World Interfaith Harmony Week (1st to 7th February 2018)

World Interfaith Harmony Week is an official observance of the United Nations which is held during the first week of February.

World Interfaith Harmony Week was proclaimed by the General Assembly in resolution A/RES/65/5 adopted on 20 October 2010. In the resolution, the General Assembly, points out that mutual understanding and interreligious dialogue constitute important dimensions of a culture of peace and establishes World Interfaith Harmony Week as a way to promote harmony between all people regardless of their faith.

Recognising the imperative need for dialogue among different faiths and religions to enhance mutual understanding, harmony and cooperation among people, the General Assembly encourages all States to support during that week the spread of the message of interfaith harmony and goodwill in the world’s churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other places of worship, on a voluntary basis and according to their own religious traditions or convictions.

In conjunction with this year’s World Interfaith Harmony Week, His Grace Most Reverend Julian Leow Beng Kim, Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur is inviting the faithful and people of all faiths to set aside some quiet time for prayer and reflection. Do make an effort to stop whatever you are doing at 12 noon and spend some time in prayer either individually or with your friends/family who are with you during this time. You are encouraged to do this for seven (7) consecutive days, beginning from 1st February 2018.