The Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Elders, Judge Mohamed Abdelsalam has held various meetings with officials during his visit to the Republic of Uzbekistan including Dr. Muzaffar Kamilov, Advisor to the President of Uzbekistan for Religious Affairs, Sadyk Tashbayev, Minister of Religious Affairs, and Dr. Oygon Ghofurov, President of the International Islamic Academy of Uzbekistan. During the meeting, discussions centered around enhancing mutual cooperation and reviving the heritage of Islamic scholars.
The Secretary-General underscored Uzbekistan’s rich history in Islamic civilization, highlighting the significant contributions of its prominent Muslim scholars and thinkers across various fields who have also played a crucial role in advancing Islamic sciences, arts, and philosophy throughout the ages, contributing to the development of humanity. He also outlined the Muslim Council of Elders’ plan to revive the heritage of the nation’s scholars, aiming to shape the intellectual perspectives of current and future generations.
The Advisor to the President of Uzbekistan welcomed the Secretary-General and his accompanying delegation, praising the efforts of the Council, led by His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar. He also acknowledged the Council’s positive role in promoting values of peace, tolerance, and mutual coexistence, while expressing his nation’s eagerness to collaborate with the Muslim Council of Elders and Al-Azhar in enhancing dialogue and human fraternity. He also congratulated the Council on the opening of its Central Asian branch in Kazakhstan, and anticipated further joint initiatives and projects between Uzbekistan and the Muslim Council of Elders.
Minister Sadyk Tashbayev highlighted Uzbekistan’s significant progress, especially in the religious domain, including16 different religious denominations living together in tolerance and harmony. He emphasized Uzbekistan’s possession of numerous scholarly centers in Samarkand and Bukhara, along with the Islamic Civilization Center, housing over 100,000 historical manuscripts from eminent Islamic scholars from the Transoxiana region.
Dr. Oygon Ghofurov, President of the International Islamic Academy of Uzbekistan, noted the academy’s prominent standing as the second-ranked scientific institution in Uzbekistan and the foremost in the field of humanities which offers a wide range of educational programs, including Islamic studies, jurisprudence, Quranic and Hadith sciences, Arabic language, and comparative Islamic studies, the academy collaborates closely with international religious and academic institutions like Al-Azhar and Mohamed bin Zayed University for Humanities. He further expressed the academy’s readiness to cooperate with the Muslim Council of Elders in initiatives promoting dialogue, peace, and coexistence.
Both parties also reiterated the importance of strengthening mutual cooperation and sharing experiences in promoting tolerance, peace, coexistence, and promoting the Islamic nation’s heritage and scholars. This collaboration aims to benefit current and future generations by learning from the scientific and humanitarian contributions of these scholars.