martedì 8 dicembre 2020
martedì 3 novembre 2020
Hate will never win - message from EML leadership
Tonight Muslims across Europe reach out to Europeans of all faiths and none as a cloud of uncertainty and fear hangs over us all.
The European Muslim League echoes the universal condemnation of Monday night’s attack which brought terror to the streets of Vienna.
Before this attack in Vienna, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and the Austrian capital, had not witnessed such terror for decades.
At least four innocents are dead and many more injured in the atrocity carried out by a 20 year old in the name of the terror group Islamic State, a rogue organisation which every right thinking Muslim condemns.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the grieving families and the survivors as well as the Austrian people in general. No one should ever have to encounter this brand of terrorism.
“Our mission is clearer than ever,” said EML President Alfredo Maiolese. “We can never allow this sort of terrorism to blight our lives, no matter who we are or how we pray.
“There are those who will seek to sow the seeds of division in Europe but as long as we all stand together, united against all forms of terrorism, the haters in our midst will never win.”
EML Secretary General Yvonne Ridley added: “We stand in solidarity with all people who have lost loved ones in recent days whether in France or Austria.
“Austria had, until now, not experienced the sort of terror which has hit other European countries.
“We stand united as one against the haters. Their violence and grotesque form of fear will be given no quarter. There can be no excuses or justification for this murderous behaviour … nor should the crimes of a deranged 20-year-old be used to vilify and scapegoat others.
“Our thoughts and condolences tonight are with the families of the victims and survivors.”
sabato 31 ottobre 2020
EML urges a period of reflection and restraint
As we head towards the end of 2020 Europeans are being challenged by some of the darkest days since World War II. Added to the widespread misery caused by the pandemic we are now being challenged by a spate of horrific terror attacks and far right incidents.
The blood of innocents is being spilled in France and elsewhere over the latest round of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). The grieving, pain and loss caused by this violence is affecting people of all faith and none for terror represents no religion.
Once again muslims in Europe are finding themselves in an unwelcome spotlight caused by ignorance and fear of those who want to fuel division and hatred.
Here at the European Muslim League our immediate thoughts are with those families in France who have lost friends and loved ones in the most recent attacks, but we also urge caution, restraint and a period of reflection throughout Europe’s diverse Muslim communities.
It is true that many of the images of our beloved Prophet do cause pain and hurt to Muslims, but when we lash out in anger we are merely vindicating those who say Islam is a barbaric, violent faith.
Therefore, at EML, we urge all Muslims not to respond to the hate with more hate ... respond, instead, with peace and tolerance. No matter the provocation or upset, use the opportunity to show Islam in its true light of peace, tolerance and understanding.
The love Muslims hold for their Prophet will never change and the status, reputation and respect we all hold for him will always be protected regardless of how many attempts are made to mock, sneer or ridicule Muhammad (pbuh).
domenica 18 ottobre 2020
The world recoiled in horror over the brutal death of a teacher who was beheaded for showing his pupils cartoons of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.
We at the European Muslim League extend our heartfelt sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of teacher Samuel Paty and to all those at College du Bois d’Aulne in Conflans-Saint-Honorine near Paris, who must be traumatised by his recent death.
Islam teaches and promotes peace, tolerance and understanding and while all Muslims feel a natural compulsion to defend The Prophet of Islam, this act of sheer violence and brutality carried out on the teacher bears no relation whatsoever to our great Faith.
However, the horrific death of Mr Paty has raised all sorts of uncomfortable issues and questions which must be addressed by Muslims. Today EML, while in no way condoning or justifying this atrocity, will at least try and address some answers to the serious questions raised by Mr Paty's murder for the benefit of people of all faith and none in the article below.
Dr Alfredo Maiolese, President of EML
CARTOONS, CARICATURES & IMAGES IN ISLAM
By Dr Yvonne Ridley, Secretary General of EML
Islam has a strong tradition of promoting aniconism which shuns the drawing of human and animal figures relating to senior religious personalities and prophets as well as God. To paint, sculpt or create any images, for instance, depicting the Prophet Muhammad, would be considered blasphemous by most Muslims.
As a result, humans and animals are absent from the vast majority of visual Islamic art and architecture and the strictest adherence to this rule can be evidenced inside mosques, masjids, and Islamic prayer rooms where Muslims gather to worship. All these buildings are empty of human imagery but many contain beautiful representations of flowers and gardens or geometric shapes and calligraphy.
Depending on which school of thought a Muslim may follow, and what evidence he chooses to believe, there are those who think all images, photographs, and statues of humans and living creatures should be strictly forbidden while others are more relaxed.
Sunni Muslims, for instance, had decisively rejected images of the Prophet Muhammad well before the 18th-century emergence of Wahhabism reflecting a very real fear that Islam’s final messenger was slowly being turned into a demi-god. Adherents wanted fellow Muslims to focus more on the content of the Qurʾān and hâdîth rather than fall into the trap of iconising and worshipping the founder.
The Prophet Muhammad himself would be the first to admit to being nothing more than a human being and there are references to this in the Qurʾān to remind followers that he could not perform miracles, predict the future, or was anything other than a man. They are set as such:
Say [O Muhammad], "I do not tell you that I have the depositories [containing the provision] of Allah or that I know the unseen, nor do I tell you that I am an angel. I only follow what is revealed to me." Say, "Are the blind equivalent to the seeing? Then will you not give thought?” 6:50.
Say, "I hold not for myself [the power of] benefit or harm, except what Allah has willed. And if I knew the unseen, I could have acquired much wealth, and no harm would have touched me. I am nothing except a warner and a bringer of good tidings to a people who believe” 7:188.
Say, "I am only a man like you, to whom has been revealed that your god is one God. So whoever would hope for the meeting with his Lord––let him do righteous work and not associate in the worship of his Lord anyone” 18:110.
His constant reminder to others that he was an ordinary man was to avoid the cult-like veneration given previously to idols. This sort of treatment is exactly the opposite of how he wanted to be remembered by others which could further explain why he was so against any depiction of him in art or sculpture.
Clearly fearful of being turned into some sort of deity his anxieties are expressed in several hâdîth such as 5831 in Salih Muslim and narrated by Rafi' ibn Khadij when he saw people in Medina grafting palm trees and advised against it. Sometime later the same people told him that the trees were producing fewer dates. His response was: “I am a human being, so when I command you about a thing pertaining to religion, do accept it, and when I command you about a thing out of my personal opinion, keep it in mind that I am a human being.”
According to Hâdîth 281 in Salih Muslim after overhearing people quarrelling he intervened and said: “I am only a human being and litigants with cases of disputes come to me, and maybe one of them presents his case eloquently in a more convincing and impressive way than the other, and I give my verdict in his favour thinking he is truthful. So if I give a Muslim's right to another (by mistake), then that (property) is a piece of Fire, which is up to him to take it or leave it."
This explains the fear of any sort of imagery, statues or paintings of him since the most central tenet of Islam is the worship of God alone. While there’s nothing specific in the Qurʾān which prohibits portraits of the Prophet Muhammad, it does discourage––like the Hebrew Bible's Ten Commandments––the worshipping of any graven images.
One of the most significant prophets of all three Abrahamic faiths is the Prophet Abraham who was universally known for his hatred of false gods and idol worship. In Islam it is said he was inspired by God to smash the idols on display at his home in his father’s workshop in Babylon. Abraham or Ibrahim as he is known to Muslims, is the common link to Judaism, Christianity and Islam and he is regarded by Muslims as one of the chain of prophets beginning with Adam and culminating in the Prophet Muhammad.
So, while there is no direct mention of aniconism in the Qurʾān it does make clear to all Muslims that the worshipping of idols is strictly forbidden. “And verily we have sent among every Ummah [community, nation] a Messenger [proclaiming]: ‘worship Allah [alone] and avoid Taghut’ [false deities, i.e., do not worship Taghut besides Allah]”.
Another hâdîth quotes him saying: “Whoever makes a picture in this world will be asked to put life into it on the Day of Resurrection, but he will not be able to do so.” The restrictions on certain art forms come from the hâdîth collections like this in Al-Bukhari and Muslim, narrated by Abu Talhah. In another example The Prophet Muhammad said: “The angels do not enter a house in which there is an image.” Further explanations of his companions reveal that he was referring to images of creatures that have souls.
It is something Muslim artists down the centuries have grappled with as they set about creating works of art while avoiding using the images of humans or animals. Instead many turned to geometric aniconism. Muslim artists of the 21st century include the calligraffiti adherent Aerosol Arabic who is known for his combination of calligraphic elements, political slogans and inspirational messages.
The author Eva Wilson’s Introduction to Islamic Designs for Artists and Craftspeople explains that most Muslim artists use geometric foundational grids and patterns to create their work. “These fundamental methods, in addition to ornamental and functional calligraphy, enable Muslim artists to avoid figurative representations and employ sacred geometry to represent the Divine as they understand Him.”
“In this way they keep away from prohibited actions to prove their obedience to Allah and His Messenger Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. Aniconism is central to historical and contemporary Islamic Art and Architecture and will remain so as long as Muslims are educated about the core precepts of their religion,” she wrote.
Artists who have drawn or painted the Prophet Muhammad do so with his face veiled, or symbolically represent him as a flame or incorporate other subliminal images to hide any facial features or expressions. While he has been painted on a few rare occasions depictions of the founder of Islam barely exist today outside of museum archives. There is a five-storey government-commissioned mural in the heart of Tehran featuring him and some revolutionary street art emerged in Cairo during the Arab Spring but his face was obscured in both murals.
In a 1976 film called "The Message," which was about his life and distributed widely around the Muslim world in the 1970s and 1980s, the Prophet of Islam was never depicted to avoid any public confrontation or objections on the grounds of blasphemy. The film chronicles the origins of Islam and the life of Prophet Muhammad and was made in two versions: one starring the American-Mexican actor Anthony Quinn and an Arabic version featuring Egyptian actor Abdullah Gheith.
However, despite not portraying the founder of Islam in any shape or form, its release in America was suspended after members of an extremist group staged a siege in Washington, taking hostages and killing two people. The group had mistakenly believed that Quinn played the role of Muhammad on film. After being banned for more than four decades in the conservative Kingdom of Saudi Arabia it was finally given its first commercial screening in June 2018.
The controversy subsided once it became known that the Syrian-American director and producer, Moustapha Akkad, had worked around religious sensitivities which meant The Prophet of Islam was never shown or heard. Instead, his presence is suggested when other characters speak to the camera directly. And they repeat his words.
Discussions about portraying him subsided and became a non-issue until the so-called Cartoon Crisis erupted on September 30, 2005 when the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published a dozen crudely drawn images, the majority of which portrayed The Prophet Muhammad in a critical light. The newspaper defended its decision to publish the hostile cartoons saying it was merely opening up the debate about free speech and the right to criticise Islam as well as question the apparent self-censorship imposed by Muslims after the Danish writer Kare Bluitgen complained he was unable to find an illustrator for his children's book about The Prophet Muhammad because he said no one dared draw his image.
As a response the newspaper invited cartoonists to "draw the Prophet as they saw him.” The gesture, designed to promote free speech and reject what the media saw as unreasonable pressure by Muslim groups to respect their sensitivities, ignited global outrage from Muslims. Far from achieving an enlightened debate, the publication of the cartoons unleashed street demonstrations and riots in a number of Muslim countries which resulted in more than 200 deaths as well as attacks on Danish and other European diplomatic missions, attacks on churches and Christians, and a major international boycott.
The Jyllands-Posten commission was viewed by many as an invitation to be deliberately provocative towards Muslims and this was borne out by some of the content of the images; one portrayed The Prophet Muhammad carrying a fuse-lit bomb in the shape of a turban on his head decorated with the Islamic creed which was drawn by Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard.
There is little doubt that collectively, the publication of the cartoons was designed to provoke the Muslim community and one writer, Ziauddin Sardar, drew parallels with the anti-Semitic images published in Europe in the 1920s and 30s aimed at the Jewish community. He said the drawings and the issue were clearly designed to target and demonise Muslims as being violent and primitive.
"Freedom of expression is not about doing whatever we want to do because we can do it," he wrote in the Independent on Sunday. "It is about creating an open marketplace for ideas and debate where all, including the marginalised, can take part as equals.”
Michael Muhammad Pfaff, of the German Muslim League, said: “Press freedom shouldn't be used to insult people. We Germans need to know our history,” adding that the "blasphemous" cartoons were reminiscent of the caricatures of Jews published by the Nazi propaganda sheet Der Stürmer.
A group of Danish clerics and scholars headed for the Middle East to appeal for an intervention from leaders there, after they tried and failed to raise the issue with their own government officials in Denmark who bluntly refused to meet any of them or intervene in the case in an official capacity.
Within the first two months of 2006 the media coverage intensified to such a degree that it led to global protests. For many non-Muslims, especially those who were hostile to Islam, this was viewed as an attack on free speech and in response the cartoons were reprinted in newspapers in France, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Spain and Italy.
Saudi Arabia withdrew its ambassador to Copenhagen while Syria recalled its chief diplomat, and Libya closed its embassy. Armed Palestinian men from the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade briefly occupied the EU's office in the Gaza Strip, demanding an apology from Denmark.
Roger Köppel, the editor-in-chief of Die Welt in Germany, said he had no regrets and told The Guardian newspaper: “It's at the very core of our culture that the most sacred things can be subjected to criticism, laughter and satire. If we stop using our journalistic right of freedom of expression within legal boundaries then we start to have a kind of appeasement mentality. This is a remarkable issue. It's very important we did it.”
The Arab League joined in the widespread condemnation of the cartoons as Muslim communities from East to West were polarised by unfolding events. Similar controversies emerged in Paris when the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo published new cartoons of The Prophet Muhammad in addition to the 12 it republished from Jyllands-Posten. Subsequent legal actions failed and the magazine returned to the subject again stoking more controversy in 2011 which resulted in its offices being firebombed.
By 2012 the world’s Muslims were further challenged when a short, anti-Islamic movie called “Innocence of Muslims” was uploaded to YouTube in July and by the September two versions were dubbed in Arabic under the titles “The Real Life of Muhammad” and “Muhammad Movie Trailer”. It emerged that the anti-Islamic content had been added in the film’s post production stage by dubbing, without the actors' knowledge.
The anger invoked during the Cartoon Crisis was once again resurrected prompting demonstrations and protests across the Arab and Asian world causing the deaths of more than 50 with hundreds more being injured. There were similar outcries among Muslims in the West who felt that once more their beloved prophet was being attacked.
Four people, including US Ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed in Libya when extremists used protests against the film to attack US interests on 11th September, 2012. The US President Barak Obama made reference to the crisis when he addressed the United Nations General Assembly on 25th September, 2012. He said: “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. But to be credible, those who condemn that slander must also condemn the hate we see in the images of Jesus Christ that are desecrated, or churches that are destroyed, or the Holocaust that is denied”.
Internationally known journalist Mehdi Hasan wrote an open letter to the Muslim world urging restraint: “My Islamic faith is based on the principles of peace, moderation and mercy; it revolves around the Qurʾānic verses ‘There is no compulsion in religion’ (2:256) and ‘Unto you your religion, and unto me my religion,’” (109:6) he said.
Normally a staunch defender of the Muslim world he was critical of the response and accused Muslims of losing self-control. “Your fanatical counterparts on the Christian evangelical right have a phrase they often deploy: ‘WWJD’, or ‘What would Jesus do?’ Perhaps you and your fellow protesters should ask ‘WWMD’: what would Muhammad do?
Would the Prophet endorse your violent attacks on foreign embassies and schools, on police stations and shops? We both know the answer. As a child, you will have been taught, like me, about how Muhammad was verbally and physically abused by the pagan worshippers of Makkah––but never responded in kind. The Qurʾān calls him a ‘mercy for all of creation.’”
Continuing in the same vein he added: “You say you love the Prophet and cannot bear to see him abused, yet in Saudi Arabia the house of the Prophet’s first wife, Khadija, was flattened to make way for a public toilet, while the house where Muhammad was born is now overshadowed by a royal palace. Where is your rage against the Saudi regime? Or is your self-professed love for the Prophet just a cynical expression of crude anti-Americanism?”
If his words were meant to ease tensions they failed as Charlie Hebdo once again stoked the flames of hate by publishing a series of satirical cartoons of The Prophet Muhammad with some images showing him naked. The publication in the same month came a few days after the series of attacks on American embassies in the Middle East and North Africa said to be in response to the film “Innocence of Muslims”.
However, a more violent and shocking event unfolded on 7th January, 2015 when two French brothers of Algerian descent burst into the offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine killing 12 people. As they made their getaway they shouted: “We have avenged the Prophet Mohammed, we have avenged the Prophet Mohammed, we have killed Charlie Hebdo.”
Six months later, in July 2015 the editor Laurent Sourisseau announced there would be no further cartoons or drawings of The Prophet Muhammad. During an interview with the German magazine Stern he said: "We have drawn Muhammad to defend the principle that one can draw whatever one wants. It is a bit strange though: we are expected to exercise a freedom of expression that no one dares to. We've done our job. We have defended the right to caricature.”
It is increasingly clear that The Prophet Muhammad’s concerns about drawings had little to do with freedom of expression or speech and everything to do with how Islam’s followers worshipped God. He obviously feared that his prophetic message could be overlooked and ignored while images of him might create a pathway to idolatry.
As the debate continues one thing is clear: excessive veneration of The Prophet Muhammad is not acceptable in Islam just as violence as a way of showing devotion to him is also forbidden. He himself warned against all kinds of exaggerated behaviour and is reported to have said: “Do not exaggerate about me as was exaggerated about `Isa (Jesus) son of Maryam Say: the slave of Allah and His Messenger.”
I feel confident in the belief that Muhammad would have been shocked, angered and dismayed at the pointless death of the French schoolteacher a few days ago, especially since the act was carried out to allegedly defend his honour. Islam has no room for this sort of meaningless violence which does more to harm the reputation of Muhammad than restore any honour.
* The original version of this article can be found in the recent book written by Dr Yvonne Ridley called, The Rise of the Prophet Muhammad: Don't Shoot the Messenger and published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in the UK.
mercoledì 7 ottobre 2020
Our member of board and Ambassador of Peace Dr. Arben Ramkaj met in Tirana H.E. Dr. Ilir Meta, President of Republic of Albania and received from him a Prize for his commitment toward peace and interfaith dialogue. Congratulations to Ambassador Ramkaj and all his colleagues of EML in Albania.
venerdì 14 agosto 2020
At the invitation of the Italian government, the President of the EML participated in the memory of the 43 victims who tragically died from the collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa. Here Alfredo Maiolese greets the Italian Prime Minister Hon. Giuseppe Conte.
giovedì 4 giugno 2020
The Rabbi of Albania Dr. Yisro Finman had a visit today in the Inter-Religious Cooperation Center.
Rabini was introduced with the activity of the Center and its role in the society in terms of dialogue, tolerance, culture and interfaith in Albania.
Rabini had also a meeting with the Envoy of European Muslim League in the State of Albania Dr. Arben Ramkaj.
domenica 3 maggio 2020
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venerdì 17 aprile 2020
venerdì 10 aprile 2020
With this protocol the EML by its hand ICCP, continues its presence to support the capacity of humanitarien professionals in understanding the needs and vulnerabilities of civilian populations, and the protection of civilians.
martedì 7 aprile 2020
giovedì 2 aprile 2020
martedì 31 marzo 2020
Our world is in the grip of a common enemy which has no care or thought for faith, nationality, culture or gender.
The coronavirus has shown it will strike anywhere and target the most vulnerable in our midst including the disabled, old and infirm.
The thought of it rampaging through the thousands of refugee camps around our troubled world is indeed a fearful prospect.
That is why we at the European Muslim League welcome the call for an immediate global ceasefire made by the
UN Secretary General, António Guterres.
EML is not alone in its views; our global peace ambassadors also fully endorse the call for an international cessation of all conflicts and welcomed similar calls made by the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis.
Speaking at his weekly blessing, delivered from the official papal library instead of St. Peter’s Square because of the lockdown here in Italy, he singled out the call for a global ceasefire so the world can focus on fighting the coronavirus pandemic and specifically mentioned the appeal Guterres had issued.
Despite some encouraging news in some parts of the world, it is clear the coronavirus epidemic is far from over, according to the World Health Organization.
While the United States recorded its deadliest day yet on Monday, with another 540 deaths taking its fatalities past 3,000, infections have now exceeded 770,000 cases worldwide. America, Italy and Spain have all overtaken mainland China in confirmed cases.
EML President Alfredo Maiolese said: "Parallels on the social effects of the pandemic have been made with World War Two and the 1918 Spanish flu outbreak which killed an estimated 50 million. Therefore we welcome the call by Mr Guterres and the endorsement by His Holiness, Pope Francis to bring an end to all wars so we can focus on this battle against Covid 19.
"It is vital that the UN is allowed to succeed in mediations for peace in the world's conflicts especially those in the Middle East. Humanitarian aid is already over stretched in countries like Syria, Yemen and Libya."
EML Secretary General, Yvonne Ridley added: "Millions across the Muslim word depend on aid for their existence and the arrival of this pandemic in the refugee camps and war zones will undoubtedly bring about the collapse of the already fragile health systems in place.
"Covid-19 is our common enemy and unless the world unites as one fighting this pandemic will be all the more difficult. The only way to respond is by bringing about a universal ceasefire in all wars so we can can use our energies, instead, to end this deadly pandemic."
giovedì 26 marzo 2020
martedì 17 marzo 2020
EML urges everyone to deal in fact and not fake news over Covid 19
These are indeed unprecedented times and the European Muslim League is urging everyone to remain calm and responsible in the face of the biggest health challenge which may come to define the 21st century.
It is with frustration and sadness that EML notes harmful propaganda, fake news and false hopes is also growing alongside the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
It is difficult to know the origins of this misleading propaganda but those of us of faith and no faith are being equally challenged and tested. No doubt, human nature being what it is, we will all be facing this test in different ways, but it is vitally important we are able to disseminate facts from fiction.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the majority of governments are working closely to make sure the most reliable information and guidance is released.
We all have a key role to play in minimising the likelihood of transmission and impact on communities and while some measures may seem drastic, only bold and effective action can reduce the risks to us all whoever we are, however we pray or don't.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is urging a whole-of-society approach to respond to COVID-19 and we all need to play our part and act like responsible citizens. This is going to be very much a case of people-before-politics as governments come together in a coordinated effort to combat this pandemic.
While heads of states are coming together we, as individuals, must act from the grassroots accordingly. Facts and details can be accessed from local government and health websites and these are the places where EML recommends individuals go for essential and reliable information.
False hopes and propaganda will always flourish in a climate of fear. We saw this when HIV/AIDS emerged in the 1980s with rumours spreading that anyone could be contaminated simply by sharing toilets, swimming pools and even touching door handles used by sufferers.
Much of the fear back then was whipped up by the arrival of 24 hour news channels. Today we have the social media networks, fake news and smart phones which can see false information go viral within seconds.
It is the duty of each and every one of us to act in a responsible manner and deal only in the facts as they reach us from official, reliable sources.
Covid19 is not a common cold, nor is it a device to crash stock markets or cull the elderly. It is a deadly virus, a killer in our midst - but so is ignorance and we must do our utmost to guard against both.
venerdì 6 marzo 2020
giovedì 5 marzo 2020
We at the European Muslim League can not begin to imagine the heartbreak caused to pilgrims who have had their trips to Makkah cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak.
For millions of Muslims the chance to perform umrah or hajj is a once in a lifetime opportunity, an event which is often a life-changing or reaffirming commitment to Islam.
The decision by Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Hajj and Umrah to temporarily suspend entry to the kingdom to prevent coronavirus spread can not have been an easy one to make. Travel has also been suspended to Prophet Muhammad's mosque in Medina.
However at EML we and all of our global ambassadors of peace are united in the view that this was the only course of action open to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
"This virus is complex but it can spread quickly wherever there are large gatherings. In order to combat coronavirus and contain it, it is essential we all co-operate with the advice of health officials in our localities.
"My thoughts go out to the would-be worshippers who were looking forward to performing their pilgrimage to Makkah," said EML President Alfredo Maiolese in a letter to concerned Muslim groups.
The coronavirus has already had a dramatic effect on Islamic worship across the Muslim world and in Iran there has been a cancelling of Friday prayers in major cities.
The virus has now spread to more than 25 other countries around the world including the US, the UK, Singapore, France, Russia, Spain and India. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak an international health emergency.
Coronavirus is no respecter of boundaries, faiths, nationalities or culture. We are all at risk and to this end we must act in a calm and panic-free manner to overcome this global public health emergency.
giovedì 20 febbraio 2020
Hate will not win says EML President following German shootings
Today dawned with the horrific news that at least 11 people have been killed in what appears to be a far right-inspired shooting.
Our thoughts are with the families of those who died and with the survivors following the incidents at shisha bars in the German town of Hanau 25km east of Frankfurt.
German counter terrorism prosecutors have now taken over the investigation into what is being described as a xenophobic attack.
The perpetrator, according to various media, expressed extreme rightwing views in a letter of confession he left behind.
The shisha bars are known to be patronised by members of the Turkish and Kurdish communities, but at this stage little is known about the victims of this horrific attack.
However, regardless of the victims' faith, culture or identity EML offers the deepest sympathy to all of those affected by this horrific incident.
EML President Alfredo Maiolese, a leading figure in Europe's interfaith community, said: "The horrific scenario emerging from Hanau has shaken all of us to the core. Our thoughts are with every family which has been affected by this heinous crime.
"It makes those of us in EML, including our global network of peace ambassadors, more determined than ever to continue to promote our messages of love and understanding between all people of faith and none."
EML Secretary General Yvonne Ridley added: "The motives behind the attack are still being investigated but credible information emerging shows this hate crime was rooted in the rise of the far right.
"There is too much hate in the world today but our message of peace and mutual respect will continue because it will always be far more powerful than the hate which fuels the fire of xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-semitism and other forms of hatred."
mercoledì 19 febbraio 2020
martedì 18 febbraio 2020
The President of European Muslim League Amb. Dr. Alfredo Maiolese, attended at the International Conference held at the United Nations Office, on youth education in spreading the values of pluralism and respect for religious and cultural diversity, supporting the culture of diversity.
domenica 9 febbraio 2020
The conference "Safe Internet as part of education for a modern society. This conference brought together specialists, university professors, school leaders, teachers, parents, students, NGO representatives and State Police and the media. Elbasan District Prefect Mr. Maksim Malaj welcomed the organizers and praised the conference as a wonderful space to exchange messages for safe use of the Internet. The participants expressed their views on concrete ways of education as we cannot stop accessing the internet but prevent the risks through education.