13 08 Ouardiri Heads of Muslim religious communites .pdf

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Geneva, August 7, 2013

Dear Mr Ouardiri,
On the occasion of the celebration of Eid al Fitr by all Muslim communities all over the world, I
would like to send you my greetings on behalf of the World Council of Churches in a spirit of
mutual respect and human solidarity.
Like many of my fellow Christians I deeply respect the commitment shown by our Muslim
brothers and sisters in keeping the fast of Ramadan during this last month: it is a very visible and
practical symbol of faith, of giving, of unity with the poor and your thirst for justice.
We at the World Council of Churches are preparing with increasing intensity for our seven year
Assembly in Busan, Korea which will take place in October and November. Our prayer for the
Assembly is ‘God of life, lead us to justice and peace’. Some of you are going to be with us at the
Assembly in Korea: whether or not this is the case I invite you to join with us in this prayer to the
God of life whom both Christians and Muslims seek to serve. It is perhaps particularly
appropriate to mention, given the context of this letter, that one of the focal points of our
Assembly will be a pledge to work for ‘Water Justice’ in our world. It is vital that we work to
ensure that this basic resource, fundamental to human need, is freely and safely available for
the good of all humanity.
As I write this letter of greetings we have just been receiving the news of the hope for
resumption of talks for peace in Israel-Palestine. I know that along with the vast majority of
Christians, along with Muslims and Jews, I will be praying for positive and constructive
developments through this renewed willingness of the various parties to meet and work
constructively for change in the current situation. I am in no doubts that there is an intrinsic link
between a just peace in Israel-Palestine, and the potential for peace in the wider Middle East –
indeed the whole world.
Like many of you I remain concerned by the extremely difficult situation in Syria and the
suffering of the Syrian people, both Christians and Muslims. It is surely a context in which over
the coming year the potential of our respective faiths for peace-building will be of considerable

As we share in spirit with you in your celebration of Eid al Fitr, I pray that this blessed occasion
will give us the opportunity to journey together in this quest to usher in the longed-for peace for
our time.

In respect and solidarity.

Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit
General Secretary

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