Muslim World League chief calls for effective dialogue between religious and cultural followers

MWL Secretary-General Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa addresses the Peace Promotion Forum in Washington on Saturday. (SPA)
Updated 11 February 2018

Muslim World League chief calls for effective dialogue between religious and cultural followers

JEDDAH: The secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL), Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, has called on Saturday for an effective dialogue to spread peace and tranquility among all people of the world.
Addressing a conference for unity between followers of religions and peace lovers organized by the Peace Promotion Forum in Washington and attended by 400 figures from different countries, Al-Issa said the world suffers from weakness in understanding the importance of co-existence in its capacity as a base for peace.
The MWL chief also warned against the absence of dialogue and wisdom and ignorance of history in a human madness that exploited religions for its own interest. Religions, he said, became its fuel and victim.
Lack of constructive dialogue and non-investment of common goals, notably those related to values and co-existence, have a tangible impact on our reality today, he said.
He said ideological and religious conflict and the ensuing extremism and counter-extremism is not only the responsibility of those who have been ideologically brainwashed but also those who have prepared the ground for such conflicts.
Ideas and opinions logically seem more civilized when respecting the right of others to live in dignity and cooperating with them for the common interest and for the benefit of all humanity, he said.
Throughout their history, religions have suffered from “reciters” of religious texts who have topped the scientific and intellectual forums without understanding (of such texts) and, thus, become a burden on religions and themselves, he said.
The MWL chief called for a remedy for the disrespect of religious followers, religious phobia. He also called for effective dialogue and the holding of regular meetings for common goals between religions and cultures as well as openness, cooperation and co-existence on such goals.
He also stressed that religious and educational programs should be more oriented to cement behavioral and ethical values, respect of others, understanding of Allah’s act on diversity, and the enhancement of peace and brotherhood values for all mankind.

Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

Updated 23 August 2019

Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

  • The museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture

MADINAH: Dar Al-Madinah Museum offers visitors the opportunity to view historical pieces associated with the Prophet’s life. It features artifacts that capture the history, heritage, social life and culture of Madinah.

The museum’s executive director, Hassan Taher, said that it aims to promote the noble values of the Prophet Muhammad, encourage a sense of belonging and capture the history, culture and heritage of Madinah. The exhibits start with the Prophet’s life and end with the Saudi era.

Taher said: “The museum carries out specialized research in Madinah’s architectural heritage. It contains a library of relevant books, research and magazines, all of which are accessible to researchers.”

He said that the museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture.

Taher explained that when preparing the museum’s narrative, it was necessary to reconcile temporal and spatial contexts so they created an added moral and intellectual value for the visitor.

He added: “There are around 2,000 artifacts in the museum’s exhibition halls. These include antiquities, extremely accurate models, handicrafts, manuscripts, documents, correspondence, old publications, postage stamps, photographs and artworks.”

One of the museum’s most valuable exhibits is a large collection of rare pieces associated with important moments in the Prophet’s life and the history of Madinah. 

These include various parts of the Kaaba, rare coins used in Madinah during different eras, ancient pottery, Islamic manuscripts, jewelry and collectibles from the pre-Islamic era.

Taher said that the museum has a professional team of guides who speak several languages, including English, Turkish, Urdu and Malay.