NNA - Dar-al-Fatwa hosted on Tuesday a conference on the role of the official religious institutions in anchoring peace and dialogue, with the collaboration of Berghof Foundation, with the participation of the Muftis of Lebanon, Egypt, and Jordan, as well as al-Azhar Deputy Sheikh Abbas Shouman.
In a word delivered on the occasion, Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdullatif Darian maintained that the official religious institutions must shoulder responsibility for running the affairs of Muslims as well as for enhancing the values of dialogue, tolerance, and moderation.
"Islam is a religion of goodness and mercy, dialogue and cooperation, justice and love," he underlined, rejecting attempts to accuse Islam of terror.
"We, in Lebanon, respect the freedom of opinion, and we recognize and respect the others; we refuse to accuse Islam of terrorism and extremism," he corroborated.
For his part, Sheikh Shouman indicated that al-Azhar was keen on communicating and collaborating with all the official religious instances.
"Al-Azhar is endeavoring to anchor the values of coexistence, tolerance, and violence rejection, as well as to espouse a culture of real dialogue," he stressed.
"Al-Azhar is working on spreading the moderation of Islam," he concluded.
The event was attended by MP Ammar Houri representing Prime Minister Saad Hariri, in addition to a panel of politicians, diplomats, and representatives of the Islamic sects and communities.