The Eugen Biser Award was conferred on the essential contributors to that thought-provoking Open Letter “A Common Word Between Us and You” to the Christian Churches, dated October 13, 2007
H. R. H. Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Shaykh Al-Habib Ali Zain Al-Abidin Al-Jifri
United Arab Emirates
Reisu-l-Ulema Dr. Mustafa Cerić
Grand Mufti of Bosnia and Herzegovina
in recognition of their extraordinary contribution to Muslim-Christian dialogue and their consequent and blessed endeavours towards peace among the nations.
The Award was presented at a ceremony in Munich, Germany, on November 22, 2008.
The Council of the Foundation unanimously agreed to grant the Award on those here named. The foundation is conscious of the honour and recognition reflected on it by their willingness to receive the Eugen Biser Award.
Eugen Biser developed his life’s work in dialogue and argument with the original texts of Christianity, with Christianity’s history and not least with the spiritual situation of our own times, which are marked by secularism and atheism. At the core of his thinking is the understanding of God which Jesus transmitted to us – that God is the father of unconditional love. The love of God, which finds concrete expression as the love of one’s neighbour, is the indispensable basis for a Christian existence.
It is difficult to imagine a closer agreement in origin and aim, than that contained in the epochal Open Letter of Muslim Scholars “A Common Word Between Us and You”. Inter-religious dialogue – without abandoning one’s own identity – is the duty of both responsible Christians and Muslims, above all since there can and will be no peace among people if there is not peace among the religions.
From left: H. E. Reisu-l-Ulema Dr. Mustafa Cerić,
H. E. Salem bin Mohammed Al-Kasimi (on behalf of Shaykh Al-Habib Ali Zain Al-Abidin Al-Jifri), H. E. Issa Nasser Ayyoub, Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (on behalf of H. R. H. Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal) (Foto: Christine Vincon)
The Laureates respond:
The “Cellopassionato” Ensemble – Professor Julius Berger and his Master Class
The ceremony has been broadcast live on television by Bayerisches Fernsehen (BR) on 22nd November 2008 at 11:00 a.m. and in a reduced version by PHOENIX on 24nd November 2008 at 11:00 a.m.
Admission to this event was strictly by invitation only.