- POSTED: 04 Jun 2014 23:36
- UPDATED: 04 Jun 2014 23:42
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."