It is with great sadness and pain that I follow the ongoing captivity of the Korean hostages held by the Taliban in Afghanistan. The brutal and senseless murder of some of their number has shocked my family and me. The claims to righteousness of their captors has offended our Islamic identities and inspired me to write in appeal and in protest.

Many of us wonder what plea can reach the ears of those who are causing such suffering to innocents. How can we show these misguided men of war that our faith instructs us to put humanitarian considerations above all else? All true Muslims must realise that it is vital to recognise the humanity of the other in order to affirm our own humanity.

It pains me to see the religion of Islam once again being exploited in a way that is wholly at odds with its historic message. Perhaps we can understand how this comes about in certain circumstances. When people are afraid, when they are broken and powerless, they sometimes lash out violently. However, it is both tragic and ironic that in their rage and fear, they destroy the beautiful tradition they claim to defend.

This is indeed a time of great crisis in our world. Violence has overtaken dialogue, and compassion has lost out to hatred and revenge. Now, as anger threatens to escalate out of all control across the world, we must remember that peace is not just the absence of violence; it is the active creation of trust, respect and empathy.

As a Muslim, I call for my fellow believers to work together so that our faith may be elevated above politics: so that church, mosque, synagogue and temple may regain their moral authority outside the political realm. We must consider the damage being done to Islam by those who act out of anger and aggression. Our guiding faith does not tell us to kill innocents and to harm those who act in good faith.

Our religion of peace commands us to take positive action amid mounting hostility and mistrust and to make a substantial contribution to building peace in a polarised world. Our communities need an urgent call for responsible religiosity among Muslims. We must move away from the polarities of truth that have come to drive the international agenda.

Media and film images have helped to promote a false idea that Islam preaches violence. Muslims must not act to confirm this shocking misrepresentation. We must battle peacefully against our world’s disinterest in human welfare and the ever-widening gap between rich and poor. The injustices of occupation in Palestine and the terrible future facing the children of Iraq compete for our attention with anxiety about the stability of Afghanistan. None of these worrying situations will be solved by violence and bloodshed. Islam, like true Christianity, teaches dialogue, engagement and tolerance. Islam, like Christianity, seeks to improve the lot of men and women of all faiths and backgrounds.

The current bloodshed in the Middle East, along with the anti-Arab and anti-Muslim sentiment which has developed since 9/11 have caused real pain and suffering to millions of Muslims around the world. Vicious calumnies delivered by a minority of Christian evangelists and western politicians have created feelings of a religious “crusade” against Islam. To this, many Muslims around the world have reacted with indignation and anger.

HRH Prince Hassan bin Talal has called for a comprehensive resolution to bring together the demands of the Universal Declaration for Human Rights and the 1990 Cairo Declaration on a Culture of Compliance for human rights. Speaking at the closing ceremony of the 15th Conference of the Academy of Latinity, Prince Hassan added that the Declaration of European Muslims, which was drafted after the Balkan wars in the 1990s, stated clearly that Muslims living in Europe called for pluralism and respect for the other in the interest of the common good.

HRH expressed his fear that decades of bridge-building had been erased in recent years due to poor policy-making and negative media coverage of Muslim communities and societies. Prince expressed his hope that alliances such as the one between the Latin world and the East, exemplified in the conference, could help to save us from a fragmented future.

May 17th, 2005: HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal, President of the Club of Rome, visited Lomonosov Moscow State University and introduced the russian version of “Christianity in the Arab World”. The book which describes the relationship of Christianity and Islam is meanwhile available in three languages and has reached a high degree of popularity – both among specialists and the general public. At the same time, the Rector of Lomonosov Moscow State University and Club of Rome member Academician V.A. Sadovnichy, awarded HRH Prince el Hassan bin Talal the Professorship Honoris Causa of the University

In Hannover on Saturday 28th May, His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal will address the 30th German Protestant Kirchentag. The German Protestant Kirchentag is the biggest gathering of German civil society. Biannually about 100,000 people come together to seek creative and intelligent answers to all the concerns and problems facing the world. Other keynote speakers are former German President Richard von Weizsacker and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hans-Dietrich Genscher.

The topic of Prince Hassan’s address will be ‘Globalisation and Civil Society”. Prince Hassan has also been invited to participate in a panel discussion on the theme “Visions for the World”.

Prince Hassan has contributed to a publication which will be launched at the Kirchentag entitled, “Impulses for a World in Balance”. Prince Hassan’s contribution addresses the synergies between the Millennium Development Goals, the Global Marshall Plan Initiative, the EU Sustainable Development Strategy and the Lisbon Strategy. In this respect, His Royal Highness and his colleagues in the Club of Rome and the initiators of the Global Marshall Plan Initiative call on the EU to demonstrate its commitment to a better future for all.

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Japanese translation 日本語訳

ハッサン王子のアドレスのトピックは 「グローバル化と市民社会」となります。ハッサン王子は、テーマ「世界のためのビジョン」についてのパネルディスカッションに参加するために招待されています。















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グアムは日差しが強く、しみができてしまうのが心配です。グアムでは、絶対シミ 化粧品は必須で、シミ対策をしないと日焼けでメラニンが大変なことになります。



そして夜には、ボリューム満点の食事が待っています(笑)。私も主人も大の肉派なので、グアムに着たら必ず2回は行くグアム レストランのステーキ屋さんがあります。そこのステーキは日本の繊細な味違って、ダイナミックでワイルド?な味が気に入っています。思い立ったら行ける、お手軽グアムは是非お勧めです。まずは週末を利用して行ってみるのも手ですね。



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