The Doha International Centre for Interfaith Dialogue (DICID) announced the winners of the Doha International Award for Interfaith Dialogue 2022 in its fourth edition, noting that the winners were three individuals and three institutions who worked hard to consolidate the principles and values of dialogue between religions and civilisations, and made pioneering contributions to spreading a culture of tolerance, rejecting hate speech, advocating moderation, and other efforts in combating racism in these areas.
HE the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad al-Muraikhi honoured the winners during the opening session of the 14th Doha Conference on Interfaith Dialogue 2022, which kicked off Tuesday.
The winners were Dr Mohamed Khalifa Hassan from Egypt, Dr Sabrina Lei from Italy, and Bishop Malkhaz Songulashvili from Georgia, while the winning institutions were the British Woolf Institute, the Spanish Islamic Culture Foundation (FUNCI) and the German Side-by-side institution.
In regard to the winners whom he had announced, member of DICID's Board of Directors Mohamed al-Ghamdi said that the idea of launching the award is to promote interfaith dialogue and coexistence, especially within societies, and to identify the best successful experiences in this field, noting that 40 individuals and 10 institutions applied to win the award in four main themes, and all of them were evaluated in terms of international and academic achievements and in the field of interfaith dialogue and discourse.
In a statement to Qatar News Agency (QNA), Dr Mohamed Khalifa Hassan, one of the award winners, commended the major role played by Qatar in spreading the culture of dialogue and tolerance, pointing out the remarkable efforts of DICID in terms of defining religions, deepening relations between their followers, urging tolerance, rejecting hatred and spreading love and fraternity among peoples.
Dr Hassan stressed the need to resist the negatives through educational curricula, and adopt the values of tolerance, coexistence and dialogue among religions, cultures and civilizations, emphasising the significant role played by the State of Qatar in regard to dialogue between religions and civilisations, especially since the general policies and philosophy of country focus on dialogue, negotiation, cooperation and reconciliation between peoples and states in order to achieve peace for all. (QNA)