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World Interfaith Harmony Week

World Interfaith Harmony Week 2024


The World Interfaith Harmony Week provides a platform—one week in a year—when all interfaith groups and other groups of goodwill can show the world what a powerful movement they are. The thousands of events organized by these groups often go unnoticed not only by the general public, but also by other groups themselves. This week will allow for these groups to become aware of each other and strengthen the movement by building ties and avoiding duplicating each others’ efforts.

The World Interfaith Harmony Week was first proposed at the UN General Assembly on September 23, 2010 by H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan. Just under a month later, on October 20, 2010, it was unanimously adopted by the UN and henceforth the first week of February will be observed as a World Interfaith Harmony Week.

The World Interfaith Harmony Week is based on the pioneering work of The Common Word initiative. This initiative, which started in 2007, called for Muslim and Christian leaders to engage in a dialogue based on two common fundamental religious Commandments; Love of God, and Love of the Neighbour, without nevertheless compromising any of their own religious tenets. The Two commandments are at the heart of the three Monotheistic religions and therefore provide the most solid theological ground possible.

The World Interfaith Harmony Week extends the Two Commandments by adding ‘Love of the Good, and Love of the Neighbour’. This formula includes all people of goodwill. It includes those of other faiths, and those with no faith.

It is hoped that this initiative will provide a focal point from which all people of goodwill can recognize that the common values they hold far outweigh the differences they have, and thus provide a strong dosage of peace and harmony to their communities.

The Charter for Compassion offering for the World Interfaith Harmony Week 2024 is part of the RISE (Religion, Interfaith and Spirituality on Earth) Sector activities.

This year it will comprise of a 7 day series of Round the heart(h)fire - 7 days sharing stories & spiritual practice.

February 1 to 7, 2024 at 7am Pacific Time

Gather with us around the Heart(h)fire to explore how to manifest peace in our lives and our world. Here are the themes for each day:


Day 1 - Empowerment - with Jamal Rahman

Day 2 - Oneness - with Steve Kramer

Day 3 - Unity - with Merida McCarthy

Day 4 - Cooperation - with Anum Mulla

Day 5 - Abundance - with Diana Ketterman and Jan Chase

Day 6 - Love - with Steve Kramer

Day 7 - Faith - with Jamal Rahman and Merida McCarthy



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