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Singapore Soka Association Holds Interfaith Event in Commemoration of 9/11

offering prayerReligious leaders and participants offering prayer for those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001

On September 11, 2011, religious leaders of the 6 main faiths in Singapore--Christian, Muslim, Sikh, Taoist, Hindu and Buddhist--led a minute of silence in memory of those who died in the terrorist attacks in New York ten years earlier. The event, titled "Chord for Peace," was organized by Mercy Relief, a humanitarian organization in Singapore and Singapore Soka Association (SSA). Some 1,000 people attended the event held at the SSA Headquarters.

Mr. Abdullah Tarmugi, Speaker of the Singapore Parliament and advisor to Mercy Relief, stated in his speech that since the September 11 attack, there has been increased effort among the general public to understand and appreciate people of different races, religions and cultures. As an example of this, he cited the example of how more and more people in Singapore are visiting each other's places of worship in order to better understand different faiths. In response to this, he stated "We have every reason to be optimistic, as we continue to strive together towards greater peace and a more unified nation."

In his closing remarks, SSA Chairman Oh Kheng Yam confirmed SSA's commitment to promoting intercultural understanding and friendship and quoted from SGI President Ikeda's 2011 Peace Proposal in which he writes "Dialogue among different faiths can greatly promote the construction of a culture of human rights. It is through real-life daily struggles and challenges that a genuine sensitivity to human rights is inculcated."

[Adapted from article in October 7, 2011, issue of SSA Times, Singapore Soka Association (SSA); photo courtesy of SSA]