We request that people sign this declaration to support peace and to fight against extremism. We would like to show how much humanity cares and can stand up for peace.
Recent decades have seen the world's great faith and cultural communities torn apart by misunderstandings and mistrust to such an unfortunate degree that people of good intentions towards each other are now compelled to declare their unequivocal rejection of the beliefs and activities that divide them and their unreserved embrace of the beliefs and activities that unite them.
This declaration is being launched by Muslims for the Muslims of the world and for the rest of humanity.
On 24 September 2011, Minhaj-ul-Quran convened the "Peace for Humanity Conference" at Wembley Arena in London where Tahir-ul-Qadri and the assembled speakers issued a declaration of peace on behalf of religious representatives of several faiths, scholars, politicians, and 12,000 participants present from various countries. This conference was endorsed by, or received supportive messages from, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar University, Ban Ki-Moon (Secretary General of the United Nations), Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu (Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation), David Cameron (British Prime Minister), Nick Clegg (British Deputy Prime Minister), Rowan Williams (Archbishop of Canterbury) and others.
We, the signatories to this London Declaration for Global Peace & Resistance against Extremism, affirm that all humans everywhere possess inherent dignity and immutable rights: these including freedom from poverty, oppression, fear and prejudice and freedom of belief, worship and expression.
Message of Support by Ban Ki-Moon Secretary General United Nations
I am pleased to send greetings to the Minhaj-ul-Quran International Peace for Humanity Conference.
Your activities are also relevant to global efforts to respond to the threat posed by terrorism. Muslims have been among those hardest-hit by this scourge. At the same time, a very small minority of Muslims have perverted their faith to justify heinous acts, prompting calls for Muslims to condemn terrorism and suicide bombings. These calls have been answered in part by your founder, Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri, through his historic Fatwa on Terrorism and Suicide Bombings. This and other works of Islamic scholarship can help counter those who twist the tenets of Islam to justify criminal and inhumane acts.
I hope you will join these efforts, using your consultative status at the United Nations to participate in our work.
Message of Support by David Cameron, British Prime Minister
Faith communities have important role in striving for the public good and creating the Big Society - a society in which people come together, and work collaboratively to improve their communities and neighborhoods. I commend Minhaj-ul-Quran’s active engagement with communities, including with so many young people. Championing the values of peaceful coexistence, tolerance and equality has seldom been more important and Minhaj-ul-Quran can be proud of its efforts in promoting and fostering good relations. I wish your Conference every success.
Message of Support by Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury
It is a very great pleasure for me to send greetings to the Minhaj-ul-Quran gathering at this time. This network of people plays a crucial role in building security, understanding and true faith in our world. And the witness and the work of Shaykh Tahir-ul-Qadri has been a great example to many of us. In context of Pakistan he has worked tirelessly to promote understanding and tolerance in a true pluralism in which people are able to give thanks for each-others integrity and each-others faith. My prayer is that love and that grace will be richly at work among you in your meeting.
To read the full declarations please click this link http://www.londondeclaration.com/ to know more about the conference through which the peace declaration was conveyed to the people.
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