ADAMS Prays for Peace, Protection of Life, Religious Freedom, and Dignified Access to Holy Sites in Jerusalem
ADAMS encourages us all of the critical need for peace, protection of life, religious freedom, and dignified access for all at the Holy Sites in Jerusalem. People of all faiths are deeply saddened by the current tension and violence in the Holy Land, and we call upon all sides there, and around the world, to advocate for a solution to these tragic events and circumstances.
We hope our own experience may offer encouragement to find a way forward there. ADAMS Mosque has been a model in the development of very close ties with our Jewish partners and friends. For many years we have shared worship space at two Synagogues, and our Muslim community has hosted many Passover Seders and other Jewish/Muslim programs, both at the mosque and in those and in other synagogues. ADAMS and our Synagogue partners have also hosted very productive events with both Palestinians and Israelis, to discuss hopes and prospects for Peace. We believe true peace and harmony is possible in the Holy Land, and all of our hopes are for that goal.
But the world knows the only moral path to a solution in the Holy Land is dialogue and negotiation between Israelis (Jews, Muslims and Christians) and Palestinians (Muslim and Christian). This is a long and arduous path, but the faith that grounds all our traditions can sustain this steady progress of history. We have all witnessed over a century of opposing narratives, political differences, and ideological differences that no military operations can resolve. We are convinced however that the many relevant verses from the Quran (and the Bible) can remind us to work for the protection of life, and to always respond with good and forgiveness in times of major challenge and conflict.
“Good and wrong cannot be equal; repel wrong with something which is better, and verily he between whom and thyself was enmity may then become as though he had always been a close, true friend.” (Quran 41:34)
“The recompense for an injury is an injury equal thereto (in degree): but if a person forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is due from God: for (God) loveth not those who do wrong” (Quran 42:40)
“Those who spend (freely), whether in prosperity or in adversity; who restrain anger, and pardon (all) humans;-for God loves those who do good” (Quran 3:134)
“Whoever kills a person, unless [as punishment through due process] for murder or mischief in the land, it is as though he has killed all mankind. And whoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved all mankind.” (Quran 5:32)
We cannot pretend to know the pain of those who have suffered directly from recent events, but we can urge them to honor their loved ones not through the tribal urge for revenge, but rather to build up societies of justice and mercy. These values are the cornerstones of civilization, and the paving stones to peace. We urge our brothers and sisters across the Middle East to seek a solution that protects the self, but simultaneously fosters compassion for the other, so this seemingly endless cycle of hatred and violence can be brought to an end.