by Nazid & Faiza Kimmie
This presentation was given at a Catholic Church in Melbourne, Australia, on September 29th 2004. The theme is â€œpeace be upon youâ€; I've added my own subheading to that which is, â€œbuilding peace in a world of conflictâ€. I chose that title not only because it is topical (I'll get to that a little later) but because the concept of â€˜Peaceâ€ is multi-layered and takes on different meanings; there is no denying that it is at the core of any human relationship. â€œPeace be upon youâ€ also forms part of the formal greeting that Muslims use to address each other everyday: Asalaamu alaykum - â€œGreetings and peace be upon youâ€. For me, peace is a mode of relationship whether it is between individuals, nations or indeed between different faiths, but it can only exist under certain conditions that I'll detail later.