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H.E. Faisal Bin Abdulla Al-Mohmoud, Minister of Endowment & Religious Affairs inaugurated the Conference works at Sheraton Doha
2008-05-13
H.E. Faisal Bin Abdulla Al-Mohmoud, Minister of Endowment & Religious Affairs inaugurated the Conference works at Sheraton Doha today Tuesday 13,2008. Speeches available in this website at this link: http://www.qatar-conferences.org/dialogue2008/english/speeches.php Opening the conference, Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs HE Faisal bin Abdulla al-Mahmoud called upon the participants to strengthen co-operation and thus help common people prevent prejudices and misconceptions about each other. He said that meaningful dialogues held at such conferences could produce better results in the long run and help improve understanding among different faiths. A view of the gathering at the opening of the conference. Pictures: Noushad Thekkayil The minister said experiences had proved that dialogue was the most effective weapon to improve trust among people of different faiths. “However, religious leaders are duty-bound to carry this message down to man on the streets and thus help the mankind spread the universal message of peace and brotherhood.” Al-Mahmoud promised that Qatar would continue to usher in efforts that it felt would improve relations between people of different faiths in coming years. Lauding the participants for responding to Qatar’s invitation, the minister said their presence demonstrated the desire to attain global peace. The Peninsula - Qatar Coverage/ Opening the conference at the Doha Sheraton, H E Faisal bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud, Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, said, "We all see from the theme of this conference and its discussions a clear evidence of the success it achieved in terms of interfaith dialogue as well as the goals we wanted to achieve through the previous conferences. In addition to this, there is the Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue, which is a real achievement of the previous recommendations." He said that the previous conferences focussed on the importance of interfaith dialogue and it was important to proceed to more practical issues, which are being discussed in the current conference. A section of the audience at the conference. (ABDUL BASIT "This indicates clearly that scholars from various faiths have achieved more proximity in their thoughts. The dialogue has started delivering its fruits by securing cooperation among the religions to play a bigger role for the best interests of mankind," he said. Al Mahmoud further pointed out that the topic of the conference is a clear evidence of this realization. "In this era, we hear a lot about human rights and freedom, such as the freedom of expression, freedom of choice and religious freedom. But it seems people have forgotten one of the most important human rights- the right to life. The other rights have no meaning without this," he said. Qatar Info Coverage / Doha 6th Conference for Dialogue between Religions kicks off The 6th Conference for Dialogue between Religions kicked off on Tuesday 13 May 2008 with prominent intellectuals, scholars, media men and followers of the heavenly religions participating. The conference was inaugurated by the Minister of Awqaf (Endowments) and Islamic Affairs H E Faysal bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud, who delivered an inaugural speech in which he stressed that the Doha-based conferences on inter-faith dialogue have become an oasis of understanding, tolerance and co-existence and constructive talk. Under the title 'Religious Values: Between Peacefulness and Respect of Life', the conference will focus on three major topics, foremost, the peacefulness among the three religions. The second topic tackles the value of life in accordance with religions including issues such as committing suicide, abortion, human trafficking, human organs trafficking, clinical death and euthanasia (mercy killing) and insulting religious symbols, all of which are mainly considered medical issues of a religious dimension. The third topic deals with violence, self-defence, media and violence in addition to many questions over the bombings taking place in Palestine and Afghanistan and whether it was a type of violence or self-defence according to the viewpoint of religions and scholars. The conference, organized by Doha International Centre for Interfaith Dialogue in cooperation with the Foreign Ministry and Qatar University, hosts some 200 dignitaries from Islam, Christianity and Judaism followers as well as local research centres, the Education City and others. On the sidelines of the conference, Chairman of the National Council for Culture, Arts and Heritage H E Sheikh Meshaal bin Jassem bin Mohammad Al Thani is to open on Wednesday 14 May the Qatar International Centre for Interfaith Dialogue at Khalifa City. Participants at the two-day Doha 6th Interfaith Dialogue Conference will attend the dialogue. Qatar International Centre for Interfaith Dialogue was established as a result of Doha fifth Interfaith Dialogue Conference to achieve dialogue between religions and stress the joint spiritual aspects and their effect in achieving peaceful co-existence among the three divine religions followers. The Centre is a Qatari world-class organization, which aims to pioneer in the charitable and humanitarian field by organizing and supporting charitable and humanitarian activities in Qatar to reach the highest level of partnership with donors and local and international organizations. Qatar International Centre for Interfaith Dialogue also aims at achieving constructive dialogue between religions followers to best understand religious principles in order to utilize them in serving humanity on the basis of mutual respect, recognition of differences and cooperation with concerned people and institutions. Qatar International Centre for Interfaith Dialogue maintains neutralism by observing justice, equality in dialogue, cooperation and respect of others rights in order to encourage dialogue and exchange of opinions and viewpoints.

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