The second in the series of four multi-faith conversations that took place in Victoria for the past few Sunday afternoons was hosted by the Ismaili Muslim community. Inspired by Karen Armstrong’s book Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, this series served to enhance one’s understanding of compassion from various faith perspectives. Not surprisingly, the Ismaili community began their session with a discussion on “Compassion in Islam”.
From inspirational verses of the Holy Qur’an to stories from the life of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), to the work of the Aga Khan Development Network – we were taken on a journey through time, and brought to present day activities that we engage in, such as the World Partnership Walk, which show the social conscience of Islam in action, and indeed that of all faith traditions, as well as humanity in general.
One of the discussion groups engaged the question “What initiatives do you know of that communities engage in as a way to practice compassion”, and a healthy discussion ensued about wonderful initiatives like the United Way, Rainbow Kitchen, Society to End Homelessness, SPCA, Breaking Bread, and many others.
thw holy quran says that invite them in good faith and discuss the matters pertaining to the religion with good faith and leave tha matters there if they see our point of way fine otherwise there is no compulsion in the religion and thru such gatherings there is always an increase in the knoledge which is a very positive outcome