MWL chief, Tatar grand mufti sign deal

Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikanov, receives the secretary-general of the Muslim World League, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, at the Kremlin building in the Tatar capital Kazan on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 09 April 2019

MWL chief, Tatar grand mufti sign deal

  • MWL signs agreement with Tatarstan to promote peace, tolerance, and cooperation among the followers of different religions and cultures and to highlight the global values of Islam

KAZAN: The secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL) and the grand mufti of Tatarstan signed an agreement on Tuesday to cooperate in the dissemination of moderate Islam and its principles of tolerance and coexistence.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa and Grand Mufti Kamil Samee Allah Iskandar, who signed on behalf of the Tatar Religious Administration of Muslims, agreed to exchange expertise to achieve common objectives in moderate religious and intellectual issues.

The two parties will promote Islamic principles and moderation, and combat extremism and Islamophobia.

The agreement is based on the MWL’s role in promoting Islam and building bridges between cultures, religions and ethnic groups, and the administration’s mission to teach Tatar Muslims about their religion and promote the culture of moderate Islam, under the umbrella of the Russian state.

The two parties will also coordinate teaching and academic research, and organize competitions to memorize and recite the Qur’an and the Prophet Muhammad’s Sunnah.

Earlier, Al-Issa met Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov, who praised the MWL’s promotion of moderate Islam.


Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

Updated 22 October 2019

Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

  • “We share common values,” said Majid Al-Qasabi

TOKYO: Saudi Arabia has a “special relationship” with Japan, which is “reliable strategic partner and friend” of the Kingdom, the Saudi Minister for Commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qasabi said on Monday.

The minister was speaking at the launch in Tokyo of the Japanese-language online edition of Arab News, in the latest stage of its global expansion. The event came on the eve of Tuesday’s ceremonial enthronement of Emperor Naruhito in the Japanese capital. “This is a great opportunity, a moment in history,” Al-Qasabi said.

The news website, published in Japanese and English, will focus on enabling the exchange of information between Japan and the Arab world in business, current affairs, and arts and culture. “It will be good to have news in Japanese so many Japanese can read about the Arab world,” Japan’s Defense Minister Taro Kono said at the launch.

Common values

“We share common values, we have a high respect for the elders and we think that the family is very important … to me we are friends and I think we need to work together.

“In order to do that we need to know what people in the Middle East are actually thinking, what is happening on a daily basis, and we haven’t got the source for that — but now Arab News is in Japan.

“This is a very good means to exchange information between the Middle East and Japan, so I am very much looking forward to it.”