Archbishop Habib Jajou attended an important conference in London between 24 to 25 Nov. 2015. 12 experts from Christian and Islamic religious institutions worked for social resilience against extremism. The conference was held by: Adyan Institute, institution of education (London University) and Hedayah from UAE.
For an interreligious alliance, Archbishop Jajou spoke about some Islamic religious leaders’ problems: lack for dialogue, weak work for justice and peace, big gap between religion teaching and practise with people: ‘Since 2003 Iraqi Christians have been facing an atrocity situation; we have become easy prey of illegitimate and dehumanising practices, the incitement to hatred pushing extremists to a deliberately violence against us and other minorities, they have been challenging us by Islamic legislation which is ‘inspired by Shariah law’. He added ‘We often are being made to feel like second-class citizens.’
According to the Archbishop, the dilemma has different faces: the imponderable of relationship among religions and within one religion in our time; the instability between the concept of state and of citizenship; the barriers that prevent the true role of the individuals in the community to monitor the incitement, the poor role of education and culture, and the negative role of oppression, injustice, discrimination and illiteracy.
The Archbishop suggested different points: ‘First, to monitor the incitement and discrimination, go ahead with the social resilience and protect of the national fabric of different religions and backgrounds, work for the counter-speech to face the irrational propaganda of the extremists who depend on sacred sources like verses from Quran; the need to educating the new generation, effort to consecrate the Human Right through the national low, encouraging culture of life tools where people believe in a positive coexistence, requesting from Arab League, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation , Dar Al-Iftaa and policy makers to take legal decisions and decisive actions through adopting of appropriate religious, political, cultural and educational solutions, Encouraging citizen education and training programmes, work to establish a law to criminalize states, organizations, and individuals who finance terrorism or encourage terrors, Interreligious alliance could work to reduce literacy in all human levels, working for spiritual humanitarian religious discourse. Finally, encouraging psychological and social studies which may help to resolve people problems.’