As part of the Muslim Council of Elders’ seminar program at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, Datuk Senator Dr. Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri delivered a seminar titled ‘Muslim Council of Elders and Promoting Coexistence.’
Senator Al-Bakri emphasized that the message of the Muslim Council of Elders revolves around promoting moderation and opening doors for dialogue with others, with the aim of enhancing peace in societies and mitigating conflicts. He added that the Human Fraternity Document, co-signed by His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and His Holiness Pope Francis, Pontiff of the Catholic Church, in Abu Dhabi in 2019, serves as evidence and proof of the Council’s diligent efforts in working towards unity and preventing global conflicts and divisions. Dr. Al-Bakri also called for the universal implementation and adherence to the principles outlined in the document.
As a member of the Muslim Council of Elders, Al-Bakri highlighted that the Council strives to promote dialogue with others through various purposeful initiatives that target all segments of society. He commended the efforts of His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, who set a practical example by promoting the values of dialogue, peace, coexistence, while countering bigotry, racism, discrimination, and hatred.
Malaysia’s former Minister of Islamic Affairs added that the Malaysian branch of the Muslim Council of Elders constantly organizes cultural events and activities for the youth, aimed at enhancing their positive role in their communities and spreading the values of goodness, tolerance, and shared coexistence. Additionally, the Council’s Malaysian branch actively engages with religious leaders in Malaysia to strengthen bonds of human fraternity.
The Muslim Council of Elders’ stand at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2023 is set to host several seminars and activities aimed at rectifying misconceptions, promoting dialogue and tolerance, and building bridges of communication and coexistence. These efforts align with the Council’s message under the Chairmanship of His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, which aims to enhance peace in Muslim and non-Muslim societies.