Zakeo Centre has in the recent years become an important center for brotherly dialogue between Muslims and Christian faithful. We live in a world where divisive powers surround people in all sides. Just as religions or different faiths could help people to meet together for mutual leaning and enrichment, the same religious beliefs could easily be used as tools for division and conflict. It is important thing, therefore, to cultivate mutual openness and trust among religions. This, however, is only possible if people get together- and talk – not about each other, but with each other.
Zakeo Centre provides such a platform to enable Christian and Muslim religious leaders to talk to each other as brothers. This platform is dubbed: “Two Sons of Abraham” getting its inspiration from the biblical story that Ishmael and Isaack where founders of Arabs and Jews respectively. Our two religions – Christianity and Islam can therefore be – biblically speaking – traced to these two sons of Abraham. This is to underline one simple fact: Christians and Muslims are brothers. We share one father in faith, Abraham. Being brothers, together we try to look at key challenges which face the society around us. Some of them are:
- Rampant broken families and the subsequent street children in our area,
- poor school attendance for both Christian and Muslim children,
- the problem of illiteracy among children,
- the challenge of drop-out from schools and teen pregnancies for small girls.
These challenges are not religious in nature. They concern us all. The platform does not boast to have answers or solutions for these challenges. For us, however, the fact that we can sit together and share our mutual social concerns, is a big step forward.