MESSAGE FOR THE MONTH OF RAMADAN

PONTIFICAL COUNCIL
FOR INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE

MESSAGE FOR THE MONTH
OF RAMADAN AND ‘ID Al-FITR 1439 H. / 2018 A.D.

Vatican City

Dear Muslim Brothers and Sisters,

In his Providence, God the Almighty has granted you the opportunity to observe anew the fasting of Ramadan and to celebrate ‘Id al-Fitr.

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue appreciates the importance of this month and the great effort by the Muslims throughout the world to fast, pray and share the Almighty’s gifts with the poor.

Mindful of the gifts prompted by Ramadan, we join you in thanking the Merciful God for his benevolence and generosity, and we extend to you our heartfelt best wishes.

The thoughts we would like to share with you on this occasion, dear Muslim brothers and sisters, concern a vital aspect of relations between Christians and Muslims: the need to move from competition to collaboration.

A spirit of competition has too often marked past relations between Christians and Muslims, the negative consequences of which are evident: jealousy, recriminations and tensions. In some cases, these have led to violent confrontations, especially where religion has been instrumentalized, above all due to self-interest and political motives.

Such interreligious competition wounds the image of religions and their followers, and it fosters the view that religions are not sources of peace, but of tension and violence.

To prevent and overcome these negative consequences, it is important that we Christians and Muslims recall the religious and moral values that we share, while acknowledging our differences. By recognizing what we hold in common and by showing respect for our legitimate differences, we can more firmly establish a solid foundation for peaceful relations, moving from competition and confrontation to an effective cooperation for the common good. This particularly assist those most in need, and allows us to offer a credible witness to the Almighty’s love for the whole of humanity.

We all have the right and the duty to witness to the All-Powerful One we worship, and to share our beliefs with others, while respecting their religion and religious sentiments.

So that we may further peaceful and fraternal relations, let us work together and honor each another. In this way we will give glory to the Almighty and promote harmony in society, which is becoming increasingly multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural.

We conclude by renewing our best wishes for a fruitful fast and a joyful ‘Id, and assure you of our solidarity in prayer.

From the Vatican, 20 April 2018

Jean-Louis Cardinal Tauran
President

Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, M.C.C.I.
Secretary

 

MAJLIS PONTIFIKAL UNTUK DIALOG ANTARA AGAMA

Umat Kristian dan Islam
Dari persaingan kepada kerjasama

MESEJ UNTUK BULAN RAMADAN DAN HARI RAYA ADIL FITRI 1439 H. / 2018 A.D.

Salam Saudara-Saudari yang beragama Islam,

Tuhan yang maha kuasa dalam Rahmat-Nya, telah memberikan saudara dan saudari peluang untuk menunaikan ibadah puasa dalam bulan Ramadan ini dan menyambut ‘Id al-Fitr.

Majlis Pontifikal Untuk Dialog Antara Agama menghargai akan pentingnya bulan ini dan usaha tidak terhingga umat Islam seluruh dunia untuk berpuasa, berdoa dan berkongsi anugerah yang Maha Kuasa dengan golongan miskin.

Menyedari anugerah yang didorong oleh Ramadan, kami turut serta saudara dan saudari dalam memanjatkan kesyukuran kepada Tuhan Maha Rahim untuk belas kasihan dan kemurahan hati-Nya, dan kami menghulurkan setulus ikhlas ucapan kepada saudara sekalian.

Pada kesempatan ini, kami ingin berkongsi buah fikiran dengan saudara-saudari Islam yang dikasihi, berkenaan aspek penting hubungan antara umat Kristian dan umat Islam: keperluan untuk beralih daripada persaingan kepada kerjasama.

Semangat persaingan sering mencorakkan hubungan antara umat Kristian dan Islam pada masa lampau telah meninggalkan kesan negatif yang jelas: cemburu, saling menuduh dan ketegangan. Dalam sesetengah kes, ini membawa kepada konfrontasi kasar, terutamanya apabila agama telah diperalatkan lebih-lebih lagi kerana kepentingan diri dan motif politik.

Persaingan antara agama seperti ini melukakan imej agama dan pengikutnya, dan memupuk pendapat bahawa agama bukanlah sumber keamanan, tetapi ketegangan dan keganasan.

Untuk mencegah dan mengatasi kesan-kesan negatif ini, adalah penting untuk kita, umat Kristian dan umat Islam mengingat kembali nilai-nilai agama dan moral, yang kita kongsi bersama, sambil mengakui perbezaan kita. Dengan menerima persamaan yang kita pegang dan melalui rasa hormat kita tunjukkan terhadap perbezaan yang sahih, kita boleh mewujudkan asas yang lebih kukuh bagi hubungan damai, beralih daripada persaingan dan konfrontasi kepada kerjasama yang efektif demi kebaikan bersama. Ini terutamanya untuk membantu mereka yang amat memerlukan bantuan dan membolehkan kita menjadi saksi yang boleh dipercayai terhadap cinta kasih yang Maha Kuasa untuk seluruh umat manusia.

Kita semua mempunyai hak dan kewajipan untuk menjadi saksi kepada yang Maha Berkuasa yang kita sembah

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