FIVE 3-DAY JOINT WORKSHOPS OF MUSLIM AND CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS LEADERS
By Nazir A. Bhatti
Objectives and Goals:
The Muslim Christian Federation International (MCFI) is engaged in lessening hates and enmities, and promoting love, peace and tolerance in society since its inception in 2000. Owing to vast objectives of the interfaith dialogue and its need at the grass roots level, it was a must to prepare a team of dedicated experts who could proceed and help accelerate this noble cause in their respective communities on missionary basis to have better effective results.
Pro-humanity circles have ever appreciated the program and steps of the MCFI. The hate-selling groups are active in society to promote their anti-humanity agenda of enmity and terrorism. And despite threats and criticism from these extremist groups, the MCFI continued its mission of peace and love with full commitment and dedication setting aside the threats of dire consequences.
To promote it agenda, the MCFI in collaboration with World Council of Religions (Christian Chapter) had a unique experience from 14th to 16th of May 2007, when a joint Muslim and Christian religious leaders’ workshop was held in Murree with encouraging positive results and output. Subsequently, two more such joint workshops were held in Islamabad and Lahore to further accelerate mission of interfaith dialogue and harmony.
In respect of the result and objectives, these workshops were effective and the participants returned their homes with spirit and commitment to dedicate their entire life for the promotion of peace, love, and tolerance in society, and to foil agenda of the mongers of war.
Three-day workshops for women madressah senior teachers and administrators
BY NAZIR A. BHATTI
OBJECTIVES AND SUMMARY:
The women folk ever played a key role in reconstruction, welfare and prosperity of a nation. Not a single visionary change is possible without an active participation and cooperation of the women folk. That is why there was a need that the movement of tolerance and peaceful coexistence be expanded to the women madressahs. The InternationalCenter for Religion and Diplomacy’s madressah reforms project is already in progress with the cooperation of its partners in Pakistan. Four women madressah workshops have been held so far with an objective to focus and impart training to the women religious leaders for making them realize their responsibilities in society, so that they could use their capabilities against violence and hate for promotion of peace and tolerance.
Such four three-day women madressah teachers and administrators’ workshop were held from December 2008 to July 2009. These workshops received amazing quick positive response. To the participants, these workshops were more than academics, and they pledged to accelerate the interfaith movement forward on revolutionary basis in society.
The workshop trainers imparted training to the participants on different topics. Three sessions of the workshops were held from 9 am to 1pm, from 2pm to 6pm and from 8 pm to 10pm, ensuring maximum utilization of time available.