Muslim World League, evangelicals discuss ways to promote coexistence

The meeting was held on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and aimed to discuss ways to promote international coexistence and harmony. (SPA)
Updated 12 September 2019

Muslim World League, evangelicals discuss ways to promote coexistence

  • MWL and the delegation stressed their common values and pledged to promote cooperation in this context

JEDDAH: The secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL), Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa, met Joel Rosenberg, head of a delegation of evangelical Christian leaders, in Jeddah on Wednesday. The meeting was held on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and aimed to discuss ways to promote international coexistence and harmony.
In a joint statement, the MWL and the delegation stressed their common values and pledged to promote cooperation in this context.
They stressed the need to renounce all forms of extremism and hatred, and work together to build bridges between peoples from all religions and cultures.
The two sides agreed to promote respect for religions and mutual trust, and committed to address obstacles to coexistence and put an end to violence through education and encouraging religious harmony and cultural, racial and national integration.
Both sides stressed the importance of family in building a successful society and raising generations with the values of moderation, love and respect for others.
The statement said broad citizenship guarantees justice for all, and the constitution and rule of law should be respected in all countries.
It stressed the importance of places of worship worldwide, and the need to prosecute all who attack them.
The two sides agreed to establish and encourage programs and initiatives to combat hunger, poverty and disease.
The two sides acknowledged the right to personal freedom as long as it does not lead to mistreating others, especially on the basis of religion, culture or race.  
On Tuesday, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Rosenberg and the delegation. They stressed the importance of joint efforts to promote coexistence and tolerance, and to combat extremism and terrorism.


Saudi Arabia’s AlUla provides a perfect ‘Corner of the Earth’ for Jamiroquai to shine

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Saudi Arabia’s AlUla provides a perfect ‘Corner of the Earth’ for Jamiroquai to shine

  • “I was transported into a completely different world”: Jay Kay

ALULA: British band Jamiroquai thrilled a delighted audience at Maraya Concert Hall in Saudi Arabia on Friday night during a show packed with hits.

In a first for a venue more used to hosting opera and classical concerts, the British funk/acid jazz outfit had fans dancing along to the music.

The show, at the distinctive, mirror-covered concert hall in historic AlUla, was part of the second Winter at Tantora festival. It opened with “Shake It On,” followed by the hit singles “Little L,” “Alright,” and “Space Cowboy.” By this time the crowd was well and truly warmed up, and “Use the Force” got them on their feet.

“The song seemed to resonate with everyone” Jay Kay told Arab News in an exclusive interview after the show.

During the gig, Kay dedicated the 2002 song “Corner of the Earth” to AlUla, which he described as a “magical and wonderful place, which is absolutely stunning.” The opportunity to perform there was “an honor and privilege” he added. He also thanked “Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman for his vision, and Prince Badr for making this happen and the great hospitality.”

After a further selection of singles and album tracks, the show ended on a high with a quartet of hits — “Cosmic Girl,” “Virtual Insanity,” “Canned Heat” and “Lovefoolosophy.”

Kay praised the Maraya Concert Hall as “a brilliant place to play.” He admitted that initially he was a little worried when he saw it because he was under the impression it would be an outdoor venue. However, any concerns he had were gone by the time the first sound check was done.

“I was transported into a completely different world; the acoustics were unbelievable, like being in a German concert hall,” he said. “It is obviously very well thought out and that’s what makes it so good. The sound was fabulous — I never looked at my sound guy once.”

Jamiroquai’s music videos often feature Kay in super cars, of which he owns many, and he revealed that he would love to shoot such a promo in AlUla.

“In reality, I’m desperate to get in one of the dune buggies, and would kill to have a (Ariel) Nomad and have a go in one in AlUla, where it’s supposed to be driven, for a day or five and dune bash, which is such a rare thing for us in England,” he said.

The singer also said he wants to bring his family to AlUla, which has become a hub for culture and creativity in Saudi Arabia.

“I would like to come out with my family and my youngest, who is called Talula, so hopefully we can have Talula come to AlUla, which would be wonderful,” said Kay.

He added that he was looking forward to exploring the area on Saturday, before leaving the country, but added: “I’m sure you can never have enough time to see everything there is to see.”