A new charter to build global peace based on tolerance and religious freedom was signed Wednesday December 11th by some of the world's most respected Islamic scholars during the final day of the sixth Assembly of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies in Abu Dhabi, the Emirates news agency WAM reported.
Faith leaders, experts from governments, and representatives of NGOs also signed the ‘New Alliance of Virtue’. The charter aims to promote religious freedom, cooperation, and tolerance, and to guarantee the protection of places of worship where attacks have threatened freedom of religion in many countries of the world.
The Alliance was inspired by an early tradition of Islam, the “Alliance of Virtue (Hilf al-Fudul)", established in early 7th century AD (late 1st century BH) Mecca. It aimed to defend the weak and the innocent against the wrath of those more powerful.
The New Alliance of Virtue follows the model of the original, but on a global scale. It is built upon the principles of human dignity, freedom of conscience and religion or belief, tolerance, justice, peace, mercy, kindness, keeping covenants, and solidarity.
It was welcomed by more than 1000 government officials, thought-leaders, experts, policymakers and media representatives who attended the three-day interfaith meeting, held under the patronage of Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Delegates at the sixth global meeting, held under the theme 'The Role of Religions in Promoting Tolerance: From Possibility to Necessity', affirmed that religion continues to play a vital role in global governance and cultural diplomacy.