Bodhhishil Bhante shared profound insights from Buddhist teachings, underscoring the importance of finding inner peace and spirituality as a prerequisite for establishing peace and harmony in society. He emphasized that peace must begin within individuals, as external peace can only be achieved when there is peace within.
Maulana Ali Muhammad spoke passionately about the imperative of serving humanity without any discrimination based on caste, religion, or creed. He quoted a Quranic verse that highlighted the moral obligation to assist those in distress, stating that those who fail to serve people in need are akin to animals. He cited a poignant example from the life of Imam Hassan (RA) who left his place of Itikaf (seclusion in the mosque) to aid a needy person. He stressed that without inner peace and unity within religious communities, global peace remains an elusive goal.
Father Rosario Vaz emphasized the transformative power of interfaith cooperation in reducing violence related to religion. He advocated for open discussions and dialogues with representatives of different faiths to foster understanding and collaboration.