Ameer Muhammad Jameel Muhammad
Co-Chairman, Central Coordination Council of the Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace. (IDFP)
Ameer Muhammad Jameel Muhammad is a graduate in chemical engineering and holds a post graduate diploma in Education. He is currently the principal of the Saifuddeen Model Islamic Science College in Niger State, Nigeria. He is also the founding director of the Peace and Development Builders Global Initiative as well as the co-chairman of the Central Coordination Council of the Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace (IDFP).
Jameel has been involved in interfaith dialogue for nearly twenty years and has facilitated programmees to develop the capacity of religious leaders on early-warning and early-response systems, negotiation skills, conflict management and mediation. As a volunteer facilitator with the Da’awah Institute of Nigeria of the Islamic Education Trust, he has traveled throughout Africa, facilitating training sessions on countering violent extremism, and addressing misconceptions about Islam.
He was also the national president of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, the largest Muslim youth organization in the country.
Interreligious Activities and Initiatives
Interreligious Dialogue Training
The initiative targeted the leaders of students religious bodies (Fellowship of Christian Students and Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria ) drawn from three tertiary institutions (Niger State College of Nursing Sciences, Bida, The Federal Polytechnic Bida and Niger State Polytechnic Bida Campus). The participants carefully selected in the ratios of 3:2 (males and females) with geographical spread across the country were introduced to concept of Interreligious Dialogue as well exchange visit to a church (Radiant Assembly Church) and a mosque (Abdurrahman bin Auf mosque). The visits were aimed at dispelling some stereotypes held by the adherents of a religion against the other. Also to reiterate the fact that places of worship are sacred and should be protected regardless of the faith professed. On the whole the project was a huge success as it was able to bring parties that hitherto see themselves as enemies together, formed a coalition to demand their rights from the authorities that be. They were also able to dispel stereotypes held against the other Great initiative had 26 of the 30 participants targeted in attendance.