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Religious leaders have an impact on a huge number of people and can play a role in building a peaceful society in which there is no place for extremism and violence, the UN Secretary General insisted while presenting a new action plan.
The plan of action is the result of two-year consultations with the participation of religious leaders from various world faiths, as well as spiritual organizations.
The document deals with the role that religious leaders can play in the fight against extremist ideology. Secretary General Antonio Guterres expressed the hope that the new initiative will help to oppose those who, guided by hateful views, manipulate religious teachings. We all become witnesses of how the religious teachings are perverted and distorted throughout the world, said Guterres. These cynical manipulations, he added, are used to justify discrimination, incitement to violence.
Antonio Guterres stressed that hate language breeds suspicion and intolerance and, as a rule, is a harbinger of monstrous crimes, including genocide. He added that knowing the symptoms, it is much easier to prevent them. And here religious leaders can help with their authority and example.
Doctoral student of Leiden University (the Netherlands) Said-Rizo Balkhi:
“The policy of Uzbekistan, which simultaneously takes care of the values of Islam and other religions, deserves respect. Unfortunately, today there are attempts to discredit the Muslim religion. In this context, it is necessary to note the special role of the republic’s leadership in promoting genuine Islam based on peacefulness and constructive creativity.”
Research fellow at the Leiden University Elena Paskaleva:
“Our university is the only one in the Netherlands that hosts Central Asian Studies. Ever since the courses on the history of Central Asian countries was launched, we regularly hold conferences and seminars on Uzbekistan. They are important from the point of view of studying the country’s expertise in cementing interethnic and interreligious harmony. Uzbekistan is one of the centers of Islamic culture. Great scientists and thinkers of this region made a significant contribution to the development of world civilization. We were very enthusiastic about the news of the establishment of Imam Bukhari International Research Center in Samarkand and a special department at the Tashkent Islamic University.”