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  • 07/22/2019

    The Secretary-General of the King Abdullah International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue, Co-Chair of the Consultative Council of United Nations Agencies for Religion and Development, Faisal bin Muammar, stressed the key role of the Consultative Council at its second meeting, one year after its establishment, The council represent diverse organizations with policy makers of the United Nations and various international organizations on religious and human values, with the aim of achieving the hopes and aspirations of global organizations to discuss pressing issues and to provide appropriate proposals and initiatives to United Nations organizations in all issues related to the 2030 Agenda
    Mr. Bin Muammar pointed out to the role of the World Center for Dialogue in Vienna, its programs and objectives, noting that it includes the basic human rights in all its initiatives, primarily the right to life and other fundamental rights. The establishment of common rules for the manufacture of peace and living under common citizenship, because the goals of religions are to promote the dignity and freedom of the individual as a target and a cornerstone in their systems, and true religious are those who are inspired by religion and call for compassionate humanity, Which means that we need to find more effective ways to establish firm convictions among policymakers to establish common ground with them.
    This came during the participation of the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue in Vienna at the Second International Meeting on “The Role of the United Nations and Interfaith Partnerships in the Empowerment of Communities and the Consolidation of Equality and Inclusiveness”, held at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Consultative Council of United Nations Agencies include: the Consultative Council on the Global Monitoring Report on Education, representatives of multilateral agencies of the United Nations agencies, bilateral agencies, non-governmental organizations, civil society groups and networks, UNESCO, and people from developing countries from all over the world, and discuessed religion and development, where the focus during the conference on the agenda and objectives of sustainable development and the importance of cooperation between different organizations in order to achieve its objectives, with the participation of forty-five organizations from religious and human values ​​organizations.
    Ibn Muamar pointed out that the teachings of different religions, and values ​​shared by 80% of the world’s population are one of the main ways to prevent the slide to conflict and hatred, and has always been a factor of cooperation and integration in the multi-religious and multi-cultural communities, Religion has never been a cause of conflict and war between followers of religions that has left its painful mark on human memory.
    He pointed out that the cooperation of individuals, religious leaders and institutions stems from their original roles, which are capable of building peace in societies that suffer from economic problems or social or religious or ethnic divisions. He pointed out relious leaders role as local activists is the guarantor of peace and coexistence, especially in areas of conflict and instability.
    In his speech, Mr. Muammar discussed the experiences and programs of the King Abdullah International Center for Interreligious Dialogue in various regions of the world, including Europe, the Arab region, Central Africa, Nigeria and Myanmar through dialogue, cooperation, fellowship and training platforms..
    He stressed the importance of operationalizing objective 17 of the goals of sustainable development related to promoting multi-stakeholder partnerships to exchange information for the purpose of implementing development goals.
    The meeting was attended by a number of Arab and European ambassadors, as well as a number of international religious and intellectual leaders. Dr. Thoraya Obaid, former member of the Shura Council and former Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), spoke about her local and international experience. As the first Saudi and Arab female figure of international influence to head a United Nations agency, where she worked for ten years with all competence and experience, and she thank the King Abdullah International Center for Dialogue between followers of religions and culture for nominating her to speak to the meeting.

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  • 07/15/2019

    Minister of Islamic Affairs, Da’wah and Guidance Sheikh Dr. Abdullatif bin Abdulaziz Al-Sheikh received in his office in Jeddah the High Commissioner for the Alliance of Civilizations, Mr. Miguel Moratinos, in the presence of the Secretary of the King Abdullah Center for Interreligious and Interfaith Dialogue Dr. Faisal Al-Muammar.
    Al-Sheikh welcomed the High Commissioner for the Alliance of Civilizations at the United Nations and stressed the Ministry’s keenness to build bridges of understanding and communication with all human cultures.
    Minister Al-Sheikh reviewed the Kingdom’s efforts under the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King and the just Imam Salman bin Abdul Aziz and the continuous follow-up of His Highness the Crown Prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman to spread dialogue, coexistence, tolerance and non-violence among peoples.and the fight against terrorism that saudi Arabia suffered first.
    Al-Sheikh gave a detailed explanation on the Ministry’s mission and plans and highlighted the various programs and actions that it has carried out locally and internationally with the aim of promoting the concepts of coexistence, moderation, spreading the culture of dialogue and supporting and consolidating the values ​​of peace .
    On the other hand, the High Commissioner thanked the reception and expressed his admiration for the Ministry’s experience, projects, programs and initiatives which the Ministry continues to implement to promote a culture of dialogue and promote the values ​​of coexistence, cohesion, tolerance, moderation, and rejection of violence and extremism. .
    During the meeting, they discussed means of joint cooperation in promoting and spreading the values ​​of dialogue, tolerance and coexistence between nations and peoples, as well as discussing projects and programs of mutual interest between the two sides

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  • 06/30/2019

    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia confirmed to the Human Rights Council in Geneva that it is always working to modernize its national laws and regulations in line with international obligations and does not violate Islamic law and contributes to the promotion and protection of human rights.
    The Kingdom’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Wasel, said in a statement: “The Kingdom has taken significant steps through the” vision 2030 “during the past few years in various areas of human rights.
    He pointed out that the investigation into the killing of Jamal Khashoggi is still ongoing and that any intervention will not serve the course of the ongoing investigations in the Kingdom. Therefore, Saudi Arabia reiterates its commitment to hold accountable the perpetrators of this crime and to bring them to justice. And welcome any help Which does not affect the course of the trial.
    Ambassador Al-Wasall affirmed that the death penalty in the Kingdom is applied only in the most serious and narrowest crimes, and that all trials of those accused of these crimes are carried out in accordance with the relevant international standards.
    He expressed grave concern at the information provided by the High Commissioner for Human Rights when she noted in her statement that there was evidence of continued persecution of the Rohingya minority in Myanmar and that there were restrictions imposed by the authorities on humanitarian access to the needy in the Rakhine region, calling on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities and press the Myanmar government to end these violations.
    The Ambassador expressed deep regret over the disregard of the statement of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the suffering of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian and Arab territories, stressing the importance of the rights of the Palestinian people, including their right to self-determination, and the Kingdom’s support for the Palestinian people’s right to sovereignty over its occupied territories since June 1967, And its right to establish a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

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  • 06/30/2019

    The Knowledge Exchange Program participated in the study of the status of Arabic language in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia organized by the King Abdullah Center for Arabic Language. The seminar was moderated by Dr. Abdullah Al-Washmi, Director of the King Abdullah Center for Arabic Language. He explain that taht the study aim at finding out the effects of Arabic language through a number of standards, including education, publishing, information technology, and the provision of logistical capabilities, and then Dr. Mahmoud Al Mahmoud and Dr. Abdullah Al-Fayfi study reviewed, which included four subtopics:
    -Data on the national context of the Arabic language
    – -Effect of the Arabic language and creating a knowledge society
    -Detailed analysis of knowledge in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
    . -Conclusions and recommendations
    Dr. Abdullah bin Fahad Al-Lhaidan, Advisor to the Minister and supervior the exchange program, emphisize the importance of the study, especially it is the first of its kind, thanking the King Abdullah Center for their efforts in this area. He then made some observations, the most prominent of which there are other indicators of the state of the Arabic language in the Kingdom, The teaching Arabic for non-Arabic speakers, as well as the importance of replacing the term (revival), in which the study described the situation experienced by the Arabic language after the era of decay to the term (renewal), a term that has its legitimate roots in our Arab and Islamic heritage and the need to include recommendations to intensify the translation into the Arabic language and from it to all languages ​​to enrich knowledge in Arabic. More than thirty professors from universities and related parties participated in the panel discussion.

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  • 06/16/2019

    Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, said that the kingdom does not want war, but stressed that it would not hesitate to deal with any threat to our people, sovereignty and vital interests.
    The Saudi Crown Prince said in an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that the kingdom “supported the re-imposition of US sanctions on Iran, in the belief that the international community should adopt a firm stance towards Iran.” He hoped that the Iranian regime would choose to be a normal state and that Stops its aggressive approach
    He stressed that «the hand of the Kingdom always extended to peace to achieve the security and stability
    Prince Mohammed bin Salman said Saudi Arabia sees “great importance for strategic relations with the United States” as “a key factor in achieving security and stability in the region.” He expressed his confidence that «our strategic relations with the United States will not be affected by any media campaigns or positions from here and there», pointing out that the Kingdom «always seeks to clarify the facts and misconceptions of some parties in the United States and other countries, and listen to what is offered and take advantage of the logical and objective criticim, but ultimately our priority is our national heretage

    He said that Saudi Arabia supported “all efforts to reach a political solution to the Yemeni crisis, but unfortunately the Houthi militia is advancing Iran’s agenda on the interests of Yemen and its people.” “We can not accept in the kingdom the existence of militias outside the state institutions on our borders.” “Our goal is not only to liberate Yemen from the presence of Iranian militias, but to achieve prosperity, stability and prosperity for all Yemenis,” he said.
    Regarding the Syrian crisis, he said that Riyadh is working with friendly countries to achieve goals, including “defeating an oppressive regime, preventing the return of the control of terrorist organizations, dealing with the destabilizing Iranian influence in Syria and using all available means to achieve political transition in accordance with resolution 2254, Unity of Syria .
    He described the killing of Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi as “a very painful crime”. He said the kingdom was seeking “full justice and accountability” in the case, “without paying attention to what is being issued by some for their internal reasons, which no one can hide.” He called on “any party seeking to exploit the issue politically,” to “stop this and provide evidence to the court to contribute to the achievement of justice
    The Crown Prince pledged “without hesitation to firmly address all forms of extremism, sectarianism and supporting policies”, stressing that Saudi Arabia “will not waste time in partial treatments of extremism, history proves to be useless..

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  • 06/02/2019

    1200 Islamic scholaes from 139 countries representing 27 Islamic components of various sects h, foremost among them the Grand Muftis have endorsed a historic constitution to establish the values of coexistence among followers of religions, cultures, for All of humanity
    The Muslims, in their document issued by representatives of their religious authority, have agreed that they are part of this world and its civilized interaction. They seek to connect with all its components to achieve the benefit of humanity, to promote its noble values, to build bridges of love and human harmony and to confront practices of injustice
    They stressed that no one has rule on the Islamic Ummah, and speaks on its behalf in its religious matter. And this is only for its well-established scholars in gathering of assembly of this document and the blessing it has received from them. Racial discrimination or discrimination against followers of religion, race or color is rejected
    The participants pointed to the principles underlying this historical document, emphasizing that human beings of different origins belong to one origin, and are equal in their humanity, rejecting racist expressions and slogans, and condemning the abhorrent acts of superiority. The difference between nations in their beliefs, cultures, should not lead to conflict rather dealing with it in the logic of reason and wisdom in a way that leads to harmony and human peace is better than arrogance and clash
    The document stressed that religious and cultural diversity in human societies does not justify conflict , but rather calls for a positive civilizational partnership and active communication that makes diversity a bridge for dialogue, understanding and cooperation for the benefit of all. It stimulates competition in the service and happiness of men. They call to build a comprehensive citizenship, based on values, justice and legitimate freedoms, mutual respect and love of good for all, while respecting the multiplicity of cultures and practices, and rejecting the link between religion and the erroneous political practices of any of its associates
    The participants in the Makkah Document called for civilizational dialogue as the best way to reach a proper understanding with each other, to overcome the obstacles of coexistence and to overcome the relevant problems, as well as to overcome prejudices laden with historical scandals that increased the risks of hatred and the theory Conspiracy, and the erroneous dissemination of attitudes and behavior, while emphasizing that history is in the hands of its authors, and the innocence of religions and philosophies of the risks done by its adherents and claimants
    The document called for the enactment of legislation to deter hate propagators, instigators of violence, terrorism and civilizational clash, asserting that this can alleviate the causes of religious and ethnic conflict. It also condemned the attack on houses of worship, calling it a criminal act that requires firm legislative and political guarantees.
    It also called for the fight against terrorism, injustice and oppression, and the refusal to exploit the capabilities of peoples and the violation of human rights, stressing that this is the duty of all, in addition all should ork to preserving the nature of the great Creator of man, the attack on the resources of nature and waste and pollution beyond the right of future generation
    The document recommended not to interfere in the affairs of states, whatever its praiseworthy reasons; it is an unacceptable breach, especially the methods of political hegemony with its economic and other ambitions, and condemend the marketing of sectarian ideas, or the attempt to impose fatwas on their differnt spatial circumstances, conditions and customs

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  • 05/27/2019

    The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Da’wah and Guidance continued the program of Imamat in Ramadan this year in a number of countries in the world, by leading the Taraweeh prayer and the giving of lessons and preaching words in this holy month.
    In the Republic of Ghana, the Ministry’s envoy, Sheikh Mohammed bin Hilal al-Ruwaili, in coordination and cooperation with the Embassy of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in the capital Accra, visited the village of Limo in northern Ghana, where he delivered the Friday sermon in the only mosque in the village, after which the certificate was given to two new Muslims after Friday prayers, as well as the distribution of a copies of the Quran with the translation of the meanings.
    The Muslims expressed their joy over the visit, and expressed their thanks and appreciation to the Government of the Two Holy Mosques, hoping that such visits will be repeated as a result of strengthening the bonds of Muslim brotherhood.
    The ministry’s envoy, Sheikh Ziad bin Nasser Al-Qurashi, continued his advocacy efforts by holding the evening prayers and the Taraweeh at the Mosque of Hamo Sow Mosque in Senegal.
    On the other hand, the ministry’s envoy Sheikh Hamoud bin Afar al-Shammari delivered a Friday sermon at the mosque of the Huda Mosque in Hungary, and was under the title: (prepare for the last ten days of Ramadan, and the statement of virtue and preferred night of Qadar)
    While the Ministry’s representative in the Republic of Tanzania, Dr. Musa Al-Tuwaijri delivered a lecture entitled “virtue of preferred night ” at Al-Ihsan Mosque in Dar esslaam.
    The ministry’s envoy, Sheikh Fahad bin Saleh al-Arfaj, also delivered a lecture at the Qushala mosque in the Republic of Nepal, title “Muslms a middle nation”.
    The Imamah program in Ramadan is part of a series of programs carried out by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Da’wah and Guidance in a number of countries around the world during the holy month of Ramadan in order to enlighten people about the issues of their religion and to highlight the Ministry’s message emanating from the Kingdom’s mission to promote the values ​​of moderation and tolarance.

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  • 05/20/2019

    The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi a festival under the title “One Nation: Cooperation on Good, Fairness and Tolerance”, on April 24 to 27, 2019, to highlight the tolerance of societies within Muslim countries.
    The aim of the festival is to highlight the various components of the cultures of the OIC member states and their diversity, to bring the organization closer to the aspirations of the simple Muslim and to promote the true image of a moderate Islam based on promoting the values ​​of tolerance and equality, rejecting extremism and terrorism and strengthening the bonds of cooperation and solidarity among the peoples of the Organization. The festival was visited by citizens and residents, and cultural events were held on the sidelines of the festival.
    In the pavilion of the Union of Islamic Countries News Agencies, images were highlighted by photographs taken by the national news agencies in: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Palestine, Egypt, Kingdom of Bahrain, Indonesia, Algeria, Tunisia, Jordan, Burkina Faso, Niger , Azerbaijan, the Kingdom of Morocco, the Kingdom of Malaysia, Côte d’Ivoire, Togo, Yemen, Kazakhstan, Pakistan and Mauritania. These photographs show the role played by the governments of Islamic countries in promoting the values ​​of tolerance and coexistence not only within the nation but also throughout the world through organizing of conferences and gatherings of leaders of all religions.
    The King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Works highlighted the Kingdom’s humanitarian efforts in the world. The Center participated in an exhibition about the relief and humanitarian efforts offered by the Kingdom, video presentations, booklets, clips and documentary films about the help given to suffering countries in 44 countries. The Kingdom is a service to man regardless of he is.While the official spokesman of the Center, Dr. Samer Al-Jatili, participated in a symposium on Saudi Arabia’s humanitarian efforts.

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