At a time when the United Arab Emirates calls for tolerance of other religions and cultures, which is what the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has followed since its establishment of the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue in Austria in 2012, the policy of the two countries is characterized by its tightness with scholars and advocates Islamists and human rights activists led to their arrest and trial on various charges, according to observers.
In support of that declared role, on February 23, 2019, the first regional ministerial conference to promote religious freedom and the role of education and religious tolerance in combating extremist ideology was held in Abu Dhabi. The conference discussed several axes, the most prominent of which is the role of the United Arab Emirates in teaching interfaith tolerance and preventing Violent extremism.
On February 5, 2019, the United Arab Emirates hosted the Sheikh of Al-Azhar, Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, and the Pope of the Vatican, Francis, and launched from Abu Dhabi (the document of human brotherhood that refers to coexistence and respect for freedoms of belief, expression and practice, and the document stressed the importance of stopping support for terrorist and extremist movements With money or weapons, or by providing media cover for them, according to press reports.
The UAE and Saudi Arabia decided to hold these conferences and seminars and open the horizons of dialogue between followers of other religions and cultures, which raised many questions about the absence of this policy of tolerance in its dealings with scholars, academics, writers, media figures and national symbols that have a prominent academic, religious and social standing in both countries. They have been arrested years ago and are still They languish behind bars and prisons.
Double treatment between what raises the slogans of tolerance with other religions and cultures, and the policy of suppression and silencing of internal activists empties these claims of their truth, as there is no truth to the so-called tolerance on the ground in all of our Arab countries, but tolerance is what the ruling authorities want and not in its true meaning and concept. Iraqi preacher and researcher Farouk Al Dhafiri.
He added in an interview with“Arabic 21”The Arab peoples suffer from a big problem, namely that their rulers bully them, but they are subjugated in front of the outside, so the proverb that says (Asad Ali and wars are ostriches) applies to them. And imposed on them to restrict their societies in order to preserve them in power and their thrones. ”
Al-Dhafiri believed that those policies that are imposed on the regimes are aimed at sowing discord between the ruler and reformers first, and then with the general population after that, warning that “if the rulers understand that in fact the advisors are their strength that they must rely on, and not the other way around, security and safety will be achieved.” In our Arab countries. ”
For his part, the Yemeni journalist, Fadl Abu Bakr Al-Eisaei, asked “about the reasons for this attack on two countries that, in his opinion, are the best in the Arab region, in terms of conservatism, education and support for preachers in a way that is consistent with the concept of the state, and refused to deviate from the rulers of the matter,” describing what is said about Saudi Arabia and the UAE They annoy the scholars and preachers that it is an unrealistic hadith “in defense of them” by virtue of its coexistence with the culture of the two countries, where he found in them the broader good of the Islamic world, he said.
He believed that “the problem with Islamic currents is that they tried to exploit religion and represent Islam inappropriately, so preachers from outside the circle of specialists in Islamic sciences became at the forefront of the scene in rhetoric and fatwas, so they distorted the concept of religion, and marched towards violence and terrorism, in addition to their ambitions to control power,” Until the matter came to conspiring against the region by those currents, whether from Qom or the Brotherhood’s mullahs.
He continued his speech to“Arabic 21” Describing them as “the most prominent enemy in spreading rumors towards the Emirates and Saudi Arabia, while the reality is otherwise compared to Islamic countries, they are the true scene of respectful and moderate Islam that came to bring people out of darkness into light,” noting that “freedom stops when a person goes beyond the freedom of others and threatens security and tranquility.” .
Al-Eisaei called in his statements to“Arabic 21” Islamic currents point to “the necessity of coexistence, above all, with the reality of the globe, as it is not possible for preachers to understand in all sciences and fields, as disciplines have become today a necessity for rebuilding the land and building societies.”
He pointed out that “the systems for building the concept of the modern state need to develop ideas and cultural life to keep pace with the world because coexistence on earth has become a reality from East to West, and it is necessary in building the concept of the state to isolate religion from politics. As for religions, they are personal freedom that does not impose but rather is. The call to goodness, “as he put it.
He praised the security and stability of Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and facilitating the livelihood of their people, therefore, “they are taking the lead in the standards of living in all its forms,” expressing his reservations about many of the criticisms and pessimistic views directed at them, as “most of the citizens of Arab countries wish they were living With the same standard of living that the two countries provide to their citizens. “
In turn, the Egyptian writer and journalist, Gamal Sultan, said that the UAE “is well aware that it is a system of oppression, tyranny and violating human dignity, and such efforts that it is undertaking are an attempt to wash its hand from that shame, and it is trying to practice what could be called political investment in identification with global calls to be beautified.” Before the world, it wipes off the gloom that the international media reports about the imprisonment and displacement of dozens of Emiratis simply because they are demanding reform or transparency or even discussing anything related to the affairs of their country.
He continued to speak to“Arabic 21” By saying, “Show does not help, and it is not sufficient to wash Abu Dhabi’s hand from the dismal history in the field of human rights. They installed one of their princes as Minister of Tolerance. The world was surprised by complaints against him in Britain related to his sexual harassment of women and the rape of some of them by force.”
He continued: “Some close to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed are calling today for a law to protect homosexuals and preserve their rights,” asking: “Is it not a priority to preserve the ordinary human being and the ordinary citizen his rights and impose his protection from oppression and oppression?”
It is noteworthy that both Saudi Arabia and the UAE, while they raise slogans of tolerance with other religions and cultures, are still arresting dozens of academic, religious, educational, media and national figures, the most prominent of whom are in Saudi Arabia Dr. Salman Al-Awda, Awad Al-Qarni, Hamza Al-Omari, Salman Al-Alwan, and in the Emirates Professor The law is Dr. Muhammad Al-Roken, the academic Dr. Nasser bin Ghayeb Al-Marri, and the educator Ahmed Saqr Al-Suwaidi.
Source: عربي21 by arabi21.com.
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