The Baghdad Religious Accord
24th February 2004
In the name of God who is Almighty, Merciful and Compassionate,
We who have gathered as clerics, intellectuals and political leaders
representing all religions and doctrines, pray and appeal for the peace of Iraq
and declare our commitment to doing all in our power to ensure the ending all
acts of violence and bloodshed that deny the right to life, freedom and dignity.
“We have dignified man” (a verse from the Holy Quran).
According to our faith traditions killing innocents in the name of God is a
desecration of the laws of heaven and defames religion not only in Iraq but in
We also declare to the world at large that:
1. The acts of corruption, violence and destruction are the work of the devil
that must be opposed by all as we seek together to rebuild our nation.
2. We as Iraqis from different traditions have decided to endeavour to live
together as one family respecting the moral and religious integrity of every
individual and we call upon all to condemn and renounce the culture of
incitement, hatred and the demonization of the other.
3. The land of Iraq is holy in all scriptures. Therefore it is a duty for the
followers of all divine religions to respect the sanctity of our land whose good
soil must not be desecrated by bloodshed.
4. The sanctity of all our places of worship and religious sites must be
protected and preserved by all. The freedom of religious worship and expression
must be guaranteed for all. “No coercion in religion” (a verse from the Holy
5. We call on the political leaders in Iraq to work for a just, fair and
peaceful transfer to democracy, inspired by the divinely inspired commandments
of messengers and prophets.
6. We call on and urge the international community in the name of religion to
assist us in the reconstruction of Iraq away from violence and chaos.
7. We shall endeavour to the establishment of a process of truth, openness and
reconciliation which will enable the spiritual, political and physical
reconstruction of Iraq.
8. We shall devote ourselves to continue our joint efforts for the unity of the
people of Iraq and for the creation of a climate of togetherness in which our
present and future generations may live with mutual trust and respect. We shall
also educate our present the future generations accordingly to maintain this
9. We as clerics and intellectuals recommend that those involved in politics and
Government do not to slide down the slippery slope of sectarian politics, which
has resulted in our present situation; the absence of nationhood and the
importation of alternative culture. Rule should be based on good citizenship and
competence Governed by a system of rights and obligations irrespective of
national, religious or racial affiliation.
10. We hereby announce the founding of the Iraqi Centre for Dialogue,
Reconciliation and Peace (ICDRP), whose membership will be from the people of
Iraq and which will take a lead to ensure that the tenets of this accord are