[Friday, 24 December 2010] LONDON: On this joyful occasion of Christmas 2010, a leading Muslim authority, Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri on behalf of British Muslims and Minhaj-ul-Quran International would like to congratulate and wish our Christian brethren in the UK and around the world a happy Christmas.
“Today, the world is faced with multiple crises of grave nature. The scourges of terrorism and extremism seem to eat into vitals of our collective ethos and value system. The fundamentalism of varied nature threatens to degrade human civilization. Existence of unsolved international disputes is great danger for stability and global peace. The dream of global peace will never come true unless followers of both Islam and Christianity come forward in a spirit of cooperation, respect and goodwill to play their due role to promote peaceful coexistence.”
The day also highlights the need of promoting interfaith dialogue and harmony at various levels.
Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri added “The hollow notion of ‘Clash of Civilization’ needs to be replaced with ‘Dialogue among Civilizations’. The enhanced engagement among different religions especially Islam and Christianity would serve to build bridges and raze down walls that separate us. Islam stands for peace, harmony and human development. The historic incident of Nijran whereby the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) treated the Christian delegation as his personal guests, made them stay in the Prophet’s Mosque and allowed them to worship there reflects the true spirit of harmony and brotherhood espoused by Islam.”
Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri said “On this auspicious day, all of us, whatever religion and society we may belong to, must pledge to work for promotion of interfaith harmony and peace in the world. Love can heal the wounds of decades and we must dedicate ourselves to spreading the message of love of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) and Jesus Christ. We must foil all conspiracies of blaming religions for actions of terrorism, for all divine religions promote love and discourage violence.”
On this occasion spokesman of Minhaj-ul-Quran UK said “It is time to re-build bridges between Islam and the west and start a result oriented dialogue in order to prevent extremism and promote integration in western society. We would like to wish our Christian brethren a happy Christmas and a happy new year.”