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.


Houthis, Iran condemned over new drone attacks on KSA

Updated 26 October 2020

Houthis, Iran condemned over new drone attacks on KSA

  • One civilian injured by shrapnel after Saudi-led coalition intercepts four flying bombs launched from Yemen

JEDDAH: Houthi militias and their Iranian backers were condemned on Sunday after the Saudi-led coalition intercepted four explosive-laden drones in two attacks launched from Yemen targeting the south of the Kingdom.

Three of the drones were destroyed early on Saturday and a fourth on Sunday. Shrapnel that fell in Sarat Abidah governorate injured a civilian, and damaged five homes and three vehicles, said civil defense spokesman Capt. Mohammed Abdu Al-Sayed.

Iran was increasing its support to the Houthis to undermine efforts for peace, Dr. Hamdan Al-Shehri, the political analyst and international relations scholar, told Arab News.

“They want the Houthis to sabotage all they can in Saudi Arabia, regardless of whether their target is a populated area, oil facilities or even a sacred place. This adds tension to the area, and that is what Iran is working on.”

Iranians want the Houthis to sabotage all they can in Saudi Arabia, regardless of whether their target is a populated area, oil facilities or even a sacred place. This adds tension to the area, and that is what Iran is working on.

Dr. Hamdan Al-Shehri, political analyst and international relations scholar

Al-Shehri said the situation in Yemen would remain the same unless the legitimate government was returned to Yemen, Security Council Resolution 2216 was put into practice and the Houthi militia were removed.

“Without these things, the Yemen crisis will not end and the whole region will remain in tension.”

The Houthis did not differentiate between military sites and civilian locations, he said.

“Their objective is to damage all places they can reach in Saudi Arabia, and their latest attempts to attack a populated area are nothing new.

“They have also targeted airports and some Aramco oil facilities. If the Aramco attack had not been contained, the damage would have affected the whole Eastern region. They have also attempted to target Makkah, where pilgrims and worshippers were performing their rituals.

“They don’t care. If you look back at what the Revolutionary Guards did at the Grand Mosque, you will realize it is not strange that the Houthis are trying to destroy everything in Saudi Arabia. The strange thing is the silence of the world toward what is happening.”