Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

WCC Ramadan Message

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

WCC Ramadan Message

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Following are excerpts from the Ramadan Message to Muslims by Konrad Raiser, general secretary of the World Council of Churches:

"The blessed month of Ramadan and the Christian holy time of Advent during which the faithful prepare themselves in fasting and recollection for the Nativity of Jesus Christ coincide this year. Thus, they become one among many signs that make us `nearest in affection and draw us together in common obedience to God. The spiritual bonds that unite us need to be rediscovered anew in these trying times...

"The abominable acts of Sept. I I were condemned by the authoritative voices throughout the Islamic community and among the churches...

"The recent tragic events have shown the vulnerability of all nations and the fragility of the international order. A world in which more and more people and even whole nations are being consigned to extreme poverty while others accumulate great wealth is inherently unstable...

"As Christians we reject the tendency, not uncommon in many Western countries, to perceive Muslims as a threat and portray Islam in negative terms while projecting a positive self-image. …

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