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OIC chief calls on member states to publicize Muslim world’s culture of diversity to rest of the world


Kuala Lumpur (OIC-UNA) - Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has called on member states to publicize the Muslim world's culture of diversity and pluralism to the rest of the world, as a means to convey a message of universal peace, tolerance, moderation, and love as preached by Islam.

The secretary general's call was conveyed in a speech delivered on his behalf by Director General of the OIC's Cultural and Family Affairs Department Dr. Mehla Talebna here during the opening ceremony of the Global Cultural Week, jointly organized by the OIC and the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) from November 27 to December 1.

The OIC chief noted that engaging in cultural interaction for greater mutual understanding is another core value in Islam, and it is very high on the OIC agenda for stronger Islamic cultural solidarity.

We at the OIC give special attention to culture and cultural interaction. Their role is unquestionable in promoting respect for human dignity, consolidating the values of social justice, preserving cultural diversity, disseminating the principles of moderation and tolerance, and warding off extremism, hatred, and bigotry, particularly among the youth, said Al-Othaimeen.

In this regard, we must ensure that the true image of our civilization is projected and its value system and heritage preserved, he added.

Al-Othaimeen stressed that there is need to organize more cultural events involving OIC member states while promoting cultural contact with other societies and countries, the aim being to build stronger communication bridges and allow for mutual benefit and greater unity. This he said will only be achieved with the full support of all OIC member states.

The OIC chief observed that no less important is providing a cultural gathering place for the youth to give expression to their cultural and artistic diversity and to share expertise.

He therefore expressed his high regard for the IIUM both as a leading institution with an outstanding record in higher education, scientific research and innovation, and as a cultural meeting place for a diverse community of students speaking many languages and coming from different ethnicities and walks of life, to fulfil their productive cultural potential and contribute to enhancing mutual understanding and cultural exchange between peoples.

In her speech during the opening ceremony, the Rector of the IIUM Professor Dato Seri Dr. Zeleha Kamarudin noted that for more than a decade, IIUM has hosted Global Ummatic Festival, to celebrate the cultural diversity of the university, and this year from 30 (cultural exhibition booths) with the help of the OIC, they are opening 50 booths and participated by students from more than 100 countries.

The OIC-IIUM Global Cultural Program and Value-Based Leadership Training is an integrated program consisting of several cultural activities and training for youth leaders from OIC member countries and beyond to nurture their talents and life exposure in the area of applied virtues, value-based leadership and cultural expression.

Source: International Islamic News Agency


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