Two suc­cess sto­ries from Inter­faith Work in North Sindh Province

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Im Febru­ar und März 2018 absol­vier­te Shahid Reh­mat, Grün­der der Youth Deve­lo­p­ment Foun­da­ti­on ( in Paki­stan, ein “Berufs­prak­ti­kum” beim Ber­li­ner Forum der Religionen.
Am 13.04.2019 er zwei Erfolgs­ge­schich­ten geschickt.

Two suc­cess sto­ries from our Inter­faith Work in North Sindh Province:
Brid­ging gaps and buil­ding under­stan­ding: a sto­ry of two stu­dents (Sto­ry No 01)

Mukht­yar Masih was retur­ning home from a diver­si­ty tour to wor­s­hip pla­ces in Suk­kur, sou­thern Sindh pro­vin­ce when his Mus­lim seat­ma­te ques­tio­ned about Christ.
“The deba­te star­ted when Sai­ful­lah ques­tio­ned our belief that Jesus was the Son of God. I tried to exp­lain to the best of my know­ledge but soon it tur­ned into a hea­ted exchan­ge,” said Mukht­yar, a final year Bachelor’s stu­dents in Shi­kar­pur in nort­hern Sindh.
Both stu­dents were part of the Febru­a­ry 12, 2019 tour orga­ni­zed by Youth Deve­lo­p­ment Foun­da­ti­on YDF. 36 stu­dents, inclu­ding 15 fema­les, visi­ted a temp­le, a mos­que, a church, and two shri­nes. YDF Pro­ject team stop­ped the bus at the next tea shop and gave them the oppor­tu­ni­ty to dis­cuss this in a lar­ger group.

“It was important for all stu­dents to under­stand the real pur­po­se of our tour. Our strugg­le against such misun­derstan­dings and mis­con­cep­ti­ons regar­ding other faiths. Other par­ti­ci­pants also con­vin­ced both stu­dents to set asi­de their dif­fe­ren­ces and focus more on plan­ning social action plans.
Mukhta­yar and Sai­ful­lah are now good friends. Both gree­ted each other in the fol­low-up ses­si­on of the diver­si­ty tour next mon­th. “Islam tea­ches us to respect Abra­ha­mic reli­gi­ons. Our reli­gious lea­ders must play a posi­ti­ve role in gui­ding the youth,” said Saifullah.
While atten­ding a fol­low-up work­shop in Shi­kar­pur, they both plan (as one group) an inter­faith round­ta­ble dis­cus­sion as the next Social Action Plan (SAP). “It will con­clu­de with a press con­fe­rence and a reso­lu­ti­on to bring both com­mu­nities clo­ser by cele­bra­ting reli­gious feasts tog­e­ther,” Sai­ful­lah added.

Tea­ching respect for reli­gious diver­si­ty (Sto­ry No 02)

For the past 5 years, Zaree­na has been tea­ching Hin­du and Mus­lim child­ren at her home in Jaco­b­abad city of Sindh pro­vin­ce. YDF hel­ped her in a bet­ter under­stan­ding of her stu­dents, she claims.
Zaree­na was among more than 30 par­ti­ci­pants who atten­ded March 14, 2019 trai­ning by YDF on con­flict iden­ti­fi­ca­ti­on, sen­si­ti­vi­ty map­ping and resol­ving the issu­es. Her new­ly acqui­red skills hel­ped in noti­cing une­a­si­ness bet­ween Hin­du and Mus­lim students.
“I was appal­led when a stu­dent from majo­ri­ty reli­gi­on descri­bed that his mother had for­bid­den him from accep­t­ing can­dies or any other food­s­tuff from Hin­dus. This hat­red is a major cau­se of con­flict in our peace­ful pro­vin­ce whe­re the majo­ri­ty of the Hin­du popu­la­ti­on is sett­led,” she said.
Zaree­na cal­led a mee­ting with all the par­ents the next day. “Quo­ting examp­le like the dedi­ca­ted Mus­lim cus­to­mers of the popu­lar Dol­phin Bakers, owned by local Hin­dus, I tried to broa­den their princi­ples on huma­ni­ty and accep­t­ance. Perhaps one per­son can make a difference.”
While atten­ding diver­si­ty tour and fol­lowup in Shi­kar­pur, Zaree­na pro­po­sed a Social Action Plan SAP invol­ving women from dif­fe­rent reli­gious back­grounds hol­ding a cor­ner mee­ting (role of mothers in peace­buil­ding). “They will be tas­ked to sug­gest ways in brin­ging up their child­ren in a posi­ti­ve envi­ron­ment. Mother can play an instru­men­tal role in the wel­fa­re of both her fami­ly and the socie­ty,” he said.