From the Elijah Interfaith Institute
In this period between the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and the Jewish festival of Shavuot (Pentecost), the Holy Land is suffering from terrible violence.
What can we, ordinary people, do in response to the intolerable situation and the suffering of the victims?
We can pray.
Please consider adding some additional prayers for peace to your daily prayer routines.
Following are some key prayers for peace from Islam, Christianity and Judaism.
You are peace.
From You comes peace,
To You returns peace.
Revive us with a salutation of peace,
And lead us to Your abode of peace.
– Prophet Muhammad
اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ السَّلَامُ وَمِنْكَ السَّلَامُ تَبَارَكْتَ ذَا الْجَلَالِ وَالْإِكْرَامِ
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
- St Francis
Request [from the Lord] the welfare of Jerusalem; may those who love you enjoy tranquility.
May there be peace in your wall, tranquility in your palaces.
For the sake of my brethren and my companions, I shall now speak of peace in you.
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I shall beg for goodness for you.
שַׁאֲלוּ שְׁלוֹם יְרוּשָׁלִָם יִשְׁלָיוּ אֹהֲבָיִךְ:
יְהִי שָׁלוֹם בְּחֵילֵךְ שַׁלְוָה בְּאַרְמְנוֹתָיִךְ:
לְמַעַן אַחַי וְרֵעָי אֲדַבְּרָה נָּא שָׁלוֹם בָּךְ:
לְמַעַן בֵּית ה' אֱ-לֹהֵינוּ אֲבַקְשָׁה טוֹב לָךְ:
The World Congress of Faiths
Collaboration House, 77-79 Charlotte Street,
London, W1T 4PW UK.
Charity No. 244096