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Foreign Information Agency :4th Doha Conference on Religions Dialogue concludes

Under the auspices of the Emir of Qatar His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the 4th Doha Conference on Religions Dialogue was held in Doha in the period between 25 and 27 April 2006, under the title “The Role of Religions in Building the Human Being”.

Participants of the Conference called for stressing the importance of the role of religion in building the perfect human being, psychologically, mentally and physically as being the creature of God and the maker of civilisation and progress. They also confirmed that the respect of the sacramentals and religious symbols does not contradict with the human being’s right of expression, calling for the issuance of an international legislation from the United Nations that would endorse the respect of religions and incriminate abuse of religious symbols.

The Conference recommended exerting efforts for correcting the misconceptions and purifying text books, cinema and drama works, as well as removing the mutual misunderstanding at each party towards the other. Participants also put stress on the fact that religions should not be linked to terrorist acts, terrifying the safe people, killing peaceful civilians and any such horrible acts committed by some fanatics.

Participants also called for the dissemination of high religious values such as justice, tolerance, equality, openness and outreaching with others, deepening the principles of pluralism and the right of the human being to freely choose his religion.

They highlighted the fact that religions do not oppose science and knowledge, but rather urge people to promote scientific research and possess its technologies and techniques.

The Conference also confirmed the esteemed position of the woman, her complete equality with man, and that the family (conceived by the husband and wife) is the right base for building the human societies.

The Doha 4th Conference on Religions Dialogue discussed a range of issues: religions and civil rights, freedom of speech and respect of sacramentals and religious symbols, respect of all beliefs and the mutual respect between the people, religions and protection of environment, religion and the promotion of moral values, and religion and current scientific advances.

From her part, Dr. Aisha Yousuf Al-Mannai, Dean of the Sharia (Islamic law) and Islamic Studies School at Qatar University, Chairperson of the Organising Committee of the Doha 4th Conference on Religions Dialogue, stressed the importance of continuing dialogue through this meeting, in order to bolster understanding between followers of the three divine religions, Islam, Christianity and Judaism, thus getting rid of misconceptions and misunderstandings.

Dr. Aisha Al-Mannai pointed out His Highness the Emir of Qatar called for the creation of several centres of religion dialogue, not only in Qatar but across the world, adding that, in the Organising Committee of the Conference, they have already started to put the project into effect.

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