Interfaith Relations



The OLF advances the following moral and ethical framework in which Religion (Arabic: Deen) is used in the sense of good interaction out of love and upon moral principles with humans and nature. In this sense, worship or religiousness is achieving morality in character and excellence in conduct with humans and nature. Therefore, in the heart of religiousness is the Golden Rule: “Known also as the Ethic of Reciprocity, the Golden Rule is found in most religions and cultures. Its omnipresence throughout history gives it tremendous moral authority. Its appeal is augmented by the fact that its message is simple, universal and powerful”[1].

Here are examples of religious texts emphasising the golden rule:

CHRISTIANITY: "In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets." (Matthew 7:12).

JUDAISM: "What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbour. This is the whole Torah, all the rest is commentary." Hillel, Talmud, Shabbat 31a.

ISLAM: “The Muslim (person of peace) is the one people are safe from harm by his hand and from hurt by his tongue; and the Mu’min (person of faith) is the one people trust with their lives and possessions” Prophet Muhammad: Sunan al-Nasā’ī 4995.

BUDDHISM: "Treat not others in ways that yourself would find hurtful. "Udana-Varga 5.18"

HINDUISM: "This is the sum of duty: Do not do to others what would cause you pain if done to you. " Mhabharata 5:1517

SIKHISM: "I am a stranger to no one; and no one is a stranger to me. Indeed, I am a friend to all. "Guru Granth Sahib, Pg. 1299

To achieve its objectives, the OLF invites national and global collaboration. Our plan is to empower interfaith communities and the rest of society to get together upon humanity and their shared values. Statistics show that the percentage of the people who professed adherence to religion or faith is 67% in the UK and 84% worldwide. We believe that interfaith communities share with other people the values of love, compassion, and respect that bond them heartedly as well as the golden rule that induces good conduct between them and all humans. In this humane climate people may have ownership of and commitment to living in harmony and peaceful coexistence and advancing active national and global citizenship. Moreover, interfaith communities may join the global effort of taking care of this part of the universe as a religious duty.



[1] The Golden Rule Across the World’s Religions by John Plumadore and Susan Muehlherr.

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