Dean Owen

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It starts with a Dialogue



As many of us enjoy a restful Sunday, give a thought to those who are working this day. It would be ignorant of us to assume that a Monday to Friday work-week is standard around the world. Many countries observe Friday as a non working day, a day when Muslims gather to pray in congregation.

“This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen Islam as your religion.” (Quran 5:3)

Countries from Malaysia to Israel, and Bangladesh to Jordan observe a working week centered around a Friday weekend, whether it is a Thursday/Friday, or a more typical Friday/Saturday weekend. Did we know this? I’ll bet most people in the West do not. I am pretty certain that most people don’t even care.

Islamophobia

Anti-Semitism

Afrophobia

Antiziganism

There is no room in the 21st Century dictionary for these words. Instead we must preach anti-bigotism. This starts with a dialogue. It starts with education. It starts with understanding.

Yes we could continue to call people names. Call Trump a bigot and that will not change him. Start a dialogue and deepen our understanding of Islam and we can progress.

We have the tools. The internet has given us no excuse for ignorance. We are no longer siloed in our own communities. Never before have we had such an opportunity for understanding. It starts with a dialogue.

For this reason, I am starting a Hive where people of all faiths and religions can share their beliefs, cultures, customs. Bigotry will not be tolerated. Personally, I would be surprised if this Hive took off, but it would be a nice surprise and a buzzing Hive would show there is hope for the future.

The Hive is called “Interfaith Dialogue” and I would welcome representatives of all faiths to become an administrator.



Dean Owen is Co-Founder of Quimojo, a revolutionary new concept in Global Campus Recruitment.


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Dean Owen

5 years ago #8

#14
The perfect bumper sticker! A pic of the sticker might make for a great first post in the hive :) (hint!). Thanks Pamela!

Dean Owen

5 years ago #7

#10
Thank you Anees Zaidi, I think Muslims in particular need to educated Westerners and if I could, would apologies on behalf of the particularly bad behaviour or a number of Western bigots. They do not understand. Perhaps they never will. But I believe friendship and understanding can cross religious borders.

Dean Owen

5 years ago #6

#9
I think the Hive would be honoured to have you Jeffrey Boxer. Although I am agnostic, I have Jewish heritage. My grandmother was a Polish Jew with a typically Jewish name, Cohen, which my father changed to Owen when they immigrated to England. Anyone else want to be admin?

Dean Owen

5 years ago #5

I hope you are right Donna-Luisa, I hope we can get a conversation going. Sikhs, Muslims, Jews, Christians, Agnostics, Buddhists... Let's talk!

Dean Owen

5 years ago #4

Thanks @Mary White. I do hope that in this ever increasing melting pot we call home, one day humans will learn to coexist peacefully.

Dean Owen

5 years ago #3

Thanks Navinya, I hope so too. We need to tear down the walls (and get Trump to pay the demolition crew!).

Dean Owen

5 years ago #2

#1
Yes I remember Dave Allen vaguely. Not the best of sign offs. Thanks Ken-sama. And thanks for sharing.

Ken Boddie

5 years ago #1

Good initiative, mate! I have nothing much to add but am reminded of Dave Allen, a popular comedian on BBC in the 1970s, who used to sign off with "Goodnight, thank you, and may your God go with you." 😇

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