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Sheikh Mohammed hits out against 'extreme fatwas'

Dubai Ruler said such moves are far from the spirit of tolerant Islam

Sheikh Mohammed hits out against 'extreme fatwas'
Dubais ruler, His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (C). (AFP/Getty Images)

Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Tuesday received Sheikh Shawki Ibrahim Allam, Grand Mufti of Egypt during the weekly meeting with ministers, dignitaries and senior officials at the Zabeel Palace.

During the meeting, Sheikh Mohammed and the mufti had exchanges on the topics discussed during the Islamic Economic Fiqh Forum which concluded on Tuesday in Dubai.

They also reviewed the most important resolutions and recommendations of the scholars and experts participating in the forum.

Sheikh Mohammed stressed that Muslims need to have muftis who master the principles and science of fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) and who issue fatwas (edicts) that establish the moderation and tolerance of Islam against extreme fatwas that are far from the spirit of tolerant Islam.

Sheikh Mohammed also received Vicente Gonzales Loscertales, Secretary-General of the International Exhibitions Bureau (BIE), the intergovernmental organisation in charge of overseeing and regulating World Expos, also known as World’s Fairs.

During the meeting, the two parties talked about the ongoing preparations for hosting Expo 2020 Dubai in the UAE, and the progress made by the Higher Preparatory Committee of EXPO 2020 Dubai for preparing the registration document which will be submitted to the executive office of the Paris-based BIE before the first of May.

Reem Bint Ibrahim Al Hashemi,  Minister of State, Managing Director of Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Preparatory Committee and Director-General of Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau, noted that Loscertales has joined the committee’s members to take part in the review of the 14-chapter document in order to ensure it is complete before being officially submitted to the BIE for approval.

Sheikh Mohammed gave his blessings to the efforts of Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Preparatory Committee and commended the positive role of BIE Secretary-General in helping to ensure preparations for the historic event are complete in all aspects, the technical and logistic ones, in particular.

Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, sheikhs, ministers and senior officials attended the meetings.

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