First International Muslim Communities Congress opens

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(Abu Dhabi) – Addressing the two-day conference, chaired by, Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance, said the UAE model of tolerance is based on a set of factors, most important of which is the existence of ” a wise leadership and people aware and committed to the teachings of Islam, in addition to educational and media institutions that are playing their assigned role without prejudice side by side with other state departments to protect the society from the perils of fanaticism and extremism, while promoting human values among all segments of society.”

“We, in the UAE, draw benefit from the guiding principle of Islam and from our national heritage in turning all the achievements we are making into a driving force for the achievement of peace and prosperity,” he added.

Sheikh Nahyan commended the initiative of establishing the World Council of Muslim Communities in Abu Dhabi, a move which, he said, establishes Abu Dhabi as the world’s capital city for peace and tolerance.

He expressed hope the Congress would play an efficient role in creating innovative ideas to confront the besetting challenges and risks. “We do hope that the new council would reflect the real conditions of Muslims who now live all over the world and represent the majority of the population in around 50 countries and the minority in others.”

“All human societies are now characterised with diversity and cultural pluralism,” he added, noting that addressing social and cultural diversity and pluralism has become one of the key challenges of this age.

“The failure to address this cultural and ethnic diversity and pluralism results in dire consequences, including forced migration and spread of subversive ideas that are being imposed on some peoples around the globe.”

Successful societies are those where peace, security, stability and loyalty to homeland prevail, he said, expressing hope that the World Council of Muslim Communities would conduct the necessary research needed to overcome the challenges faced by Muslim communities in different parts of the world, including poverty, literacy and oppression.

“We wish the World Council of Muslim Communities would dedicate more interest in the role of a youth who are easily affected by and vulnerable to new technologies,” Sheikh Nahyan said, expressing hope that the Congress would serve as an effective tool in building national and international alliances to ensure a decent life for all communities.

“Holding this forum in Abu Dhabi is a true testament to the UAE’s ability to support its Islamic nation. We are a strong nation that boasts harmony between all segments of society and all the people living in its soil. We are determined to continue our endeavours to ensure the higher good of all world peoples.