Jakarta (ANTARA) - Secretary General of the Muslim World League (MWL) Sheikh Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa praised the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) for its commendable work at the International Conference on Religion, Peace and Civilization.

"We appreciate the great work of the MUI and all religious foundations that took part in initiating this event," he stated at the event via video that was monitored online in Jakarta, Monday.

Al-Issa said this event can enlighten the views, thoughts, and morals of the people regarding religion, peace, and civilization.

He also said that this event was important to hold in the wake of several cases of religious phobia that he believes cannot be tolerated.

According to Al-Issa, religion cannot be separated from civilization and human life in society. He also quoted the words of the modern philosopher from France, Henri Bergson.

"Many people gather without knowledge, art, and philosophy, but there are no people, who gather without religion," the former minister of justice of Saudi Arabia stated.

He stressed that religious differences were not a justification for disputes, but instead, upheld the establishment of a respectable human civilization.

He believes that the existence of differences is useful for understanding one another, maintaining diversity, and for healthy competition among religious believers, so that they work hand-in-hand for a common good.

"Dialogue like this is not an option, but it is a strategy to integrate all the interests of society," he affirmed.

He stated that all religious leaders in the world must work together to avoid disputes and build a harmonious life among religious adherents.

At the conclusion of his remarks, Al-Issa prayed that this event would be facilitated and launched, and those related to this event be accepted for their good deeds by Allah Subhanahu wa Taala (SWT).

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