||Participants gather for Dhikrullah.
|Mufti of Uzbekistan, His Eminence Abdurashid-Qori Bahromov
and His Eminence Salman Musaev, Mufti of Azerbaidjan greet Shaykh Kabbani.
||Uzbek officials crowd around Shaykh Kabbani.
||The representative from Iran, Ayatullah
||Shaykh Kabbani talks with His Royal Highness
Prince Hasan bin Talal of Jordan.
In the morning ISCA delegation gathered in lobby prior to of conference commencement.
Council chairman Shaykh Hisham Kabbani greeted by the Mufti of Uzbekistan, His
EminenceAbdurashid-Qori Bahromov, His Eminence Salman Musaev, Mufti of Azerbaidjan.
Congress opened by the Director General of UNESCO, Mr
Koichiro Matsuura, H.R.H. Prince Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan and Deputy Prime Minister of
Uzbekistan, Hamidullah Karomatov. 80 participants and observers from 40 countries took
part in the talks introduced by key-note speakers addressing four topics:
1) Reciprocal Knowledge and Interactions between Religions and Spiritual Traditions;
2) Education on Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue;
3) Interreligious Dialogue in Central Asia;
4) Joint Actions for Peace and Conflict Prevention.
H.R.H. Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordans spoke, addressing roots of religious
conflict and ways of preventing such clashes in an ever-closer global, interconnected
world. For almost 1500 years, the three great monotheistic faiths, Judaism,
Christianity and Islam, have co-existed through sharing history, basic beliefs and
attitudes, most notably their belief in one God, Focussed on commonalities between
the three heavenly revealed religions: we believe in the Day of Judgment when
everyone will have to account for his deeds and misdeeds. HRH noted a Highly
noticeable is the emphasis given to Sufism and practices that in the Middle Eastern
context would be called 'popular Islam',
such as cults of saints and mysticism
in Central Asia. Emphasized these distinctions, even if made by scholars, do not
appear to detract from the idea of Islam as an overwhelming force for wide scale, mass
mobilization in Central Asia and the Caucasus, Noted such mobilization was often
spearheaded by Muslim women, during days of Soviet anti-religious oppression.
Shaykh Kabbani followed up Prince Hassans talk directly. Spoke of Islam as
religion in which human dignity is valued above all else. The Shaykh started, It
cannot be over-emphasized that Islam upholds the values of reason, balance and
responsibility in the conduct of its worldly affairs. Focussed on religious
tolerance as hallmark of traditional Islamic belief and orthopraxy throughout Muslim world
until last century. Stated, From the onset of Islams expansion, treaties and
pacts were made with the indigenous peoples protecting their right to their faith
and their sacraments. Shaykh noted that typically a very small fringe of radicals
often make religion synonymous with intolerance in modern world. Stated, The Islamic
concept of Jihad, originally defined as a struggle to educate the unaware of Islams
pristine moral principles and call them to its lofty goals, and whose nature is military
only in the case of outright aggression against the Islamic nation, has been adapted to a
virtually Marxist or Socialist concept of class revolt aimed at overthrowing the authority
of the state. Concluding with emphasis on preservation of traditional Islamic
teachings through education and propagation, spearheaded by government and religious
institutions. Shaykh painted a Uzbekistan as unique as an antique carpet, whose
threads are woven together in a very special way
under the skilled eye of a carpet
weaver, an extraordinary work of art emerges from the individual strands. UNESCO conference hosted religious representatives from around the world,
including: Algeria, France (Jews and Muslims), the Vatican, Turkey, Tunisia, Spain, Sri
Lanka, Thailand, Switzerland, China, Morrocco, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Jerusalem (Jews and
Muslims), Japan, and other nations. Main UNESCO conference lasted only one day. Followed
by extensive tour of the nation, hosted by Uzbek government. Concluded with a
UNESCO-sponsored Symposium on Sufism, in Bukhara, on September 18th.
Foreign Minister hosts reception
Shaykh Kabbani and ISCA delegation special guests of
Uzbek Foreign Ministry. Given extended tour of city of Tashkent. Then invited to visit the
Mufti of Uzbekistans mosque and office. His Eminence Mufti Bakhromov presented
Shaykh traditional Bukhari robe (jubba), books on Uzbekistan. Mufti Bakhromov gave
a personal tour of the mosques special historical museum.
Sayyidina `Uthman's Quran
On display, Mushaf of the Holy Quran
belonged to Sayyidina Uthman, third Caliph of the Prophet (s) he was reading it when
assassinated by revolting dissidents in Madina; his blood stains still visible on its
pages. Mufti gave special consideration to Shaykh Kabbani, ordered glass case containing
the mushaf be opened in order so Shaykh could kiss and touch it. Shaykh Hisham
explained that whoever touches this Quran will have special protection from Allah,
as something that the Sahaba ( r) have touched, is blessed, and source of blessings. He
prayed that anyone doing so go directly to paradise after death. Such are the
tremendous benefits which are gained by those who give respect and love to the Companions
of the Prophet, peace be upon him for they were the ones who actually knew the Prophet in
this life, accompanied him, ate with him, traveled with him and heard the Quran from his
Islamic University of Tashkent - Reception for UNESCO delegates
Mufti of Uzbekistan and Orthodox church of Uzbekistan hosted
UNESCO delegates to special dinner at Islamic University Of Tashkent. Shaykh Hisham sat at
head table; engaged in close discussions with Doudou Dične, Director, Division of
Intercultural Dialogue of UNESCO, HRH Prince Hassan of Jordan and Mufti of Uzbekistan
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