During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Indialogue Foundation organised a virtual interfaith panel discussion on the topic “Love Thy Neighbour: Religious Responses to a Global Crises” during the holy month of Ramadan on 3rd May 2020.
In the modern world, religious beliefs are often blamed for conflicts and discrimination in society. Indeed, there are a lot of people who carry out evil acts and justify them using religious arguments. However, there are many more people in the world who do incredibly inspirational and exemplary works out of their religious convictions.
During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are coming across beautiful stories of such religiously inspired people who are helping the ones in need without discriminating on the basis of religion, region, nationality etc. In this virtual interfaith panel discussion, we listened to some such people and ask them what their understanding of their respective religions is.
This interfaith discussion was organised in keeping with the long-time tradition of Indialogue Foundation of holding an interfaith Iftar dinner cum panel discussion during the holy month of Ramadan. Since the public health regulations require us to remain confined to our homes due to the pandemic, we could not organise an in-person fast-breaking event with people from various religious and cultural backgrounds but we brought them together for a healthy and productive discussion nevertheless.