The International Day of Peace is a day that renders reflection and the exploration of our universal understanding of peace. Many religious organizations understand peace within the context of justice, and an interfaith effort held on September 23, 2020 commemorated that.
The “No Justice, No Peace” virtual event, an interfaith collective, hosted a number of speakers who reflected on “what it means to work for peace and justice”, with music, prayer, and calls to action. Speaker Mohamad Habehh participated in sharing the Islamic perspective of justice and how to achieve it, in order to reach to stability and security in society. One of the most references verses of the Quran regarding justice in Islam is [translated to be]: “Be ye staunch in justice, witnesses for Allah, even though it be against yourselves or (your) parents or (your) kindred, whether (the case be of) a rich man or a poor man, for Allah is nearer unto both (them ye are). So follow not passion lest ye lapse (from truth) and if ye lapse or fall away, then lo!”
Mohamad Habehh referenced verses from the Quran that command Muslims toward justice, even if it means speaking the truth to power, or truth to ones we love. Habehh is a Hafidth of the Quran, meaning he has memorized it in its entirety. He is known for his political commentary, especially in regards to Palestine, and has been featured on numerous podcasts and at national conferences.