Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim embarked on a significant diplomatic mission with his visit to the sub-headquarters of the Muslim World League (MWL) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. During this visit, Mr. Anwar met with the Secretary General and Chairman of the Association of Muslim Scholars, Sheikh Dr. Muhammad bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa, leading to discussions on various issues of common interest.
Acknowledging MWL’s Global Role
One of the key highlights of the meeting was Mr. Anwar’s praise for the Muslim World League, acknowledging its global presence and weight in the Islamic world. He appreciated the MWL’s pivotal role, particularly its stance on the situation in the Palestinian territories. The MWL has become a significant representative of the intellectual and youth communities within the Islamic world, with its primary headquarters situated in the holy city of Mecca.
Gift to the Islamic World
Sheikh Dr. Al-Issa emphasized that the Muslim World League is one of Saudi Arabia’s benevolent gifts to the Islamic world. It has served as a unifying force that connects and empowers the Muslim community worldwide, promoting cooperation and understanding among its diverse members.
Council of Southeast Asian Scholars
During the diplomatic discussions, an essential agreement was reached regarding the launch date of the first session of the Council of Southeast Asian Scholars, established by the MWL on a significant date in the Islamic calendar. The Council was inaugurated during a conference attended by Islamic religious leaders from Southeast Asia. This initiative promises to promote knowledge-sharing and cultural exchange among scholars from this region.
Summit of World Religious Leaders in Kuala Lumpur
Another momentous decision made during the meeting was the establishment of a summit for the leaders of world religions in Kuala Lumpur, hosted under the auspices and with the presence of the Malaysian Prime Minister. This summit, set to take place in the heart of Southeast Asia, will be a platform for launching various initiatives aimed at enhancing awareness among the youth and consolidating the values of coexistence among diverse nationalities in the ASEAN region and across the globe.
Promoting Coexistence through Action
The summit’s primary focus will be on implementing programs that transcend traditional gatherings and theoretical discussions. The leaders aim to employ effective tools and methodologies to generate tangible and measurable results, advancing the cause of peace, unity, and understanding among the diverse communities represented.
In a grand gesture of diplomacy and camaraderie, Dr. Al-Issa, on behalf of the Muslim World League, hosted a gala dinner in honor of the Prime Minister of Malaysia and his accompanying delegation. The Malaysian Foreign Minister, Dr. Zambry Abdulkadir, along with a multitude of ministers and parliamentarians, joined the dinner, signifying the warmth and camaraderie between the two nations.
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Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s visit to the Muslim World League’s sub-headquarters in Riyadh was more than just a diplomatic mission. It was a testament to the enduring importance of fostering understanding, cooperation, and unity among the diverse Muslim communities in the world. The agreements reached during this visit promise to strengthen the bonds between Southeast Asian scholars and promote coexistence among diverse nationalities. The summit of world religious leaders in Kuala Lumpur holds the potential to drive real change and advance the cause of peace and harmony on a global scale.