The Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Elders Judge Mohamed Abdelsalam has met the Speaker of the Senate of Canada the Honourable George Furey at the Council’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi.
During the meeting, Judge Abdelsalam affirmed that under the Chairmanship of His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar the Muslim Council of Elders’ primary message is to strengthen the role of young people in their societies and to promote the principles of tolerance, coexistence, fraternity, love, and peace among all people regardless of race, religion or gender.
Abdelsalam also praised Canada’s initiatives that advance interfaith dialogue and harmony among people, which falls in line with the council’s mission. This, he pointed, is inspired by the co-signing of the Document on Human Fraternity by His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and Chairman of the Muslim Council of Elders alongside His Holiness Pope Francis, Pontiff of the Catholic Church in Abu Dhabi under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates.
The Speaker of the Canadian Senate, for his part, applauded the Muslim Council of Elders’ efforts to spread and advance human fraternity and the ideals of peace and cooperation via a number of significant initiatives. He added that the Canadian Senate places a high value on matters relating to human rights, dialogue, while opposing all forms of hate speech, racism, intolerance, and Islamophobia.
In addition, Furey emphasized the significance of coordinating efforts and cooperating with the Muslim Council of Elders’ initiatives, particularly those involving youth, interfaith dialogue, and addressing the harmful consequences of climate change.
The meeting was attended by a number of Canadian senators alongside the Ambassador of Canada to the United Arab Emirates His Excellency Radha Krishna Panday.