Madrid interfaith forum had positive impact, says participant
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah shaking hands with Dr Abdulla Brown at the recent interfaith conference in Madrid, Spain. (AN photo)
JEDDAH: The World Conference on Interfaith Dialogue that was held in Madrid in July has its positive impact, according to Dr. Abdullah Brown, medical director of the Maghrabi Eye and ENT Center in Madinah.
Expressing his satisfaction with the current results, Brown, an American Muslim and chief cataract, glaucoma and refractive surgeon who participated in the event on the recommendation of Sheikh Saleh Al-Hosain, head of the Presidency for the Two Holy Mosques Affairs, said two months after the conference the public opinion still raised talk of the results describing it as a success. “The conference brought together the world’s religious leaders and united them in the spirit of cooperation. To me, that is a great success,” Brown said.
Being the director of interfaith affairs for the Canadian Dawa Association and author of five books on comparative religion, Brown witnessed the dialogues that took place between religious leaders and followers from around the world during the three-day conference.
Describing the conference as revolutionary, Brown said he believed the dialogue was the first step in trying to unite humanity on the platform of a global ethic. “This was not a typical interfaith conference. Rather than presenting all religions as being the same, this conference bluntly highlighted various differences among major religions. This was reflected in Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah’s appeal for the religions not to compromise but to simply get along,” he said.
Many prominent religious and political figures, including former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former US presidential candidate Rev. Jesse Jackson attended the conference.