The World Muslim Communities Council host international conference on "Protecting Humanity... Interfaith Solidarity and Joint Action to Combat Coronavirus"
The World Muslims Communities Council, Abu Dhabi, together with faith leaders, scientists, public intellectual and international statesman call for global response and common action to advance human well-being in the time of global crisis on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. The online conference involves religious communities, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, research centers and educational institutions worldwide, to discuss, deliberate and determine the current global problems and solutions facing humanity as whole. Through both online and offline interaction, the speakers and participants will call for mutual trust, provision of emergency response to those vulnerable, attention to existential health, and prevention of future human disaster, etc.
His Excellency Dr. Ali Rashid Al-Nuaimi, Chairman of the World Muslim Communities Council, pointed out the importance of the conference, with "the growing challenges facing humanity at the beginning of the third decade of the third millennium, such as the conflicts of ideologies, and spread of pandemic and new diseases". He affirmed, "Under these circumstances, people have a common and unprecedented feeling to face new global challenges, and to take joint actions to find appropriate solutions, through coordination and cooperation between civilizations, nations and societies, by functioning religion and science."
Dr. Al-Nuaimi added, in an exclusive statement, that “by organizing this online conference, the World Muslim Communities Council, along with religious leaders, scholars, thinkers and statesmen, call for global participation to put forward joint measures to improve the conditions of life and achieve a peaceful life for people during these global crises.
The World Muslim Communities Council stresses that by raising awareness, developing practical solutions, and committing to taking the necessary measures, scholars, religious leaders, and educators can play an important and mutual role in preserving humanity and improving conditions for a decent living. As the previous crises demonstrated, the religious and scientific circles are the pillars of spiritual and physical health of the human, and they have contributed greatly in facing major human problems and crises.
The conference also aims to involve the religious circles, international institutions and non-governmental organizations as well as research centers and educational institutions from all around the world to discuss the current global problems facing our human race, and to find solutions for it.
Themes and sessions
The conference begins with an opening speech by His Excellency Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the World Muslim Communities Council.
The conference introduces several themes in discussion panels. The first session entitled “Impressive Examples and Inspiring Stories”, which show positive stories that give hope and provide an example that should be followed to deal with the current situation. In this session, we will see and listen to inspiring stories of religious leaders, professionals, philanthropists and volunteers, whose contributions in their fields have had a great impact on making change and hope.
The second session will discusses "Role of Religious Circles in Tackling Local Problems". Here we will know about the effective and sustainable role of religious circles in solving problems related to the spread of pandemics and diseases in their societies, where representatives of religions and beliefs such as Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism and others, will suggest solutions to common problems and will exchange ideas about them.
The third session is entitled "Worships During Pandemic and Infectious Diseases." Several questions arise here, such as, how can religious leaders and scholars deal with this situation while continuing devotional activities? How can places of worship consider government safety and prevention measures while maintaining regularity of devotional activities?
The fourth session, "Adhering to the Spirit of Humanity: Tolerance, Compassion and Solidarity", presents the impact of this crisis in creating an opportunity for humanity to share feelings of pain and solidarity, and how can humanity today stand and reflect on this global crisis? This virus is a threat to all humanity, regardless of their beliefs, sects, ethnicities, or nationalities. Therefore, this session is an opportunity to invite leaders and followers of different religions to arm themselves with the values of tolerance, solidarity and cohesion in order to increase awareness, and take the necessary measures to protect those affected by this virus wherever they are.
The sessions will conclude with a speech for the Chairman of the World Muslim Communities Council.
His Excellency Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the World Muslim Communities Council, Dr. Zaher Sahloul, MD. President and cofounder at MedGlobal, USA, Dr. Ma Lei, MD. Group Head, Ningxia Medical Assistance Team to Wuhan Central Hospital, China, Ms. Gao Chunhua, Owner, Gaoyuan Halal Restaurant, Wuhan, China, Rev. Monk Mingyu, President, Buddhism Union, USA, Dr. Brian Grim, Founder and President of Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, USA, Rabbi Alexander Goldberg, Dean of the College of Chaplains, University of “Surrey, UK., Dr. Ratib Junaid, Chairman of the Federation of Islamic Councils in Australia, Australia, Dr. Walead Mosaad, Director of Muslim Student Life, Lehigh University, USA, Prof. Alfred Kavanagh (Professor of International Relations, Comillas University of Madrid, Spain, Dr. Deegalle Mahinda, Buddhist Monk from Sri Lanka, Bath Spa University, UK, Prof. Wei Dedong, Associate Dean- School of Philosophy, Renmin University, China, Dr. Robert Crane, Adviser to the Late President of the United States Richard Nixon, USA, Prof. Marco Ventura, Faculty of Law, University of Siena, Italy.
Ms. Dina Ghaznavi, Advocate,Australian Muslim Advocate Network, Australia, Dr. Esra Doganay, CEO, Nour Energy, Germany , Ms. Nicole Queen, American Muslim Advocate, Interfaith Speaker, Islamic Podcaster, USA, Dr. Abbas Panakkal, The World Muslim Communities Council, Mr. Michael Kramer, University of Graz, Austria.