The Malaysian branch of the Muslim Council of Elders has held an iftar for Malaysian religious leaders as part of the Council's message of spreading the values of dialogue, tolerance, and coexistence.
During the iftar ceremony, Datuk Senator Dr. Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri, member of the Muslim Council of Elders and Malaysia's former Minister of Islamic Affairs, affirmed that the Council under the Chairmanship of His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, places a great emphasis on promoting dialogue, understanding, and respect between followers of different religions.
Al-Bakri went on to say that the Council's Malaysian branch is eager to improve communication with all sectors of the Malaysian society while also emphasising that the ceremony represents a chance to interact and emphasise the human commonalities that bring us together.
The attendees, for their part, praised the Muslim Council of Elders' efforts to spread and promote peace and coexistence, as well as their appreciation for all of the Council's efforts and endeavours to spread the principles of fraternity and coexistence. They also expressed gratitude for the 2019 Abu Dhabi Document on Human Fraternity, which was co-signed by His Eminence the Grand Imam and His Holiness Pope Francis. Participants also agreed that the Malaysian branch of the Muslim Council of Elders will be one of Malaysia's primary resources for understanding true Islam and propagating the ideals of love, coexistence, and peace.
Notable guests included Reverend Jonathan Secretary-General of the Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM), Jason Leong
Advisor to the Christians for Peace & Harmony in Malaysia, Dr. M Bala Tharmalingam
President of the Malaysia Hindu Academy, Loh Pai Ling President of the Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia, TK Lee the Speaker-Moderator of the Baha'i Community of Malaysia and Dr. Charanjit Kaur, the Interfaith Speaker for the Sikh community.