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Why Inter-Faith Understanding Is More Important Than Ever in Leadership

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 14, 2012

By Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister of Britain

The Alpha Leadership conference taking place today in London is a reminder that despite all the negative news about religion, a different face of faith is visible and real the world over. The Alpha course on leadership, which was begun under Nicky Gumbel of the Holy Trinity Church in London, has been taken by 18 million people world-wide and is all about spreading a gospel of compassion and service to others. A similar message is given out from the remarkable Rick Warren’s church in Southern California where his congregation now numbers in excess of 100,000 people and his global reach extends to every nation on earth.

But such work is not confined to the Christian religion. There are extraordinary Muslim, Jewish, Hindu and Buddhist organisations that do great work and show selfless sacrifice in some of the poorest and most forgotten parts of the world. 40% of the healthcare in Africa is delivered by Faith groups, notably the Catholic Church.

When we began the Tony Blair Faith Foundation four years ago, there was a lot of scepticism as to whether there really was any interest in inter-faith understanding. Weren’t religion and religious people bound to be introspective and uninterested in the faith of others? Today we are active in 20 countries, thousands of people take part in our programmes and we have volunteers in over 140 nations. The truth is that the numbers of people who have Faith is growing, such growth is not at all limited to the developing world and it is simply impossible to comprehend politics in certain parts of the world – e.g. the Middle East – without comprehending the importance of Faith.

However, the exclusivist and sometimes hostile face of Faith cannot either be denied. There is a struggle in the world of Faith that reflects the broader struggle within society. This is a struggle between the open-minded and the closed-minded. I am a Christian and will remain so. This means that there are certain beliefs I hold dear. But I can, without reducing my Christian commitment, surely accept that someone else, brought up in a different tradition, holds a different set of beliefs, holds them as strongly as I hold mine, and I can respect that person and his/her right to believe as he/she does. In an era of globalisation, in which we are far more likely to share society together because society is becoming more diverse and the internet is creating a more global sense of community, the existence of such respect and mutual understanding becomes essential. Read the rest of this entry »

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When There Is Peace Among Religions

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 26, 2012

By Steve McSwain,  Author, Speaker, Executive Coach…and, the Voice for the Spiritual but Not Religious

 Comment: Religion is religion if it unites people, religion is not religion if it divides people and that is the politics in the name of religion because the basic of every religion is the same:

Slightly over a year ago, I picked up my iPad one morning and began drawing the image you see in this post. I named it the Unity pendant. I designed this to be a kind of “brand” for my speaking and coaching on matters related to spirituality and interfaith acceptance and cooperation — even theinterfaith comedy show a Jewish friend and a professional comedian, Mark Klein, and I have created. I have long felt that the Dalai Lama is right when he said, “When there’s peace among religions, there will be peace in the world.” I had those words inscribed on the outer rims of the pendant.

It’s true — embarrassingly true. Many of the conflicts between nations, peoples and cultures throughout history have been motivated and sustained by religion and religious differences. Virtually all religions start out well but it isn’t long before a kind of collective ego takes over and things get insane. I’ve written extensively about what goes wrong in most religions, Christianity notwithstanding, in the book, “The Enoch Factor: The Sacred Art of Knowing God“: Read the rest of this entry »

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World’s Largest Qur’an Shown In Afghanistan

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 18, 2012

It took five years to complete, and now it’s finally ready: the world’s biggest Qur’an has been unveiled in Kabul.


Calligrapher Mohammad Sabir Khedri’s magnificent, delicately decorated version of the Islamic text has been confirmed as the largest in existence by the Afghan ministry of Haj and religious affairs.


Khedri told Reuters“I wanted to use as many tasteful colours as possible to make this holy book look beautiful.”


The astonishing feat wasn’t achieved entirely on his own however – Khedri had 9 assistants who helped.



In Numbers

  • 218 pages measuring 2.28 metres by 1.55 metres
  • 500kg in weight
  • 5 years to create
  • 21 goats’ skin used to make cover
  • 300,000 pounds in cost Read the rest of this entry »

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Veena Malik: Pakistani Actress Sues FHM India Over ‘Doctored’ Picture After Religious Backlash

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 5, 2011

The December edition of FHM India has sparked controversy amongst nuclear rivals after a Pakistani actress posed topless on the cover with the letters ISI stenciled on her arm.

ISI stands for Inter-Services Intelligence, Pakistan’s notorious covert security service.

Veena Malik, the actress and model at the centre of the storm, admits to posing topless, covering her breast with her hands.

However, she has accused the magazine of doctoring the photos to make her appear completely nude. She is now suing the publisher of the magazine for $2m, while the Pakistani government has ordered an investigation into whether the pictures have been changed.

“I agreed to a photo shoot and having an ISI tattoo in a humorous way but I did not have any nude photos. My pictures have been morphed,” she told a Pakistani reporter.

In Malik’s fiercely conservative homeland, Islamic clerics have already denounced the picture, while the military rivalry between the two nations has only served to escalate the furore.

Rehman Malik, the interior minister of Pakistan, suggested the government may pursue the matter legally.

However, Kabeer Sharma, the editor of the magazine, remains steadfast that they did not doctor the image.

“Maybe she is facing some kind of backlash, so maybe that’s why she is denying it. We have not photo shopped or faked the cover. This is what she looks like, she has an amazing body,” he said.

The 33-year-old actress is best known in her homeland for her turn in the Pakistani version of the reality TV show Big Brother.

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Anwar Al-Awlaki Dead: U.S.-Born Al Qaeda Cleric Killed In Yemen

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 30, 2011

I always would like to advocate “Compromis­e way of new world” to narrow the broadening gap among different people, communitie­s and countries as with this kind of activities we will not be able to minimize war and conflict in the world but just boosts up them.
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How 9/11 Provoked the U.S. to Hasten its Own Decline

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 9, 2011


The twin towers of the World Trade Center burn behind the Empire State Building in New York, September 11, 2001. (Photo: Marty Lederhandler / AP)

During his first year in office, President George W. Bush was confronted by the key strategic challenge facing the United States in the new century, in an incident that began with the diversion of a U.S. aircraft — by Chinese fighter planes, which forced a U.S. Navy spy plane to land on the island of Hainan after a collision that downed a Chinese jets, killing its pilot. What followed was a tense 11-day standoff between Washington and Beijing, serving an early warning that China’s emergence as an economic superpower would inevitably alter the geopolitical balance of power in Asia, and globally.

But then came 9/11 — a mass-casualty terrorist provocation on an unprecedented scale — and the Bush Administration convinced itself, and much of America, that the world had changed. The new president had found his “calling” in a campaign to “rid the world of evil doers”, declaring a “war on terrorism” that would become the leitmotif and singular obsession of U.S. foreign policy for the remainder of his presidency — a presidency that despite massive, kinetic displays of military force, left the U.S. strategically weaker at its close than when Bush entered the Oval Office.

“We’d always treated terrorist attacks before primarily as a law enforcement problem… going after and finding the guilty party, bring them to trial and put them in the slammer,” Vice President Dick Cheney told TIME in an interview published in this week’s edition. “After 9/11, you couldn’t look on those as just law enforcement problems anymore. It was clearly an act of war. And that’s a significant shift. You’re going to use all of the means available…”

But while the scale and brutality of the attacks might have been akin to an act of war, 9/11 was the work of a tiny network of transnational extremists, founded on the remnants of the Arab volunteers who’d fought in the U.S.-backed Afghan jihad against the Soviet Union. Read the rest of this entry »

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Australia Veil Law Targets Muslim Women

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 10, 2011

Australia is one of the most multicultu­ral countries in the world. Statistics indicate that around one quarter of the Australian population were born overseas and almost half (around 40%) have at least one parent born overseas. This is the broad context that frames the importance of comprehend­ing the scale and nature of the social costs and benefits of migration into Australia. Cultural diversity is, hence, its splendor. This special mosaic of the country strongly suggests being very serious on this issue for the benefit of the country and all immigrants­. There could not be other better option in a country with such level of multicultu­ral.
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Conflicting Reports Over Death Of Katya Koren, 19-Year-Old ‘Muslim’ Beauty Queen, Emerge

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 2, 2011

Poor lady. Wishing peace for the soul.
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The Fabrication of Bahrain’s Shiite-Sunni Divide

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 17, 2011

This is another problem. People are dividing and dividing.
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Roger Stockham Arrested With Explosives Outside Major U.S. Mosque

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 31, 2011

I am not surprised.
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World’s Muslim Population Expected To Grow Twice As Fast As Non-Muslims In 20 Years: Report

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 27, 2011

Really? What will happen that time then?
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Koran Written In Saddam Hussein’s Blood Poses Problem For Iraqi Leaders

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 21, 2010

Better not to misuse energy in this sort of job. He is already killed and still the leaders from US and UK involved in the war with that country are facing tough questions in their own country.
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Hajj, Muslim Pilgrimage, Observed In Saudi Arabia (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 17, 2010

I respect all religion, rather than religion the basic of each religion. My congratulation and best wishes to all of them.
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Quran Burning CANCELED: Dove World Outreach’s Terry Jones Drops Offending ‘Stunt’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 9, 2010

By burning Quran, problem will not be sorted out. Problem will be sorted out by creating environment to shake hands wholeheartedly.
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‘World’s Largest Clock’ (PHOTOS): Saudis Build Giant Clock, Want ‘Mecca Time’ To Replace GMT

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 13, 2010

Middle East keeping records in many sectors now.
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