After a short delay due to COVID-19, the World Interfaith Harmony Week initiative has announced the official winners of the 2020 H.M. King Abdullah II World Interfaith Harmony Week Prize. The WIHW Prize recognizes the three best events organized during the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week which best promote the goals of the World Interfaith Harmony Week.
The WIHW initiative reports that judges received 122 applications for the prize from over 1,543 events held in total. HRH Princess Areej Ghazi, HB Patriarch Theophilus III (Patriarch of the Holy City, Palestine and Jordan), HE Sheikh Dr Ali Gomaa (former Grand Mufti of the Arab Republic of Egypt), HE Bishop Munib Yunan (Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, and President of the World Federation of Evangelical Lutheran Churches), Sheikh Usama al-Sayyid Al-Azhari (Professor at Al-Azhar University), Father Nabil Haddad (Founder and Executive Director of the Jordanian Interfaith Coexistence Research Centre), and Dr Minwer Al-Mheid (Director of the Royal Aal Al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought) served as Judges for the 2020 World Interfaith Harmony Week Prize.
The first place winning event was hosted by the Ministry of Religious Affairs (Jordanian Awqaaf) "الأردن انموذج الوئام بين اتباع المذاهب والأديان" (Jordan is a model of harmony between followers of doctrines and religions) was hosted on January 30th in Amman, Jordan. The Ministry of Religious Affairs (Jordanian Awqaaf) marked the World Interfaith Harmony Week with seminars across the country entitled “Jordan as a model of harmony between followers of different doctrines and religions”. Read Full Report Here!
The second place winning event was hosted on February 2nd by Interfaith Community Sanctuary in Seattle, Washington, USA. The event featured reflections and shared spiritual practices to seek understanding on the state of our world and our concerns about Refugees, Homelessness, Religious Bias, Suffering, and the Goodness of Life and Love. Special guest speakers from different faith traditions each sharing insights about crucial topics of our time; homelessness, immigration, refugees, interfaith harmony and interfaith dialogue. Read Full Report Here!
The third place winning event was hosted on February 7th by Spiritual Council of the Muslims of Ukraine (SDMU) and All-Ukrainian Council of Religious Organisations (VRRO) in Kyiv, Ukraine. this event featured a guided tour to and acquaintance with the programs and activities of the Central Mosque of the Spiritual Council of the Muslims of Ukraine. The guided tour to the Central Mosque of the Spiritual Center of the Muslims of Ukraine (UMMA) gave an overview of the activities and programs of the Muslims in Ukraine. Read Full Report Here!
On behalf of the Parliament of the World's Religions, we extend heartfelt congratulations to the winner of the 2020 H.M. King Abdullah II World Interfaith Harmony Week Prize and heartfelt gratitude to the event organizers for being part of this observance of interfaith harmony around the world.