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UAE charity celebrates honour bestowed on British Islamic Studies organisation

posted on 11/06/2012: 1831 views

The Khalifa Bin Zayed Humanitarian Foundation participated in the reception held in London recently to celebrate the award of Royal Charter to the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies.

The Centre is the first Islamic organisation to receive a Royal Charter. The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies was granted the honour 27 years after it was set up, with the Prince of Wales hosting a reception to celebrate the historic achievement.

Charles, who is patron of the centre, hailed its work to improve understanding of Islamic culture.

He said it was "absolutely right” that we should do all we can to nurture an institution which not only promotes a better informed understanding of Islamic culture and civilisation but also reminds both the Islamic world and the West of "those timeless, universal principles of harmony enshrined within Islam.”

UAE Ambassador to Britain Abdul Rahman Ghanem Al Mutaiwae, Prime Minister of Malaysia Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak and ambassadors of a number of Arab and Islamic countries also attended the reception.

The Khalifa Bin Zayed Humanitarian Foundation had supervised the construction of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in the Centre that became the meeting place of cultures in Oxford.

The Mosque was built to the highest standards with facilities for learning and research in Islamic sciences. Dr Farhan Nizami, director of the centre, said: "This is a most important and welcome moment and I would like on this occasion to thank warmly all those who have encouraged and assisted the centre's development over more than 25 years”.

The Royal Charter, illuminated on vellum, was on display during the evening. Such charters are granted by the Queen on the advice of the Privy Council. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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