Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

New York City and Tri-State News: Muslim World League Makes Goodwill Visit to New York as Part of U.S. Tour

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

New York City and Tri-State News: Muslim World League Makes Goodwill Visit to New York as Part of U.S. Tour

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Jane Adas is a free-lance writer based in the New York metropolitan area.

The Muslim World League, headquartered in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, is an organization committed to promoting peace and understanding between Islam and other faiths, cultures, and civilizations. This summer the League sent a delegation of distinguished jurists, academics, and clerics from the Arab world, Africa, India, Europe, and North America on a Good Will Visit to the United States. On June 26 the delegation, headed by its secretary-general, Dr. Abdullah al-Turki, held a press conference at its first stop in New York, at the Inter-Church Center.

Dr. al-Turki confirmed that Islam condemns the killing of innocents, stating, "Islam considers murdering a single person tantamount to murdering all of mankind." Islam further prohibits the taking of one's own life. Therefore, he explained, the Muslim World League condemns the terrorist operations that occurred on Sept. 11. Dr. al-Turki defined a Muslim as one with whose tongue and hands (words and deeds) others feel safe.

Dr. Ahmad Kamal Abulmagd, professor of law at Cairo University, is the Arab League commissioner for Dialogue Among Civilizations, a United Nations program initiated by Iran's President Mohammad Khatami in response to Samuel Huntington's "Clash of Civilizations." The commission met throughout 2001 to address such questions as whether nations need enemies, whether global ethics are possible, what constitutes genuine dialogue, and what the role should be of the United Nations, which Dr. …

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