ABU DHABI -- The General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments, GAIAE, has organised, under the supervision of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, a qualitative seminar today, titled, "The UAE Facing Terrorism, Legislative Concentrates and National Efforts".

The seminar's activities, which were held at the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi, was attended by Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of State for Tolerance; Sheikh Abdallah bin Bayyah, Chairman of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies; Dr. Mohammed Mattar Al Kaabi, Chairman of GAIAE and Secretary-General of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies, as well as scholars, guests of His Highness the President, and a major audience of scholars, researchers, organisations, academies and concerned authorities.

During her speech at the seminar, Sheikha Lubna welcomed the representatives of the GAIAE and appreciated their dedicated and diligent efforts, to establish the values of tolerance and moderation. She also thanked the speakers and participants who made important recommendations for establishing moderate thought, to challenge exaggeration, terrorism and extremism, and for strengthening the values of tolerance to combat violence, bias and hatred.

She added that the UAE's leadership, government and people represent the values of tolerance, solidarity, brotherhood and unity. She highlighting that the UAE's established foundations are based on mutual respect, understanding, dialogue, co-operation and the rejection of all forms of terrorism, violence and extremism, while hosting over 200 nationalities living together in dignity and peace, working with appreciation and respect, and communicating in harmony and unity.

She highlighted the UAE's desire to strengthen the values of tolerance and peace and face extremism and terrorism, in light of the supreme directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, his brother, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

She also clarified that the world today is facing difficult and highly complicated circumstances, as terrorism has become an international plague that undermines national progress, tears apart the social fabric and threatens national and regional security, as well as peace and international security. Therefore, she added that the UAE has realised its national responsibility and its commitment to joint international responsibility with other countries, as it is aware of the global challenges resulting from violence, extremism and hatred while not sparing any efforts to fight all types, shapes and forms of terrorism.

She further added that the UAE has fought and will continue to fight extremism and hatred by establishing the values of tolerance, peace, co-existence and harmony. Therefore, the UAE has taken quick and effective steps to destroy the phenomenon of terrorism by working to spread and promote moderate religious speech that challenges terrorism, extremism and bias, as well as exaggeration, strictness and sectarianism. She then highlighted the UAE's international initiatives for humanity, as the UAE has not ignored religious and cultural propaganda while placing preventative measures to prevent intellectual extremism that promote terrorist acts.

She stressed that combatting violence, extremism and terrorism mainly rely on developing culture, intellect and awareness, as well as supporting dialogue between nationalities, religions and cultures. It also replies on preparing legislations and laws to criminalise bias, hatred, extremism and racism while limiting their spread, drying up their sources and standing up against organisations and institutions that promote terrorism, she added.

In his opening speech during the seminar, Sheikh Abdallah bin Bayyah highlighted the vision of the wise leadership of the UAE and their ways of dealing with extremism and terrorism, their intellectual and funding sources and their corruption of true religious texts. He also stressed the danger of removing texts from their intellectual framework, then employing them in a deliberate attempt to promote immoral desires, thoughts and practices.

Source: Emirates News Agency