In a remarkable effort to foster interfaith understanding, the Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (Abim) recently met with the Dalai Lama at his official residence in Dharamsala. This significant event aimed to strengthen connections between different religious communities and emphasize the role of religion as a source of peace rather than conflict.
Abim president Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz expressed the importance of collaboration among religious groups in promoting peace. In a video statement, he said, “It is important for us as the religious community to work together to promote religions as the source of peace, not conflict.” The meeting between Abim and the Dalai Lama serves as a powerful reminder that dialogue between different faiths is essential in building bridges and fostering understanding in today’s world.
The Dalai Lama, a spiritual leader revered by millions around the globe, echoed these sentiments. He asserted that one of his primary commitments in life is to promote religious harmony. Addressing a diverse audience that included representatives from NGOs in the United States and Sweden, the Dalai Lama stated, “We’re all brothers and sisters of this world. There’s no reason (to) quarrel in the name of religion.”
As a token of goodwill and a symbol of their shared commitment to interfaith dialogue, Abim gifted the Dalai Lama with an English translation of the Quran and a copy of the book “Islam and Buddhist Eco-Dialogue.” This thoughtful gesture highlights the mutual respect and understanding that underpins successful interfaith exchanges.
The meeting between the Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia and the Dalai Lama is a testament to the power of dialogue and collaboration in fostering peace and understanding between different religious communities. As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, such efforts will be vital in promoting unity and harmony among people of diverse faiths.