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.

MWL, UPEACE join hands to promote peace, civilized dialogue

Updated 26 November 2020

MWL, UPEACE join hands to promote peace, civilized dialogue

RIYADH: The Muslim World League (MWL) and the UN-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) have launched a book dedicated to the promotion of peace, human rights, and dialogue among civilizations.

The work, co-authored by 32 leading religious, international, political, intellectual, and media figures from around the world, was launched in Jeddah to mark the UN’s 75th anniversary and 100 years of multilateralism.

Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the MWL, said: “I have always said that 10 percent of humans are capable of bringing peace and harmony to our world.

“Religious leaders and public and private institutions, including international institutions, have a responsibility to contribute effectively to achieving our common aspirations.

“A civilized alliance must be reached that represents the reality of understanding, tolerance, and cooperation of all, as well as promoting awareness of the fact that God has established the principles of difference, diversity, and pluralism.”

Al-Issa added: “History has given us lessons and sermons that prove that there is no victor in civilizational clashes and conflicts, which means that ideas can only be communicated through wisdom and mutual respect.”

Alvaro Iranzo Gutierrez, the Spanish ambassador to Saudi Arabia, said Spain had also tried to play a role in international efforts aimed at providing a structure for dialogue between communities and religions.

He pointed out that the book’s research, coordinated by UPEACE and the MWL, provided “the necessary and comprehensive intellectual refutation of all the negatives in order to rise above the perceptions of the past that highlights divisions.”

Francisco J. Chacon Hernandez, Costa Rica’s ambassador to the UAE and Jordan, congratulated the MWL and UPEACE on the “inspiring” work that he said would help pave the way for peace.