“Indeed, God commands justice, doing good to others, as well as courtesy to close relatives. He forbids indecency, wickedness, and aggression. He instructs you so perhaps you will be mindful.” (16:90 )            “For every day on which the sun rises, there is a (reward from God) for the one who establishes justice among people.” (al-Bukhari)            “And thus have We willed you to be a community of the middle way, so that [with your lives] you may bear witness to the truth before all humankind. . .” (2:143)            “Dispensers of justice will be seated on pulpits of light beside God.” (Muslim)            “Do not spread corruption in the land after it has been set in order. And call upon Him with hope and fear. Indeed, Allah’s mercy is always close to the good-doers.” (7:56)           “Even an ant in its hole and fish (in the depth of water) invoke blessings on someone who teaches people goodness.” (al-Tirmidhi)            “O believers! Remain conscious of God, and be with those who are truthful in word and deed.” (9:119)           “God does not judge you according to your bodies and appearances, but He looks into your hearts and observes your deeds.” (Muslim)            “The parable of those who spend their possessions for the sake of God is that of a grain out of which grow seven ears, in every ear a hundred grains: for God grants manifold increase unto whom He wills; and God is infinite, all-knowing.” (2:261)           “Charity does not diminish wealth.” (Riyadh al-Salihin)            “Let there be a group among you who call ˹others˺ to goodness, encourage what is good, and forbid what is evil-it is they who will be successful.” (3:104)           “Avoid cruelty and injustice...and guard yourselves against miserliness, for this has ruined nations who lived before you.” (Riyadh al-Salihin)            “Do not forget to show kindness to each other. Surely God observes your actions.” (2:237)           “(Allah) has revealed to me that you should adopt humility so that no one oppresses another.” (Riyadh al-Salihin)            “It is We who sent down this Reminder (al-Quran) and it is We who shall preserve it.” (15:9)           “The best among you are those who learn the Quran and teach it (to others).” (al-Bukhari)            “So remember Me; I will remember you. And be grateful to Me and do not deny Me.” (2:152)           “There are two blessings that many people lose -- health and free time for doing good.” (al-Bukhari)            “Say: 'O My servants who have transgressed against your own souls, do not despair of God's mercy, for God forgives all sins. It is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.'“(39:53)           “Happy is the man who avoids dissension, but how fine is the man who is afflicted and shows endurance.” (Abu Dawud)            “And you love wealth with immense love.” (89:20)           “Being rich does not mean having a great amount of property, but (it) is being content (with what one has).” (al-Bukhari)            “Every soul is held in pledge for its deeds.” (74:38)           “Make things easy and convenient and don't make them harsh and difficult. Give cheer and glad tidings and do not create hatred.” (al-Bukhari & Muslim)           

Declaration For Life From Faith Traditions Of Jews, Christians, And Muslims.

Religious leaders from various faith communities met Monday, March 31, 2008 to issue a “Declaration for Life” that deplores global violence and exhorts to world peace.

The text of the declaration is as follows.

Declaration for Life from Faith Traditions of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian. It is time that we as faith leaders come together and condemn the senseless loss of life all around the world, and at home.

It is time for all faiths to stand together: The Jewish people have deep roots in Iraq. Abraham, the Old Testament patriarch, was born in the ancient city of Ur, in what is now southern Iraq. Abraham fathered Isaac, who fathered Jacob, who was renamed Israel by God and promised a nation. Jesus is said to have descended from that line. Abraham’s other son, Ishmael, was also promised a nation in the bible. He is considered the progenitor of the Arab peoples. From the branch of Ishmael, Islam’s central figure, the Prophet Muhammad, descended.

The time has come for leaders to stand together in holding high regard for human life across the globe when so much conflict, carnage and human bloodshed mocks the mandate of the Hebrew Scriptures: “Thou shall not kill.” The Christian Scriptures: “Love one another!” And the Islamic Scriptures: ” killing an innocent person unjustly is like killing all of mankind”

Global war with countless human casualties depresses and demeans the dignity and worth of humans made in God’s image and likeness. God helps moral leaders rise together to stop the carnage enveloped in a culture of fear holding hostage the conscience of America.

The Children of Adam must stop killing each other. None of our faiths tolerate unjust killing. It is required by our faiths to stand up against all forms of terror, whether committed by individuals or by sovereign states. We must call for justice and peace on earth. God Almighty expects us, as the Children of Abraham, to speak out against acts of unwarranted violence, no matter where and by whom.

Certainly, war is the most primitive method of resolving conflicts. We urge a new era of reconciliation where we can end conflicts by loving people on both sides of all issues. God loves the Palestinians and the Jews. He loves Muslims and Christians. He loves African Americans and Whites alike. God loves Democrats and Republicans, Catholics and Protestants. We stand here in repentance because none of us have done enough to love each other and reconcile with one another. We pledge to live up to a higher standard and call on others to do the same. May God forgive us for our failures, guide us in healing and help us to usher in a new era of peace.

Respectfully submitted by the leaders listed above, and, to be presented to Pope Benedict XVI during his visit with interfaith representatives when he visits Washington, D.C, in April.

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