(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/13/2008) – Representatives of the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) yesterday joined leaders of other religious communities at a reception, hosted by Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah in New York City, designed to promote interfaith understanding.
The king is in New York to take part in a Saudi-initiated United Nations interfaith meeting calling for a united front to combat terrorism and promote tolerance. President Bush today addressed the U.N. interfaith gathering and then met privately with King Abdullah.
SEE: Saudi King Promotes Tolerance at U.N. Forum (Reuters)
SEE ALSO: Bush Speaks About ‘Common Values’ at Interfaith U.N. Conference (Wash Post)
CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad and Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper joined representatives of the Islamic, Jewish, Christian, Sikh, and other faith communities at the groundbreaking event.
King Abdullah began the discussion with a speech encouraging interfaith dialogue and stressing that God asks members of all faiths to show compassion and mercy.
“The time has come to say ‘enough’ to violence, to senseless killing and to the usurpation of the rights of others,” said King Abdullah. He took questions and heard comments from interfaith leaders following his remarks.
In his comments to King Abdullah, CAIR’s Awad stressed the importance of implementing dialogue through practical initiatives such as this week’s U.N. interfaith meeting.
Representatives of CAIR also took part in recent conferences on interfaith dialogue in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and Madrid, Spain.
SEE: CAIR Joins Call for Interfaith Understanding at Madrid Summit
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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