Muslim World League chief calls for global religious tolerance

MWL Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa stressed the importance of respecting rights of minority groups. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 29 April 2019

Muslim World League chief calls for global religious tolerance

RIYADH: Nations needed to bring about an entente cordiale in relation to religious tolerance the secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL) told a French delegation visiting Saudi Arabia.

Addressing ministers, academics, and legal experts from France, Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa stressed the importance of countries respecting the religious rights of minority groups.

“Islam guarantees the values of freedom and human rights, but there is a difference between freedom on one hand and chaos, prejudice, violation of public order, abuse of national conscience, and infringement on public security,” the MWL’s secretary-general said during a lecture attended by the French delegates.

Al-Issa said it was vital for all nations to protect the religious rights of minority faith groups, and to channel them through legally set procedures.

He added that human rights were universal, but that there were differences of interpretation between countries or organizations.

Speaking about the unique nature of each Muslim country and their legal systems, Al-Issa noted that the International Islamic Unity Conference — held in Makkah last December and attended by more than 1,200 scholars representing 28 different Muslim sects — recommended not to export religious fatwas as each nation had its own conditions.

Al-Issa also pointed out that most problems originate from a lack of mutual understanding, an absence of dialogue, or the inability to understand God’s will expressed through the diversity of religions and sects.

He stressed the need to overcome these differences and not to allow the rise of psychological barriers that generated hatred and national conflict. Once this divine wisdom was understood and religious beliefs and constitutional laws were respected, then peace and harmony would prevail, said Al-Issa.


Wait is almost over for music fans eager to learn who will headline E-Prix concerts

Updated 13 November 2019

Wait is almost over for music fans eager to learn who will headline E-Prix concerts

  • Organizers promise this year’s line-up of international stars at Diriyah event will be bigger than ever

RIYADH: The first of the major international music acts that will perform at the Diriyah E-Prix this month will be announced on Wednesday.

There were incredible scenes at the event last year when David Guetta, One Republic, the Black Eyed Peas, Amr Diab, Enrique Iglesias and Jason Derulo rocked the UNESCO World Heritage site. About 40,000 fans flocked to the Diriyah Circuit, on the outskirts of Riyadh, for the after-race concerts, the first unsegregated music events in Saudi Arabia

The stage is set for even bigger and better things this year, with the promise of another two nights of unmissable music on Nov. 22 and 23 as the E-Prix racing returns.

“If you were one of the 40,000 who were lucky enough to be part of that watershed moment (last year) for the Kingdom, believe me, you have not seen anything yet,” said Prince Abdul Aziz Al-Faisal Al-Saud, chairman of the General Sports Authority.

“Last year we told people before we announced (the acts) they should get their tickets early to avoid disappointment. Once we revealed who was coming, the tickets sold out incredibly quickly. This year will be the same but even bigger, so for music fans who want to enjoy the biggest concerts in Saudi Arabia, the smart move is to get your ticket now.”

The Diriyah E Prix kicks off the sixth season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s premier all-electric motorsport series, with a double header of races. It also marks the start of Diriyah Season, a month of sport, entertainment, art, cultural festivities, food and retail experiences. Tickets for the Diriyah E Prix, which include entry to the after-race concerts, are available at www.diriyahseason.sa.