The CCSM conveys heartfelt wishes on the advent of Ramadan

The CCSM conveys heartfelt wishes on the advent of Ramadan

By Fr. Rif'at Bader

The Catholic Center for Studies and Media (CCSM) in Jordan conveys to the Jordanians heartfelt wishes on the advent of the holy month of Ramadan, and pleads with the Almighty God to protect the Jordanian people under the leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah II and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein Ben Abdullah. The CCSM hopes that this holy month will be marked in the future with the attainment of Arab aspirations, including peace and security, as well as with Jerusalem as the capital of an independent Palestinian state.

On this occasion, the CCSM conveys the message issued by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, which is titled, "Christians and Muslims: From Competition to Collaboration", to the brethren Muslims on the advent of the holy month of Ramadan and the upcoming 'Id Al-Fitr.

The CCSM says that the message signed by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue in the Roman Curia, and Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, expressed the importance of this month and the great effort conducted by Muslims around the world to fast, pray, and help the needy.

As for this year’s message, relations between Christians and Muslims have often been characterized by a spirit of competition whose negative consequences can be felt as they included jealousy, recriminations and tensions. In some cases they led to shocks, especially when religion has been exploited for personal interests and benefits which negatively affected the image of religions and their followers.

The CCSM added that the message presents solutions to overcome the negative impacts by recalling the religious and moral values shared by Christians and Muslims, by recognizing the legitimate differences between the two religions, as well as by firmly establishing a solid foundation for peaceful relations, moving from competition and confrontation to an effective cooperation for the common good.

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue said since 1978: “We all have the right and the duty to witness to the All-Powerful One we worship, and to share our beliefs with others, while respecting their religion and religious sentiments. In order to further peaceful and fraternal relations, let us work together and honor each another. In this way we will give glory to the Almighty and promote harmony in society, which is becoming increasingly multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural.”

The CCSM shares the views of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue by reiterating our best wishes for a fruitful fasting and a joyful ‘Id, while reassuring to you of our solidarity with you in prayer.

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