Wednesday, June 4, 2008


KIGALI, Rwanda (June 4,2008) - The Bosnian President Dr Haris Silajdzic has challenged Muslims all over the world to engage in serious dialogue with followers of other faiths and civilizations as the only way of stopping global misunderstanding about the religion,the Mufti of Rwanda Sheik Saleh Habimana said yesterday.

President Silajdzic,who was addressing the 19th session of the World Muslim Call Society,said "dialogue was also the only means in which radicalism among some Islamic communities would be stopped."

The message was carried by the Mufti of Rwanda Sheik Saleh Habimana who represented Rwanda at the session that took place in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo from 27th to 1 June.

Habimana,who returned to Rwanda,earlier this week,after attending the meeting said the Bosnian leader was briefed about the issues and events leading up to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

Habimana said he was part of an African delegation which was headed by Dr. Muhamed Ahmed Sheriff, the Secretary General of the World Islamic Call Society.

In a closed door meeting with the Bosnian leader, Sheriff explained about the 1994 Rwandan Genocide and related it to the genocide in Bosnia committed by Serbian fascists during the 1992-1995 Serbian aggression against Bosnia.

At the conference, Sheriff also highlighted Rwanda's achievements since the 1994 genocide saying that the; " Rwandan people had overcome the fear and death and Kigali was now a bustle of activity and a model city for security in the Sub Saharan region."

He added that the clear visionary leadership of President Paul Kagame had ensured stability and reconciliation among the people of Rwanda.

The Mufti of Bosnia Reisu-l-ulema Mustafa Ef. Ceric agreed to send 5 genocide survivors from Bosnia who will participate in commemoration events ending the 14th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide in July organized by the Rwandan Muslim Association.

Formed in 1972, the World Islamic Call Society is an international organization based in Libya that unites Muslim across the globe in finding lasting solutions to community problems. The society also seeks to support Islamic societies in identifying Islamic civilization and culture in the world.

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