Leaders Gather in Morocco to Advance Interfaith Dialogue
Bringing the Discussion from Interpretation to Application
Rabat: The Center for Research and Training in Interfaith Relations at the Rabita Mohammadia des Oulémas headquarters was recently inaugurated in Rabat, the capital of Morocco. The event started with the Canadian Ambassador Nathalie Dubé, and Ambassador to the European Union Rupert Joy, addressing the participants about the necessity of interfaith and intercultural dialogue. Bringing the discussion from interpretation to application, Dr. Farid El Asri from the International University Rabat stressed the importance of the “integration of text into reality,” and “how to make interpretations in modern time.” . Shamil Idriss, CEO for the US based nongovernmental organization Search for Common Ground, emphasized that an “agreement is irrelevant when trying to obtain progress through dialogue.” He maintained the most important part of any dialogue is the free exchange of ideas and beliefs, not necessarily an agreement. He also contended that the only way to reach people who work against efforts towards an interfaith society is to bring them into the dialogue.