CONDOLENCES FROM IDI
Published @ 16 / 12 / 2012
We are deeply saddened by the tragic shooting incident at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. It took the lives of 26 innocent individuals; mostly children who were only at the beginning of their precious lives, and also the teachers who had dedicated themselves to nurturing and educating their students. We wish to express our deepest and heart-felt condolences to all the aggrieved families and loved ones, as well as to the American people.
IDI CONDEMNS THE ATTACK AGAINST THE U.S. DIPLOMATIC MISSION IN LIBYA
Published @ 14 / 09 / 2012
Intercultural Dialogue Institute condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the mindless and brutal attack of a mob of extremists against the U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Libya. We abhor and deeply mourn the resulting deaths of four American civil servants, including the widely respected U.S. Ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens. As an organization founded by Muslims and inspired by the teachings of M. Fethullah Gülen, we feel a profound sense of revulsion and betrayal whenever even a few people claiming to be Muslims become so misguided that they fail to realize that, by engaging in acts of violence against innocent fellow human beings, it is they who are disgracing the legacy of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, far more than the hateful and equally misguided people who seek to incite violence by denigrating, in the crudest and most provocative of ways, what is sacred to others. In the immediate aftermath of the eleventh anniversary of the attacks of September 11th, 2001, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those whose lives were lost in Libya, as well as the victims of violence in other places in the world where ignorance and fear blind people to the divine gift of our common humanity. As an organization dedicated to intercultural and interfaith understanding and collaboration for the sake of the human family, tragic events such as this can only strengthen our resolve to continue our work laying the foundation for a more just and peaceful future through the cultivation of relationships of mutual understanding and respect among people of different cultures and faiths.
RESPONSE TO THE RECENT ATTACKS IN NORWAY
Published @ 26 / 07 / 2011
As the Intercultural Dialogue Institute, we would like to express our most heartfelt condolences to the victims of the heinous terrorist attacks which took place in Norway recently and offer our deepest sympathy and prayers to the families and Norwegian people. We would also like to extend well wishes to the injured and wish them a speedy recovery. Regardless of the motive behind such atrocities, no act of terror can be accepted or justified. Terrorism and violent extremism should find no shelter or refuge in any ideology, political opinion or religion. The need to overcome this common challenge and work harder for global peace and compassion is all the more evident against the backdrop of such events. We must unite as one human race against terrorism, violent extremism and murderous ideologies to prevent these types of attacks from recurring in the future. The Intercultural Dialogue Institute is committed to cross-cultural awareness, in order to attain peace and diversity with our neighbors, help establish a better society where individuals love, respect and accept each other as they are; tackle misunderstanding, prejudice and hatred and instill in its place the belief in the necessity of dialogue. Those who believe in dialogue cannot be susceptible to violent extremist ideology.