Religion peace and interfaith dialogue importance

imagesSomeone said that faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe. It is something that helps us exceed the persistent problems that life can give. Something that gives you power, makes you happier and stronger, it releases the ambitious side that every one of us somewhere, somehow contains.
Although faith and religion complement each other, they should not be used as one word. Faith is a personal conviction and religion it’s a longer term, it’s a search for peace built around faith. Religions were created because of different faiths and beliefs of people. Different refers to diversity, and we often heard the sentence that is constantly used in every article and study on religions “the beauty of diversity”. We all are unique in our own way, and as we grow as unique persons, we learn to respect the uniqueness of others. We learn to respect a person that is different from ourselves but that’s not enough, we should also learn to enjoy the differences in others, listen and try to understand them. On the contrary, the lack of knowledge and communication leads us to unnecessary conflicts. We now live in a society that has increasingly become diverse and complex, so while every religion promotes peace, why should we turn it to ignorance? While every religion historically were created and used to eliminate the violence and misunderstandings, why should we ignore their fundamental rules? Hans Kung, the president of the foundation for a Global Ethic said “There will be no peace among the nations without peace among religions. There will be no peace among the religions without dialogue among the religions”.

-Kosovo: religion situation

Around 90 % of the population of Kosovo is of Muslim religion, 6 % of Orthodox religion (mostly the Serbian population), 3 % of Catholic religion and 1 % others. In the late 14th century, Ottoman Turks governed Kosovo and thereafter Islam became the dominant religion. Religion conflicts in Kosovo are mostly connected with the war between Kosovo and Serbia, when 216 of the 513 mosques that existed in Kosovo were damaged by Serbians, followed by over 76 Serbian orthodox churches attacked by Albanians Kosovars after the war. Today, as an independent state but still not recognized by many countries, we have seen many religion conflicts and unfortunately interfaith dialogues are still absent. There are many challenges waiting to be passed, but we strongly believe in youth of Kosovo.

Kosovo can move forward only if it is proud of its diversity, but we still are not fully aware of it.

Lirika Canhasi

One response

  1. Beautifully written…

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