Friday, May 23, 2008


PhotobucketMark Evans, founder of the DHL supported Connecting Cultures at the UN Alliance of Civilisations Forum.Photobucket

Mark Evans, founder of the DHL supported Connecting Cultures at the UN Alliance of Civilisations Forum.

"Established in 2004, Connecting Cultures is a unique educational initiative that promotes face to face dialogue with young people from the western and Arab world via short wilderness journeys.

The aim of this dialogue is to celebrate cultural diversity, break down stereotypes, identify shared values and in so doing promote understanding and help reduce the polarisation of cultures.

Based in the Sultanate of Oman, Connecting Cultures works in partnership with governmental, corporate and charitable sectors. It is endorsed by UNESCO and works to support the key aims of the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations. DHL are the main corporate sponsors of the Connecting Cultures programme.
" The other sponsor for the expedition is MHD Land Rover.
also the girls went:

"11 May 2008

WE LIVE in a world full of diversity and rich cultural history,
but also one of conflict and bigotry towards the unknown and misunderstood.

What has been shown time and time again is that through our youth, political and religious tensions can be absolved and forgotten, allowing new generations to embrace differences that were all but dismissed by their predecessors.

Khalfan Hassan Al Matrooshi and Khalid Salem Al Muhairi, two Emirati university students, leapt at the chance to expand their universal knowledge when the opportunity arose. Chosen to participate in cultural retreat programme by their school instructors, the two young men embarked on a journey to the Omani wilderness where they confronted important issues facing the world today. Joined by 15 other students from around the world, the group found solace in the mountains realising that their similarities truly outweighed their differences.

“I think the main reason we were chosen was for our high grade point average, bilingual abilities in English and Arabic, and because we represent out country well,” Al Muhairi says...The boys recall reactions from non-Muslim students during prayer time, in which they were watched with fascination as they prostrated during the five required prayers throughout the day.

“While we prayed, the other students would watch us. Afterwards they asked many questions and were excited to know about our routines, religion, and life,” Al Muhairi describes.

‘We are all the same’..."
stay tuned


Anonymous said...

Muslims believe that they earn their way into heaven.
Thus the showy prayers in public places with showy
prostration and outward displays.
Contrast that with Jesus' teaching in the Sermon on the mount in Matthew chapter 6, verse 5) "And when you pray do not be like the hypocrites, who like to pray, standing in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you that they have already received their reward.
6 ) But as for you when you pray, enter into your inner chamber and lock your door, and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret shall reward you openly.
7 ) And when you pray do not repeat your words like the pagans, for they think that because of much talking they will be heard.
8 ) Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him."

And it's at this point that Jesus goes on to give us the Lord's Prayer.

Thanks Bjorn,

björn (farmer) said...

thanks Paul for your beatiful extension and as such completing of the article!