With the participation of 45 faith leaders and advocates of tolerance, the sixth annual assembly of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies is set to take place in Abu Dhabi from December 9th to 11th, 2019.
The forum comes under the patronage of Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and will be held under the title “The Role of Religions in Promoting Tolerance: From Possibility to Necessity,” according to WAM, the Emirates Official News Agency.
Beside the participation of 45 faith leaders and advocates of tolerance, a number of representatives of the United Nations, decision-makers and influential figures from international civil society organisations and non-profit organisations will also attend the event.
The forum will witness the launch of the “Alliance of Virtue Charter” that is expected to be a platform for exchanging ideas, highlighting common values and reinforcing human fraternity between participants.
Head of the Forum Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayyah explained that the assembly will take place as part of a UAE strategy to promote peace and tolerance.
On the challenges that face Islam, Sheikh Abdullah said that the participants have assessed the risks associated with current trends that aim to distort the image of Islam, noting that the Marrakesh Declaration 2016 called for the establishment of a legal document defending the rights of religious minorities in the Islamic world.
“The Marrakesh Declaration 2016 is based on the objectives of the Medinah Document that was established as the original model of citizenship as called for by Islamic doctrine, which respects the rights of minorities,” said Sheikh Abdullah.
Regarding the main goals of the assembly, Sheikh Abdullah stressed that reaching an intellectual change of perspective that considers tolerance a mere possibility among many possibilities under the framework of religion will be addressed.
The issuance of the Marrakesh Declaration in 2016 aimed to afford protection to the rights of religious minorities, and apparently pushed the US to adopt similar strategy that appeared in the form of the American Peace Convoy. This was launched in 2017 and is considered a successful model of dialogue for overcoming religious dogma and encouraging communication and cooperation based on common values.
The forum assembly comes as 2019 is named by the UAE as the Year of Tolerance with the aim of spreading a culture of tolerance among the nations of the world.