The UAE is set to make world history as the Minister of State for Tolerance Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi revealed plans for the first chapter of tolerance.
In what was her first major announcement since her appointment to the new government role back in February, Sheikha Lubna revealed plans for the first tolerance chapter, which aims to combat bigotry, extremism and racism by spreading the values of tolerance, peace and coexistence.
Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi also highlighted how the charter and the discussions around it will work to highlight the true essence of Islam.
Here is a breakdown of the key elements you need to know about the history-making first chapter of tolerance:
Sheikha Lubna, revealed the importance of the media in establishing and promoting coexistence, as well as spreading tolerance among people of different cultures and backgrounds. By reporting unbiased news and by promoting the true image and essence of Islam this can be achieved.
The Minister of State for Tolerance highlighted how we should combat destructive elements and eradicate bigotry, racism, extremism and terrorism.
Supporting The Tolerance Ideology
During her speech she called upon local and international media to support and celebrate the International Day for Tolerance November 16.
The National Tolerance Programme
The UAE Cabinet launched the National Tolerance Programme in June as part of the UAE Vision 2021. Sheikha Lubna said the programme covers five main themes: international conventions, common human values, the UAE constitution, Sheikh Zayed’s vision and the teachings of Islam.
The Programme has set up a Council of Tolerance, which will develop policies to promote tolerance locally, regionally and internationally.
The Hedayah Institute
The UAE’s strategy for promoting tolerance also includes the Hedayah Institute. Founded in 2011, it aims to combat extremist religion and promoting interfaith dialogue. With the opening of Hedayah in Abu Dhabi, there is now an institution dedicated to addressing this long-term, strategic challenge
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