Importance Of Interfaith Dialogue

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1) INTERFAITH DIALOGUE
1.1) What Is the Importance of Interfaith Dialogue?
We are in modernizing and globalizing society with numerous race, culture and faith. In the past until now, religion had been used as engine of conflict and violence. Humanity is faced with common enormous social & environmental challenges. Faith and morality is side-lined in the development of social structures and quest for solutions. Therefore, it is very important that people should respect each other religion to establish a peaceful world.
At the inception of any religion it was necessary for proponents and adherents of the new religion to engage in dialogue with people. We must no longer claim ignorance towards the religious other, and we must no longer continue
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For the impact of interfaith dialogue, we discussed that self-transformation is the first impact. When someone involved to any interfaith dialogue in his/her community, they will eventually becoming more religious person as they would understand and getting to learn more about their religion teachings. On the other hand, the personal transformation is that if someone joined interfaith dialogue but did not have enough knowledge about their religion they will be challenged by the various questions.
For instance in Islam, misconception about Islam is universally happening in different parts of the globe. We often heard that many people have this opinion which that Prophet Muhammad is a “womanizer” because of his practice of polygamy. The truth is Prophet Muhammad’s wives are not virgins except for Ai’sha (r.a.). If he is indeed a womanizer, he should have selected the virgin woman/women instead of the other way around. Therefore, we concluded that if all Muslims can explain clearly about Islamic teaching, other people could view Islam more positively.
1.3) What Are the Basic Rules of Interfaith
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Responsibilities-each person should ask questions that respect the other’s right of self-definition, even in times of conflict or disagreement. And lastly, skills-each person should learn how to be more sensitive to what the other is saying.

1.4) What Are the Guidelines for an Effective Interfaith Dialogue?
We discussed that for an interfaith dialogue to become effective, there are a few guidelines that anyone who participates in an interfaith dialogue could practice so that everyone can take the benefits from the dialogue.
1. Relating to others as equal partners in the search for truth. When engaging in dialogue a person needs to bring with them a deeply lived experience of their own tradition to be able to share its fruits with others.

2. Come to dialogue in order to learn and grow, not to change the other - Each person who enters into dialogue needs to come with an openness to learn and to change in their attitudes and perceptions, not out of a desire to change the other. In this way, all those who participate will be changed in some way as a result of the

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