By Rula Samain
AMMAN — Established in 1994, the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies (RIIFS) has been working for decades to achieve HRH Prince Hassan’s vision of religious pluralism and interfaith harmony, according to its director.
RIIFS Director Majeda Omar said Prince Hassan first initiated dialogue between adherents of different faiths in the 1970s.
“Imagine how the world would have been if the call for dialogue was as active forty years ago,” she said, adding that the prince’s vision extended beyond Jordan to include the whole region.
His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan Bin Talal, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies (RIIFS) met yesterday (Sunday, June 12), the Chairman and members of the Amman Group for Future Dialogues. The meeting witnessed a discussion about various intellectual, economic and social issues.
In the encounter, His Highness said that “when we speak about values, I mention that there is a word in the Arabic language which has witnessed diminished importance, namely shame, which is a part of faith, and which is in turn a basic part of our narrative.” He added, “I wish that we would embark on speaking with faith, morality, knowledge and work.”
Amman – The Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies and the Higher Council for Science and Technology organized a function launching the book entitled “El Hassan Bin Talal: The Story of an Arab Prince” authored by Dr. Muslih Najjar. The event took place under the patronage of HRH Princess Rahma Bint El Hassan.
Her Highness said in a speech, “El Hassan Bin Talal is my father, but he is equally the father of millions of Jordanians, for he taught us that work and knowledge are two sides of a single coin, and that the homeland flourishes with love.”
Human dignity must be the highest priority above all else, HRH Prince Hassan, the chairman of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies’ (RIIFS) board of trustees, has said.
In remarks at a recent interfaith meeting in the Vatican on the theme “Shared values in Social and Political Life”, organised by the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, Prince Hassan said instilling the concept of citizenship must emanate from “our identity” and extend to encompass the human values of pluralism and respect.