In an effort to promote religious harmony and national unity, the Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM) and the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso will host a live online forum on “compassion and mercy as the common values between Islam and Buddhism”.
The virtual event, which will take place at the end of the month, will feature Prof. Datuk Dr. Osman Bakar of the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation (ISTAC), IIUM in a dialogue with the Dalai Lama.
According to ABIM’s President Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz, the theme of the forum will be on ‘Compassion & Mercy As The Common Values Between Islam & Buddhism’.
Faisal said that religious debates or dialogue should be discussed on a proper platform with a goal that aims for knowledge and truth. He also said these discussions should not be done randomly or with the intent to offend.
“Now we often find ourselves surrounded with Islamophobia triggered by irresponsible parties, and we should engage in harmonious dialogue with diverse communities as a way to explain Islam and the religion’s contributions towards peaceful coexistence,” Faisal told Malaysiakini.
He also said that ABIM feels the need to look at the bigger perspective, which is how religious diversity can be an asset to harmony and unity, not a factor for conflict.
The one-hour forum will take place on 28 September 2020 at 11:30am (Malaysia time) with President of the Tibetan Buddhist Cultural Centre, Casey Liu, as the host and moderator.
If you’re interested to watch the forum, you can register for the event via the QR in the poster below.