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Religious leaders discuss social justice and charity

Rabbis, qadis and priests were all in attendance at a special seminar in Jerusalem Tuesday night hosted by the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel to discuss the notion of social justice and charity within the three monotheistic faiths.
The symposium was held in the early evening, and was followed after sunset by an Iftar meal to break the day’s Ramadan fast, which Muslims in Israel and around the world are currently observing. Qadi [Islamic judge] Muhammad Abu Obeid, the Qadi of the Israeli-Arab town of Baqa al-Gharbiyye near Haifa, gave the evening’s central address and spoke about the importance Islam places on societal equality and fairness.
“Justice means equalizing all aspects of society so that all people have the same duties and rights, where no-one is discriminated against and where there is equal opportunity, for everyone to advance in society.” Abu Obeid said.
“The Koran prescribes justice for all members of society, including if one rules over others.”
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