The Muslim world is finding much to rejoice about in a confusing and quite shocking decision made by the Pope. The Pope will allow Muslims to read from the Quran and chant Islamic prayers from the Vatican in a move said to promote peace.
President Shimon Peres will head to the Vatican on Sunday to participate in an interfaith peace prayer event at the invitation of Pope Francis.
Francis issued the invitation to Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during his visit last week to Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian Authority.
According to a statement released by Peres’s spokesperson, Abbas, Peres, and Francis will be joined by Jewish, Christian and Islamic religious leaders.
The event will feature readings about peace by the clergy from the Tanach, the New Testament and the Quran. Francis will then read religious verses with Peres and Abbas, which the three will have selected for the ceremony.
Israel’s delegation, which the Chief Rabbinate helped to select, will include members of the local Jewish, Druze and Muslim communities.
Traveling with Peres will be Rabbi Rasson Arussi, of the Chief Rabbinate Council; Israel Prize laureate and Talmud scholar, Daniel Sperber; former chief rabbi of Ireland and interreligious adviser to the Israeli Chief Rabbinate, David Rosen; spiritual Leader of the Druze faith in Israel, Sheikh Moafaq Tarif; and Sheikh Mohammad Kiwan, chairman of the Muslim community of Israel.
Abbas’s delegation is also expected to include Islamic and Christian leaders.
h/t: Times of Israel!!
The quran contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of islamic rule. Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding. muslims who do not join the fight are called ‘hypocrites’ and warned that allah will send them to Hell if they do not join the slaughter.
The context of violent passages is more ambiguous than might be expected of a perfect book from a loving God, however this can work both ways. Most of today’s muslims exercise a personal choice to interpret their un-holy book’s call to arms according to their own moral preconceptions about justifiable violence.