Commonly asked questions about the council and its work
What are some of the council's most important initiatives?
Peace Caravan - Dialogue between East and West – Burma
Who is in charge of managing the council?
The Muslim Council of Elders is an independent international body managed by its General Secretariat and is based in the United Arab Emirates' Capital, Abu Dhabi
Whose are the council's members?
His Eminence Shaikh Abdallah bin Bayyah
HE Field Marshal Abdel Rahman Suwar al-Dahab
HH Prince Ghazi bin Mohammed bin Talal
HE Prof. Dr. Mahmoud Hamdi Zakzouk
HE Prof. Dr. Muhammad Quraish Shihab
HE Prof. Dr. Abdullah Nassif
His Eminence Prof. Dr. Hasan el-Shafei
His Eminence Sheikh Sheriff Ibrahim Saleh al-Hussaini
His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Abdulaziz al-Haddad
His Eminence Prof. Dr. Sherman Jackson
His Eminence Scholar Sayyed Ali El-Amine
HE Prof. Dr Abu Lubabah Tahir Salih Hussein
HE Prof. Dr. Kaltham al-Muheiri
His Eminence Sheikh Adnan Abdallah al-Qattan
Dr Sultan Faisal Al Remeithi
What are the Muslim Council of Elders' main objectives?
To identify our nation's priorities according to accurate interpretations of Shariah and scholarly approaches in order to promote security, peace and justice in Muslim communities.
To lay the foundations for cooperation and co-existence in and among Muslim countries.
To encourage trust, friendly relations and mutual respect among followers of different faiths and doctrines within a community in order to promote peace and harmony.
To enhance awareness and understanding of the Other, and to identify Shariah principles that encourage friendly relations with the Other.
To give the nation's elders an opportunity to stamp out corruption and to develop permanent solutions that will promote peace in communities.
To represent and emphasise Islam's values when dealing with the Other within and outside Muslim communities, and to spread the values of unity and mutual respect among peoples on the bases of truth, justice and equality.
To identity the root causes of conflict and dissent within Muslim communities, and to develop solutions that address and lessen conflict and dissent.
To work to promote mental and spiritual tranquillity among members of Muslim communities in order to achieve harmony within these communities and to preserve the five higher objectives of Shariah (the preservation of religion, soul, honour, mind and property).
To strengthen our nation's resistance to extremism, violence and polarisation wherever these threats arise
To explain and correct general concepts - especially religious concepts - in order to prevent any confusion or misrepresentation and to restore their true essence and noble objectives
To spread the culture of peace based on justice, and to develop the jurisprudence of peace in Muslim communities. This is a noble goal that will guarantee all rights.
To promote the culture of diversity and the peaceful resolution of differences in a way that encourages love and protects souls and properties at all levels.
To promote the jurisprudence of priorities in decision-making and an understanding of the real world that prioritises the higher interests of individuals and nations
To strengthen spiritual and moral values in Muslim communities.
To restore scholars to a leading role in Muslim communities in order to restore the nation's status as a cultural and scholarly authority.