Grand Imam of Al-Azhar at Vatican meeting to discuss Human Brotherhood Document
Cairo: Ahmed Al-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, held a meeting in the Vatican with Cardinal Miguel Angel Ayuso, president of the Pontifical Council for Interfaith Dialogue, to discuss how to implement the provisions of the Document on Human Fraternity for Peace in the World and Living Together.
This joint declaration, which was signed by Pope Francis of the Catholic Church and Sheikh Al-Tayeb on February 4, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, includes various proposals for solutions from a religious perspective to the current problems facing the world. confronted.
During the meeting, Sheikh Al-Tayeb said that “Al-Azhar’s relations with the Vatican remain an effective and real model for spreading tolerance and peace and combating extremism, hatred, wars and conflicts, and that the path of peace and dialogue is a difficult path, but the path advances and makes efforts ”, adding that the world urgently needs the values of brotherhood, peaceful coexistence and respect for others .
He stressed that religious leaders and academics have a religious and societal duty to deal with negative phenomena, especially regarding moral aspects.
The two discussed their vision of what the relationship between followers of religions should be and what role religions should play in our contemporary world. The document seeks to activate the dialogue on coexistence between human beings.
Ayuso said that the Grand Imam and His Holiness Pope Francis had the courage to fight for the good of mankind, and that signing the Document on Human Fraternity was not an easy thing.
But their persistence and sincerity helped break down barriers and mend broken bridges between some Muslims and Christians, and continued the dialogue between Al-Azhar and the Vatican after a nearly six-year rift. They said that they had started to reap the fruits of this document in a rapprochement not only at the level of official institutions and institutes, but also among individuals among the wider masses.
Ayuso spoke of the great efforts of the Higher Committee for Human Brotherhood that emerged from the document, noting that this committee includes religious and cultural leaders from different ethnic, social and cultural backgrounds across the world.
He said that even in their diversity, the members of the committee represent a group of friends loyal to their humanity, united in their concern to work for humanity and to end its suffering. They seek to replace hatred with love and intolerance with dialogue, especially among young people, to ensure healthy relationships and a better future for future generations.
Last month, Sheikh Al-Tayeb met with Pope Francis on the sidelines of the summit of religious leaders on climate change, where they said returning to the teachings of religions was the way to save the world from extremism and violence. division.