World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW)
World Interfaith Harmony Week is a UN resolution for a worldwide week of interfaith harmony. It was proposed in 2010 by King Abdullah II and Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan. The World Interfaith Harmony Week falls in the first week of February of every year and aims to promote harmony between all people regardless of their faith. Personally, I think the aims and ends of everything are really so cool. When it looks different from reality, I feel skeptical and helpless. On the other hand, I’m relieved to know there are others who strive to make the world better place without a stop. What should I choose? I have to fight.
“It is essential to resist forces of division that spread misunderstanding and mistrust especially among peoples of different religions. The fact is, humanity everywhere is bound together, not only by mutual interests, but by shared commandments to love God and neighbor. What we are proposing is a special week, during which the world’s people, in their own places of worship, could express the teachings of their own faith about tolerance, respect for the other and peace.” – King Abdullah
HWPL Religious Youth Peace Camp in Iraq
“Let us achieve peace by understanding each religion”
HWPL shares the mutual goal with the UN to promote harmony and understanding between all people regardless of their religion. So it has operated the World Alliance of Religion’s Peace (WARP) Offices and HWPL Religious Youth Peace Camp. The WARP Office meetings is the series of interfaith dialogue based on each scripture(more info). The HWPL Religious Youth Peace Camp was held for the first time in the Middle East in line with the UN Harmony Week on 7 February, 2018. The title is “Let us achieve peace by understanding each religion”. The camp was co-hosted by HWPL and the President and Dean of Halabja University in Iraq. About 200 attendees including religious leaders coming from Christianity, Islam, and KaKai, and university representatives gathered at the Halabja University. In Gwangju city of Korea, 90 members of the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) participated in the camp through Skype. I’m looking forward to the future of these youth. 🙂
“I think this camp is a true way to spread peace and religious coexistence and educate students and young people to know what religious coexistence is and how to apply. I hope this project may be extended to hold camps and other meetings. We at Halabja University are very eager to do this” – Dr. Nariman Abdulla Ali, Dean of College of Human Sciences