Marrakesh Declaration Calls for Religious Freedom in Muslim Societies

Martin Varsavsky via flickr

              Martin Varsavsky via flickr

At a summit in Marrakesh, Morocco on January 27, more than 250 Islamic leaders issued an historic declaration calling for religious freedom for non-Muslims in majority Muslim countries. The 750 word document is intended to reaffirm the principles of the Charter of Medina issued 1,400 years ago during the time of the Prophet Muhammad.

The Marrakesh Declaration calls for cooperation among all people of all faiths to provide “full protection for the rights and liberties to all religious groups in a civilized manner that eschews coercion, bias and arrogance.”

The keynote speaker and lead organizer of the Marrakesh conference, Shaykh Abdullah bin Bayyah, will receive the Newseum’s Religious Freedom Award at a special event at the Newseum on April 19. Shaykh bin Bayyah is president of the Forum of Peace in Muslim Societies and one of the world’s foremost Islamic scholars.

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