Inter-religious Dialogue Commission starts Peace Olive Trees Plantation in Muslim madrisas in Pakistan


Lahore: March 28, 2017. (Fr. Inayat Bernard) Our aim is to encourage and facilitate the culture of peace, understanding and harmony among religions in Pakistan especially Muslims and Christians. Fr. Francis Nadeem OFM Cap, Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Inter-religious Dialogue and Ecumenism (NCIDE) to the Muslim and Christian scholars gathered at the Markiz Bilal during the IFTARI; breaking of fast hosted my Pir Shafat Rasool Nori and Fr. Nadeem continued in his introduction of the evening that the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) told his disciples that at the time of breakfast if the fruit of date in not available then the fruit of olive can be used for this purpose. He also cited the historical event when Noah had sent the dove who brought back the branch of an olive tree. Hence plantation of this tree will be soothing and create good atmosphere among religions. He said that five plants being planted today will remind the students here that as they grow in size the students and all pilgrims who visit here will grow in their peace of heart and mind and will develop a respectable and tolerant society. Each plant was planted by one Christian and a Muslim scholar in the compound of Markiz Bilal. Inspired by this event other religious scholars invited the NCIDE to reach their madrisas and plant the olive tree there as well. Hence this plantation will go on in the months of March and April this year.

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