The Crescent Report

November 24, 2009

MAS Freedom Civil and Human Rights Director to Address 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions

Filed under: From the Desk of Imam Mahdi Bray — Imam Mahdi Bray @ 4:37 pm

Ibrahim Ramey to Join 10,000 Interfaith Leaders in Call to “Make a World of Difference”Dec. 3-9 in Melbourne, Australia

WASHINGTON, DC (MASNET) Nov. 24, 2009 – MAS Freedom (MASF), on behalf of and as the civic and human rights advocacy entity of the Muslim American Society (MAS), announces the participation of Civil and Human Rights Director, Ibrahim Ramey, in the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions hosted by the multi-religious, multi-lingual and multicultural city of Melbourne, Australia – home to indigenous and aboriginal spiritualities as well as diverse world religious and spiritual traditions, including Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Jain, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Shikh, and Zoroastrian. The event, a call to people and communities of faith, spirit and good-will to ‘Make a World of Difference’, December 3-9, will bring together an unprecedented 10,000 or more international and local interfaith leaders from as many as 80 different countries.

The Parliament of the World’s Religions, formed in 1893, convenes every five years. Its goals include the cultivation of harmony among the world’s religions and spiritual communities, fostering engagement within the interfaith community integral to understanding the differences internal to each religious tradition, and with the world and its guiding institutions, in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world.

In addition to serving as MAS Freedom’s Civil and Human Rights Director, Ramey, who also served as a speaker and presenter at the 2004 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Barcelona, Spain, serves as Vice-Chairperson of the Council of Trustees of the Temple of Understanding in New York.

No stranger to work within the interfaith community related to conflict resolution and the promotion of justice in the Islamic tradition, in his capacity as an international peace activist, Ramey also serves as a founding member of the United States Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons, and an activist for nonviolent interfaith engagement in response to critical global survival issues.

Drawing on his experiences in racial dialogue and reconciliation work, as well as the wisdom expressed in the Islamic faith tradition, Ramey’s workshop at the 2009 Parliament will focus on developing a methodology for resolving inter-group conflicts when one party in the dispute has suffered historical oppression and human rights violations at the hands of the other.

Ramey stated, “There is a rich history within the Muslim community of not only standing for justice, but also demonstrating the qualities of compassion and mercy that resonate throughout the Qur’an and the tradition of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Our faith enjoins the global community of believers to seek justice, but to shun retribution and bitterness in the process.”

“There are positive qualities and beliefs that we as Muslims bring to our interfaith work and I am deeply honored to have been invited to share some of these insights in Melbourne at the 2009 Parliament,” Ramey added.

In addition to his workshop on conflict resolution, Ramey will give a presentation on December 7 addressing nuclear abolition as part of a program sponsored by Sokka Gakkai, an international Buddhist organization with a long history of work for a nuclear-free world.

Stated Ramey, “As a global faith community, Muslims are becoming more aware of their role as stakeholders in the struggle to eliminate nuclear weapons from the world. I profess this position as a matter of faith – totally consistent with my belief in the revelation from Allah to Prophet Muhammad.”

“I hope to speak to the MAS community and other Muslim organizations at length about the work of The Parliament of the World’s Religions and the need for all people of faith and conscience to close ranks and work more fervently to address issues of global survival and justice,” Ramey concluded.

Prior host cities to The Parliament of the World’s Religions include: Chicago, USA; Cape Town, South Africa; Barcelona, Spain; and Monterrey, Mexico.

For additional inquiries can be made by contacting MAS Freedom at (202) 552-7414, (703) 642-6165 or 1-888-627-8471 or sending an email to: info @ masfreedom.org.

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MAS Freedom (MASF) is a civic and human rights advocacy entity and sister organization of the Muslim American Society (MAS), the largest Muslim, grassroots, charitable, religious, social, cultural, civic and educational organization in America – with 55 chapters in 35 states.
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