Arab original

In the name of God, the merciful
Office of the Grand Imam
Sheik Al Azhar, Cairo

In his meeting with Mr. Anton Keller, representative of [the] Mosul Vilayet Council to the United Nations, today 16th of December 1998, His Eminence the Grand Imam of Al Azhar [Dr. Mohamed Sayed Tantaoui] said in relation to the proposal to set up, in the Mosul Vilayet, an international institute for the study of the roots of Islam, particularly those preceding Judean and Christian traditions, with the name of SLM Center:

The meeting was attended by
Ahmed Abdel Khalik, Private Translator for Sheik Al Azhar

ICONOCLAST- 13 January 1999

*S*L*M* - Outline of a Linguistic, Cultural and Religious Common Denominator

Salima, Salome, Solomon, Suleiman, Salem, Shalom, Jerusalem, Suleimanyia, Muslim, Islam, etc. are self-explanatory names and terms.  One question thus arising and which everybody can seek to answer for himself is:  what do these names and terms have in common other than their common roots, i.e. the consonants S, L and M?  The SLM Center seeks to address this and related questions, such as those posed by the vision of the French Minister for Culture, the late André Malraux, that the "next century will be spiritual, or it will not be!"  Contributions are solicited without discrimination from leaders, scholars and laymen from all religions, nations and communities.  For the time being, they may be sent either by e-mail to:  or by snail-mail to:  CORUM, box 2580, CH-1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland.  Unless specified otherwise, the editor considers himself authorized to reproduce these contributions notably on this website free of charge and with full credit to each author, and/or to utilize the material thus received as the editor sees fit in the course of the evolving studies, debates and conferences.



BBC News     March 20, 2006

Rabbi calls for 'UN of religions'
By Danny Wood

Seville      The Chief Rabbi of Israel, Yona Metzger, has called for the creation of a world body with representatives from the major religious groups. Rabbi Metzger was addressing the International Congress of Imams and Rabbis for Peace in Seville, Spain. He called for the formation of a "United Nations of religious groups".
    The Imam of Gaza, Imad al-Faluji, said politicians lied but religious leaders had a different objective - to work towards a higher good. The imams and rabbis at this conference, which opened on Sunday, say the world is in crisis and it is time they acted to restore justice, respect and peace.

Straight talking
    The delegates have made it very clear that now is the time for concrete initiatives. At the opening ceremony Rabbi Yona Metzger said his idea of a "United Nations of religious groups" could "bring a bridge between religions to help the bridge of the diplomatic way".
    That plan has broad support from key participants like Frederico Major, the co-president of the Alliance for Civilisations, the lobby group for international conflict resolution, supported by the United Nations and initiated by Spain's Prime Minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.
    The speeches at this conference rather than using polite, diplomatic language have at times been brutally direct. When the Rabbi Metzger harangued mainstream Muslims for not standing up to Osama bin Laden, Islamic leaders nodded in agreement. Both Muslim and Jewish leaders have shown a preparedness to take criticism. There have also been strong expressions of opposition to any killing in the name of religion.
    At the end of the opening ceremony, the Muslim delegation sang an oration to the Prophet Mohammed before resuming discussions about the ideas they plan to present to their Jewish counterparts. The religious leaders have three days to come up with a manifesto that aims to convert their words into actions.

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