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Final Statement of Jeneve Conference

Conference The Initiative Of The Custodian Of The Two Holy Mosques On Dialogue and Its Impact In Disseminating Human Values, Organized By The Muslim World League - 11 - 12 Shawwal 1430, September 30th - October 1st 2009

GENEVA -- SWITZERLAND

In the Name of ALLAH Most Gracious Most Merciful

Thanks are due to Allah Lord of the World, and peace and blessings are on the Seal of the Prophets and Messengers, our Prophet Mohammad who was sent as mercy to the worlds, and peace be upon all his brethren, Prophets and Messengers.

With the grace of God, and with the participation of a group of religious and academic personalities, representing different faiths and human civilizations, the conference of the “Initiative of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosque on   dialogue and its impact on disseminating human values”, organized by the Muslim World League on 11-12 Shawwal 1430 H corresponding to Sept. 30th Oct. 1st 2009 concluded its works.

The Conference was addressed by His Excellency the President of the Swiss Confederation Hans Rudolph Meyers in the opening ceremony who praised the influence of religions in disseminating lofty principles, praising the initiative of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques and the longing of the Islamic world for peace.

His Excellency, Dr. Abdullah al-Turki mentioned in his speech that humanity is suffering today from  international conflicts and facing threats and challenges prompting wise men to give   their utmost attention to cooperate  to establish common human values as stressed by the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz al-Saud; His Excellency stressed the keenness of the Muslim World League  to follow up on the initiative of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques through practical  programs, and called on religious, cultural and social foundations on all   international levels  to heed its call   and to apply it through practical means.

As the conference reviewed the reactions generated by the initiative of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques on dialogue, they   were pleased with the response from religious, political and media leaders around the world who praised   it for its conscious and important visions worthy of achieving world peace; in the forefront was the historical speech delivered by President Barak Obama to the Islamic world from Cairo. They asserted that:

  • All Divine Messages came to instill in humans the idea of worshipping their creator,     and to rid mankind of the scourges of injustice, racial discrimination and racial superiority, and called for establishing human values that reinforce social justice.
  • The considerable influence exerted by faiths on cultures and civilizations compels religious leaderships to cooperate in strengthening the commitment to human values that constitute a common human legacy consistent with the innate nature.
  • The initiative of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques originating from the heart of the Islamic world and the cradle of the Islamic message stems from a common concept in human relationships among the followers of religions.  Inspired by the principles of Islam that call for a world where justice, security and peace reign supreme, it expresses the desire of Muslims for a peaceful coexistence and positive interaction with all the different followers of religions and cultures, and also call for the start  of a positive beginning in cultural relationship between East and West.

The conference called the leaders of all faiths and civilizations in the world for further reflection   and interaction    with the initiative of King Abdullah on dialogue, and benefit from its content drawn from lofty principles calling for positive understanding among people of the world vying for a better world. Among its important recommendations:

  1. Rejection of racial discrimination and racial superiority. People are equal in human dignity; they are not superior by race, color or gender. The almighty God says:

We have honored the sons of Adam; provided them with transport on land and sea; given them for sustenance things good and pure; and conferred on them special favors, above a great part of our creation (Surat Al-Isra verse 70).

  1. Diversity among human beings is a cause of mutual understanding and cooperation not superiority and arrogance:

  O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (Not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honored of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted with all things).

  1. Differences in human beings and diversity of ethnicities, races and religions is a fact ordained by God; it is thus incumbent on the wise among people – despite their differences – to seek common grounds through which to achieve the happiness of mankind.
  2. To meet common social challenges in a world obsessed by material life, family disintegration and the decay of moral values that call for close cooperation to alleviate these problems through the transfer of experience and expertise that contribute to effective solutions      

The Conference reviewed the existing relationships among the various human civilizations, and stressed the importance of addressing the profound differences that disturb their normal course, stating that religions are not the source of crises that disrupt international and cultural relations, even if some people tend to define them as such; differences stem from conflicts of interests and the predominance of selfish interests..

The Conference also called on the concerned States and relevant institutions to implement international conventions, especially the United Nations resolutions and decisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Conference affirmed its support for the establishment of an International Dialogue Center that would pursue the historical initiative of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques, and implement more programs in order to achieve a homogeneous human society characterized by mutual respect and equal international relations.

The Conference called upon the Muslim World League for the convening of further conferences, symposia and cultural meetings that would deal with the problems of dialogue and the obstacles that prevent reaching the prospects of its mandate. The Conference also confirmed the importance of implementing the “Appeal of Makkah” that called for the establishment of a Global Islamic Commission involving major organizations concerned with dialogue in the Islamic Nation, to follow a common strategy and to coordinate and cooperate with relevant bodies”

Realizing the importance of the media and their impact on relations between different human societies, the Conference appealed to the media to work on propagating the culture of dialogue and to define its goals and institutions, and recommended the following:

- Its necessary for the media to be credible and objective and to document   the items that deal   with issues that have high impact on human societies, and to avoid sensationalism and excesses that trouble the serenity of  human relations.

- To keep away from promoting the culture of violence and showing violent art productions, and to strive to find alternatives that will enhance religious principles that achieve coexistence and strengthen the culture of dialogue.

- To avoid the acts of attacking religions and their symbols as they reflect negatively on the social peace through the escalation of hostility, hatred and   generation of violence and tension.

- To establish multi lingual satellite channels to highlight dialogue activities and to promote its culture in human societies.

The Conference called on the Muslim World League to convene a world conference on “The Mission of the International Media in the Dialogue between the followers of religions and civilizations”

The Conference also viewed the humanitarian suffering of some people and their humanitarian and economic repercussions, and invited the world to:

-  To support dialogue initiatives around the world particularly the initiative of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques and called the attention of the cultural institutions to the contents of the texts of the international law which prohibits propagation of hatred and racial discrimination

- The serious cooperation to alleviate modern challenges, especially poverty, ignorance, diseases and global disasters and to provide aid to those affected.

- To cooperate with international organizations in dealing with international and regional tensions.

-  To support social associations and institutions working to establish human values in human societies.

-  Taking advantage of international experience and global programs to achieve understanding and coexistence between the people of the world and its States; and   to work together to solve problems that hinder the global effort towards the life in humane and peaceful society where cooperation prevails.   

At the closing of the Conference, the participants expressed their appreciation for the efforts exerted by the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud on dialogue, and stressed the importance of following it up   to achieve and realize the goals set by the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques whish fulfill cooperation, stability and peace among human societies of diverse cultures.

They thanked the government of the Swiss Confederation for its effort for the success of the conference; and the Kingdom’s permanent delegation and its president in Geneva for their endeavor and cooperation with the Muslim World League in holding this conference.

The participants appreciated the efforts of the Muslim World League in pursuing the initiative and patronizing its activities, stressing the importance of continuing to call for more conferences and symposia on dialogue due to their positive impact in promoting the culture of dialogue and the promotion of common values.

Geneva

Thursday: Shawwal 12th 1430 Hijri - October 10th 2009

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