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World religion leaders convene in Saudi Arabia for first time in ground-breaking convention to construct bridges with Muslim leaders

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The Muslim World League (MWL) – the world’s largest Islamic NGO – has at this time accomplished the Discussion board on Frequent Values amongst Spiritual Followers occasion in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia between 10-11 Shawal 1443 H, equivalent to 11-12 Might 2022.

The Discussion board, for the primary time in historical past, convened inside Saudi Arabia Christian, Jewish, Hindu and Buddhist spiritual leaders alongside Islamic leaders to discover shared values and a typical world imaginative and prescient for interfaith cooperation. Roughly 100 spiritual leaders attended the primary of its type convention, together with over 15 Rabbis.

Attendees and audio system on the convention included:

  • HE Muhammad Al-Issa: Secretary Normal of the Muslim World League
  • Chief Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni (of Rome)
  • Cardinal Pietro Parolin: Vatican Secretary of State
  • His Holiness Bartholomew I: Ecumenical patriarch and religious chief to 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide
  • His Eminence Ivan Zoria: Archbishop of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine
  • Father Daniil Matrusov: Consultant of the Patriarch of Russia
  • Banagala Upatissa Thero: President of the (Buddhist) Mahabodhi society of Sri Lanka
  • Pastor, Rev. Walter Kim: President, Nationwide Affiliation of Evangelicals (United States)
  • Ven Swami Awdheshanand Giri: Chairman, Hindu Dharam Acharya Sabha (India)
  • Rabbi Moise Lewin: Particular Adviser to the Chief Rabbi of France
  • His Eminence Sheikh Dr. Shawki Allam: Grand Mufti of Egypt
  • Rabbi David Rosen: Director, Worldwide Interreligious Affairs, AJC (American Jewish Committee)
  • Ambassador Rashad Hussain: United States Ambassador-at-Giant for Worldwide Spiritual Freedom
  • Ahmed Hasan Taha: Chairman, Iraqi Jurisprudence Council
  • Archbishop Prof. Thomas Paul Schirrmacher: Secretary-Normal, World Evangelical Alliance (Germany)

Areas of settlement between convention individuals:

  • The necessity to respect spiritual variety and the distinctive traits of each faith/sect.
  • Human rights are common irrespective of faith, gender or race – and enforced by worldwide regulation.
  • The necessity for continued dialogue between spiritual leaders, establishments and communities to assist pre-empt and defuse civilizational clashes.
  • The necessity for spiritual leaders to interact in inter and muti religion work to counter extremist ideologies.

Suggestions from the Convention:

  • Related nationwide establishments and United Nations organs should do extra to confront all types of discrimination and exclusion in opposition to spiritual, cultural, and ethnic minorities; And work to create robust and efficient laws in doing so.
  • Numerous platforms of affect; particularly the media and social media platforms should stay aware of the ethical accountability entrusted upon them.
  • We attraction to all international locations and the worldwide neighborhood to do all they’ll to offer enough safety for locations of worship, to make sure free entry to them, to protect their religious function, and to distance them from mental and political conflicts and sectarian strife.
  • Launching of a worldwide discussion board referred to as: “Spiritual Diplomacy Discussion board for Constructing Bridges” based mostly on the influential function of religions in human societies, and the vital function of non secular followers in bridging the connection between religions and cultures for the aim of peacebuilding.
  • To work on issuing a world compilation below the identify: “The Encyclopaedia of Frequent Human Values”.
  • Inviting the United Nations Normal Meeting to undertake a world day for “Frequent Human Values” that celebrates the commonalities between religions and cultures around the globe

Amongst the Convention’s key targets are the next:

  • Set up a set of values frequent to all main world religions, and a imaginative and prescient for enhancing understanding, cooperation, and solidarity amongst world religions.

HE Muhammad Al-Issa, Secretary Normal of the host group, the Muslim World League, mentioned:

“The goals of this convention aligns to the values of Muslim World League, which strives to construct humanitarian partnerships for a extra cooperative and peaceable world and extra harmonious communities. This convention tackles a number of the main problems with our day. Because the world’s largest Islamic NGO, headquartered within the birthplace of Islam in Saudi Arabia, we now have a particular accountability to do that work. Whether or not it’s to deal with local weather change, to help refugees and weak communities around the globe, or just to unfold messages of peace and co-existence, the type of interfaith belief and cooperation this occasion is fostering is desperately wanted to help these real-world targets.”

The discussion board helps the Muslim World League’s mission to strengthen its world function as an unbiased worldwide non-governmental group devoted to selling Islamic values that decision for peace, as acknowledged in its statute and bylaws. 


In regards to the Muslim World League
The Muslim World League is a world non-governmental Islamic group based mostly within the Holy Metropolis of Makkah. It goals to current the true Islam and its tolerant ideas, present humanitarian assist, prolong bridges of dialogue and cooperation with all, have interaction in optimistic openness to all cultures and civilizations, comply with the trail of centrism and moderation to appreciate the message of Islam and beat back actions calling for extremism, violence and exclusion for a world stuffed with peace, justice and coexistence.

About H.E. Dr. Mohammad bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa
H.E. Dr. Mohammad bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa is the pinnacle of the world’s largest Islamic NGO – The Muslim World League (spanning 1200 Islamic scholar throughout 139 international locations). He’s additionally one of many world’s foremost Islamic students and theologians and convened over 6000 world Islamic spiritual leaders in Mecca in 2019 to endorse the Makkah Constitution, probably the most vital paperwork in latest Islamic theological historical past, outlining a common set of human rights and values drawn from Islamic scripture. Dr Issa was additionally essentially the most senior Islamic cleric ever to have visited Auschwitz in Poland out of respect for the victims of the Holocaust.

For interview requests or additional data on the convention, please contact:
Elina Kuusio, [email protected]. You will discover extra images from the occasion here.


Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed on this article are these of the authors and don’t essentially replicate the official coverage or place of Faith Information Service or Faith Information Basis.

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