Jeddah, January 25, 2024, Dr. Abdullatif bin Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh, the Minister of Islamic Affairs, Dawah, and Guidance, welcomed Datuk Hajja Hakima Yusof, the Director General of the Malaysian Islamic Affairs Department, at his Jeddah office today. The meeting focused on advancing cooperation in various areas outlined in the previously signed memorandum of understanding between the two countries in the realm of Islamic affairs.
Following a comprehensive discussion on matters of mutual interest, the Ministry of Islamic Affairs and the Malaysian Islamic Affairs Department committed to the effective implementation of the executive program derived from the established memorandum. The collaboration is designed to promote cooperation in Islamic affairs while adhering to the principles of moderation and embracing the tolerant values of Islam, with a firm rejection of extremism and hatred.
Among the key points agreed upon by both parties is the implementation of the memorandum's provisions related to Dawah (the act of inviting others to Islam). This includes promoting the true principles of Islam, rejecting extremism, and fostering an environment that encourages dialogue with non-Muslims about the religion. Both countries will exchange experiences in the realm of religious media programs, organize scientific courses to enhance the capabilities of preachers and imams, and facilitate the sharing of knowledge through providing Malaysia with copies of the Holy Quran and various publications from the Ministry of Islamic Affairs.
Furthermore, the collaborative efforts extend to participating in Islamic symposiums and conferences, aiming to create a platform for the exchange of ideas and discussions on pressing issues in the Islamic world. Additionally, the ministries plan to jointly organize Quran competitions to further engage the public and strengthen the understanding and appreciation of the Holy Quran.
This diplomatic initiative underscores the commitment of Saudi Arabia and Malaysia to fostering a cooperative relationship in the field of Islamic affairs, emphasizing the importance of promoting tolerance, understanding, and the true essence of Islam in today's global context. The collaboration is expected to yield positive outcomes in advancing mutual interests and reinforcing the shared values of the two nations.