by Ayesha Irfan, a student at Edmonton Islamic Academy, for her Grade 8 assignment in 2018,
- What scripture do you believe in?
- What story do you find most influential from the Bible or Qur’an ?
- How does one become a member of your faith?
- What does your faith say about the creation of humans?
- From faith’s perspective what is the meaning of life?
- Does your religion/ faith have an impact on the how you welcome refugees?
- Is there something you would want to learn better about your faith?
- What do you want other people to know about your faith?
- Do you have any cultural foods?
- What is one misconception about your faith?
“So many of us involved in interfaith dialogue can testify to profound enrichment gained from dialogue with people of other faith traditions” – David Rosen
My experience with Christian-Muslim dialogue events has been largely positive. The attendees have a genuine concern to further their relationship and move forward in a practical way as a result of the dialogue.
A question came up at our table as to how to promote “trust” between the two faith communities and build a positive relationship that is constant and ongoing relationship instead of just once in a while. I believe the answer to this question is getting more and more people involved in dialogue, from ordinary people to religious leaders. Doing so, builds trust between the two faiths as we learn about one another and our shared values. Children and youths should also be encouraged to get involved in such activities early on.
All faith communities strive towards the end goal of removing human suffering, from the day to day survival problems to long term sustainability and viability of humans. If faith communities can come together and align themselves to work on shared goals, this would be beneficial for the two faiths and society.