G20 Interfaith Forum translates Saudi Arabia’s efforts to inculcate moderation, counter-extremism values

G20 Interfaith Forum translates Saudi Arabia's efforts to inculcate moderation, counter-extremism values

MWL Secretary General Dr. Muhammad bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa.

Riyadh (UNA-OIC) – Secretary General of the Muslim World League (MWL) Sheikh Dr. Muhammad bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa affirmed that the Islamic world shares unity with the human world, and said, “We all share moderate voices loving for all and rejecting all forms of hatred, racism, discrimination and marginalization”.

This came in the context of the speech he delivered at the opening session of the five-day G20 Interfaith Forum 2020 on Tuesday. The Forum, which is hosted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is organized by the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID), and the Global Partnership Alliance (GPA).

In his speech, Sheikh Al-Issa thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, for their global efforts to inculcating the values of moderation and combating extremism and terrorism, as well as their global human services. He also noted their series of historical actions that, by the grace of Allah, have turned into a global source of inspiration, including the major global platforms to confront the extremist ideology, and their initiative and sponsorship of the most important document in Islamic history after the Constitution of Madinah (also called the Umma Document), which is the Makkah Document.

The MWL chief explained that the story and making of true peace do not come by mere words, illogical theories, calls and slogans that complicate matters, or dialogues that are not preceded by sincere and faithful intentions, but rather by tangible impact that actively contributes to the benefit of humanity by preserving its security, coexistence and cooperation and enhancing its brotherhood.

“All followers of religions and cultures are our brothers in humanity, and we will deepen this brotherhood to make more real peace efforts with it,” he said.

Al-Issa reviewed some of the MWL’s Islamic and human positions which he considered to be the core of the Islamic and moral duty towards building peaceful, secure and conscious societies to promote the culture of love and respect, especially for future generations. These include his response to the Sri Lankan president’s request for help to end tension and mutual hatred among followers of religions after the terrorist bombings in the capital, Colombo. He pointed to the positive results that came out after efforts and lengthy discussions and dialogues, and everyone’s re-rally and praise of that achievement in a historic celebration in the presence of diverse religious and political leaders.

Sheikh Al-Issa referred to the MWL’s effective initiatives to confront all forms of racism and hatred, and the marginalization of the role of women around the world. He also highlighted the MWL’s work in the face of poverty around the world as it is deemed the greatest threat to human security, and its humanitarian aid to millions of individuals, families, widows and orphans around the globe, without discrimination, and the enhancement of this aid in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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