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A Muslim monarch and religious diplomat wins some overdue recognition

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guest-amamowwi

Excellent idea. Kudos to Jordan's king, but shame on author for biased writing. Muslims are "distinguished" but Christians are described as "bigwigs"? Tsk, tsk, tsk. "Another big initiative by the Jordanian royal house was the Common Word in which distinguished Muslims issued a friendly challenge to bigwigs of the Christian world, inviting them to dialogue and . . . " Wow.

fgdkY2tM6e

Is this award meant only for semitic faiths? Do Hindhu, Jains, Sikhs, Buddhists etc be considered?

ashbird in reply to fgdkY2tM6e

The award is nonsectarian and nondenominational, to my knowledge.
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Here’s a link to the website of Templeton Prize where you can read the names and bios of all past winners.
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http://www.templetonprize.org/previouswinner.html#sathavale
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I list below a few individuals who particularly stood out (to my way of thinking) for putting their money where their mouth is, i.e., engaging in conduct and behavior and vocational calling directly apposite to their professed faith, whatever it happens to be (instead of trolling an open forum on Religion and Public Policy in a non-religious magazine for anyone with a different view on religion and religious belief to ad hominem attack, berate, insult and pick fight with.* [*all pricelessly captured by Erasmus over the years.]
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Baba Amte (1990). Left his comfortable life as a wealthy Hindu lawyer to follow a personal calling - the development of modern communities to help those stricken with Hansen’s Disease (aka leprosy) and other “untouchables” in his native India.
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Inamullah Kahn (1988). Devoted his life to advancing peace among Muslims, Christians, and Jews. His interfaith activism provided important new opportunities to foster good will and understanding. Played crucial role in helping to settle the war between Iran and Iraq and to bring a message of peace to apartheid-era South Africa.
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Dame Cicely Saunders (1981). Spent years close to terminally ill patients as they expressed their physical, psychological, and spiritual pain. Founded the Hospice and Palliative Care Movement, combining a scientifically rigorous program with a unique social and spiritual awareness.

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Francisco J. Ayala (2010). Professor of Biological Sciences at University of California. As an evolutionary geneticist, opposed the entanglement of science and religion, calling for mutual respect between the two.
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John D. Barrow (2006). Professor of Mathematical Sciences at University of Cambridge. As a mathematician, challenged scientists and theologians alike to cross disciplinary boundaries to test what they may or may not understand about the origins of time, space, and matter, and the behavior of the universe. 

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Clement P

"Muslims issued a friendly challenge to bigwigs of the Christian world, inviting them to dialogue and co-operation on the basis of two axioms which, in the signatories’ view, were present in both religions: love of God and love of neighbour."
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Love of God:
For the worst of beasts in the sight of Allah are those who reject Him: They will not believe.
https://quran.com/8/55
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Say: "Obey Allah and His Messenger": But if they turn back, Allah loveth not those who reject Faith.
https://quran.com/3/32
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Love of neigbour:
Let not the believers Take for friends or helpers Unbelievers rather than believers: if any do that, in nothing will there be help from Allah: except by way of precaution, that ye may Guard yourselves from them. But Allah cautions you (To remember) Himself; for the final goal is to Allah.
https://quran.com/3/28
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Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah ; and those with him are forceful against the disbelievers, merciful among themselves. https://quran.com/48/29
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And when the sacred months have passed, then kill the polytheists wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they should repent, establish prayer, and give zakah, let them [go] on their way. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.
https://quran.com/9/5
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O Prophet, fight against the disbelievers and the hypocrites and be harsh upon them. And their refuge is Hell, and wretched is the destination.
https://quran.com/9/73
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Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful and who do not adopt the religion of truth from those who were given the Scripture - [fight] until they give the jizyah willingly while they are humbled.
https://quran.com/9/29
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He it is Who hath sent His messenger with the guidance and the Religion of Truth, that He may cause it to prevail over all religion, however much the idolaters may be averse.
https://quran.com/9/33

ashbird

Surely recognition is overdue. And that includes from Erasmus.
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In 2016 Abdullah II of Jordan received the Peace of Westphalia award*. Recognition could also have been made at that time.
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* In the event this footnote is necessary, The Peace of Westphalia (German: Westfälischer Friede) was a series of peace treaties signed between May and October 1648 in the Westphalian cities of Osnabrück and Münster that virtually ended the European wars of religion.

Kremilek2

It is good that inter-faith and intra-faith dialogue and discussions are spreading and increasing. It could help to bring more understanding among people and limit the dangers of punishment of apostasy of Muslims.