UAE to host con­fer­ence on Mus­lim mi­nori­ties

400 LEAD­ERS FROM 130 COUN­TRIES WILL RE­VIEW EX­PE­RI­ENCES AND CHAL­LENGES FACED BY MI­NORI­TIES LIV­ING OUT­SIDE THE IS­LAMIC WORLD

Gulf News - - Front Page - BY SAMIR SALAMA As­so­ciate Ed­i­tor

Abu Dhabi will host an in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence in May to dis­cuss chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties Mus­lim mi­nori­ties face in the West and ways to spread the cul­ture of peace and tol­er­ance.

Held un­der the theme ‘In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Mus­lim Mi­nori­ties: Op­por­tu­ni­ties and Chal­lenges’, the fo­rum will iden­tify mea­sures on how the 500 mil­lion Mus­lims work­ing and liv­ing in the West can ful­fil their role as both good Mus­lims and good cit­i­zens to pos­i­tively con­tribute to so­ci­ety.

Dr Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, chair­man of the supreme com­mit­tee of the con­fer­ence, yes­ter­day said the con­fer­ence aims at spread­ing the cul­ture of peace and tol­er­ance be­tween ad­her­ents of re­li­gions and cul­tures, and “con­tribut­ing to safe­guard­ing the chil­dren of Mus­lim mi­nori­ties against vi­o­lence and ex­trem­ism and de­fend­ing the rights of these re­li­gious and cul­tural mi­nori­ties ac­cord­ing to in­ter­na­tional con­ven­tions and treaties”.

Dr Al Nuaimi said the May 8-9 event is very im­por­tant in the con­text of hu­man mi­gra­tion and will be at­tended by more than 400 lead­ers of Mus­lim mi­nori­ties from more than 130 coun­tries to present their ex­pe­ri­ences and chal­lenges.

An in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence is set to be held in Abu Dhabi in May to ad­dress chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties of around 500 mil­lion Mus­lims work­ing and liv­ing in the West.

The con­fer­ence will also ex­plore ways for them to ful­fil their role as both good Mus­lims and good cit­i­zens and en­cour­age pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion within the so­ci­ety, or­gan­is­ers said yes­ter­day.

“The In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Mus­lim Mi­nori­ties: Op­por­tu­ni­ties and Chal­lenges, to be held on May 8-9, aims at spread­ing the cul­ture of peace and tol­er­ance be­tween ad­her­ents of re­li­gions and cul­tures, and con­tribut­ing to safe­guard­ing the chil­dren of Mus­lim mi­nori­ties against vi­o­lence and ex­trem­ism and de­fend­ing the rights of these re­li­gious and cul­tural mi­nori­ties ac­cord­ing to in­ter­na­tional con­ven­tions and treaties,” said Dr Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, chair­man of the Supreme Com­mit­tee of the con­fer­ence.

Dr Al Nuaimi said the event is very im­por­tant and has a global di­men­sion and comes within the frame­work of the ini­tia­tives spon­sored by the UAE that serve all hu­man­ity.

“The world now lives in the con­text of glob­al­i­sa­tion in many as­pects and the re­sult­ing hu­man mo­bil­ity be­tween dif­fer­ent con­ti­nents and so­ci­eties,” Dr Al Nuaimi told a press con­fer­ence in Abu Dhabi.

He pointed out that “each coun­try has its own en­vi­ron­ment that is dif­fer­ent from the other chal­lenges faced, and some Mus­lim mi­nori­ties went to other worlds and achieved suc­cesses, be­came an es­sen­tial com­po­nent and con­trib­uted to the de­vel­op­ment of the coun­tries in which they live”.

At the same time, “other mi­nori­ties have faced chal­lenges, and some have not been able to ef­fec­tively in­te­grate into their new so­ci­eties”, Dr Al Nuaimi ex­plained.

The con­fer­ence will bring to­gether more than 400 lead­ers of Mus­lim mi­nori­ties in more than 130 coun­tries to re­view their ex­pe­ri­ences and chal­lenges.

On the ob­jec­tives of the con­fer­ence, Dr Al Nuaimi said it will dis­cuss set­ting a frame­work that will help Mus­lim mi­nori­ties to play their ac­tive role in serv­ing their coun­tries and to high­light the bright im­age of Is­lam.

He said the con­fer­ence is an op­por­tu­nity to find an in­cu­ba­tor to study the chal­lenges that Mus­lim mi­nori­ties have faced over the years in or­der to make a dif­fer­ence that serves the fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of these mi­nori­ties and high­light the suc­cess­ful mod­els.

“The event is unique as it is the first time in the his­tory of Mus­lim mi­nori­ties to meet in a sin­gle con­fer­ence to dis­cuss their is­sues and in­ter­act with each other,” said Dr Mo­ham­mad Bashary, mem­ber of the Supreme Com­mit­tee of the con­fer­ence and sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the Euro­pean Is­lamic Con­fer­ence.

A Mus­lim fam­ily walks on the Dam Square in Am­s­ter­dam. The con­fer­ence will ex­plore ways for Mus­lim mi­nori­ties in the West to ful­fil their role as both good Mus­lims and good cit­i­zens.

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