Prince Charles has been keen to study various types of religions.
The Prince of Wales is known for his passion for the environment, architecture, the arts and education. Many may not know, Prince Charles also has a keen interest in religion.
I think Prince Charles surprised us all, when in accepting the World Islamic Economic Forum’s invitation to speak he opened his speech with: ‘As-salamu alaykum’, which in Arabic means ‘peace be with you.’
“The Prince coming here is a positive event, [It] is a time when everybody is trying to create schisms,” Egyptian architect, Abdel-Wahed El-Wakil was noted as commenting in The Telegraph.
For the past 20 years, Charles has been the patron of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. In 1993, his speech ‘Islam and the West‘ was printed throughout the Middle Eastern newspapers and was met with great fanfare.
Farham Nizami, Centre director has known Charles for 20 years. “He makes all British citizens feel they are part of the grand historical narrative, I don’t think there is another major figure in the western world who has as high a standing as he has in the Muslim world. I would describe him as a friend of Muslims,” commented Nizami.
Will Charles map a slightly different course when he becomes the Supreme Governor of the Church of England? Some believe he might. “He is an individual who wants to chart new territory, and that will be very interesting indeed,” commented former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey. “He is very outspoken.”
While studying a Cambridge, he corresponded with the Bishop of Southwark, Mervyn Stockwood. Stockwood was considered a radical theologian at the time.
South African born explorer and author, Laurens Van der Post intrigues Charles in his late twenties. It was Van der Post’s mysticism, spirituality and stories of the Kalahari Desert bushman, that Charles spent a week up in the Kenyan Aberdare Mountain. Strong impression was made then as Van der Post is also one of Prince William’s godparents.
With Charles study of Islam and Judaism; he finds a commonality with Christianity. “The future surely lies in rediscovering the universal truths that dwell at the heart of these religions,” quoted Charles in The Telegraph. “All I have ever wanted to do is build bridges that span these chasms,” he concluded.
The same may be said for ‘bridge building’ within the Catholic Church. When he is visiting Westminster Cathedral, Charles “seems thoroughly at home,” says The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster. “I don’t sense any discomfort when he is in a Catholic Church,” The Archbishop commented. “I am told occasionally when he is abroad he happily goes to Mass, and is at peace with that.”
Across the religious spectrum, Eastern gurus have also intrigued the Prince. This week during his tour of India, the Royal couple took part in a ceremony on Ganges River called an Aarti ceremony. They were presented flowers and sung to by the guru’s followers. It was “a very special occasion for both myself and my wife,’ Charles commented after the ceremony.
“[Faith] is so often under threat in our day,” Charles has said. “The whole concept of faith itself or anything beyond this existence, beyond life itself, is considered almost old-fashioned and irrelevant.”
Perhaps his coronation will show some of what he believes. Although it is said it would never be an interfaith type of coronation and Charles of course will have the Archbishop anoint him as sovereign, many believe there will be some break in the 1000 years of tradition. The break may be small, but nevertheless might intersperse a part for other faiths to play in the ceremony.
The link between his family and The Orthodox Church also plays a role in Charles life. Princess Alice, his grandmother and mother of the Prince Philip was an Orthodox nun. Charles has visited the monasteries on Mount Athos in Greece as well. The trips are not open for comment and it has been stated the Charles “is interested in the architecture and spirituality of Mount Athos,” according to his spokesman.
People may question Charles spirituality or religious views. People may ask why Charles is not more forthright in his views as the future ‘Defender of the Faith.’ At the end of the day it is a man and his faith.
Former Bishop of Liverpool, Reverend James Jones posed the question: “Why are people not aware of his spirituality?” Jones then summed it up brilliantly, “Because he is a humble person. He would never dream of trumpeting the fact that he prays and cares for people in a pastoral way. He sees this as his calling.”
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Charles my dear please leave your Political Correctness at the door.
Freedom of speech and thought are
mandatory. Good grammar will be rewarded .
everyone including you and your muslims have realised that Islam is only a magnet for
angry and the mentally
remain angry and mentally ill. There is no Zen in islam. islam is militant
facts are facts…so islam is a cult. It wants to be a religion but it can
be one….it is retrograde and stupid and neeedlessly mentally stunting
the founder was an absolute idiot with serious mental psychotic issues
did not understand the true meanings of words he used. You have to properly
the insane islam founder and leader and their psycho aspirations.
very sad but very very true….like being born a smallpox virus
today…..Totally useless and has to be
can we humanely irradicate islam ? You see….Islam is a
magnet for the angry and the mentally ill
remain super angry and super mentally ill.
islam comes on full time on the planet …….Future man will be illiterate,
and mentally ill. The whole world will be muslim.
will stop and human minds will
gutters just like the head honcho of islam was soooo many tears and
back….. illiterate ,sadistic and mentally ill.
co-ran is not education in fact it
of gutter islam being taken for a religion
the paramount mistake humans made in their evolution.
smarter than the top nut job of the cult was 1400 years back who scared
cowardly jobless lowlife arabs into his filthy cult.
politeness will be savagely replaced by idiocy and
Humans have doomed themselves by forcibly taking a mad arab’s
dirty rantings as words of intelligence.
will be the first planet to actually witness Reverse-Darwinism
to the stunting of the human mind by stifling the female
there will be only muslims…..no humans.
are dooming our children to the arabs.
is our precise future because instead of
madness and mental slavery we are politely ushering in gutter thoughts
paedophilia which is allowed and legal in this dirt bag cult. .
is legal in islam. What will happen
man will be illiterate, sadistic and mentally-ill.
whole world will be muslim. Education will stop and human minds
become gutters just like the head honcho of islam was soooo many years and
back….. illiterate ,sadistic and mentally ill.
repeat….Reading the co-ran is not education in fact
Charles my dear…are you getting all this ??
The only evidence of anger mental illness and prejudice is in this ranting and raving message. Prince Charles is a fine role model for tolerance and the bridge between faiths that the world desperately needs.
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