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02 February 2012

ISESCO/Culture: a link to Islamic Heritage Committee on ISESCO website

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Rabat: The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) today (January 31, 2012) has placed a link to the Islamic Heritage Committee on its website.


ISESCO Director General Dr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri in his introduction to the link said, “The Islamic Heritage Committee has been established at a time of ongoing challenges to the Muslim Arab Ummah, which include destruction and looting of centuries-old cultural and civilizational heritage in Iraq and Afghanistan. Worse are the excavations by the Israeli occupation forces in the environs of Al Aqsa Mosque, in total lack of deference to the archaeological and religious monuments in Al Quds Al Sharif which Muslims and Christians treat as sacred.”


He pointed out, “On top of the cultural rights of both individuals and communities comes the need to preserve cultural and civilization heritage, in its being a crossing point of past, present and future and a melting-pot where people’s identities and creative genius blend together, which is why ISESCO gives prior attention to Muslim Arab heritage in its plans, programmes and activities, as evidenced by the establishment of the Islamic Heritage Committee.”


An adequate mechanism, he stressed, is therefore of the essence to assess the current situation of Muslim heritage and identify historical, cultural and religious monuments in danger, with the use of modern technologies. Based on the recommendation of ISESCO, the Islamic Conference of Culture Ministers at its fifth session held in Tripoli, Libya, on 21-23 November 2007, decided to set up the Islamic Heritage Committee to best coordinate and make more effective ISESCO’s action in areas relating to Islamic cultural heritage, Dr Altwaijri explained.


The link aims to bring to a close the Muslim world civilizational heritage, and press for protecting it by all possible means from destruction and preserving it for future generations. The message is that the ancient Islamic Arab heritage does not belong alone to the Muslim Ummah, but also to the entire humanity, hence the necessity to exert all possible effort to save it from destruction, looting and judaization.


The link is a starting point for creating the Islamic Heritage Committee’s website, which is to be launched next May on the occasion of the 30th founding anniversary of ISESCO.


(Courtesy: IINA.me)

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