The Islamic Information Center would like praise Tenzin Gyatso, the fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet, for his words regarding Islam and peace on July 13, 2008. The Tibetan leader gave a speech entitled “Generating a Good Heart”. He centered his lecture on three key words, “listen, learn, love.” The Dalai Lama wished to express his belief that problems in today’s world should be solved with a calm mind and compassion.
“I think many problems we are facing are not due to lack of knowledge, (not) lack of experience, but to lack of good-heartedness,” he said.
When asked about the rise in violent religious fundamentalism the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize laureate communicated his opinion on the accusations made against the religion of Islam. He stated that “it’s totally wrong, unfair” to call Islam a violent religion. In addition the Dalai Lama emphasized the fact that he has made an effort to reach out to Muslims since the attacks of September 11.
The Islamic Information Center, under the guidance of Imam Syed Naqvi, works to bring understanding among people of all faiths and background in an attempt to build bridges for the future to prevent hate crimes through education and tolerance. IIC also works to correct any misinformation about matters relating to the Holy Religion of Islam.