unity and common ground,” stated Mr. Hasib Abdul-Haqq, the Assistant Senior Public Relations officer for IQOU. “Both of these themes are values that were strongly upheld by the Holy Last Messenger (Peace be upon him) and all the other noble Prophets such as Abraham, Noah, and Jesus Son of Mary (May they all be blessed).” The Program heralded well known figures such as the Honorable Khalifa Hussein who gave the welcome address, the guest speaker, mayor of the city of Binghamton the Honorable Mr. Mathew Ryan, Reverend Douglas Taylor, Pastor Sue Shields and Diane Heron of Broome Community College. Each of the speakers discussed the significance of the gathering.
The Mayor Mr. Mathew Ryan stated, “Thank you for inviting me here today and welcome to our community. Today I applaud your efforts to create a dialog, a dialog that celebrates diversity, tolerance, and understanding and unity, and I applaud the efforts of The International Quranic Open University.
I especially point to a letter from 138 Muslim scholars to the Christian community presented at the end of Ramadhan in 2007. It reads: ‘In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful a common word between us and you. Muslims and Christians together make up well over half the world’s population. Without peace and justice between these two religious communities, there can be no meaningful peace in the world.’
The future of the world depends on peace between Muslims and Christians. The basis for this peace and understanding already exists. It is part of the very foundational principals of both faiths, love of one God and love of our neighbor. The principals are found over and over again, in the sacred texts of Islam and Christianity. The Unity of God, the necessity of love for Him, and the necessity of love of the neighbor is thus the common ground between Islam and Christianity.
Of the necessity of the love of the neighbor, the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him ) said: ‘None of you has faith until you love for your neighbor what you love for yourself.’ In the New Testament, Jesus Christ said: “Hear O Israel, the Lord thy God, the Lord is One and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment, and the second like it is this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself, there is no other commandment greater than this.’
So today, let us celebrate these two great commandments that are the basis of both religions; we must all make a commitment to fight against those who try to make religion a vehicle for violence. At the same time we must understand that without justice there can be no peace, so let’s go forward to fight for justice in this world and peace among us all. Thank you for coming.”
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