Humanity before religiosity 

The IslamicText Institute, Masjidul Quds and Marlene Silbert Youth Interfaith Intercultural Programme – Spreading love and peace in the community.

Today the IslamicText Institute together with Masjidul Quds, hosted learners of the Marlene Silbert Youth Interfaith Intercultural Programme. Muslims, Jews and Christians came together to build bridges. This is what happens when “humanity is placed before religiosity” in that religion does not become dressed up with our whims and fancies but rather adorns our very souls with the garb of tolerance, respect for life and the spread mercy and compassion.

This is exactly what our beloved Prophet ﷺ did when a delegation of 60 Christian notables from Najran, led by their bishop, Abu Haritha ibn ‘Alqamah, came to seek dialogue with the Prophet. He received them, housed them, and conducted dialogue with them in the courtyard of the Prophet’s mosque, in al-Madinah al-Munawwarah

When their prayer time was due, they said: “Oh Muhammad! It is our prayer time and we wish to offer it.” He said: “here is a section of the mosque that is all yours to pray in.”

Thus the Christians prayed in the very mosque of the Prophet ﷺ, the first mosque in the history of Islam, without him or the Muslims sensing any awkwardness in the matter.

We learn from this that despite the divergences of the earthly paths traversed by the different communities of faith, we have the ability to nurture and foster good relations between people because of the common origin we share in Adam and Eve.

May peace, wisdom and mercy prevail, Amin.

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