AAi vision was born in Alexandria, Egypt during the 2006 war between Israel and Lebanon. Rod Cardoza, AAi founder, traveled to Washington, DC in May 2007 to present at the Annual Conference on Muslim Peace, Justice and Interfaith Dialogue, and call others to join in the vision. Five months later, 138 Muslim leaders, clerics and intellectuals came together from all major Islamic schools of thought to declare the common ground between Islam and Christianity in a letter addressed to Christian leaders of all churches everywhere:
"Muslims and Christians together make up well over half of the world's population. Without peace and justice between these two religious communities, there can be no meaningful peace in the world. The future of the world depends on peace between Muslims and Christians. The basis for this peace and understanding already exists. It is part of the very foundational principles of both faiths: love of the One God, and love of the neighbor. These principles are found over and over again in the sacred texts of Islam and Christianity. The Unity of God, the necessity of love for Him, and the necessity of love of the neighbor is thus the common ground between Islam and Christianity."
"So let our differences not cause hatred and strife between us. Let us vie with each other only in righteousness and good works. Let us respect each other, be fair, just and kind to another and live in sincere peace, harmony and mutual goodwill."
In January 2008, AAi leadership met with IFYC
leaders to begin uniting Abrahamic communities to serve the poor, suffering and marginalized. In February 2008, Muslim leaders sent an historic letter to rabbinic leaders and Jews everywhere, A Call to Peace, Dialogue and Understanding between Muslims and Jews
. Soon thereafter, a coalition of Jewish leaders responded favorably with their own letter, Seek Peace and Pursue It: A Jewish Call to Muslim-Jewish Dialogue
—similar to the groundbreaking letter, Dabru Emeth
, which Jewish leaders previously sent to Christian leaders. Abrahamic Alliance International incorporated in April 2008, amidst unprecedented global initiatives to build peace between Abrahamic faith communities—many of which were launched by senior leaders completely unaware that faithful members of other Abrahamic communities were being similarly led by God to unite on the basis of the common ground proclaimed by all three: love of God and neighbor.
In November 2008, AAi hosted our first peacebuilding service event by uniting Abrahamic faith communities in San Jose, California to serve the common good together. Since then, AAi has continued to build peace by uniting Jews, Christians and Muslims to serve the poor, suffering and marginalized in a context of compassion.