From Indonesia in the east to Italy in the west, the missions of the Muslim Council of Elders observe the rituals of the blessed month of Ramadan and promote moderation and tolerance

Religious diplomacy serves as a key strategy for the Muslim Council of Elders in promoting enlightened moderate thought worldwide.


As part of its commitment to fostering peace and advocating for values of dialogue, tolerance, and mutual coexistence, the Muslim Council of Elders has, for the first time this year, dispatched several religious missions to various countries. These missions aim to celebrate the nights of Ramadan and spread the values of moderation, tolerance, and enlightened Islamic thought.

The missions have included several Qur'an reciters and Islamic preachers sent to countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Germany, Italy, and others. Their tasks include leading prayers, reciting the Noble Qur'an, and delivering khutbahs (sermons) and religious lectures to worshippers. These efforts are designed to strengthen ties with Muslims worldwide, enhance their religious awareness, encourage positive integration into their communities, and protect them from extremist ideologies, thereby safeguarding them from falling into the clutches of violent and terrorist groups.


The Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Elders, His Excellency Judge Mohamed Abdelsalam, stated that the Council, under the leadership of His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Al-Sharif, aims through its extensive programs and activities worldwide to connect Muslims with the fundamentals of their religion and creed. It seeks to enhance a correct understanding of Islam and raise their awareness of the ethical methods to confront the challenges facing members of Muslim communities around the world, especially in light of the increasing phenomenon of Islamophobia. His Excellency Judge Mohamed Abdelsalam pointed out that the goal of these religious missions is to promote the values of tolerance and peaceful coexistence, achieve positive integration while preserving Islamic identity, provide a deep understanding of Islamic religious values and traditions, and how to apply these values in daily life.

Since the start of the sacred month of Ramadan, the missions of the Muslim Council of Elders have been carrying out intensive activities amidst significant official and public participation. In Indonesia, His Excellency Yaqut Khalil Qumas, Minister of Religious Affairs, received a delegation from the Muslim Council of Elders, expressing his appreciation for the Council's efforts in promoting the values and culture of tolerance and peaceful coexistence worldwide, and addressing the most prominent issues of the Islamic nation, such as the discourse of extremism and hatred, as well as the widespread phenomenon of Islamophobia.

The Muslim Council of Elders' mission to Indonesia included a range of events and activities. They conducted a ceremony to certify students at the Al-Kawthar Institute for Quranic Sciences, where students learned about the Hadith of Mercy (Rahmah), which is a common Hadith Musalsal bi al-Awwaliyyah, accompanied by readings of Imam al-Nawawi's Forty Hadith along with brief relevant comments and remarks for both male and female students. The students were also certified with the Isnads (chains of transmission) of the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar of the hadiths explained by Imam Al-Nawawi. Additionally, the mission visited the Dar Al-Najah Institute and University in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, which has 2,500 students. It met with Dr. Safwan Manaf, the university's director, and several university leaders to discuss ways to advance the university's scientific progress. Dr. Salah Al-Shami, a member of the mission, then delivered a public lecture on the purposes of fasting, which was attended by all students of Dar Al-Najah Institute and University, who interacted with the lecture.

In Dar Al-Safwa in the city of Depok, West Java, Dr. Salah Al-Shami and the mission of the Muslim Council of Elders held an extended session between Asr and Maghrib, where students heard the Isnads (chains of transmission) from His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and Council’s Chairman, of the Hadith Musalsal bi al-Awwaliyyah known as the Hadith of Mercy, the Hadith Musalsal bi al-Awwaliyyah on Friday, and the fasting Hadiths from the book "Bulugh Al-Maram" (Attainment of the Objective According to Evidence of the ordinances) by Al-Hafiz Ibn Hajar Al-Asqalani. They also certified the attending institute students along with a large number of professors and students from other institutes. The gathering was held for a second time in the same institute after Qiyam (night) prayers, where they read a portion of the Hadiths of Abu Bakr Muhammed ibn Al-Hussein ibn Fingawya Al-Thaqafi on the virtue of the month of Ramadan, and licensed those present with chains of transmission from the Grand Imam.

The Council's mission also had a meeting with His Excellency Professor Muhammad Quraish Shihab, a member of the Muslim Council of Elders and a distinguished scholar and former Minister of Religious Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia. The discussion covered essential guidance and advice for their academic and Da’wa journey in Indonesia.

In Malaysia, the Council's mission participated in various activities and events in several mosques in Kuala Lumpur, the capital. These activities included performing Qiyam (night) prayers, reciting the Qur’an, and delivering religious lectures on various aspects of the Islamic faith. Additionally, members of the mission met with His Excellency Datuk Senator Dr. Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri, a member of the Muslim Council of Elders, a member of the Senate, and the former Minister of Islamic Affairs of Malaysia. The discussion focused on the most important issues and challenges facing the Islamic nation and the Council's delegation program during the blessed month of Ramadan in Malaysia.

In Italy, the mission of the Muslim Council of Elders organized numerous activities and events in several Italian cities, including Milan, the "Al Madina Center", the "Erba Center" in the city of Lecco, and the "Al Buraq Center" in the city of Como. These activities included performing Qiyam (night) prayers and delivering sermons on religious reflections after prayers in mosques and religious lectures after the Asr and Isha prayers. They also included organizing a program for memorizing the Qur’an for children and adults, holding recitation sessions, and teaching Tajweed (the rules of Quranic recitation) for adults. Quranic recitation sessions for women were also organized.

The Republic of Kazakhstan welcomed the mission of the Muslim Council of Elders, who conducted an important tour of mosques and important religious centers across the country to celebrate the nights of the blessed month of Ramadan. The tour included several cities, including Kokshetau, Stepnogorsk, Pavlodar, and Shymkent, where the mission members were warmly received with great enthusiasm and interest.

In Germany, the Council’s mission organized an exceptional tour of several mosques and important religious centers across the country. The mission members delivered impactful and impressive Qur’anic recitations that attracted both Muslims and non-Muslims alike. They also engaged in religious discussions and dialogues with the Muslim community and the local community, exchanging views on important religious and cultural issues and various challenges.



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