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  • 08/16/2018

    Dr Mustafa Ceric member of KEP participated in MAJOR HAJJ CONFERENCE taking place in Makkaha, on  Zu-l-hijjah 4-5, 1439/August 15-16, 2018) under the THEME:

     THE HONOUR OF TIME AND PLACE IN TRANQUILITY AND SECURITY

    Dr Ceric presnted a paper

    “AL- ḤAJJ –  THE UNITY OF HEARTS” in which he said it is a great honour for me to stand here in this city of which Allah Almighty has said: – I swear by this city (of Mecca) you are free in this city! (And I swear by) the father and by the one who was born (of him) that (you should know) that We have created man to be working hard. (al-Balad, 1:4).

     

    Is there a greater honour than this honour to stand in this city where the father was born, where the mother was born, and where her son was born to be sent by his Lord “as a witness, as a bearer of good tidings and as a warner of bad tidings, calling unto God by His leave, and as a light-giving lamp”, (al-Aḥzāb, 45-46); but also “Allah has sent him as His Prophet with a guidance and the faith of truth to unveil it over all religions despite the hatred of idolators, (al-Tawbah, 33); indeed, Allah Almighty has sent him as “a mercy to all the worlds”. (al-Anbiyāʼ, 108); yes, indeed, Allah Almighty has revealed to his Messenger the fact that “this Ummah is One Ummah and that I am your Lord so worship Me only” (al-Muʼminūn, 52).

     

    Is there a greater generosity than this generosity to sit at this hospitable table under the honourable auspices and sovereignty of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques the King Salman bin Abdu-l-Aziz Al Saud – may  Allah protect him –  who is known in Bosnia to be always in the service of the Tow Holy Mosques and in the service of those who are visiting these holy place. We are familiar with the fact that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques work hard for the unity among the Muslims all over the world from the East to the West and from the North to the South.

    Dr Ceric added There is no doubt, the word of Allah’s Oneness (“كلمة التوحيد”) “There is no god but Allah” (لا إله إلاّ الله” ”) is the basic of our primordial true faith that leads us to a salvation and the Unification of Word (“توحيد الكلمة”) “Hold fact altogether to the Rope of Allah and do not depart from each other”, (Āl Imrān, 103),  is a basic precondition for the continuity and stability of our perpetual strength, honour and sovereignty as Muslims. This is exactly what we have been told by Allah Almighty: – O People who Believe! Be aware of Allah in the true manner He deserves to be on your mind, and do not die except as Muslims”, (Āl Imrān, 102), and the prerequisite for this is your holding fast together to the Rope of Allah without exception and your avoidance of a departure from each other without hesitation.

    He concluded his speech saying  the conclusion is that when the row (“ṣaff”) of Muslims becomes strong and straight as it is at the time of Arafāt, as it is during al-ifāah around the Kaʿbah in Mecca, and as it is at the alāat al-Masjid al-arām, then the the Ummah will be victorious everywhere. Then, its voice will be heard and its peace and safety will be guaranteed all the time and everywhere.  This is the message from this Major Ḥajj Conference in Mecca under the honourable auspices and sovereignty of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques the King Salman bin Abdu-l-Aziz Al Saud – may  Allah protect him – and this is a call to all Muslims around the world to keep in their hearts and their minds the word of tawīd, i.e., the Oneness of Allah and the tawīd of the word, i.e., the unity of the purpose of the One Ummah that is devoted to the worship of One God. By doing so, the Ummah will prosper and will reach out its noble goal of worshiping One God and keeping its peace and security everywhere, Allah willing.

     

     

     

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  • 08/02/2018

    The International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID) has expanded its support to the Central African Republic Interfaith Platform by assisting with the establishment of 16 local offices covering every prefecture in the country. With an initial focus on half of those offices, KAICIID’s Senior Adviser Patrice Brodeur trained 26 Catholic, Protestant and Muslim religious leaders, who gathered in Bangui from 25-29 June 2018, and who will also receive financial support to cover their operational costs for the next 12 months.
    The eight cities, Alindao, Bambari, Bangasou, Bangui, Berberati, Kaga-Bandoro, Mbaiki, and N’dele were selected for the first training, and a second training for the rest of the regions will be conducted in 2019. After the trainings, the religious leaders will replicate countrywide the Bangui-based secretariat’s Interfaith Platform structure – consisting of three members, each one representing a different religious denomination. The central platform’s leaders are Reverend Guerekoyame Gbngou, president of the evangelic community, Imam Kobine Layama, president of the Islamic community, and Monsignor Dieudonne Nzapalainga, the Archbishop of Bangui.
    During the training, participants not only learned about IRD tools that can be applied in their communities, but also had the opportunity to meet and interact with other religious leaders, exchanging knowledge and experiences. The training was based on the KAICIID CAR Intercommunal Dialogue Facilitation Manual, developed in 2017 and further updated to respond to the country’s needs.
    “I greatly appreciate the participants’ efforts to travel from their localities to Bangui to participate in this training. Whoever hears their testimonials is left speechless in admiration. The kind of work they are doing is incredibly brave and awe inspiring”, Agustin Nuñez, Programe Manager for CAR said.
    “The methodology followed by KAICIID and its established interreligious platform is remarkable because they invited people and touched problems that affect the entire country, from the capital to the smallest township. It is a completely different approach to others that support mainly the vision of a single group. Here I have seen participants from different confessions, religions and ethnicities. Please, keep investing your time to replicate this kind of trainings,” one participant said.
    KAICIID in partnership with the OIC and the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers will support the organization of the General Assembly of the Central African Muslim Committee to further unity within that religious community.

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  • 07/24/2018

    Participants at the Education Forum called for the promotion of moderation , which concluded yesterday, urged to continue to organize regional seminars within and outside the Islamic world on promoting education on moderation among imams, religious guides and preachers.
    They recommended working on the preparation and publication of studies and research based on the central approach in the fields of education, culture, thought and other forms of Islamic discourse and translated into live languages.
    The participants in the meeting held by the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) at its headquarters in Rabat during the period from 18 to 20 July 2018, emphasize the importance of organizing global forums for dialogue between different trends and cultures with the participation of a group of intellectuals and experts to introduce the culture of the moderation of Islam. They also called for the rehabilitation of the ancient scientific institutions that graduated scholars and religious authorities (preachers, imams, guides …) by developing them and reviewing their curricula and their relevance to the times.
    The revival of the jurisprudence of the coalition as an input to promote the values ​​of moderation at a time when the projects of fragmentation and sectarian religious and ethnic groups are more threatening to the entity of the nation
    And to review the approach to dealing with our jurisprudential and scientific heritage; and to consolidate and the principle of citizenship as a constitutional principle that reflects the depth of the values of moderation in organizing the relationship of Muslims with others. They also considered the protection of the homeland as a legitimate destination and a realistic necessity, such as the protection of religions to prevent the chaos that could erupt in the Islamic world because of the fall of countries and national entities, and to address the problem of shaking the idea of citizenship and the unrealistic ideas of the mechanisms of the unification of Muslims.

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  • 07/12/2018

    The Advisor of the Minister of Islamic Affairs and Supervisor of the Knowledge Exchange Program met with the Charge d’Affaires of the New Zealand Embassy in Riyadh Sam O’Connor. At the beginning of the meeting, the Charge d’Affaires conveyed the greetings of the New Zealand Ambassador and wished he would have been present. For his part, Dr. Al-Lhaidan conveyed the greetings of His Excellency the Minister of Islamic Affairs and Guidance Dr. Abdul Latif Al-Sheikh to the Ambassador and expressed his constant welcome to contact the friendly New Zealand Embassy. Dr. al Lheedan explain that the ministry’s relations with the religious studies departments in the universities. Al-Lhaidan said that the ministry has a specialized program for relations with the academic centers, which is a knowledge exchange program that has already held seminars to clarify, the true image of Islam and the moderate approach of Saudi, in international universities such as Oxford in Britain and Bologna in Italy and Peking University in China. The program welcomes such seminars and joint activities. Which aims to advocate coexistence between followers of religions with New Zealand universities. The charge d’affaires welcomed the role played by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs and Guidance to promote moderation and tolerance in the Islamic world and other countries.

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  • 07/09/2018

    Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the Vatican diplomat and expert in interfaith relations who announced the election of Pope Francis to the world in 2013 with the famous phrase “habemus papam (we have a pope),” has died.
    The Vatican said Tauran died Thursday at age 75. He had been in the United States, seeking treatment for Parkinson’s disease. He had the condition for years, but continued his globe-trotting diplomacy to improve the Vatican’s relations with the Muslim world.
    In an unusually personal condolence message sent to Tauran’s sister Friday, Francis praised the cardinal’s “courageous” years of service to the Catholic Church “despite the weight of illness.”
    Francis said the French-born Tauran was a “counselor who was listened to and appreciated,” particularly in predominantly Muslim parts of the world. It was a reference to Tauran’s tireless efforts to mend fences after Pope Benedict XVI gave a 2006 speech about Islam and violence that offended many Muslims.
    Tauran, who was born in Bordeaux, served in various Vatican embassies before being named chief Vatican archivist, foreign minister and then prefect of the Vatican office of interfaith relations. He made headlines in 2002 when he fiercely opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq, calling it “a defeat for all humanity.”
    As “protodeacon” of the College of Cardinals, Tauran emerged on the loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica on the rainy night of March 13, 2013, to announce Francis’ election. Shaking from the effects pf Parkinson’s, Tauran pronounced the Latin words with a strong, clear voice and revealed to the world that the Catholic Church had its first pope named Francis.
    Francis later appointed Tauran as camerlengo, the symbolically important official who runs the Vatican during the period between the death or resignation of one pope and the election of another.
    In his condolence note, Francis said he named Tauran to the position “because of his service to and love for the church.”
    Other condolences came from the World Jewish Congress, which praised Tauran’s efforts to build “bridges of understanding, tolerance and mutual respect” among Catholics, Jews and Muslims.
    “Cardinal Tauran truly lived the message that he preached, demonstrating absolute faith in humanity’s ability to coexist and thrive together, denouncing radicalism and ignorance while embracing people of all faiths and backgrounds,” World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder said.

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  • 07/05/2018

    KEP has published the third issue of KEP Magazine. This issue of the Magazine main subject is: Islamic Ethics and Peaceful Coexistence. The issue include many articles the first is: Law, Ethics And Peaceful Coexistence In Islam by Dr. Abdullah bin Fahad Al-Lheedan Advisor to the Minister and Supervisor of the program. The second is: Peaceful coexistence from the perspective of Islamic faith by: Prof. Adel Bin Ali Al-Shadi
    Advisor in the knowledge exchange Program.

    The third article is: The stages of Islamic studies in Western universities By Dr. Mazen Mutbakani.The issue include another essay by: Dr. Ahmed bin Abdullah al-Zahrani Chief Executive Officer of the Institutional Transformation Unit ” Digital Transformation And E-Government”. Finally the issue has a section for reports about KEP main activities during the last six months.

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  • 07/02/2018

    When an imam in Nigeria saw hundreds of desperate, frightened families running into his village last Saturday, he decided to risk his life to save theirs.
    They were fleeing from a neighboring village – a mainly Christian community.
    They say they came under attack at about 15:00 (14:00 GMT) from about 300 well-armed men – suspected cattle herders, who are mostly Muslims – who started shooting sporadically and burning down their homes.
    Some of those who managed to escape ran towards the mainly Muslim neighborhood nearby where the imam lived, arriving over the next hour.
    The cleric immediately came to their aid, hiding in total 262 men, women and children in his home and mosque.
    “I first took the women to my personal house to hide them. Then I took the men to the mosque,” the imam told BBC Pidgin.
    We have blurred the faces of the imam and the villages, for their own safety.
    This was the latest wave of violence to hit Nigeria’s central region where farming communities and nomadic cattle herders often clash – usually over access to land and grazing rights.
    The region is prone to religious tension – herders are ethnic Fulani and mostly Muslim, while the farmers are mostly Christian from the Berom ethnic group.
    Hundred of people have been killed in 2018, and the tit-for-tat violence has been ongoing for several years. A report from 2016 suggested Nigeria’s pastoral conflict was the cause of more deaths that year than Boko Haram.
    Had the imam not intervened, the death toll may have been much higher, as the armed men stormed into the mainly Muslim village in pursuit of those who had fled the mainly Christian village nearby.
    One of the villagers described the panicked scenes, saying: “First they attacked a village before us so we ran to the security post.
    “But then they started firing towards the security post so we all ran away – even the security personnel.”
    When the attackers heard that the villagers had fled towards the mosque, they demanded that the imam bring out those he was hiding.
    But the defenseless imam refused to comply – and also refused to allow them entry to the mosque.
    He began to plead with the herdsmen, who were threatening to burn down the mosque and his house.
    He then prostrated himself on the floor in front of the armed men.
    Along with some others in the Muslim community, he began to cry and wail, asking them to leave.
    And to their amazement the herdsmen did go – but then set two nearby churches on fire.

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  • 07/01/2018

    HE Sheikh Abdul Latif bin Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh, Minister of Islamic Affairs, affirmed that the the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud has a keen interest in maintaining security and stability and the consolidation of values ​​of tolerance. The king support for this reflects Saudi Arabia’s wise policy on all issues of concern to Muslims, and the world, and contributes to the bonds of brotherhood among peoples. It also contributes to the rejection of division and differences that cause wars and loss of life, and the spread of chaos and destruction.
    Dr. Al-Sheikh stressed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and His Highness the Crown Prince, has been and continues to be a leader in spreading peace and security and supporting all the values of tolerance and love among peoples in different countries of the world. Especially the brothers in the Islamic countries, indicating that the Kingdom has been decades of making precious and noble actions in order to maintain security and the dissemination of international peace.
    The Minister of Islamic Affairs, Da’wah and Guidance ask Allah to safe the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, His Highness the Crown Prince, and to make good on Islam and Muslims and to safeguard the Kingdom’s security and stability.

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