By MANSOUR AL TURKY AL ANAZI ARABNEWS
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia plays a big role in the international society. This is because of the blessings of God on this country.
The most important factors that grant Saudi Arabia this vital position are the existence of the Two Holy Mosques which have been awarding Saudi nationals a great honor of serving the Two Holy Mosques and the Muslims. This as well allows Saudi Arabia a leading role in the Islamic world.
In addition, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has attained an important global role of being the largest exporter of oil with the biggest oil reserves in the world.
All these religious and economic factors have helped the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia occupy and play a leading role in international society. Nonetheless, Saudi Arabia today enhances its global role by fostering King Abdullah’s Initiative for Interfaith Dialogue. This initiative reflects the perspective of King Abdullah and his government toward the international community.
King Abdullah’s initiative for interfaith dialogue would contribute to strengthen world peace and stability. Moreover, it aims at disseminating human values and promoting coexistence of the people of different faiths and cultures. Also spreading the values of peace and security and improving cooperation between communities.
Thus, it is necessary to continue the efforts which began in Madrid and New York conferences during the last few years which aimed to open dialogues between different people — religious characters, intellectual and experts from several cultures and countries.
However, it could be advised that such initiative and its essential aims should be presented as well among people of different cultures in different levels — for example, students, youth groups and academics staffs etc. All these categories should contribute to such initiative. Especially when racist crimes have increased in the last few years — for example the racist crime which happened at the students camp in Norway 2011. It could be seen as a result of increase in the activities of racist parties and groups in Europe and worldwide. It is time to call for enhancing the Saudi and international efforts to activate the king’s initiative between the young people in order to spread the concept of respecting the differences and promote world peace. Interfaith dialogue should not be restricted to experts, religious people and groups, politicians and intellectuals. Interfaith dialogue must include as well different categories in particular youth who represent the future of their cultures.
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NOTE BY THE EDITOR: We find the efforts of Saudi Arabia in interfaith dialogue somewhat amusing, considering for instance what its Grand Mufti commented (on the need to destroy all Christian churches in Arabia) and also the religious freedom in Saudi Arabia in general.
How does this compare to the efforts of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, who held and is holding interfaith sessions for over one hundred years. See http://www.alislam.org and http://www.themuslimtimes.org.