American Muslim scholar, Dr Umar Faruq Abd-Allah delivered the inaugural lecture of the Mohamed Mansour Lectureship in Contemporary Islamic Thought on Monday, April 16 at Toronto’s Emmanuel College.
Despite the inclement weather and challenging road conditions, the Vic Chapel at Victoria College was filled with people from across the city who came out to listen to Dr. Abd-Allah deliver his lecture on ‘Islam and the Cultural Imperative.’
“Welcome to this special evening and we would like to thank Mohamed Mansour for My Way Canada Business Development’s donation in support of the Mohamed Mansour Lectureship in Contemporary Islamic Studies,” said Dr. William Robins, President of Victoria University in his welcoming remarks. “This lecture is a wonderful complement to the Muslim Studies focus of the Master of Pastoral Studies Program at Emmanuel College and an important milestone in Emmanuel’s development into interreligious education.”
Once I was travelling with a priest who sat next to me, he is from New Jearsey, and head of a church institution. We were going to Africa(Tanzania), we had a chance to talk about Islam and the relations between Islam and Christianity.
Although I am not a scholar, with my basic Islamic knowledge, I tried to comment on some religious issues. It was very warm and friendly teaching and learning conversation.
In short, he had zero knowledge about our prophet(sav-pbuh), and he said that he is very ambarrased by not knowing the last Prophet(pbuh) and he promised to read and learn about him when he goes back to NJ.
For a better peacefull world, different cultures and religions must know and understand each other and also accept each other’s positions in dialogue and tolerance. There must be bridges to be built between different worlds in this same world.
It is the duty of Muslim Scholars, to represent their world. There it comes the importance of the education especially for the Muslims.
I believe the beautiful people of Christianity is also ready to listen, to support and built bridges together.
In this regard, I thank to The Circle, The Emmanuel College, Dr.Umar for their God’ly contributions.
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