Promoting Inter-Faith Dialogue in Kenya

Jamia 1The students from Hekima University College attended an open day at Jamia Mosque in Nairobi-Kenya, on Saturday, 27/10/2018. According to the Jamia Mosque Committee, the event served: firstly, to enhance a better understanding of Islam; secondly, to promote harmony between different religious and cultural groups; and thirdly, to demystify Islamic practices and traditions. The event was also attended by students from other universities around Nairobi. Seven students, accompanied by Rev. Dr. Peter Knox, SJ, Dean at Jesuit School of Theology, represented Hekima.

The event started off with a brief introduction to the symbols and rituals conducted by Muslims when they are praying in the mosque. This included the five prayers done during the day and the meaning of some Arabic words, to get a better understanding of Islam. For the following session, the participants were invited to Mihrab, the niche of the mosque that indicates the qibla (direction of Mecca), and in which the Imam stands to preach. The Iman of Jamia Mosque thanked the participants for having honored their invitation and emphasized the fact that as human beings, we come from the same God (Allah). Consequently, all human beings are called independently to their religion to live in peace and respect one another. According to him, Christians are closer to Muslims than any other religion. Muslims and Christians are called to cohabitation and collaboration. In addition to that, Muslims strictly respect the message that comes from God and preached by all prophets, including Jesus. Hence the prophet Muhammad constitutes the achievement of all prophecies.

For the last session, the Jamia Mosque Committee invited participants to the Multipurpose Hall where participants were invited to ask questions and give some remarks about the event. The questions asked by the participants were around the controversial verses in the Qur’an, the role of women in Islam, the importance of Jihad and hadith in Islam, Sharia, religious extremism, interfaith dialogue, conflict in the Middle East involving Islamic countries, etc.

Jamia 2From Hekima University College, Fernando Baleia SJ, a student of MA in Peace Studies, gave a brief remark on the significance of the event and congratulated the Jamia Mosque Committee for having organized the event. It was especially appreciated because two weeks earlier, Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations had organized its Third International Conference which focused on Religious Extremism and Violence in Africa: Reviewing the Practice of Intervention & Inter-Religious Dialogue.

In closing, the event allowed participants not only to learn about Islam but also to interact with one another as a better way to promote interfaith dialogue.

All the participants went home with an English translation of the Holy Qur’an from the Muslim Community as a sign of gratitude. We hope that other similar events will be organized in order to promote peace and avoid conflicts between religions.

Fernando Baleia SJ

 

News and Events

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
Prev Next

5th Annual Student-led conference

5th Annual Student-led conference

The Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR) of Hekima University College, Nairobi, Kenya is organizing and hosting the 7th Annual Student led conference which is a one-day conference on the 18th October 2019 on the theme - The...

Read more

A visit to the Hekima university college chapel during the TRRR conference

A visit to the Hekima university college chapel during the TRRR conference

I can do yoga in this chapel, Dr. Waltrina Middleton, delegate at the TRRR conference expressing her love for the Hekima University College chapel. The 8th Transatlantic Round table Conference on Religion and Race (TRRR) was convened in Nairobi, Kenya, at...

Read more

Kwale Field Visit Report

Kwale Field Visit Report

The second lot of the Ongoing Chartered mediators Course training had its planned field visit of Kwale County on 2nd September 2019. The visit targeted mining areas in the County with an intention of getting firsthand information from the miners...

Read more

Mban Leadership Training

Mban Leadership Training

Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR) conducted a 3 day workshop on Christian Leadership and Peacebuilding in Mban Parish Migori with the target audience being 29 church leaders from the parish. The feedback from the participants and...

Read more

Trans-Atlantic conference on Religion and Race (TRRR)Conference

Trans-Atlantic conference on Religion and Race (TRRR)Conference

The Trans-Atlantic conference on Religion and Race was held from 1st -5th July 2019 at Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR). The conference was attended by over 60 participants different cultural diversities and religions across the globe....

Read more

Conflict Resolution and Peace Building Course

Conflict Resolution and Peace Building Course

Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR) held a 5 day training on conflict resolution and peace building from 22nd to 26th July 2019. The training was attended by 21 participants from different institutions and organizations working for...

Read more

Early Career Researcher (ECR) Workshop

Early Career Researcher (ECR) Workshop

Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR) hosted a two day Early Career Researcher (ECR) workshop on 16th and 17th July 2019. The workshop brought together over 35 participants from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan and Ethiopia with...

Read more

The rise of Omar Al-Bashir and the Dynamics That Led to His Ouster

The rise of Omar Al-Bashir and the Dynamics That Led to His Ouster

Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir with Sudan amry forces in Khartoum, Sudan on 9 April 2017 [Ebrahim Hamid/Anadolu Agency] Since the wave of independence hit Africa in the 60s, the continent has had its share of problems with leadership, but few problems...

Read more

Chartered Mediators In Ukunda and Kwale County

Chartered Mediators In Ukunda and Kwale County

The second batch of chartered mediators had a second training on July 2019 from 22nd to 25th July 2019 in Ukunda, Kwale County. This particular training had 12 participants with a gender representation of 5 women to 7 men who...

Read more

THE TRANSATLANTIC ROUNDTABLE ON RELIGION AND RACE

THE TRANSATLANTIC ROUNDTABLE ON RELIGION AND RACE

The conference was held from 1st -5th July at Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR). It was divided into 2 sections; Pre-conference and the main conference. It was attended by people from different cultural diversities and religions...

Read more

Promoting Inter-Faith Dialogue in Kenya

Promoting Inter-Faith Dialogue in Kenya

The students from Hekima University College attended an open day at Jamia Mosque in Nairobi-Kenya, on Saturday, 27/10/2018. According to the Jamia Mosque Committee, the event served: firstly, to enhance a better understanding of Islam; secondly, to promote harmony between...

Read more

The South Sudan Crisis: What is the way forward for peace?

The South Sudan Crisis: What is the way forward for peace?

The South Sudan Crisis: What is the way forward for peace? Lucy Poni Modi Lucy Pony Modi is currently pursuing her MA degree in Peace Studies and International Relations at HIPSIR, Hekima University College. The signing of a new peace deal between President...

Read more

Hipsir-register

conference

mailinglistjoin

Quick Contacts

Physical Address: Riara Road, off Ngong Road
Tel: +254 20 386 0109 | +254 20 3860102
Mobile: +254 72 9755905
Email: secretary.hipsir@hekima.ac.ke