RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The Muslim World League (MWL) – the world’s largest Islamic NGO – has today completed the Forum on Common Values among Religious Followers event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia between 10-11 Shawal 1443 H, corresponding to 11-12 May 2022.
The Forum, for the first time in history, convened within Saudi Arabia Christian, Jewish, Hindu and Buddhist religious leaders alongside Islamic leaders to explore shared values and a common global vision for interfaith cooperation. Approximately 100 religious leaders attended the first of its kind conference, including over 15 Rabbis.
Attendees and speakers at the conference included:
Areas of agreement between conference participants:
Recommendations from the Conference:
Amongst the Conference’s key goals are the following:
HE Muhammad Al-Issa, Secretary General of the host organization, the Muslim World League, said:
“The aims of this conference aligns to the values of Muslim World League, which strives to build humanitarian partnerships for a more cooperative and peaceful world and more harmonious communities. This conference tackles some of the major issues of our day. As the world’s largest Islamic NGO, headquartered in the birthplace of Islam in Saudi Arabia, we have a special responsibility to do this work. Whether it is to tackle climate change, to support refugees and vulnerable communities around the world, or simply to spread messages of peace and co-existence, the kind of interfaith trust and cooperation this event is fostering is desperately needed to support those real-world goals.”
The forum supports the Muslim World League’s mission to strengthen its global role as an independent international non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting Islamic values that call for peace, as stated in its statute and bylaws. 
About the Muslim World League
The Muslim World League is an international non-governmental Islamic organization based in the Holy City of Makkah. It aims to present the true Islam and its tolerant principles, provide humanitarian aid, extend bridges of dialogue and cooperation with all, engage in positive openness to all cultures and civilizations, follow the path of centrism and moderation to realize the message of Islam and ward off movements calling for extremism, violence and exclusion for a world full of peace, justice and coexistence.
About H.E. Dr. Mohammad bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa
H.E. Dr. Mohammad bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa is the head of the world’s largest Islamic NGO – The Muslim World League (spanning 1200 Islamic scholar across 139 countries). He is also one of the world’s foremost Islamic scholars and theologians and convened over 6000 global Islamic religious leaders in Mecca in 2019 to endorse the Makkah Charter, one of the most important documents in recent Islamic theological history, outlining a universal set of human rights and values drawn from Islamic scripture. Dr Issa was also the most senior Islamic cleric ever to have visited Auschwitz in Poland out of respect for the victims of the Holocaust.
For interview requests or further information on the conference, please contact:
Elina Kuusio, [email protected]. You can find more photographs from the event here.
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