The Shia Asna Asheri Jamaat (SAAJ) of Nairobi through the Tabligh Section organized a Convention – The Interreligious Concept of Humanity with the objectives of uniting communities of different religions and sects under the common message of Humanity preached by all, and with the theme showing that the Saint by the name of Hussain bin Ali (AS) stood for a universal message for all of humanity.
The Program was held on Sunday 25th of November 2018 in Nairobi and was graced by a number of dignitaries, including the Africa Federation Chairman, Alhaj Shabir Najafi, with his team of Office Bearers. Also present was the Chairman and Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims, and representatives Ismaili, Hindu and Christian communities in Nairobi. Amongst the audience were also academicians and scholars.
The enlightening event had different flavors of approach, where everyone had a chance to present messages which were well received by the audience.
Children from Nairobi Jaffery School presented two lovely skits on the principles of humanity – Selflessness and forgiveness.
The program also included a speech by youths from the Hindu and the Christian communities to explain their religious perspectives on humanity.
Finally, there was an open panel discussion with the Scholars and Academicians of each community where issues regarding humanity were addressed from all different religious perspectives followed by constructive and healthy discussions.
The Africa Federation Chairman had an opportunity to address the convention and congratulated the Nairobi Jamaat for organizing such a program which brought people from different faiths together and provided them with a common platform to interact and share their beliefs.
The event was graced by an audience of about 400 people and there was television media coverage by the Mahdi TV with the Asian weekly covering the event in their weekly paper.
Most participants felt the event brought them closer in one way or another towards the understanding of their fellow’s beliefs and provided a serene environment of harmony that was deeply felt by all who attended. The consensus was that such events should be organized more regularly as the benefits are enormous as evident amidst all those present.
A special thanks to Alhaj Faridun Abdallah for his great efforts and valuable time he contributed in approaching leaders of various communities which has added great impetus in the success of this program.
The AFED Hon. Secretary, Alhaj Hussein Karim in his message commended SAAJ and its Tabligh Board for organizing the convention to coincide with the week where the Muslim Ummah globally celebrates the Birth Anniversary of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAWW). He appealed to other Jamaats to emulate SAAJ to bring about better understanding and relationships with all communities and religions.
Shia Asna Asheri Jamaat (SAAJ) – Nairobi