Scholars’ efforts to combat extremist ideas lauded

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Al-Mutairi hailed the efforts of scholars and preachers to combat the extremist. (SPA)
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Al-Mutairi hailed the efforts of scholars and preachers to combat the extremist. (SPA)
Updated 24 May 2019
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Scholars’ efforts to combat extremist ideas lauded

  • The scholars denounced the Houthis

MAKKAH: The coordination committee of the Program of Communication with Yemeni Scholars met in Makkah on Thursday with the program’s supervisor Sheikh Abdullah Al-Mutairi, in the presence of Advisor to the Yemeni President Sheikh Mohammed Al-Ameri.

Al-Mutairi hailed the efforts of scholars and preachers to combat the extremist ideas propagated by the Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen, and stressed that the intellectual battle is no less important than the military one.

Al-Ameri, too, praised the program and expressed his thanks to the Saudi government for its support of scholars and preachers, and its support for the Yemeni people and the country’s legitimate government.

The scholars denounced the Houthis, saying that the militia’s crimes affect the faith and culture of the Yemeni people and threaten their future as well as their present.

 
 


World Alliance of Religions for Peace elects KAICIID chief as honorary president

Updated 25 August 2019
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World Alliance of Religions for Peace elects KAICIID chief as honorary president

  • Secretary General Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muammar was elected in recognition of his efforts to spread the values of dialogue and tolerance
  • The Alliance consists of a World Council of Senior Religious Leaders from all regions of the world

RIYADH: The World Alliance of Religions for Peace announced on Saturday the election of secretary general of the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muammar as the honorary president of the Alliance.
The announcement was made at the 10th International Conference of the Religions for Peace General Assembly in Lindau, Germany, from 20-23 August 2019.
Alliance officials noted that the election of bin Muammar, along with the group of honorary presidents of the Alliance for the next five years, comes in recognition of his efforts, through the King Abdullah International Center for Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue, to spread the values of dialogue and tolerance and to promote cooperation between religious figures and makers.
Bin Muammar expressed his thanks and appreciation for the trust of the Religions for Peace General Assembly.
He said: “I am proud to be elected as the honorary president among other honorary presidents, and joining an international multi-religious group of leaders committed to interfaith dialogue.”
He concluded his speech by expressing his sincere thanks and gratitude for the support of the founding countries of the Center, especially Saudi Arabia, the initiator of the initiative, Spain, Austria, the Vatican and the Board of Directors of Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists and Hindus, and the advisory board of forty-six members of fifteen religions and beliefs, and employees of the Center in 30 countries around the world.
World Alliance of Religions for Peace, founded in 1970, is one of the most important international non-governmental organizations interested in world religious affairs.
It consists of a World Council of Senior Religious Leaders from all regions of the world; representing six regional interfaith bodies and more than 90 national bodies.