O humanity, where are you heading?

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O humanity, where are you heading?

By Fr. Dr. Rif’at Bader

The international solidarity culminated following the dissemination of the sad news about the advanced stages attained by grudge, hatred and killing during which a criminal used the latest technology of live transmission to kill in cold blood the faithful worshipers at Al-Nour Mosque in the city of Christchurch. A month ago, Pope Francis sat at the same table with the Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar and signed a document that served as a new advanced stage on the path of Muslim-Christian cooperation. Its pioneering title says, “A Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together."

The document warned against any attack on human beings because their human dignity is sacred. It states, “The protection of places of worship--synagogues, churches and mosques--is a duty guaranteed by religions, human values, laws and international agreements. Every attempt to attack places of worship or threaten them by violent assaults, bombings or destruction, is a deviation from the teachings of religions as well as a clear violation of international law.”

Today, the world finds itself in the grip of lamentations, facing floods of tears, blood, anger, and "disgust" by the renewed human brutality which unfortunately complies with technical advancement. We admit saying, “we have made technical advancement but we fell back morally, culturally, humanely, morally and professionally." At the time of international détente which was followed the elimination of organizations that have called themselves religious names and spoke in the name of religion to which they attribute violence, we find ourselves in the face of a new whirlpool of planned technology that resorts to bloodshed in cold blood in expression of racist and barbaric hatred.

These days mark the 5th anniversary of the launching of the Amman Message 2004 by His Majesty King Abdullah II who acquired the Templeton Prize for the promotion of interfaith harmony, and the Lamp of Peace award in Assisi. Under the directives of His Majesty the King, Jordan sent several messages to the world aimed at notifying the world about the genuine message of religion which coincide with the calls made by the Vatican and other religious institutions to form an impregnable bulwark in the face of whoever wants to inflict harm as well as to wreak violence and brutality. We are nowadays facing the brutality of racism and the extremist right which emanates from hatred that is instilled in the hearts, minds and hearts of children. This creates in them a mentality of hatred as they grow up and implement it using the most advance means.

We Muslims and Christians of the world, who make up 57 per cent of the world population, have to express intellectual, spiritual and cultural solidarity with the people of good intentions in this world by enhancing the principles of openness, acceptance of others as well as renunciation of terrorism and extremism with zero to any trend for performing violence. This is mentioned in the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together which states, “It is so necessary to stop supporting terrorist movements fuelled by financing, the provision of weapons and strategy, and by attempts to justify these movements even using the media. All these must be regarded as international crimes that threaten security and world peace. Such terrorism must be condemned in all its forms and expressions.”

O humanity, continue your procession towards a more humane future.

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