Faith dialogue to counter violence in name of religion

Updated 25 December 2017

Faith dialogue to counter violence in name of religion

RIYADH: A key partner for UN agencies, national governments and religious and interreligious organizations has made putting a stop to violence in the name of religion as one of its priorities for 2018.
The King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) Council of Parties — Saudi Arabia, Austria, Spain, and the Vatican, which is the founding observer — has approved during its meeting in the Austrian capital Vienna on Sunday KAICIID’s work and activities planned for 2018.
KAICIID Secretary-General Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muammar said the council had reviewed the center’s achievements during 2017, including signed agreements and programs carried out in cooperation with the UN, the EU, and the African Union, in addition to its various programs in Europe, especially in Austria.
The council has also reviewed comprehensive reports on the center’s projects for establishing dialogue platforms across the world, as well as its peace-building social media training programs and meetings held for promoting citizen coexistence.
KAICIID’s plan for 2018 includes meetings, workshops, and organizing the next international event, United Against Violence in the Name of Religion (UVNR), to promote respect of diversity and citizen coexistence.
KAICIID has identified several locations that require more attention, including a few Arab countries, the Central African Republic, Nigeria, and Myanmar, due to the intolerance and extremism they are experiencing in the name of religion, especially among diverse communities.
The center also launched a few programs in Europe, especially in Austria. The UVNR has resulted in the formation of a network of Islamic and Christian colleges and institutes across the Arab world as a pioneering, unprecedented step in the Arab region, and after two years of meetings, work, and coordination, the network was officially launched in May 2017.
KAICIID is an intergovernmental organization whose mandate is to promote the use of dialogue globally to prevent and resolve conflict to enhance understanding and cooperation.
As an international organization, it supports the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in particular the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. KAICIID also combats all forms of discrimination based on culture, religion or belief. We implement programs to overcome stereotypes in a long-term process that leads to a culture of dialogue that enables greater understanding of people of other cultures and followers of other religions.


Diplomatic Quarter: Envoys extend Eid greetings to Saudis

Updated 28 May 2020

Diplomatic Quarter: Envoys extend Eid greetings to Saudis

RIYADH: Foreign ambassadors to Saudi Arabia have been passing on their Eid Al-Fitr greetings to the government and people of the Kingdom.

The US Mission in the Kingdom, tweeted: “The US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia John Abizaid on behalf of all Americans living and working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia greeted saying, I would like to take this opportunity to wish Eid Mubarak to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and all our Saudi friends and colleagues as you celebrate this special holiday.

“May your Eid be joyous, even in this challenging time as we work together to fight (the) coronavirus (disease) COVID-19.”

In a tweet, the Australian ambassador in Riyadh, Ridwaan Jadwat, said: “Wishing everyone celebrating the end of Ramadan a joyous Eid Al-Fitr on behalf of my family and our embassy team: #EidMubarak!”

Posting a video message to the Saudi people, he added: “May I say on behalf of my family and the team here at the Australian Embassy in Riyadh, I hope that you have a safe, happy and blessed Eid Al-Fitr.”

Indian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, said: “May you all be blessed with #Peace, #Joy and #Love on #EidUlFitr and always! #EidMubarak to you and your families.”

Eid Al-Fitr celebrations this year have been curtailed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The holy month of Ramadan and the festival of Eid in 2020 will be remembered as a time when traditions had to be broken to stop the spread of the deadly virus.

In a message addressing Saudis, the Pakistani community in the Kingdom, and Muslims around the world, Pakistan’s consul general in Jeddah, Khalid Majid, said: “This year, we are celebrating Eid in a very simple and somber manner. Undoubtedly, the world is passing through one of the most difficult times due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, which has badly affected our socio-economic life.”

He added that many people had already lost their lives to the disease while large numbers were still battling with it.

“Besides, the death of around 100 of our Pakistani brethren in a recent PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) plane crash at Karachi has also left us sad and gloomy. My sincere prayers are with all those who lost their lives and also with their bereaved families. At the same time, I also sincerely pray for the good health and speedy recovery of all the COVID-19 patients.

“My deep appreciation and prayers for continued success also goes to all our frontline soldiers including doctors, paramedics, law enforcement agencies and all other involved departments, who are fighting against this deadly virus, at the risk of their own lives.

“I take this opportunity to convey my deepest gratitude to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for taking very effective measures against the COVID-19 pandemic. Provision of best health facilities and efficient other services across the Kingdom are instrumental in effectively tackling the situation. It is evident from these steps that the recovery rate in the Kingdom is one of the highest in the world,” Majid said.

“I advise all Pakistanis living in Saudi Arabia to continue abiding by all local health and safety instructions, including those relating to social distancing, so that we can all be safe and play our part in strengthening the efforts of the Saudi government in defeating this pandemic.”