Interfaith dialogue is good, but INTERFAITH ACTION is better.
What Malaysia needs is INTERFAITH ACTION. What is Interfaith Action?
Interfaith Action does not require us to visit each other’s places of worship nor share each other’s rituals or prayers. There is no need to worry about someone trying to proselytize another. If there is any change of heart, it would be because of the attraction to that someone’s good deeds, authentic values and fantastic moral character.
Interfaith Action seeks to harness our combined talents, cross-fertilize our creative energy and diversity, set free our artificial boundaries and germinate our potential. It takes place not in mosques, churches, temples, or any houses of worship. It directs us to where our interfaith togetherness and unity really count - the real world. To go where the poor and have-nots live. At the frontline against injustice and frauds. And, the forefront of new solutions and innovations that can bring us forward. Interfaith action focuses on real issues, not just lofty goals and the exchanging of pleasantries.
We can come together to tackle corruption, misuse of power, hypocrisy, homelessness, hunger, health issues, poor education, care for the elderly, pollution, unsafe neighborhoods and so on. Movements like the #RasuahBusters is a good example of Interfaith Action.
At work, Interfaith Action pulls us together to have good work ethics, integrity, to work hard and work smart. We stop each other from being lazy and tardy, curi tulang and not fulfil our job requirements. We encourage each other to be both efficient and effective and go the extra mile.
It is with Interfaith Action that we can truly share our common values – in deeds. We work together towards a common goal and create positive outcomes – through our faith, no matter which religion we profess.
We need INTERFAITH ACTION.
HAVE A MEANINGFUL VAISAKHI
“ With your hands carve out your own destiny”, Guru Nanak (1469 – 1539)