Christmas webinar of Ibaadatkhana

Amalendu Upadhyaya
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By Justice Markandey Katju

Ibaadatkhana is a global organisation for promoting communal harmony, of which I am the Patron, Tasawar Jalali, who lives in San Jose, California, USA is the International Chairman, Irfan Ali, who lives in Princeton, New Jersey, USA is the International Vice Chairman, Narendra Singh, who lives in California, is the international General Secretary, and Ritu Jha, editor of, is the head of publicity and public relations.

Majeed Memon, senior advocate Indian Supreme Court and Bombay High Court, and former MP, is the President of the Indian Chapter, Ms. Husnara Salim, grand niece of Maulana Azad, and Chairperson of Maulana Azad Foundation, is the Indian VP, and Dr Arshi Malik is the Indian Gen Secy.

We have been holding regular global online webinars in pursuit of our objective, as given below.

Since Christmas is approaching, we have decided to hold a global online webinar to celebrate it and promote inter-faith harmony, on the date and time mentioned in the schedule below :

Topic: Ibaadatkhana Global Webinar

Time: Dec 22, 2023 08:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) / Dec 23rd 9:30am IST

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 891 8834 0639

Passcode: 421961

Many eminent persons from India, Pakistan, USA etc will be the speakers

We will try to show it live on my FB page

Ritu Jha, editor of, will be the coordinator of the webinar.

Here is what I intend to say in the webinar :

I am very happy that Ibaadatkhana has organised this Christmas special online global webinar on the eve of Christmas.

India has had a long association with Christianity.

Firstly, it is believed that one of the 3 Wise Men who came from the East to the manger where Jesus was born was from India, the other two being from Arabia and Persia.

Secondly, it is believed that one of Jesus' disciples, St Thomas, came to Kerala in India to preach Christ's message, and built the first Indian church. Many churches in India are still called Thomistic.

Thirdly, many Jesuits came to the Court of the great Moghul Emperor Akbar, and attended the religious discussions in the building called Ibaadatkhana in his new capital at Fatehpur Sikri which he built in 1575, and explained about Christianity to the congregation there.

Ibaadatkhana, after which our organisation has been named, is a unique building in the world. In other religious buildings usually people from only one religion congregate, e.g. Christians in churches, Muslims in mosques, Hindus in temples, Sikhs in gurdwaras, etc.

But in Ibaadatkhana, which the great Moghul Emperor Akbar built, scholars and saints from all religions met and explained the good points of their religion, peacefully and amicably. Hence the significance of Ibaadatkhana, and its importance in establishing inter-faith harmony, which our organisation stands for, and is vital for world peace.

In the painting below, which was made in Emperor Akbar's time, the people in black garments are the Jesuits.

(Justice Katju is a retired judge of the Supreme Court of India. These are his personal views.)

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