11/22/2018, 15.53
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Muslims, Christians and Hindus celebrate Muhammad's birthday in Lahore

by Shafique Khokhar

The Interreligious Movement for Tolerance organised the event. “We have to stand firm against those who want to break us and our brotherhood and provoke people in the name of religion,” said bishop of the Church of Pakistan.

Lahore (AsiaNews) – A group of Muslims, Christians and Hindus on Tuesday celebrated Muhammad's birthday at the Dar-ul-Mussarat in Lahore.

The event was organised by Rwadari Tehreek (Interreligious Movement for Tolerance), which supports dialogue between religions.

The association’s president said the group celebrates the sacred festivals of all of Pakistan’s religions "to promote a culture of peace, tolerance and brotherhood among different faiths and bring them closer” but also as a way to stand “against extremism and terrorism”.

"Religions and sects are being used by extremists to promote hatred,” he lamented, “but we will not let them succeed in their heinous plans forward.”

For him, “there is nothing more beautiful than people with different views, sects, languages, social background, who come together and speak about peace and coexistence."

"Muhammad taught peace, tolerance and brotherhood,” said Bishop Mano Ruramalshah, of the Church of Pakistan.

“We have to stand firm against those who want to break us and our brotherhood and provoke people in the name of religion. We must reject their ideology of hatred."

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