At an international conference on interfaith dialogue, held in Berlin, ISESCO Director General calls for: “Promoting human solidarity toward building world peace, spreading the values of religious tolerance based on mutual respect”
The Director General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), Dr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, gave an address at the first session of the International Conference on Improving Interfaith and Inter-civilizational Dialogue to Cooperation, which kicked off today in Berlin, and organized by the Baku International Centre for Interfaith and Inter-Civilizational Cooperation, headquartered in Baku, capital of the Azerbaijan
In his address, Dr Altwaijri affirmed that improving dialogue to the level of comprehensive development is likely to promote human solidarity toward building world peace, spreading the values of religious tolerance based on mutual respect. This indeed is an effective and useful tool for fighting terrorism in all its forms and degrees, combating xenophobia, and countering extremism, violence, intolerance and isolationism.
In this regard, ISESCO Director General stated that “the further we go in this direction and the more we maintain this working spirit, the more we are able to contribute to enlightening the new generations about the truths of religion, lofty values and the virtuous actions which stimulate believers to further work for the benefit of humanity; be open to other religions and cultures; serve human development goals which contribute to the stability, prosperity, development and progress of societies; and keep peace, security and harmony among nations and peoples.”
He further announced that saving human societies from the difficult problems occasioned by religious fanaticism, racial discrimination, and ethnic cleansing is a major goal of developing the philosophy of dialogue, renewing its contents and modernizing its methods and mechanisms so that dialogue becomes a means for promoting harmony, understanding and rapprochement among followers of religions and people belonging to all cultures.
Talking about ISESCO’s efforts in disseminating the inter-faith, intercultural and inter-civilizational dialogue, Dr Altwaijri highlighted that “Eighteen years ago and in this beautiful city, ISESCO held an international symposium on “Intercultural and Inter-civilizational Dialogue and Coexistence” which generated important results that contributed to the elaboration of principal ideas of dialogue in its religious and intellectual content and at both the cultural and civilizational levels. The event was followed by a series of ISESCO-held international conferences and symposia including the “International Symposium on the Role of Islam and Christianity in Building Concord” (Tunisia, 2004); the “International Conference on the Promotion of Intercultural and Inter-civilizational Dialogue through Concrete and Sustainable Initiatives”; (Rabat, 2005) the “International Symposium on Intercultural and Inter-religious Dialogue for Peace and Sustainable Development” (Moscow-Russian Federation: 13-16 September 2007), the “International Conference on the Future of Joint Islamic-Christian Action” (London, 2008) and the “International Conference on Ways to Foster Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue” (Dhaka , Bangladesh, 2010).”
Moreover, he clarified that dialogue is the method of wise people who make peace, adding that Cultural and intellectual elites and religious and scientific leaderships are at the forefront of these wise people who play crucial roles in countering the destructive trends which tend to undermine the foundations of dialogue among faiths, cultures and civilizations and dispute the value of dialogue and the importance of religions.
Dr Altwaijri concluded that these are the key principles for improving dialogue among religions and cultures to cooperation for dialogue is no more than a working tool, like any other tools, for redressing the worrying and unstable situation in our world, spreading the values of the serious and meaningful human solidarity, disseminating the culture of dialogue and peace and promoting its lofty values.