Imam Elahi's Interfaith Message
The transcript of Imam Elahi’s lecture on Los Angeles Interfaith Conference!
How can we contribute to peace in the family, nation and the world?
يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ إِنَّا خَلَقْنَاكُم مِّن ذَكَرٍ وَأُنثَىٰ وَجَعَلْنَاكُمْ شُعُوبًا وَقَبَائِلَ لِتَعَارَفُوا ۚ إِنَّ أَكْرَمَكُمْ عِندَ اللَّهِ أَتْقَاكُمْ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌ
Peace is a fundamental human right. Peace is a human responsibility.
Peace is part of the revelation of our religions.
Passion for peace is part of our prayer. Since God is love, God is just and God is peace.
Peace is the main call of our creator. The fruit of our faith and the path to paradise, the final house of peace, prayed for by every faithful.
To have universal peace we need to believe in a universal God, universal vision, universal mission, universal belief, and brotherhood.
To understand the meaning of life, the purpose of life, to realize that we are all citizens of the same world and passengers of the same planet.
Living here for a short time with huge opportunities and huge obligations.
God has blessed us as humans with the gift of spiritual awareness, the constitution of our conscience and consciousness.
If we ignore the calls of our conscience and follow only our desires, temptations, greed, and anger then we must be accountable soon in the court of our creator on the day resurrection!
It is a serious sin to see the suffering of many members of our human family who go through daily pain, death, and destruction and say nothing and do nothing!
Worse than that, to support their crimes against humanity.
Yes it’s a serious sin to support war and violence, extremism and terrorism, discrimination and racism, hate and hypocrisy.
Those monsters who continue to make even more mess and misery for our human family should not be ignored or rewarded, they must be addressed and embarrassed!
Those who are responsible for the worst human catastrophe in 21st century in Yemen and continue to genocide many generations with a bomb, hunger, and disease must not be called great allies otherwise we are responsible for the blood of the victims and the death of murdered journalists like Khashoggi.
Those who have turned Gaza to the worlds biggest concentration camp and commit war crimes against innocent Palestinians must not be welcomed and helped to be reelected.
Brothers and sisters, peace is not an empty expression, it is about good intention and good action.
The most current social sickness is extremism. Being religious like so-called isis or racial like white supremacists, they are the same.
The same tone, the same tactics , causing the same tragedy and using the same digital technology.
Both are terrorists, both are criminals!We don't have good terrorists or bad terrorists.
I admire the prime minister of New Zealand , Ms. Ardern for her honesty and dignity and courageousness response to after the mosque massacres in her country.
I'm inviting a representative from her administration to join our dinner on April 25th in Michigan as i'm inviting some UPF leaders such as Dr. Walsh and Dr. Jenkins to join our celebration of peace, a celebration of our similarities and appreciation for our differences.
This is wonderful to reflect on the document and declaration of human brotherhood recently signed by Pope Francis and the head of al-Azhar University, Dr. Ahmad Tayyeb!
Even if we cannot stop all the wars in the world and cannot make universal peace right away, we can report to our creator that we did our best!
It’s an honor to leave this world with a legacy of peace, just like the founder of Universal Peace Federation did, God bless his soul!