Muslim World League, Patriarchate of Moscow sign cooperation deal

Muslim World League, Patriarchate of Moscow sign cooperation deal
Muslim World League Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa meets Patriarchate of Moscow and All Russia Kirill I. (SPA)
Updated 25 July 2019

Muslim World League, Patriarchate of Moscow sign cooperation deal

Muslim World League, Patriarchate of Moscow sign cooperation deal
  • The agreement also rejects all forms of extremism and hatred

MOSCOW: The Muslim World League (MWL) and the Patriarchate of Moscow and All Russia signed on Wednesday an agreement to promote interreligious and intercultural dialogue, as well as a culture of peace and constructive coexistence.

The agreement, which also rejects all forms of extremism and hatred, was co-signed in Moscow by the MWL’s undersecretary of relations and communication, and the head of the Department for External Church Relations.

It was signed in the presence of MWL Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa and Patriarch Kirill I.

The agreement reflects the two sides’ belief in the importance of interreligious dialogue and the role of religious institutions in resolving international conflicts, as well as the desire of Muslims and Christians to promote peaceful and constructive coexistence.

Al-Issa and Kirill I held a historic summit on Wednesday at the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow.

It is considered the largest independent Eastern Orthodox Church, with more than 250 million followers.

The summit, attended by senior religious leaders, included fruitful discussions on issues of mutual interest.

Kirill I said he was “very happy” with Al-Issa’s visit to Russia, noting the significant and enlightened role of the MWL.

“You’re helping many needy people in Asia and Africa, and this is the subject of our deep concern and appreciation,” the patriarch added.

HIGHLIGHT

The agreement covers cooperation between cultures and civilizations; promoting peace and human rights; improving societies’ ethics, academic communication and information exchange; religious minority issues in crisis situations; and media-related matters.

“Owing to your personal contribution to the MWL’s activities, the league has become well-known in the Christian world, which appreciates these remarkable activities,” he said.

“The Orthodox Church has a great network of relations with Islamic societies and communities, and there’s communication with Muslims in our country. The history of Russia has never seen wars or conflicts with Muslims,” Kirill I added.

“Since Orthodox Christians and Muslims belong to the Eastern civilization, we share many commonalities. My job … has made this fact very clear to me.”

Kirill I underscored the Russian people’s unity regardless of religion, sect or ethnicity. “Russia can serve as an example for countries and representatives of faiths and sects,” he said.

Al-Issa said: “I’m happy to visit the Russian Orthodox Church and to meet with His Holiness Patriarch Kirill I, who is known for his outstanding efforts in promoting religious harmony and coexistence as well as love and tolerance.”

Al-Issa added. “We in the MWL, and on behalf of all Muslim people, appreciate the humanitarian and moral efforts of the Orthodox Church, and value its fair feelings toward Islam.”

He said: “We appreciate your describing terrorism as having no religion and stating that Islam … has nothing to do with terrorism.”

He added: “I’ve met with a number of Muslims, especially Muslim scholars in Russia, and they hold great esteem for the Orthodox Church for its efforts to preserve religious harmony, which are appreciated historic efforts.”

Al-Issa said: “The commonalities we share are many, especially the convergence of Eastern culture with its human and moral values.”

He said: “There won’t be a cultural shock between us because we belong to one Eastern culture and have several humanitarian goals.”

Al-Issa said: “With your wisdom, we can promote religious and ethnic cooperation. We, in the Muslim world, believe in your great role and are sure of its importance and impact.”


Saudi Arabia records 13 COVID-19 deaths, 1,020 new cases

Saudi Arabia records 13 COVID-19 deaths, 1,020 new cases
Updated 12 May 2021

Saudi Arabia records 13 COVID-19 deaths, 1,020 new cases

Saudi Arabia records 13 COVID-19 deaths, 1,020 new cases
  • The Kingdom said 908 patients recovered in past 24 hours
  • The highest number of cases were recorded in Riyadh with 342

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia recorded 13 new COVID-19 related deaths on Wednesday, raising the total number of fatalities to 7,111.
The Ministry of Health confirmed 1,020 new confirmed cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 429,389 people have now contracted the disease. 
Of the total number of cases, 9,268 remain active and 1,352 in critical condition.
According to the ministry, the highest number of cases were recorded in the capital Riyadh with 342, followed by Makkah with 276, the Eastern Province with 133, Madinah recorded 56 and Asir confirmed 55 cases.
The health ministry also announced that 908 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 413,010.

The ministry renewed its call on the public to register to receive the vaccine, and adhere to the measures and abide by instructions, especially during the Eid Al-FItr holiday, which starts on Thursday.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 160 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 3.33 million.


Saudi Arabia supports India to help combat COVID-19 — foreign minister

Saudi Arabia supports India to help combat COVID-19 — foreign minister
Updated 54 min 47 sec ago

Saudi Arabia supports India to help combat COVID-19 — foreign minister

Saudi Arabia supports India to help combat COVID-19 — foreign minister

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan on Wednesday telephoned his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Saudi Press Agency reported.
During the call, Prince Faisal affirmed the Kingdom stands in solidarity with India to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

They also discussed bilateral relations, aspects of joint cooperation between the two countries, and regional and international developments.

 


King Salman: Saudi Arabia condemns Israel’s actions, violence in Jerusalem

King Salman: Saudi Arabia condemns Israel’s actions, violence in Jerusalem
Updated 12 May 2021

King Salman: Saudi Arabia condemns Israel’s actions, violence in Jerusalem

King Salman: Saudi Arabia condemns Israel’s actions, violence in Jerusalem
  • Speaking in a call with Pakistani PM Imran Khan, king says Saudi Arabia stands by the Palestinian people

RIYADH: King Salman said Saudi Arabia condemned Israel’s actions in Jerusalem and the acts of violence committed by Israeli forces at Al-Aqsa mosque.
His comments came during a phone call with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday to discuss the Israeli attacks in Jerusalem, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
King Salman said the Kingdom stands by the Palestinian people in order to obtain their legitimate rights.
During the call, Khan extended greetings to the king on the advent of Eid Al-Fitr, which starts on Thursday. The king thanked the premier and reciprocated the sentiments.
They also discussed the “distinguished relations between their two countries, and reviewed the latest regional and international developments.”


Saudi Arabia’s king and crown prince exchange Eid Al-Fitr greetings with leaders of Muslim nations

Saudi Arabia’s king and crown prince exchange Eid Al-Fitr greetings with leaders of Muslim nations
Updated 13 May 2021

Saudi Arabia’s king and crown prince exchange Eid Al-Fitr greetings with leaders of Muslim nations

Saudi Arabia’s king and crown prince exchange Eid Al-Fitr greetings with leaders of Muslim nations

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Wednesday sent cables of congratulations to leaders of Islamic countries, extending greetings on the advent of Eid Al-Fitr.
In response, the king and crown prince received similar cables from leaders of Muslim countries, thanking them and extending good wishes and sincere greetings, Saudi Press Agency reported.
Eid Al-Fitr, or Festival of Breaking the Fast, is celebrated by Muslims all over the world following the fasting month of Ramadan, which ends on Wednesday. Eid will start on Thursday.
Meanwhile, King Salman received a phone call from Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, congratulating him on Eid Al-Fitr.
The king expressed his thanks to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed for the sincere sentiments.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also received a similar call from his Abu Dhabi counterpart.
The king also received calls from Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, and Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh.


Saudi Arabia’s King Salman directs donation to rebuild Ibn Al-Khatib hospital in Iraq

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman directs donation to rebuild Ibn Al-Khatib hospital in Iraq
Updated 12 May 2021

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman directs donation to rebuild Ibn Al-Khatib hospital in Iraq

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman directs donation to rebuild Ibn Al-Khatib hospital in Iraq
  • Saudi embassy in Baghdad said the gesture was a gift from King Salman to the Iraqi people
  • At least 82 people were killed and 110 injured after a fire broke out on April 24

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has ordered to rebuild a hospital in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, that was destroyed in a fire.
At least 82 people were killed and 110 injured after a fire broke out on April 24 at the Ibn Al-Khatib hospital that was designated for COVID-19 patients.
The Saudi embassy in Iraq made the announcement of the king’s directives “based on the ties of brotherhood, good neighborliness, and the historical relations between the two countries and peoples,” SPA said.
The embassy said the gesture was a gift from King Salman to the Iraqi people and to stand by them following the hospital fire incident.
Saudi Arabia also said it will take on critical cases to provide them with medical care in the Kingdom’s hospitals at the king’s expense.