Channel NewsAsia

Reprint of long-lost book on religious harmony launched

Leaders from different faiths met on Wedneday to officially launch the reprint of a book on religious harmony that was lost for years.

SINGAPORE: Leaders from different faiths met on Wedneday to officially launch the reprint of a book on religious harmony that was lost for years.

The book titled "The Contribution of Religion to Peace" was tracked and found six months ago by Imam Habib Hassan in a bookshop in the United Kingdom.

He then arranged for it to be flown back home.

It contains speeches from 65 years ago, on the day that the Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO) was founded, by interfaith pioneers from Christian, Sikh, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and Jewish faiths on their commitment to inter-faith engagement and solidarity.

Foreign Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam said that the contents of the book are still "extremely relevant" today and organisations such as the IRO are important in "the war against religious extremism".

He said: "Your efforts in fostering good relations between the various faiths in Singapore and your tireless quest to educate Singaporeans about different religions and beliefs provide a shield against the lies and hate propagated by extremists, and keep at bay the perpetual violence that they bring." 

Tweet photos, videos and updates on this story to  @channelnewsasia