World Coun­cil of Mus­lim Mi­nori­ties

GLOBAL OR­GAN­I­SA­TION BASED IN ABU DHABI WILL PRO­MOTE CIVIL AND PO­LIT­I­CAL RIGHTS AS IN­HER­ENT HU­MAN RIGHT

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

Abu Dhabi-based or­gan­i­sa­tion to ad­dress chal­lenges faced by mi­nori­ties, seek to ful­fil their am­bi­tions |

An in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion to ad­dress chal­lenges faced by Mus­lim mi­nori­ties across the world and ful­fil their am­bi­tions was launched in Abu Dhabi yes­ter­day.

The World Coun­cil of Mus­lim Mi­nori­ties will be based in Abu Dhabi and seek to pro­mote civil and po­lit­i­cal rights of Mus­lim mi­nori­ties as an in­her­ent hu­man right, Dr Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the Mus­lim Coun­cil of El­ders — also an Abu Dhabi-based in­de­pen­dent in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion set up in 2014 to pro­mote peace In the Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ties — told a news con­fer­ence.

The char­ter of the World Coun­cil of Mus­lim Mi­nori­ties will be worked out dur­ing the in­ter­na­tional congress of Mus­lim mi­nori­ties to be held in Abu Dhabi in May to ad­dress chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties of around 500 mil­lion Mus­lims work­ing and liv­ing out­side the Is­lamic world.

Good cit­i­zens

The In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Mus­lim Mi­nori­ties: Op­por­tu­ni­ties and Chal­lenges will also ex­plore ways for them to ful­fil their role as both good Mus­lims and good cit­i­zens and en­cour­age pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion within the so­ci­ety.

Al Nuaimi said the World Coun­cil of Mus­lim Mi­nori­ties was pro­claimed on re­quests from lead­ers and in­sti­tu­tions rep­re­sent­ing Mus­lim mi­nori­ties across the world

“Based on the cul­tural mes­sage of the UAE to spread the cul­ture of peace and se­cu­rity and to con­sol­i­date the val­ues of co­ex­is­tence and mu­tual re­spect among the peo­ples of the world, the World Coun­cil of Mus­lim Mi­nori­ties was launched,” Al Nuaimi said. Al Nuaimi said that more than half a bil­lion Mus­lims — equiv­a­lent to one-third of the Mus­lim na­tion — live as mi­nori­ties in mul­ti­cul­tural, re­li­gious and eth­nic coun­tries.

He stressed the need to launch a pi­o­neer­ing global ini­tia­tive to pro­mote the con­cept of cit­i­zen­ship and its val­ues among Mus­lim mi­nori­ties as a key com­po­nent in the de­vel­op­ment of their coun­tries by work­ing to cor­rect the stereo­typ­i­cal im­age of Is­lam and Mus­lims.

“The coun­cil is aimed at co­or­di­nat­ing the ef­forts of Mus­lim mi­nor­ity in­sti­tu­tions and en­hanc­ing their role by en­cour­ag­ing mem­bers of Mus­lim mi­nori­ties to con­trib­ute to the re­nais­sance of their states, cor­rect­ing the stereo­typ­i­cal im­age of Is­lam and Mus­lim mi­nori­ties and bridging the in­tel­lec­tual and cul­tural gap be­tween the com­po­nents of the hu­man so­ci­ety,” Al Nuaimi said.

Dr Mo­ham­mad Al Bechari, Vice-Chair­man of the Supreme Com­mit­tee for the World Con­fer­ence of Mus­lim Mi­nori­ties said that the “World Coun­cil of Mus­lim Mi­nori­ties” will carry out a num­ber of tasks that en­hance the prac­tices of Mus­lim mi­nori­ties in dif­fer­ent coun­tries and in­crease the ef­fec­tive­ness of their per­for­mance to­wards their chil­dren and com­mu­ni­ties.

Global char­ter

The coun­cil, he said, will launch the Global Char­ter of Mus­lim Mi­nori­ties of Rights and Free­doms and the strate­gic plan to pro­mote the civil­i­sa­tional role of Mus­lim mi­nori­ties.

“The coun­cil also aims to pro­mote cul­tural plu­ral­ism and re­spect for the cul­tural and in­tel­lec­tual speci­fici­ties of the Mus­lim mi­nori­ties in the world and to pro­mote the val­ues of mod­er­a­tion, di­a­logue, tol­er­ance and na­tional be­long­ing and to re­ject re­li­gious fa­nati­cism and ha­tred of oth­ers and to pro­mote the civil and po­lit­i­cal rights of Mus­lim mi­nori­ties as an in­her­ent hu­man right in ac­cor­dance with in­ter­na­tional and na­tional con­ven­tions,” he added.

The coun­cil is aimed at co­or­di­nat­ing the ef­forts of Mus­lim mi­nor­ity in­sti­tu­tions by en­cour­ag­ing mem­bers to con­trib­ute to the re­nais­sance of their states, cor­rect­ing the stereo­typ­i­cal im­age of Is­lam and Mus­lims.”

Dr Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi | Sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the Mus­lim Coun­cil of El­ders

Ahmed Kutty/Gulf News

Dr Rashid Al Nuaimi (left) and Dr Mo­ham­mad Al Bechari an­nounc­ing the launch of the World Coun­cil of Mus­lim Mi­nori­ties at a press con­fer­ence in Abu Dhabi yes­ter­day.

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