More than half a billion Muslims live in a religious and humane minority in multicultural, religious and ethnic countries. As the challenges facing Muslim societies in non-Muslim countries grow as geopolitical developments such as wars, political crises, or intellectual challenges such as extremism spread, or when parties characterized by racism and hatred of the other dominate the political landscape, consequently there is a growing need to develop mechanisms to spread the culture of pride in the national affiliation and activating the values of the social contract in order to achieve the integration of these communities in their environments, protect them intellectually and spiritually and lastly to protect them from racial discrimination or ethnic cleansing. In order to consolidate the elements of the national affiliation as the defense of national unity and stability, became an urgent need to start the pursuit of a pioneering global initiative to promote the concept of citizenship and its values among the members of Muslim communities as an essential component in the development of their countries and to correct the stereotypical image of Islam and Muslims, and to ensure their natural rights to practice their religious rituals according to the international content of the rights of religious and ethnic minorities, thus guaranteeing the right of societies to cultural and religious pluralism. In order to achieve this, and based on the cultural message of the United Arab Emirates aimed at spreading the culture of peace to achieve community security, and inspired by its pioneering international initiatives to promote the values of coexistence and mutual respect among the peoples of the world, and to promote tolerance and dialogue between followers of religions and cultures, held by international and Islamic organizations on the subject of Muslim societies, and in response to the demands of many leaders of institutions of Muslim communities in non-Muslim countries, Abu Dhabi is launching a global institutional initiative for the World Council of Muslim Communities to be an institutional entity that enhances the role of Muslims and elevates their practice in their societies as well as international forums.
* The definition of the World Council of Muslim Communities:
An international institution aimed at coordinating the efforts of the institutions of the Muslim communities in non-Muslim countries and enhancing their role to achieve civilizational witnesses to encourage their members to contribute to the advance of their civil, cultural and economic states, correct the stereotypical image of Islam and Muslim societies and bridge the intellectual and cultural gap between the components of human society. It should be noted that this Council is not intended to be a substitute for local institutions operating in Muslim communities in non-Muslim countries or government institutions. Rather, it is focused on helping these institutions develop mechanisms that will serve individuals in the service of their home countries through a platform to help them exchange experiences and work. In order to be able to build a better future for
future generations in their communities and to cooperate with their respective governments to do so.
(and you shall speak unto all people in a kindly way)
To activate the cultural role of Muslim societies in non-Muslim countries to promote the values of citizenship and multiculturalism.
Partnership with the other for the safety and security of nations.
- To enhance coordination among active institutions in Muslim societies in non-Muslim countries, exchange experiences among them, and coordinate with governmental institutions and international and local organizations to serve its mission.
- To promote cultural pluralism and respect cultural and intellectual specificities of Muslim communities in non-Muslim countries.
- To promote and spread the values of moderation, dialogue, tolerance, national affiliation, and to renounce religious intolerance and hatred of others.
- To emphasize the promotion of the civil and political rights of Muslim communities in non-Muslim countries as an inherent human right in accordance with international and national charters.
- To consolidate a religious discourse that helps to enable Muslim communities in non-Muslim countries to reconcile the requirements of affiliation with religion and the requirements of belonging to the homeland, in order to promote the values of citizenship.
- To protect the Muslim communities in non-Muslim countries against the threat of extremist religious groups and their websites.
- To activate academic, professional, legal and human rights mechanisms to correct stereotypes about Islam and Muslim societies in the media.
- To qualify families, women, youth and children in the field of education on citizenship and pride in their national, cultural and religious identity and contribute to the development of their societies.
- To highlight the successes of Muslim communities in non-Muslim countries around the world and disseminate the models that promote positive practices and civilizational contribution to their members through their open interaction with other components of their societies.
- To prepare and provide leaderships in Muslim societies in non-Muslim countries through the development of appropriate systems and programs for the development of human resource competencies and leaders in various institutions.
The Council undertakes a number of tasks that enhance the practices of Muslim communities in different non-Muslim countries and increase the effectiveness of their performance towards their children and communities through:
-The Universal Charter of Rights and Freedoms for Muslim Communities.
-The strategic plan to promote the civilizational role of Muslim societies in non-Muslim countries.