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On the International Day of Non-Violence – Muslim Council of Elders: Peace is the Only Path to Progress for Nations and Peoples

The Muslim Council of Elders, under the Chairmanship of His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, emphasizes the need for unifying efforts to spread a culture of tolerance, coexistence, and peace, and to reject all forms of violence, prejudice, hatred, and discrimination. It also noted that peace is the only path to progress for nations and peoples.

In a statement marking the International Day of Non-violence, observed by the United Nations on October of every year, the Council stated that the world is facing a true challenge in the midst of the proliferation of calls for violence, bigotry, hatred, and wars and conflicts that resulted in millions of refugees, displaced, and homeless people. The Council also calls for amplifying the voices of wisdom, coexistence, and dialogue.

Under the chairmanship of His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, the Muslim Council of Elders exerts numerous efforts to eradicate violence and promote the values of peace, as stipulated in the historic Abu Dhabi Document on Human Fraternity which was co-signed by His Eminence the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and His Holiness Pope Francis in 2019. The Document calls on world leaders, international policymakers, and the global economy to seriously work on spreading a culture of tolerance, coexistence, peace, and to intervene immediately to stop bloodshed, and to halt the current world’s wars, conflicts, environmental degradation, and cultural and moral decline.

The Muslim Council of Elders also works on several initiatives aimed at disseminating and enhancing the values of peace, such as the International Peace Convoys that have traversed all continents of the world to correct misconceptions and confront extremist ideologies. Additionally, the Emerging Peacemakers Forums targets a generation of young people capable of promoting peace in their respective communities around the world.

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