Singapore Soka Association Youth Participate in Interfaith Dialogue
On May 23, 2009, two Singapore Soka Association (SSA) Youth Division representatives, together with youth leaders from various religious traditions, engaged in an interfaith session organized by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) at the Harmony Centre. The special session was held in conjunction with a visit by distinguished guest the Grand Mufti of Syria, Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Bader Eddin Hassoun, promoter of interfaith dialogue, under MUIS's Distinguished Visitor Programme for 2009. His address at the event, attended by some 20 local youth leaders, focused on the role of youth in promoting interfaith exchanges.
During the question and answer session, SSA representative Leonard Koh asked the Grand Mufti how to enable the present generation of Singaporean youth to understand the importance of promoting and maintaining racial and religious harmony when they had not personally experienced such disputes or conflicts. In response, the Grand Mufti discussed the importance of educating about the history of racial and religious harmony, engaging in dialogue and taking initiatives to understand different religions and cultures, especially within the multi-racial, multi-religious context of Singapore.
[Adapted from an article in the June 16, 2009 issue of SSA Times, Singapore Soka Association; photo courtesy of SSA]