Abdulraheem Mandi Al Tameemi, faculty member at the Mohamed Bin Zayed University for Humanities has affirmed that the United Arab Emirates is a global model of tolerance and coexistence by encompassing over 200 nationalities as well as its efforts in spreading tolerance and coexistence around the world.
During the seminar 'Peaceful Coexistence' at the Muslim Council of Elders' stand in the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, Al Tameemi explained that peaceful coexistence is an Islamic trait encouraged by the Holy Quran and the Sunnah since the Prophet of Allah (PBUH) played a great role in establishing coexistence upon his arrival in Medina, which was home to a multifaceted society, where he established the Medina Charter.
The faculty member at the Mohamed bin Zayed University for Humanities added that for coexistence to take place there must be competition without conflict and that coexistence doesn't necessarily mean adopting other cultures since everyone has a unique identity that must be understood and appreciated. He insisted that coexistence also involves respecting the authority of the state as well as all the social and religious components within it.
Al Tameemi also revealed that the challenges facing coexistence include the negative role played by various extremist political parties and groups and that poor media practices have an equally negative effect. This can be countered by promoting the role of positive media outlets and training young people on the importance of human fraternity, tolerance, and coexistence.
The Muslim Council of Elders' stand at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2023 is set to host several seminars and activities aimed at rectifying misconceptions, promoting dialogue and tolerance, and building bridges of communication and coexistence. These efforts align with the Council's message, under the Chairmanship of His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, which aims to enhance peace in Muslim and non-Muslim societies.