Interfaith Dialogue Center Stresses Importance of Cooperation Among Religions

KAICIID Secretary-General Faisal bin Muaammar

At the Religious Responsibility for Peace conference held in Berlin on May 22 and 23, Faisal bin Muaammar, secretary-general of the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interreligious and Interculture Dialouge (KAICIID), emphasized the importance of coopoeration between societies, religious organizations, and political decision makers aroudn the world in combatting extremism.

“Comprehensive solutions are more likely to be sustainable when they take into account religious and moral values, traditions, ethics, customs and community traditions in all their forms.”

Faisal bin Muaammar added that the organization and attendees “can empower religious leaders to help decision makers combat extremism, religious violence and terrorism.”

In his research and through dialogue, Bin Muaamar observed that one of the main causes of extremism is the broad gap between individuals, religious institutions, and political decision makers. The resulting philosophical extremism is most prominent in communities that separate religion and politics.

He also spoke about KAICIID’s work in the field of religious dialogue as well as the organization’s global peace programs.  He pointed out that 80 percent of the world’s population has religious orientations, and thus focusing on shared values, understanding and communication will have a positive and lasting impact on dialogue and interaction.

At the end of the conference, bin Muaamar announced that KAICIID is planning to hold a high-level conference in 2018 with the aim of launching the first network of religious followers and cultures in the Arab world that can enhance peace based on respect for diversity and cohesion.

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