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  • 03/17/2019

    The Use of Social Media as a Breeding Ground for Hate and Incitement Must be Addressed”

    The multireligious Board of Directors of the International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID) issued the following statement following the shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on 15 March 2019. The shooting resulted in 49 casualties, and more than 20 wounded during Friday prayers, making it the country’s worst ever mass shooting, which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned as terrorism.

    The Board said:

    “By attacking during weekly Friday prayers at the mosques, the perpetrators struck at the very heart of this small community in New Zealand, with the clear intention to cause harm to as many peaceful Muslim worshippers as possible. The fear and terror created by this attack on the members of New Zealand’s Muslim community, which is only 1% of the total population, cannot be overstated. The attack, taken in context of a rising number of attacks against peaceful worshippers around the world, is a clear indication of rising prejudice and violence against minorities around the world. Attacks against peaceful worshippers, irrespective of their faith, is a violation of universal human rights.

    The heinous nature of the original attack is only compounded by the use of social media to spread further fear and terror in its wake. The use of social media, and the connection to online hate speech groups, is a clear reminder to us that violent extremists of all stripes are using social media to spread hate speech, and incitement to violence. Young people are especially vulnerable, but no part of society is immune from this disease.

    Incitement to violence is a crime, whether it is practiced online or offline, and we call on the religious leaders and communities in New Zealand, and worldwide, to bond together in the face of terror, through practicing interreligious and intercultural dialogue for peaceful coexistence, and bringing their voices and messages of peace online as well as putting them into practice in their daily interactions.

    We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of all the victims, to everyone affected by this attack, to the people of New Zealand as they rebuild their community, and we echo the Prime Minister’s message that ‘Violence has no place in New Zealand’ but we add also, the world.”

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  • 03/17/2019

    The Daily Telegraph,

    I visited Christchurch, New Zealand last year and met with ordinary Muslim shopkeepers, waiters, and students. While there, I also visited the home of Karl Popper, the Austrian Jewish author who fled Hitler and, in Christchurch, wrote his liberal masterpiece The Open Society and Its Enemies. Popper praised New Zealand, but more importantly saluted the laws, languages, and liberties of that nation that, along with the UK, stood tall against Nazism.

    We now face a new threat to our open societies. Yesterday’s purely evil terrorist attack in which 49 innocent worshippers were killed at their mosques was the latest horror perpetrated by far-Right racists. The suspect, a white man in his late twenties, took two years to plan the killings, but laid out in his “manifesto” the six years of reading, travelling, thinking and conversing with other racists that led to his decision to kill Muslims. The manifesto reads like a new version of Mein Kampf. Nazism is alive in our midst and we must be vigilant against it.

    The threat our societies face is so great, however, because it is a twin danger: a deadly combination of far-Right fascism and Islamist extremism. They feed and need each other. This is not about any particular organisation, an al-Qaeda or an ISIS, or a Combat-18 or a Klu Klux Klan. These groups are only tactics for a much larger strategy. Behind these organisations is a narrative, a worldview, a vision of the future and a deadly commitment to pursuing their ideologies. With their global movements, they radicalise each other.

    Firstly, they both seek revenge for crimes against “our people”. The lead bomber for the 7 July 2005 terrorist attacks on London’s Underground, Mohamed Siddique Khan, proclaimed in a Yorkshire accent, addressing Brits at the height of the Iraq war, that “until you stop the bombing, gassing, imprisonment and torture of my people, we will not stop this fight”. Osama bin Laden claimed to avenge Palestine. The killer in New Zealand gave explicit reasons for his attack: “To take revenge for the thousands of European lives lost to terror attacks throughout European lands.” And this revenge is not devoid of a wider strategy.

    Secondly, through their revenge based on racial and religious identities, they reinforce supremacism and separatism for a much greater purpose. Isil released a 10-page document in 2015 praising the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the surge in terrorism in France that year, and which said that “the time had come for another event to bring division to the world and destroy the grey zone”. The “grey zone” is pluralism of peoples and peace. Similarly, the terrorist in New Zealand was direct in his reason for violence: “To agitate the political enemies of my people into action, to cause them to overextend their own hand and experience the eventual and inevitable backlash as a result.” They both seek to end the harmony of humanity.

    Thirdly, they both abuse history by connecting their present crimes to an imagined past. Islamist extremists seek a religiously pure caliphate: white supremacists call for a racially pure continent. They both recall the crusades. “What would Pope Urban II do?” asked the mosque murderer. The killer had got blessings from the “Knights Templars”, he claimed. But they ignore today’s realities: Pope Francis visited the UAE last month, held an open air mass for the first time in history in Arabia, and signed a treaty of peace and co-existence with Islam’s Sunni leaders.

    Fourthly, they both hate the modern West. Al-Qaeda railed against capitalism and targeted the World Trade Centre in 1993 before succeeding in its evil in 2001. Islamist extremists from Syed Qutb onwards have attacked our individual freedoms. The Ariana Grande concert attack in Manchester in 2017 was an attack on the liberty of the individual to choose his or her own form of entertainment. The killer in New Zealand explained his aim to “eventually destroy the current nihilistic, hedonistic, individualistic insanity that has taken control of Western thought.”

    Our twin enemies are not madmen. They are driven by a purpose bigger than themselves and ideas that we must not underestimate. They have support bases online and in an underworld that may not be readily apparent to our eyes. But for the security of our families, our countries and our civilisations, we must renew our pledge to the prosperity and freedoms that underpin modern civilisation.

    Millions died in two world wars to bequeath open societies to us. We owe it to them and the as yet unborn to uphold our values of secular government, private religion, individual liberty, strong nation states, and racial and gender equality in the eyes of the law of the land. Newcomers embrace these values and become proud citizens. Neither Islamists nor white supremacists can change us.

    by Ed Husain author of The House of Islam: A Global History (Bloomsbury), a senior fellow at Civitas: Institute for the Study of Civil Society and Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars in Washington DC.

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  • 03/17/2019

    Saudi Arabia has condemned the terrorist attacks in New Zealand mosques on Friday.
    An official source at the Foreign Ministry said that Saudi Arabia condemns in the strongest terms possible the shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, which resulted in dozens of deaths and injuries.

    The source reiterated Saudi Arabia’s denouncement of all forms of terrorism, regardless of its source. It added that terrorism has no religion and homeland, stressing the Kingdom’s position that all religions should be respected. SPA
    Meanwhile, the Council of Senior Scholars has also strongly condemned the horrific terrorist attacks, targeting worshipers in two New Zealand mosques.
    In a statement issued on Friday, the Council said: “While condemning in the strongest terms this ugly, barbaric crime carried out by extremist terrorists, we call upon the whole world, including all its countries, organizations and institutions to make racist speeches and discourses criminal offenses at the earliest as they lead to such barbaric terrorist incidents.”
    The Council stressed that racist speech, which considers others an outcast and ought to be confronted, does not serve world peace and security that all the wise people of the world are calling for.
    The council prayed to Allah Almighty to have mercy on the souls of the dead and expressed its warmest condolences to families of the victims. It also prayed to Allah to grant them patience, and consolation and quick recovery for the injured. – SPA

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  • 03/12/2019

    The Minister of Islamic Affairs, Da’wah and Guidance, Sheikh Dr. Abdul Latif bin Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh, said that the total rejection of the shift in Saudi Arabia to moderate Islam, is because of the root of the culture of unilateralism among the rejectionists.
    In his interview with Sputnik, he said that digging into a culture of exclusion led some to reject the studied cultural transformation in Saudi Arabia, and that in their way of winning full control over the religious and cultural scene, or perhaps because of partisan intellectual interests aimed at diverting the attention of the community, towards them, and employing them for those partisan purposes.
    And about the cultural openness in Saudi Arabia and its influence on the religious commitment known to Saudi Arabia .. he said:
    We are in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia stand on a fixed rock, do not roll in a single line from the teachings of the Sharia tolerance, since the foundation of this blessed country by the founder King Abdul Aziz, may God bless him, and it draws from its pure net, straight on the right path, away from exaggeration and profanity, excessiveness and negligence, terror and intimidation, extremism with all its tools, forms, groups, trends and organizations. , But on the contrary, openness shows the virtues of the Sharia that it does not prevent the acceptance of other cultures that we benefit from them. This is a matter of the necessity of progress and advancement, and it is not opposed to Sharia. Rather, it shows the virtues of the Shari’a which are the most important of all. Do not prevent acceptance When we changed the cultures to the better.
    If we do not open up to others, we will walk and remain behind them. This is a social and mental mistake. Nations are still benefiting from each other. The truth is that the cultures of nations are the result of experience. We Muslims must define what is permissible for us and what is forbidden.
    The leadership of this country always senses this and makes it into its own eyes, and we see our sons and daughters who studied abroad have returned to it with the cultures they have received and transferred, having removed from them what is contrary to our constants and take away our identity.
    And what we see from the absence of cultural openness, reminds us of what the fundamentalists are trying to spread among us, in the name of the intellectual invasion, where they see every progress intellectual invasion, to keep the Muslim countries lagging behind so that political Islam control them and turn them according to their frozen minds, and some of them have partisan goals and want to invade the Kingdom and shake Its leading position in the Islamic world.
    Yes, we do not deny that there is an intellectual invasion, some try to eliminate our religion and our people and our identity, but we are not fools to accept every culture, and our government is not unaware to this, but it senses, and resist, and put alternative plans,but not all other values are forbidden to move it to our society, exaggeration is not permissible, because it prevents the nation from reaching good and makes it backward.

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  • 03/07/2019

    The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Da’wah and Guidance in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia participated in the work of the Executive Committee of the Platform for Dialogue and Cooperation among the Leaders and Religious Institutions in the Arab World of the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID), in Beirut, The ambassdor of Saudi Arabia in Lebanon Walid bin Abdullah Bukhari; the Spanish Ambassador Jose Maria de la Ferry; the representative of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Da’wah and Guidance, Dr Muhammad Arifi.
    Al-Arifi delivered a speech in which he conveyed the greetings of the Minister of Islamic Affairs, Da’wah and Guidance Dr. Abdul Latif bin Abdulaziz Al-Sheikh, stressing that the ministry’s message emanating from the message of Saudi Arabia is to spread the values ​​of moderation, and dialogue with the other to convey the correct image of Islam, And fight hatred, pointing out that the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Center for Dialogue between followers of religions and cultures is one of the channels that perform this role in the best way in solidarity with the organs of the state.
    Arifi said The minister stressed the importance of the role of the preachers and their responsibility towards their countries and activating their role in society in the light of the directives of the wise leadership and based on the contents of the vision of Saudi Arabia (2030) To promote the values ​​of moderation.
    The King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Center for Dialogue among Followers of Religions and Cultures (Kaiciid) is an international organization established in 2012 by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Republic of Austria and the Kingdom of Spain. The Center is located in Vienna, Austria, to promote a culture of respect for diversity and the establishment of rules of justice and peace among nations and peoples.

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  • 02/28/2019

    Director of the Islamic Center in Aktobe visits the program
    The director of the Islamic Center in the city of Aktobe in the Republic of Kazakhstan, Sheikh Nur Galiev, visited the exchange of knowledge program where he was received by Dr. Abdullah bin Fahad Al-Lhaidan, supervisor of the program. The guest gave an overview of the city of Aktobe, located in the far west of Kazakhstan and its Islamic center, which includes an institute to graduate imams and their new project to build a building for the Institute. For his part, Al-Lhaidan briefed on the program of knowledge exchange and its achievements. He also ilustreate and the efforts of the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and His Crown Prince to serve Islam and Muslims and provide the correct image of Islam and the tolerant Islamic faith which calls for peaceful coexistence among followers of religions. Al-Lhaidan explained the program’s readiness in light of the directives of His Excellency Sheikh Dr. Abdul Latif Al-Sheikh to cooperate with them in holding seminars and training courses that promote national identity and fight sectarianism and extremism. At the end of the meeting, Al-Lhaidan presented the program’s publications to the guest of honor, and the commemorative photographs were taken.

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  • 02/20/2019

    Eng. Saoud Abu Abah, accompanied by Eng. Abdul Mohsen Al Rahimi, visited the Knowledge Exchange Program where they were received by Dr. Abdullah Bin Fahad Al-Lhaidan, Advisor and Supervisor of the program. Abu Abah presented a brief about their effort in cultural contact in Italy He also expressed his wish to cooperate with the KEP to receive students from Italy for Arabic language courses organized by the program. For his part, Dr. Abdullah bin Fahad Al-Lhaidan presented a brief about the exchange of knowledge and highlighted his achievements, including the previous activities of the program in Italy and his welcome to cooperation with them in establishing future activities for the program. It was agreed to continue communication in order to achieve the noble objectives of the program in spreading the true Islamic image and calling for tolerance and co-existence between Followers of the religions. At the end of the meeting, publications of KEP was given to the guests and photographs were taken.

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  • 02/13/2019

    Dr. Abdullah bin Fahd Al-Lheedan, Advisor and Supervisor of the Knowledge Exchange Program at the Ministry of Islamic Affairs and Guidance, visited the Language Exchange Forum in Riyadh and was received by Mr. Mohammad Al-Mautham, supervisor of the forum. Al-Mu’atham provided an overview of the language exchange program, which main idea is to meet those who wish to learn any language with volunteers who master the language and to set up a group for each language so that members of the group can communicate in order to develop their skills in the language they wish to learn. Al-Lheedan toured the forum, which included tables to learn Arabic, English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Russian, Persian, Turkish, Italian, Hebrew, German and other languages. At the end of the meeting, Al-Lheedan expressed his pleasure at this forum and the readiness of the exchange program to cooperate with them in spreading cultural exchange and presenting the correct image of Islam and the Kingdom.

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