Former Saudi justice minister talks importance of dialogue at European event
For the first time, an Islamic organization participated in the annual Meeting for Friendship Among Peoples conference in Rimini, Italy. More than 6,000 European leaders and young people, including the President of the European Parliament, heard from the Muslim World League (MWL) about its commitment to intercultural dialogue as the method to achieve tolerance among peoples.
Mohammed Bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, secretary general of MWL, addressed the audience, speaking about Islam and social issues. He affirmed MWL’s commitment to uphold the principles of dialogue outlined in the organization’s Charter of Makkah.
HE Dr. #MohammadAlissa spoke to more than 6,000 European leaders & youth at the 40th annual Rimini Meeting for Friendship Among Peoples, engaging on the most pressing social issues of today. pic.twitter.com/xpxDN60lQE— Muslim World League (@MWLOrg_en) August 27, 2019
The Charter, published in May, offers Muslims around the world guidance on principles that speak to the true meaning of Islam. The document states that “civilized cultural dialogue is the most effective way to achieve tolerance and understanding, deepen community ties, and overcome obstacles to coexistence.”
At the 40th annual Rimini Meeting for Friendship Among Peoples, HE Dr. #MohammadAlissa affirmed MWL's commitment to upholding the principles of dialogue outlined in the #CharterofMakkah. pic.twitter.com/gAeWITEiC5— Muslim World League (@MWLOrg_en) August 26, 2019
The Muslim World League is an international non-governmental Islamic organization based in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Founded in 1962 by Crown Prince Faisal Bin Abdul-Aziz, MWL represents the fifty states of the Islamic world. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the leading contributor member of the Muslim countries funding MWL.
Al-Issa served as Minister of Justice in the Kingdom from 2009 to 2015. The Meeting for Friendship Among Peoples, held annually since 1980, is run by the Catholic organization Communion and Liberation.