Bahá'í Co-sponsor Muslim-Bahá'í Dialogue

 

The Bahá’ís of Windsor have long been interested in networking with diverse religions. In the words of Bahá’u’lláh, the Prophet Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, “Consort with the followers of all religions in a spirit of friendliness and fellowship.” It was in this spirit that the Bahá’ís of Windsor reached out to the Connecticut Council for Interreligious Understanding, the Hartford Seminary and the Muslim community to organize an interfaith dialog entitled: “Building Relationships though Knowledge and Respect: a Muslim- Bahá’í Dialog” on June 9, 2013 at the Hartford Seminary. Imam Refai Arefin of the Islamic Association of Greater Hartford shared some of the fundamental verities and practices of Islam. The Bahá’í Faith was represented by Gilbert Smith who shared that Bahá’ís believe in one God, the Creator of the universe. Mr. Smith also conveyed that Bahá’ís view humanity as one human family and that all the world’s great religions originated from God and were established to assist humanity in its spiritual advancement.The differences between these diverse faiths are due to the diverse stages of humanity’s development in which each religion was revealed.The Bahá’í Faith reiterates the spiritual teachings of previous religions (including Judaism, Christianity and Islam) and establishes social teachings to promote and an ever-advancing civilization. The social teachings of the Bahá’í Faith include the equality of women and men, the abolition of prejudices of all kinds, the unity of science and religion, the establishment of a universal auxiliary language so all humanity can communicate, the education of all children and youth, the elimination of the extremes of poverty and wealth. The Bahá’ís of Windsor are grateful to Imam Refai Arefin, to CCIU and to the Hartford Seminary for encouraging this dialog and increasing the knowledge and understanding of Islam and of the Bahá’í Faith. 

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