Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week from February 1-7, 2020
The United Religions Initiative is excited to celebrate United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW). This celebration happens in early 2020 so now is the time to start planning (if you haven't already!)
World Interfaith Harmony Week is a week-long celebration that promotes dialogue among people of different traditions to create mutual understanding, cooperation, and harmony.
In addition to WIHW being a great time to celebrate these aims with like-minded people all around the world, H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan also offers three cash prizes ($25,000, $15,000 and $5,000) for events that celebrate the week.
Annual UN Observance Week: Feb. 1-7
The World Interfaith Harmony Week was first proposed at the UN General Assembly on September 23, 2010 by H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan. Just under a month later, on October 20, 2010, it was unanimously adopted by the UN and henceforth the first week of February will be observed as a World Interfaith Harmony Week.
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.
The World Interfaith Harmony Week provides a platform—one week in a year—when all interfaith groups and other groups of goodwill can show the world what a powerful movement they are. The thousands of events organized by these groups often go unnoticed not only by the general public, but also by other groups themselves. This week will allow for these groups to become aware of each other and strengthen the movement by building ties and avoiding duplicating each others’ efforts.
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