Muslim World League chief receives peace award

Muslim World League Secretary-General Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa receives his peace award. (Photo/Supplied)
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Updated 12 December 2019

Muslim World League chief receives peace award

  • MWL Secretary-General Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa received the award

JEDDAH: The sixth annual forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies, hosted by Abu Dhabi, has honored Muslim World League (MWL) Secretary-General Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa, in recognition of his outstanding efforts in promoting peace and tolerance around the world.

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al-Nahyan, the UAE’s minister of tolerance, delivered the 2019 Imam Al-Hassan bin Ali Award to Al-Issa.

He received the award in the presence of Algeria’s Vice President Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayyah, the president of the UAE Ifta Council and president of the Forum for Promoting Peace.

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Forum organizers said Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa is a key international figure seeking to spread peace and tolerance around the world.

Organizers of the forum said Al-Issa is a key international figures seeking to spread peace and tolerance around the world. They added that due to his prominent academic place, Al-Issa has led fruitful dialogues with different religious, political, intellectual and rights-based authorities around the world.

In a speech, Al-Issa praised the organizers’ choice to focus on the role of religions in promoting tolerance, thus sending religious leaderships around the world an important message to assume their responsibilities and promote values and ethics.

Al-Issa shed light on the issue of misunderstanding religious texts, and assuming they go against tolerance. “Texts should be well understood in order to understand their truth and people should not select one paragraph and interpret it as they like. Ideas in religious texts are often explained in other texts,” he said, adding: “It is very positive that scholars from different religions are attending the forum, as they are the most responsible for instilling peace and tolerance.”

Al-Issa said he was proud to receive the award, as it carries an important message encouraging more efforts to serve the Islamic and humanitarian values related to peace and tolerance.


Saleh Hamad Al-Suhaibani, Saudi representative to the OIC

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Saleh Hamad Al-Suhaibani, Saudi representative to the OIC

Saleh Hamad Al-Suhaibani has been appointed the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) recently.

Al-Suhaibani received a bachelor’s degree in Arabic from Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University (IMSIU) in 1987.

Four years later, he achieved a master’s degree in applied linguistics from the same university with a focus on teaching Arabic to non-native speakers.

In 1998, Al-Suhaibani obtained a Ph.D. in applied linguistics from the University of Leeds, UK.

He served as the secretary-general of the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organization (ARCO) for three  years. He has also worked as a Saudi cultural attache to the UAE. Moreover, he was an adviser to the Saudi joint committee for the relief of Kosovo and Chechnya.

He has also held a number of positions, including chairing the Arabic language department at IMSIU and the language preparatory department at the Arabic language institute at IMSIU. Al-Suhaibani was the deputy manager of the Arabic language teachers’ qualification department at the same university. Moreover, he has been the assistant director of scholarships for promotional affairs at what was formerly called the Ministry of Higher Education.

Al-Suhaibani has published dozens of research papers, including his political discourse analysis studies. He has also authored and translated several books.

He has received several awards, appreciation letters and certificates of excellence. In May 2019, ARCO awarded Al-Suhaibani with the Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq Medal, the highest Arab medal for humanitarian work.