Emirates News Agency – HCHF Secretary General participates in panel discussion on human brotherhood and Islamic-Christian relations

ABU DHABI, May 15, 2021 (WAM) – Secretary General of the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity (HCHF), Judge Mohamed Abdelsalam participated in a round table entitled “The document of human fraternity and the Christian-Muslim dialogue”, organized by the Senegalese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Community of Sant ‘Egidio in Rome.

Judge Abdelsalam said the long-standing relationship between Islam and Christianity has become unbreakable since it began with the advent of Islam.

He explained that the first relations evolved into a unique model of coexistence and citizenship between the followers of the two religions and that since then integration and convergence have become a feature of Islamic-Christian relations in the Arab world.

At the beginning of Islam, East and West had mature manifestations of such relations, as evidenced by the historic dialogue between Saint Francis of Assisi and Al-Malik Al-Kamil, Sultan of Egypt, noted Abdelsalam. .

The Secretary General underlined that these relations took on another dimension, beyond simple dialogue and scientific discussions, under the leadership of His Holiness Pope Francis, Head of the Catholic Church, and His Eminence Dr Ahmed el-Tayeb , Grand Imam of Al -Azhar, who has a common vision and a sincere desire to achieve peace for all human beings.

He pointed out that the HCHF was formed to implement the principles and values ​​of the Historical Document on Human Fraternity which embodies such a humanist vision of the two figures. In doing so, the Committee seeks to establish international partnerships and launch ambitious initiatives that take into account the realities of the world, he added.

In his remarks on key HCHF initiatives, Abdelsalam said the Abrahamic Family House is one of the main initiatives of the Committee which includes a church, mosque and synagogue in one location, for the first time in l history, in Abu Dhabi, the country. of peaceful existence, noting that the project will offer a shared space for dialogue and existence while affirming and respecting the particularities of each religion. He also highlighted the Zayed Prize for Human Brotherhood initiative which aims to celebrate and encourage those who promote the values ​​of human brotherhood.

Judge Abdelsalam noted that in his second round, the award went to Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Latifa Ibn Zayatin, for their remarkable efforts to spread peace and fight extremism.

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