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ABCD For World Peace

Equipping people with the courage of Accepting Beliefs Challenges and Diversities (ABCD) to end religiously-fueled displacement in the World

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

Our idea is not merely designed to comfort displaced people but also ending the root causes of people displacement. Simply because "Prevention is Better than Cure". Muslims, our primary target on the move, are more prone to religiously-motivated displacement. Our idea combines the use of ABCD Peace Ambassadors, Local Muslim Leaders and Online Islamic Scholars to enjoin Muslims on what is right, forbid what is wrong, as well as informing non-Muslims about Islam towards solving the 5 big peace challenges; 1. TERRORISM – the greatest enemy of humanity and Islam. The idea will contain this challenge by simply imparting Muslims with correct information (knowledge) about their religion of peace, justice and mercy for all humanity, through ABCD Website and Mobile App. 2. ISLAMOPHOBIA – rapidly growing among non-Muslims who hate Islam and Muslims due to their misconceptions about Islam and/or actions done by terrorists in the name of it. 3. RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE – globally evident among different religious believers endangering World Peace. This idea will encourage all religions, specifically the 3 Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam to tolerate each other as they have a lot of beliefs in common and a few in contrasts. 4. RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM – Muslims will be enjoined to perform within the borders of their religion and complying with situational diversities though Islamic scholarly flexibility. 5. RELIGIOUS INTERNAL CONFLICTS – Many religions including Islam have their sects which differ in some aspects. Most of these differences are engineered by religious leaders interests which do not have even valid bases on their scriptures. When people are displaced, comforting them is not enough, instead making our planet a better place to live for all people is what will give human ultimate success in terms of prosperity, shared future and promise. Whenever displacement happen, our idea calls for hospitality towards victims, in neighbor and destination communities

Geography of focus (500 characters)

The Idea primarily focuses on countries with religiously motivated violence and Muslims internal displacement(i.e. Islamophobia) - Nigeria with Boko Haram, Somalia and Kenya with Al-Shabaab, Middle East with Al-Qaeda and ISIS, etc. It also maintains a general global focus as these challenges are more likely to move from one country to another, in a course of time. Our ABCD Website and Mobile App solutions will be global and indeed sponsored to target countries with displacement via social media.

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

The idea bridges the gap between Muslims and non-Muslims by enjoining Muslims on what is right, forbidding what is wrong, and correctly informing non-Muslims about Islam through ABCD Website and Mobile App. It will correct the deep rooted misconceptions and fear about Islam and Muslims. Because information is power and sharing is caring, both Muslims and non-Muslims particularly those on the move will be enabled to enjoy the shared future of stability and promise regardless their diverse beliefs

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

This idea is solving for six human needs of peace, love, mercy, joy, dignity and hope necessary for enjoying the two immediate human basic needs – food, and shelter especially in the communities with religiously motivated violence where millions of people including women and children are being killed and displaced in different parts of the World. It also cultivates the environment for freedom of worship which is central to all-time human need – the Almighty, among diverse religious beliefs who all need to have their life challenges solved. Mutual respect among people from diverse beliefs is integral to our planet's prosperity, and can be achieved through this idea. As people belonging to different religious beliefs will have an opportunity to worship, and specifically Muslims who are increasingly emerging all over the World but seemingly as strangers in some countries will also be accepted by their communities and neighbors and tolerated when perfectly practicing their religions.

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

As a result of implementing this idea, religiously-fueled displacement in the Muslim World and entire planet will come to an end. Non-Muslims will understand Islam and therefore no longer associate it with violence and injustice. Muslim migrants, refugees, and visitors will now be accepted everywhere all over the World, and corrected by even non-Muslims when they practice actions against their religions in the name of Islam. Similarly, Muslims all over the World will consequently accept and warmly host non-Muslim migrants, visitors and refugees. The number of Muslim joining terrorist groups in the name of Jihad will be minimized. People will live a happy and shared life, as there will no longer be any religious motivated wars in the World hence eradicating the terrorist groups. Cases for Islamophobia, bombing and attacks to Churches, Mosques, Malls and other public places will be minimized across the World. Muslims will live and acknowledge an enjoyable life at home and away from home

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

We are spiritually inspired by the hope of getting immense rewards from Allah for saving lives and making our planet a better place for all to live through ending terrorism, islamophobia, religious extremism, religious intolerance and religious internal conflicts in the World. Also inspired by the attached speech of King Abdullah, our wish to clear the misconceptions about of Islam, enjoining Muslims to what is right and forbidding them what is wrong according to islamic authentic teachings. Yet, all these accomplished without harming even a single person since Allah says; “Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of who is [rightly] guided.” (Quran, 16:125) and that; “There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong....And Allah is Hearing and Knowing.”(Quran, 2:256).

Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)

Islam is the fastest growing World religion, according to the Pew Research Center. Unfortunately, while that global change is taking place, many people in the World including Muslims have no access to correct and reliable information about Islam. As a result, many non-Muslims are increasingly fearing the change and actually struggling to live it. On the other hand, people with bad intentions are using such non-Muslims and unlearned Muslims to engineer religious violence which for decades have undeniably resulted into displacing millions of innocent people in different parts of the World, among whom some Muslims are mostly rejected by their neighbors and host communities. One of the reasons for why the Islamic religion is growing at an increasing rate is the divine support from Allah that enables many people to collectively embrace Islam - "When the victory of Allah has come and the conquest. And you see the people entering into the religion of Allah in multitudes." (Quran, 110: 1-2)

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

Islam will never be the reason behind violence but some Muslim wrongdoers who must be corrected. The Muslim Community is ever growing and yet endowed with a lot of strengths and advantages towards making a World Peace mission a success, simply because PEACE is central to all authentic Islamic teachings from the meaning of Islam, the names of Allah, Islamic greeting, prayer, as well as supplications for the Prophets of Islam and Angels. Accordingly, Muslims are responsible and accountable to enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong among humankind (Quran, 3:110, 9:71, and 3:104) as well as serving refugees and migrants (Quran, 24:22, 29:56, 39:10, and 4:100). Moreover, our idea is highly backed-up with the Holy Quran – 110 facts about Why Quran have been explained in the attached booklet as well as for Why Muslims. Our global trained ABCD Peace Ambassadors, ABCD Online Islamic Scholars and Local Muslim Leaders will make our idea successful basing on the authentic Islamic teachings.

What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)

Currently, we do not have any partner or stakeholder, though doors are open for all individuals and organizations with good will of restoring, and maintaining World Peace which is more likely to be endangered by the five peace challenges focused by this idea - terrorism, Islamophobia, religious intolerance, religious extremism, and religious internal conflicts. We are humbly inviting Islamic Scholars and Local Muslim Leaders to join our mission towards spreading the true message of Islam, as well as the real images of Muslims, as Allah commands us to join hands for good missions like this but never for evils, when he says; "...And cooperate in righteousness and piety, but do not cooperate in sin and aggression. And fear Allah ; indeed, Allah is severe in penalty." (Quran, 5:2). Some Islamic Scholars will be directly contacted and asked to join the mission, particularly the popular, influential and well learned ones like Sheikh Ismail ibn Musa Menk (Muft Menk) and Sheikh Mansour Al-Asmi

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Arriving and settling at a destination community

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Technology-enabled: Existing approach is more effective or scalable with the addition of technology

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Prototype: We have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.

Group or Organization Name

Afrosoft Limited

Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

Afrosoft Limited deals with: ICT, Research, Agribusiness, etc. ABCD For Peace Philanthropy is an ICT service and part of our Company’s Social Responsibility and Strategic Plan aimed at aiding the displaced and hosts with peace, Free Fresh Fruits, and indeed contributing to the systems towards realizing World Peace and Prosperity. Besides, Afrosoft founders are Muslims who in one way or another live the pains and struggles of displaced Muslims in the World due to religiously motivated violence and the misconceptions about Islam. Since Allah commands all Muslims (i.e. including Afrosoft founders) to feel and settle their fellow believers' problems-“The believers are but brothers, so make settlement between your brothers. And fear Allah that you may receive mercy.” (Quran, 49:10). Our dream is to make our planet a better place for all people to live, including our displaced Muslim brothers and sisters. Sometimes, I have been internally displaced due to my name (Sadam), so do other Muslims

Website URL:

http://afrosoft.co.tz/abcd/

Type of submitter

  • We are a For-Profit Startup or Startup Social Enterprise

Organization Headquarters: Country

Tanzania

Organization Headquarters: City / State

Bukoba District, Kagera Region

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Dear OpenIDEO Community,
Religion has been a major human divider and a reason for people displacement. While it might seem a good idea to have all people without religion, it is not good to invest in the mission impossible. The best alternative and in fact an ideal idea is to enable people ACCEPT or tolerate challenges from diverse beliefs. ABCD For World Peace is aimed at bringing all people in such basket, starting with Muslims. Therefore, we humbly take this opportunity to welcome all religions to enjoin the same to their believers - because, in religion, believers are READY and EXPECT more.

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