OIC warns against Islamophobia

Updated 07 September 2013
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OIC warns against Islamophobia

Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), has warned against the rise of Islamophobia, which seeks to defame Islam and Muslims.
In a statement to the fifth International Conference on Islamic Civilization in Zanzibar, Tanzania, on Tuesday, he said, “I firmly believe that with a proper understanding of Islam and its values and the dissemination of a true image of Islam, the agenda of intolerance to cultural diversity and religious beliefs can be countered peacefully to safeguard our common values which we share with the whole of humanity.”
The conference is aimed at highlighting various aspects of Islamic civilization in Eastern Africa and promoting the exchange of views and findings of research on the impact of Islamic civilization in the region. The conference, which concludes on Friday, is organized by the Istanbul-based Research Center for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA), a subsidiary of the OIC, jointly with the National Records and Archives Authority of Oman and in cooperation with Zanzibar University. Ali Mohamed Shein, president of the Republic of Zanzibar, inaugurated the conference in the presence of Abdul Monem bin Mansour Alhassani, minister of Information in Oman.
Ihsanoglu said that Tanzania not only stands as a good example of Islamic civilization but it is also considered a beacon of intercultural harmony and coexistence, which reflects the essence of Islamic culture and tradition.
Islam entered into East Africa during the first migration of Muslims from Makkah to Abyssinia, followed by Muslim traders and preachers. However, it remained confined to the coast for some time and then continued to spread in wider regions. By the 14th century, there were Muslim sultanates in West and East Africa that became seats for Islamic learning.


KSRelief celebrates rehabilitation of 27 child soldiers in Yemen  

Updated 20 August 2018
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KSRelief celebrates rehabilitation of 27 child soldiers in Yemen  

MARIB, Yemen: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) held the closing ceremony of the second session of its fifth and sixth phases of the rehabilitation project of child soldiers in Yemen.

The center celebrated the rehabilitation of 27 children who were recruited by Houthi militias in Yemen from different cities across the war-torn nation. 

The child soldiers presented works of creativity in segments during the ceremony. Their presentations reflected how much they have changed during the process of rehabilitation, which lasted for an entire month. 

An exhibition also showed pictures of the social and psychological process they underwent to return to their normal lives, which would facilitate their integration back into the society. 

Marib’s deputy governor, Abed Rabbu Muftah, said the only place these children belong to is schools, as he thanked KSRelief for this humanitarian project, which aims to psychologically and educationally rehabilitate recruited and war-affected children in Yemen.