Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Calgary Muslim/Jewish dialogue continues - Calgary Herald

By Mario Toneguzzi
Calgary Herald
February 17, 2012

“In a gesture of reciprocal hospitality, the second of a two part Muslim-Jewish dialogue will be held at the Bait-un-Noor Ahmadiyya Mosque on February 22,” says Rabbi Shaul Osadchey, of Congregation Beth Tzedec. “In the first meeting of the Jewish and Ahmaddiyan communities held at Congregation Beth Tzedec, Rabbis and Islamic scholars discussed their respective views on the subject of the meaning and relevance of their religion’s holiest scriptures. Over 250 people attended and for many of the participants it was their first time to visit a synagogue.”

The next dialogue will feature two presentations about the application and relevance of religious law in the lives of adherents of Judaism and Islam. Osadchey will speak about “Halacha: Making the Torah Relevant to the 21st Century.”

Maulana Nasir Mahmoor Butt will discuss the topic “Sharia: Making the Qur’an Relevant to the 21st Century.”

A short presentation will then follow that explains how the Torah and Qur’an are chanted in their houses of worship.

A second question, “How the Holy Books speak about the Evolution of Life on Earth” will then be examined by Rabbi Howard Voss-Altman of Temple B’nai Tikvah and Malik Lal Khan, Head of the Ahmadiyya Mulsim Community of Canada. A question-and-answer session will conclude the program after which light refreshments will be served to all in attendance.

In a joint statement, conference organizers Mohammed Atif and Osadchey expressed their deep interest in this step forward in Jewish-Muslim relations by noting “that education and dialogue offer the best opportunities for Jews and Muslims to better understand each other and to eliminate myths and stereotypes.”

The Muslim-Jewish dialogue is free and open to the public and will be held at the Bait-un-Noor Ahmadiyya Mosque located at 4353 54th Ave. N.E. Registration begins at 6 p.m. and the program starts at 6:30 p.m.


Upcoming Inter-Faith Network of Calgary meeting at Bait-un-Noor Mosque

The next meeting of the Inter-Faith Network of Calgary (IFNC) will be hosted by Bait-un-Noor Mosque, 4353 54th Ave. NE on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 6:30 pm.

Our theme for this year is: 'Artistic Expressions of Our Faiths'

Our program for the evening: “The Word of God for Divine Guidance” - joint program with Beth Tzedec Synagogue

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.