An invitation

 

Deep thankfulness is our actual feeling towards our Swiss partner school who is organizing a big beneficial happening on our school’s concern – to collect money to support the école vivante here in Morocco.

Tomorrow the Swiss pupils sing, together with the well known Spanish musician Jordi Savall, in a concert for peace and international understanding.

Orient-Occident – music for peace
28. March 2012, Wednesday
19.30 p.m.
in the catholic church Herz-Jesu-Kirche
in Buchs SG – Switzerland (near to Liechtenstein)

More information and tickets on www.scuolavivante.ch

That fills us with huge gratitude for all those who support our project.
Thank you so very much!

But to offer you this invitation not only fills me with gratitude, it also requires that we explain the école vivante’s position towards the topic of music.

We are a school in the middle of a Muslim society and country, and we share and live these Islamic believes.

We believe that Allah, God the Almighty, gave mankind a voice and a sense of melody and musicality mainly for the use of praise for Him, to recite the Qur’an in the most beautiful and soul healing ways, to remember and worship Him.

We sing a lot at school, a cappella, children songs, traditional Berber texts and many songs to praise Allah.

– Because music is permissible in Islam, but with limitations.

At school we do not listen to, nor do we play instrumental music. Our own music making and listening is limited to the use of voices and occasionally the modest playing of a simple hand drum during exceptional happenings; it is also limited to suitable Islamic lyrics and never exceeding the amount of our reciting of the Qur’an.

As a school the école vivante must take position concerning the pedagogy – and that includes religious believes as well.
The école viva nte is a Muslim school and tries to follow the basic divine laws as stated in the Qur’an and Sunnah.
We do not want to force another to believe in our school’s concept. We think that everyone has the right to their own opinion and approach to life and faith. Everyone has the free choice to join us or not.
But we are firm in our believes and we love to get in contact with people of other opinions and other belief.
We think that true education and a peaceful interreligious dialogue take place in an honest interest, respect and politeness towards others. It is not by trying to make others equal, but by accepting the differences between us – in learning one from the other, to widen the horizons of both sides, to live in harmony.
We live this respectful interreligious dialogue at the école vivante everyday with visitors and volunteers from many different countries.

And it is this peaceful exchange that really counts.
So we really appreciate the aim of tomorrow’s concert which is to encourage an interreligious peaceful dialogue.
Thank you, dear friends in Switzerland. God bless you!

May peace be with you all! Assalamou aleikoum.

“O mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another.” (Qur’an 49:13)

“Allah is our Lord and your Lord. For us our deeds and for you your deeds. There is no dispute between us and you.” (Qur’an 42:15)

“If Allah had willed, He would have made you one nation, but that He may test you in what He has given you; so compete in good deeds.
The return of you all is to Allah; then He will inform you about that in which you used to differ.” (Qur’an, 5:48)

“To you be your religion, and to me my religion. “ (Qur’an 109:6)

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