"O Mary! God giveth thee Glad tidings of a Word From Him: his name Will be Christ Jesus, The son of Mary, held in honour In this world and the Hereafter And of (the company of) those Nearest to God." Quran 3:45
The next meeting of the Inter-Faith Network of Calgary (IFNC) will be hosted by the Beth Tzedec Synagogue, 1325 Glenmore Tr. SW on Sunday, December 11, 2010 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.
Our theme for this year is: 'The Ways We Worship'
IFNC is an informal and grassroots group of Calgarians, belonging to several faith traditions, who have come together to promote goodwill and mutual understanding.
We believe that this objective is best achieved by interaction and dialogue among the followers of different faiths. This belief is based on our conviction that while the general tendency is to highlight the differences among different faiths, a deeper study would reveal that we have more in common than is generally believed.
We hope that through these gatherings, we will encourage mutual respect and peace in our community.
We meet once a month to discuss questions related to our personal spirituality and religious practice.
The venues of the gatherings rotate among the places of worship.
"O Mankind, We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other" Quran 49:13
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another" John 13:34
"I go to the synagogue, I go to the church, I go too the mosque, I see the same altar, I feel the same spirit" Rumi
"You shall surely find that the nearest in affection to those who believe are the ones who say we are Christians" Quran 5:82
Past the suffering walked he who asks, "Why, oh God, do you not do something for these people?" To which God replied, "I did do something, I made you." Sufi saying
"The Children of Adam, created of the self-same clay, Are members of one body, When one member suffers all members suffer, likewise. O Thou who are indifferent to the suffering of thy fellow, Thou art unworthy to be called man" Persian Poet Sadi
I am a Shia Ismaili Muslim involved in numerous interfaith initiatives. From 2002-2010 I was the co-chair of the Muslim-Christian Dialogue Group of Calgary and on the executive committee of the Inter-Faith Network of Calgary. For this effort I was honoured to be nominated for the 2007 YMCA Calgary Peace Award.