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His Excellency Prof. Dr. Hamid Bin Ahmad AL-Rifaie, President of the International Islamic Forum for Dialogue and Co- Secretary General of the World Muslim Congress, has welcomed the remarks of Pope Benedict XVI that the Pontiff is determined to pursue a policy of dialogue with other religions. “I will follow a policy of dialogue with other Christian Churches and with representatives of Judaism and Islam,” declared the Pope in a speech he delivered in Cologne, his birthplace, during his first visit outside the Vatican since he became head of the Roman Catholic Church. “I am keen to meet Muslim and Jewish religious leaders,” added the Pope, “because that is an important step towards a shared obligation for a future that will focus on humanity, and in which justice and brotherhood will prevail.”

In response to the Pope’s comments, Prof. Dr. AL-Rifaie said: “There is no doubt that the Pope’s statement is a reassurance that the Vatican will continue the policy of serious and objective dialogue which began in 1972 as a shared initiative between Muslims and Catholics. Then the dialogue continued through the cooperation between International Islamic Forum for Dialogue, based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, which represents over a hundred international Islamic organisations involved in dialogue, and the Pontifical Council for inter- religious Dialogue in the Vatican which represents Catholic churches throughout the world. The cooperation  has led to the establishment of a permanent joint committee, “the Islamic - Catholic Liaison Committee”  which has made considerable progress in fostering awareness and understanding between adherents of the world’s two most populous religions.”

Prof. Dr. AL-Rifaie added: “In the name of the international Islamic organisations which are members of the International Islamic Forum for Dialogue, I would like to congratulate his Holiness the Pope, and state that I share his determination to move forward together the process of dialogue in Life  that it is the best and most useful way to realise a shared human culture for the sake of justice and peace for all, to protect the environment of the corruption and to achieve peaceful co-existence between societies and to guarantee a life of dignity for all mankind.

The General Secretariat of the Forum and the Congress
Jeddah, 15 Rajab 1426 - 20 August 2005

 

Mujahid AL-Rifaie Director General,

 
agreement for Dialogue
 

International Islamic Forum for Dialogue and The Middle East Council of Churches

I would like to inform you that the International Islamic Forum for Dialogue and The Middle East Council of Churches will sign an agreement for Dialogue on 16 July, 2004 in Cairo – Egypt under the shared patronage of His Eminence Grand Imam Prof. Dr. Mohamad Said Tentawy Shaikh of AL-Azzhar and His Holiness Pope Shanoda 111.

Mujahid AL-Rifaie
Director General,
International Islamic Form for Dialogue

 

H.E.Prof.Dr.Hamid Bin Ahmad Al-Rifaie , 

President Of International Islamic Forum For Dialogue

Has received recenntly the Following Letter From The World Public Forum

“ Dialogue Of Civilization “Moscow - Russiaa

 

WORLD CONFERENCE
For
Launching Peace Initiative on Middle East

 

An International conference will be held in Washington D.C. on February 27th to March 2nd.   , sponsored by the Inter-religious and  International Federation for World Peace. Both the Washington Times Foundation and the United Press International Foundation will serve as Co-sponsors.

Organizers invited H. E. Prof. Dr. Hamid A. AL-Rifaie President of the International Islamic Forum for Dialogue ( IIFD ) to participate in the meeting in addition to 200 participants including leading figures in religion, politics, the United Nations, the U.S. government, the media, academia and civil society, along with balance representation from religions in the region. 

Addressing the conference Prof. AL-Rifaie President, IIFD and Ass. Sec. Gen of WMC said:

As interested in dialogue between cultures and civilizations, the IIFD welcome this consultative meeting and its noble goals to achieve a mutual understanding on the fateful issues of the human communities and to explore a common ground to mobilize the good efforts for Justice, Security, Stability and Sustainable Development; and for protecting  human’s life, dignity as well as keeping environment away from pollution.

In such positive and civilized context, may I remind this esteemed convention that the Saudi Crown Prince, HRH Prince Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz has presented a comprehensive Peace Initiative to bring fair and lasting peace in the Middle East, which has been adopted from the Arab and Muslim World, as well as received the support of many international circles.

Therefore, to save time, avoid duplication of noble efforts, and coordinate our work in this direction, I suggest on behalf of the IIFD and WMC based Jeddah –Saudi Arabia that this convention studies and activates HRH Prince Abdullah’s initiative and work on eliminating potential obstacles which prevent of achieving it’s fair ends.

The IIFD and WMC shall join to any positive effort towards implementing the above proposal and achieving the noble goals of this conference in committing to the culture of dialogue for spreading respect of the values of Justice, Peace and safe coexistence for all people all over the world.

By

Secretariat of IIFD

Jeddah on: 26 / 12 / 1423 H. -   27 / 02 / 2003 G.

                 

 

Prof. Dr. Hamid AL-RIFAIE send a letter to H. E. President George W. Bush and to H. E. Prime Minister Tony Blair and  H. E. President Saddam Hussein, abut Iraq War.

Please find in the following the complete text of the litters:  

 

13 February 2003

H. E. Mr. Saddam Hussein,   

President of the Republic of Iraq

Your Excellence,

You are Undoubtedly more aware than any one else, that the world today is on the brink of a destructive war which though concentrated on one region might lead to a global conflagration. We recognize perfectly the importance of world cooperation to eliminate all kind of weapons of mass destruction wherever they may be found without discrimination. We appreciate also the urgent need to combat terrorism and put an end to the culture of terrorism wherever it may exist. At the same time we believe that war is not the right  option to achieve the desired goal. war is indeed abhorrent in the sight of God,  as it is in the eyes of the wise and of all people who love peace.

We wish to inform you that we have expressed these concerns to H.E. President George W. Bush and to H.E. Prime Minister Tony Blair.

As we write this letter to you, Your Excellence, we believe that you will give it serious consideration, recognizing that our sole intention is to save humanity and the environment from a terrible disaster, we trust that you will show your wisdom and exercise your responsibility by cooperating fully with the United Nations and with the inspection teams. Such action will help to deter the international community from recourse to war and strengthen the way of dialogue as a means to security and peace.

We wish to assure you that the religious leaders of the world are ready to cooperate with the United Nations in order to achieving security, prosperity and peace for all human societies.

We look forward to a positive response on your part.

Prof. Dr. Hamid A. AL-Rifaie         Archbishop Michael L. Fitzgerald  

President, International Islamic                           President, The pontifical Council
Forum For Dialogue                                    for Inter –religious Dialogue
        ( Jeddah )                                                             ( Vatican )         

         

February 14, 2003

H.E. President George W.  Bush                                     

President of the United States of America

Your Excellence,

You are Undoubtedly more aware than any one else, that the world today is on the brink of a destructive war which though concentrated on one region might lead to a global conflagration. We recognize perfectly the importance of world cooperation to eliminate all kind of weapons of mass destruction wherever they may be found without discrimination. We appreciate also the urgent need to combat terrorism and put an end to the culture of terrorism wherever it may exist. At the same time we believe that this task is complicated, it requires the backing of an international consensus, both official and unofficial. More time is needed to bring about international cooperation to root out the culture of terror and to establish a culture of love, security and peace for the whole of humanity including future generations.

We therefore urge you, as we urge by a similar letter H.E. Prime Minister Tony Blair and H.E. President Saddam Hussein, and as we would urge every world leader , to forego the option of war as a way of achieving these noble goals. The option of war would only complicate matters further, since it would open the door to a tragic series of conflicts and acts of terror throughout the world. It would tend to lend justification to terrorism and thus increase the number of its supporters throughout the world.

As we write this letter to you, Your Excellence, we believe that you will give it serious consideration, recognizing that our sole intention is to save humanity and the environment from a terrible disaster, we wish to assure you that religious leaders of the world are ready to cooperate with the United Nations in order to achieve security , prosperity and peace for all human societies .

We look forward to a positive response on your part.

Prof. Dr. Hamid A. AL-Rifaie               Archbishop Michael L. Fitzgerald  

President, International Islamic                              President, The pontifical Council
   Forum For Dialogue                                              for Inter –religious Dialogue
                    ( Jeddah )                                                                      ( Vatican )

   

February 14, 2003

The right Honorable Mr. Tony Blair                                    

Prime Minister

United Kingdom

Your Excellence,

You are Undoubtedly more aware than any one else, that the world today is on the brink of a destructive war which though concentrated on one region might lead to a global conflagration. We recognize perfectly the importance of world cooperation to eliminate all kind of weapons of mass destruction wherever they may be found without discrimination. We appreciate also the urgent need to combat terrorism and put an end to the culture of terrorism wherever it may exist. At the same time we believe that this task is complicated, it requires the backing of an international consensus, both official and unofficial. More time is needed to bring about international cooperation to root out the culture of terror and to establish a culture of love, security and peace for the whole of humanity including future generations.

We therefore urge you, as we urge by a similar letter H.E. Prime Minister Tony Blair and H.E. President Saddam Hussein, and as we would urge every world leader , to forego the option of war as a way of achieving these noble goals. The option of war would only complicate matters further, since it would open the door to a tragic series of conflicts and acts of terror throughout the world. It would tend to lend justification to terrorism and thus increase the number of its supporters throughout the world.

As we write this letter to you, Your Excellence, we believe that you will give it serious consideration, recognizing that our sole intention is to save humanity and the environment from a terrible disaster, we wish to assure you that religious leaders of the world are ready to cooperate with the United Nations in order to achieve security , prosperity and peace for all human societies .

We look forward to a positive response on your part.

Prof. Dr. Hamid A. AL-Rifaie               Archbishop Michael L. Fitzgerald

President, International Islamic                              President, The pontifical Council
Forum For Dialogue                                                 for Inter –religious Dialogue
                     ( Jeddah )                                                               ( Vatican
 

Prof. Dr. Hamid AL-RIFAIE  received a letter From Secretary General of World Conference on Religion and Peace Dr. William F. Vendley.

Please find in the following the complete text of the litter:  

                RELIGIONS  for  PEACE

 World Conference         
  on Religion and Peace    
     777 United nations plaza 
new york, ny 10017 usa   

29 October 2002

Prof. Dr. Hamid Bin Ahmad Al-Rifaie
International Islamic Forum For Dialogue

Dear Dr. Al-Rifaie,

Warm Greetings.

I read with great interest your remarks to the World Council of Churches consultation on "Christians and Muslims in Dialogue and Beyond " and heartily commend you . The principles of cooperation you enunciated are most significant and an understanding of them will serve to advance our common work of building peace and justice through multireligious dialogue.

With deep respect, I remain

Sincerely yours,

Dr. William F. Vendley
Secretary General

 

          

Speech of

Prof. Dr. Hamid Ahmad AL-Rifaie

 President,

 International Islamic Forum for Dialogue - IIFD

 

Submitted to The International Consultation on

“ Christians and Muslims in Dialogue and Beyond "

organized by the World Council of Churches in Geneva- Switzerland

October 16 – 18, 2002

Your Holiness,

Your Eminences, Your Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen

 

السلام عليكم                     Peace be upon you

 

I am pleased to be here with my respected colleagues Muslim and Christian leaders; and I am so privileged to address this familiar meeting for seeking on the joint noble ends and their applications.

 

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

First of all, personally and on behalf of the International Islamic Forum for Dialogue based in Jeddah – Saudi Arabia; I would like to express my deep thanks to World Council of Churches for organizing this friendly gathering between Muslims and Christians as followers of the largest two heavenly religions in the world; to assume their liabilities towards the human societies.

 

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Carefully, I have read a letter of the invitation of this meeting and a letter which has been sent to us earlier by H. E. Sec. Gen. of WCC on the occasion of Blessed Month of Ramadan. Both letters have expressed on a significant transparency, and submitted an important signs relevant with goals and ends  that we are looking for.

 

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Truly, that the time has come as Muslims and Christians to speculate seriously and objectively the terrible world situation, and also to recognize our great responsibility towards moral decline, social degeneration and security deterioration, which threaten today the human life, human dignity, and environment in most communities; the thing which demands and enforce us to obligate our Divine duty, to work together for correcting and guiding the march of the contemporary civilization; to become march of Justice, Peace, Prosperity and safe co- existence for all.

But the question that imposes itself is :  how can we achieve this noble goal ?

Yes, I know exactly like you; that it is a difficult and complicated question!

But I think it is unavoidable question! It is our fate, and our Divine duty, that calls upon us to obligate and to perform our common task for building Earth, establishing the Justice and achieving the good for all people.

 

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

In order to realize what we are looking for; each of us today has to submitted objectively his perspective on, how can we carry into effect

Our tasks towards our common challenges ?  regarding this issue  personally I can say : that the path of serious cooperation between us is in need of four basic steps :

1. Determination of the available scopes of our common work..

2. Determination of the common values and principles.

3. Making practical program to realize the common conceptions.   

4. Presentation of the field results of our joint work to become a model on

    the   world  level.

 

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen                                                       

Regarding the issue of the scopes and the principles of the available cooperation ; I can say clearly that the Muslims on the basis of their Dogmatic constants and their religious privacies; assuring their absolute faith and entire readiness to cooperate with their colleagues of Christians and others at national and International levels, to achieve the above - mentioned four steps on the basis of the following scopes and  principles:

1.     Religious values are the essential source of safe communities.

2.     Dialogue is religious duty, civilizational method and secure demand.

3.     Respecting unity of the human family and its common interests.

4.     Respecting of human life and human dignity.

5.     Respecting freedom of faith, obedience and religious privacies.

6.     Respecting cultural diversity of communities.

7.     Respecting human rights and assuring on the human duties.

8.     Respecting right of possession and maintaining legality of the mutual utilization of cosmos riches.

9.     Assuring the equitable complementary between the responsibilities of man and women in the life.

10.  Emphasizing that the legal family between man and woman is the only basis of the safe communities.

11.  Respecting rights of children to family upbringing and well education.

12. Respecting obligation of education for all human generations.

13. Fighting Injustice, aggression, and corruption in the Earth.

14. Fighting family dissociation, social degeneration and moral deterioration.

15. Fighting the narcotics and slave and sex trade.

16. Fighting the poverty, disease and ignorance.

17. Fighting Usury and economic exploitation of the needy people.

18. Fighting terrorism and rebellion against doctrines of justice and against international legislations.

19. Religious and racial diversity should not be used as a political pretext against national sovereignty.

20. Fighting weapons of mass destruction and all kinds of aggression against innocent people and environment.

21. Respecting rights of peoples in self-defense and in self – determination.

Thank you once again  .. Good - bye

Geneva – Switzerland / October 16 – 18, 2002

 

Dr. Naseef. Dr. AL-RIFAIE, and Dr. Bin Biah, received a letter From U.S.A President Bush Responding on their Latter, Dated, 15 September, which was sent to him, regarding terrorist attacks of 11 September.

Please find in the following the complete text of the litter:

Thank you very much for your letter of September 15 offering your kind expression of condolence and friendship and I appreciates your support during this challenging time for the American people.

The United States has welcomed the support of Muslim leaders around the world who have denounced the terrorist attacks of September 11 and rejected any justification for them under Islam. We in the United States know that our fellow Muslim citizens, and our Muslim friends abroad, practice a religion that affirms life and denounces violence. The United States remains committed to working with our Muslim friends to build a more secure, peaceful, and tolerant world for all people.

We hope that the Muslim World Congress will join us in reaching out to other cultures and religions in our efforts to work together toward peace in the Middle East and in the world.  Only through mutual understanding and respect will we achieve the peace and security that we are all seeking.

Thank you again for your letter .