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The Universal Peace Federation (UPF) is a global network of individuals and organizations dedicated to building a world of peace centered on universal spiritual and moral values.



To reach peace, teach peace.
John Paul II

UPF Book: Islamic Perspectives on Peace
By UPF International   
Monday, January 02, 2006

Many prominent Muslims have spoken about their vision for peace at seminars and conferences sponsored by the Universal Peace Federation and its predecessor organization, the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace. We offer this collection of excerpts from their essays and remarks in the hopes that it can expand the horizons and promote synergy on the road to peace. Additional contributions on these themes are welcome. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Way of Islam, Imam Dr. Abduljalil Sajid, Chair, Muslim Council for Religious and Racial Harmony, United Kingdom

Encounters Among Civilizations

Promoting the Good, H.E. Abdurrahman Wahid, President, Indonesia (1999-2001) 
Internal and External Challenges, Dr. M. A. Zaki Badawi, Principal, the Muslim College, Egypt 
The Starting Point of International Affairs, Dr. Mustansir Mir, Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Youngstown State University, US
Dialogue Within and Among Civilizations, H.E. Dr. Makarim Wibisono, former Permanent Representative, Mission of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations
Need for More Inclusive Approaches to Peace, Prof. Dr. Din Syamsuddin, Chairman, Muhammudiyah, Indonesia

Human Rights

Islamic Human Rights Predate Western Concepts, Grand Imam Sayyed Mohammed Musawi, Secretary General, World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League, United Kingdom
Problems Stemming from Iblisinism, Professor Sulayman S. Nyang, Professor of African and Islamic Studies, Muslims in the American Public Square, US   
Quest for Participatory Government, Dr. Imtiyaz Yusuf, Head, Department of Religion, Assumption University, Thailand  
A Religion for Every Woman, Nazlin Omar Rasput, Chair, Muslim Council of Kenya     
Rights for Both Muslims and Non-Muslims, H.E. A. Sware El Dahab, President of Sudan (1985-86)
Promoting Peace as a Human Right, H.E. Anwarul Chowdhury, Former UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Land Locked Developing Countries, and Small Island States
Women's Rights, Peace, and Development in South Asia, Miss Farhat Jabeen, Ph.D., Director, Institute of Peace and Development, Belgium and Pakistan

Civic Responsibility

Complementary Rights and Responsibilities, Dr. Irawan Abidin, former Ambassador from Indonesia to the Vatican
Justice and Peace are Not Always Binary Options, Dr. Mohd Manzoor Alam, Director, Institute of Objective Studies, India
Self-Governance Takes Time, Daisy Khan, Executive Director, American Society for Muslim Advancement, US   
Promoting Unity and Community, Dr. Mohamad Abdulrahman Al Habach, Director, Islamic Studies Center, Syria   
Society Needs Religion, Haitham Bundakji, Chairman of Public Relations, Islamic Society of Orange County, California, US   

Service Across Boundaries

Religious Youth Service, Fazida Razak, Regional Director, Religious Youth Service-Australia   
Small Kindness, Yusuf Islam, Founder, Small Kindness, United Kingdom   
Children of Abraham, Gul Rukh Rahman, Co-Executive Director, Children of Abraham, USA   
Community Resource Center, Imam Ameer Pasha Salahuddin, Imam, Islamic Center of Passaic/Paterson, New Jersey, US

Building Bridges


Role of Israeli Arabs, Hon. Walid Sadik, Former Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Former Member of the Knesset, Israel    
Who Is Our Brother? Sheik Mohammad Kiwan, Imam, Majd El Krum, Israel    
Breaking the Cycle of Anger, Prof. Khuloud Khayyat Dajani, Executive Assistant to the President of Al-Quds University, Palestine    
The Only Solution Is a Just Peace, Dr. Hamdi Mohammad Murad, Professor, Al-Barqa University, Jordan
There Is No Peace Unless It Prevails, Sayyed Hani Fahs, Shi'a cleric, Lebanon
We Must Make a New Start, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad, Prime Minister, Malaysia (1981-2003)
Building Bridges of Peace in Sierra Leone, Dr. Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, President, Sierra Leone (1996-1997, 1998-2007)
The Challenges of Interreligious Dialogue, Qamrul A. Khanson, Author, Toronto, Canada


Tolerance

The Qur’an Recognizes Plurality, Dr. Alwi Shihab, Nation Awakening Party, Indonesia
Mohammad Came to Bring Blessings to All, Sheikh-ul-Islam Maqsood Qadri, Khateeh of Dato Guni Bukhs Mosque, Pakistan    
Islam Is a Middle Path, Dr. Tanvir Khan, Islamic Circle of North America, US    
Expanding Our Horizons, H.E. Hadi Nejad Hosseinian, former Ambassador of Iran to the United Nations   
We Can Choose Peace or Hatred, Imam Mohammed Ali Elahi, Imam, Islamic House of Wisdom, Michigan, US   
Muslims Respect All the Prophets, Dr. Muhammad Al-Habash, Professor of the Sciences of the Holy Qur’an, Islamic Call College; Professor of Tafsir, College of Usul Ed-din, Syria   
Speaking the Language of Peace, Imam Tariq Ansaar Aquil, Sr., President, Muslim American Food Council-Global Halal Founder, Islamic Social Services Foundation, US  
Acknowledge the Past and Move On, Hon. In’am As’ad Qaddourah Al-Mufti, Former Minister of Social Development, Jordan   
Introducing Faith-Based Identity in Britain, Baroness Manzala Pola Uddin, Member, House of Lords, United Kingdom 
Healing Interreligious Strife, Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Kazmi, UPF-Pakistan   

Education

Islamization of Knowledge, Dr. M. Habib Chirzin, President, Islamic Millennium Forum, Indonesia    
Traditional Islamic Education, Dr. Mumtaz Ahmad, Professor of Political Science, Hampton University, US
Sons of Abraham as Peace Leaders, Professor, Al-Barqa University, Jordan
Integrating Traditional and Modern Education, Dr. M. Hussin Mutalib, Professor of Political Science, University of Singapore; Director General, Center of Contemporary Islamic Studies
Redirecting the Course of Globalization, Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser al Missned, wife of Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar; UNESCO’s Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education
Leadership of Peace, Musa Bin Jaafar Bin Hassan, President, General Assembly of UNESCO (2007)

Family

The Root of Peace Is the Family, Tan Sri Datin Paduka Zaleha Ismail, Chair, Chairman, National Population and Family Development Board, Malaysia
The Family as the Foundation of Society, by H.E. Abdalmahmood A. Mohamad, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Sudan to the UN

Globalization

Muslim Response to Globalization, by Dr. A.S.A. Santoe, European Coordinator, Ahmadiyya Lahore Movement