Last week I was kindly asked by Pink Sky Magazine to speak about Interfaith Ramadan. In the interview, shared a bit of background on my own interfaith family and how Interfaith Ramadan came about, my opinion on why interfaith is making headway, and where I see the project going in the future. Below is a short snippet taken from the interview.
What problems do you face in this type of blogging?
The first misconception that people have about interfaith is that it is a sort of ruse, an attempt at conversion cleverly hidden by a smile and a cup of tea. Interfaith work simply cannot work if one or both parties are trying to convert the other. Interfaith dialogue requires honesty, both to ourselves and to each other, and of course this means allowing ourselves to be vulnerable. People are unable to open up if they feel that the other person has ulterior motives. For these reasons, attempts to convert have absolutely no place in interfaith.
Sometimes there is an inaccurate concern that involvement in interfaith means you are somehow diluting your own faith. While the reality is that most individuals engaged in interfaith dialogue and activism find they feel more connected to their own faith tradition as a direct result of engagement with others.
It's important to note that the overall aim of interfaith is not to make everyone the same, but instead to acknowledge and respect difference, to learn from the experience of others, and encourage each other to grow within our own tradition so that we can do our bit to make the world a more inclusive and peaceful place.
You can find the full interview here.
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