- The new charter has been well received by 1,000 government officials, representatives of the Abrahamic religions, and intellectuals and the media.
- The participants affirmed that the contemporary international context imposes the institutionalization of this alliance, and the development of a charter for it.
- The charter affirms the role of religious leaders in contributing to spreading tranquility and building peace, through coordination between believers of the world's religions.
Religious leaders signed the new Alliance of Virtue Charter, launched by the Forum for the Promotion of Peace in Muslim Societies, as part of the work of the sixth annual meeting held between December 9-11 this year in Abu Dhabi. The meeting was held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, under the theme, “The Role of Global Support for Tolerance and Religious Freedom.”
The new charter has been well received by 1,000 government officials, representatives of the Abrahamic religions, and intellectuals and the media. Considering that this charter constitutes a movement for all mankind towards ending the discourse based on religious or ethnic conflict and paving the way for the formation of a strong alliance from the first rest to defend peace and peace in the world.
The participants affirmed that the contemporary international context imposes the institutionalization of this alliance, and the development of a charter for it. This works to transfer religious freedom, cooperative relations and the values of tolerance from mere possibility to the degree of moral and legal obligation. This is especially true with regard to protecting the places of worship where attack has threatened freedom of religion in many parts of the world.
The forum’s activities witnessed the presentation of the “New Alliance of Virtue Pact” text and its articles, and its discussion in the light of documents, charters and declarations that paved the way for it. Among these was the Marrakesh Declaration on the Rights of Minorities, the Abu Dhabi Declaration on Peace, the Washington Declaration, the Human Brotherhood Document, and the Mecca Document.
The provisions of the charter of the New Alliance of Virtue Pact stipulate the necessity of respecting the principle of human dignity. People’s religions, tongues, colors, and races may differ. However, the document recognizes the principle of freedom of choice, freedom to practice religion, the principle of tolerance, the principle of peace, the principle of mercy, and the principle of honoring others and the principle of fulfilling covenants and solidarity.
The charter affirms the role of religious leaders in contributing to spreading tranquility and building peace, through coordination between believers of the religions of the Abrahamic family, and followers of other religions of the human family. The charter also address extremism and violent thought and letters of incitement and hatred and to adopt a reconciliation approach in each religion to establish tolerance in all its dimensions.
It is noteworthy that the “Forum for the Promotion of Peace” had devoted its fifth annual meeting, from December 5-7 2018, to the theme, “The Alliance of Virtue: An opportunity for world peace.”
After the success achieved by joint initiatives and projects between a few leaders of the Abrahamic religions, such as the sixth forum, an opportunity to study the project of forming a grand alliance based on shared religious and human values that can contribute to alleviating the suffering that mankind is experiencing today and launching large-scale initiatives to enhance coexistence, solidarity, and love between humans of different races, religions and intellectual paths.