H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, has expressed his appreciation for the efforts exerted by His Eminence Dr. Ahmad el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al Azhar Al Sharif, to support tolerance, peaceful coexistence and the acceptance of others, highlighting his significant role in instilling the Islamic values of tolerance and dialogue.
During the meeting, the Sharjah Ruler also underscored the important role of the World Organisation for al-Azhar Graduates which constantly works to consolidate the values of Islam and eradicate extremism, lauding their generous invitation to meet with students of Al-Azhar University, who come from 107 different countries around the world.
This came in a speech delivered by Sheikh Sultan, on Saturday, in the main hall of the Sheikh Zayed Centre for teaching Arabic to non-native speakers, as part of His Highness’ visit to the headquarters of the World Organisation for Al-Azhar Graduates in Egypt.
During his opening speech, the Sharjah Ruler has praised the wisdom of the Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, expressing his appreciation to Al-Azhar curriculum and its Islamic education.
Sheikh Sultan has further hailed the distinguished efforts of World Organisation for al-Azhar Graduates, highlighting its significant role and rich experience.
During the welcoming reception, held by Al-Azhar University, the Ruler of Sharjah was welcomed by a large number of students, members of the university’s administrative and teaching staff.
During the visit, the Ruler of Sharjah has highlighted the most prominent activities of the organisation in the field of countering radical thought, spreading the true religion with its moderate approach, facilitating the sponsoring of different students from around the world.
He also reviewed the organisation’s most important publications that support its programmes and objectives. Sheikh Sultan also reviewed a living example of the teaching methods used by the organisation.
In turn, Muhammad Hussein Mahrasawi, President of Al-Azhar University, stressed his keenness to promote scientific and cultural cooperation between Al-Azhar University and various educational institutions in the UAE, praising the visit of the Sharjah Ruler, which reflects the historical relations between Egypt and the UAE.
During the visit, Sheikh Sultan received a commemorative shield and a work of art from the university. In turn, the Ruler of Sharjah presented a number of his publications and writings as a gift to the organisation.
The Sharjah Ruler was accompanied by Jumaa Mubarak Al-Junaibi, UAE ambassador to Egypt; Mohammed Obaid Al Zaabi, Head of Protocol and Hospitality Department; and Ahmed Al Ameri, Chairman of Sharjah Book Authority.