History of Silsilah
“Silsilah” in the Movement is taken as an inspiring and key concept to describe Muslims, Christians and people of other living faiths who are moving together as one universal family, moving towards a common vision and mission of dialogue and peace.
Recognizing the uniqueness of each religion, people are called to undergo a process of spiritual growth by continuously discovering God’s dialogue with humanity. It is a call to live the spirituality of life-in-dialogue and to witness God’s presence in the plurality of cultures and religions as a habitat and an experience that leads to dialogue and peace.
BIRTH OF SILSILAH
Touched by an experience of conflict between Muslims and Christians in Mindanao and inspired by God’s dialogue with people of all cultures and religions, Fr. Sebastiano D’Ambra PIME, with a group of Muslim and Christian friends, started officially the Silsilah Dialogue Movement in Zamboanga City on May 9, 1984.
MEANING OF SILSILAH
Silsilah is an Arabic word which literally means “Chain” or “Link”. It is used by the (Muslim Mystics) to describe a process of attaining an experience of the Divine. The same root word is used as “genealogical tree” which implies a spiritual chain of humanity as created by the same God. Thus, “Silsilah” in the Movement is taken as an inspiring and key concept to describe Muslims, Christians and other people of living faiths who are moving together towards a common vision and mission of dialogue and peace