• Fri. Sep 30th, 2022

The leader of the Muslim World League (MWL), Mohammed al-Issa, one of the world’s most influential Sunni Muslim leaders, visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp on Thursday, January 23, along with several other prominent Muslim leaders. The visit was made in collaboration with the American Jewish Committee (AJC), writes the Times of Israel.

-The world must ensure that such heinous crimes never happen again, said Issa, who was previously Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Justice, after visit.

This is the first time so many senior Muslim leaders have visited one of the Nazi extermination camps, according to the organizer. 62 Muslims, including 25 prominent religious leaders, from about 28 countries attended the historic visit.

It is 75 years since Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated by Soviet forces. The Jewish and Muslim delegations gave each other hugs and warm handshakes before starting the visit to the camp where over a million Jews were killed.

The leader of the AJC, David Harris, believes that the groundbreaking visit of Muslim leaders can help create a greater Muslim understanding of the Holocaust.

-We have a prominent Muslim leader who openly says that the Holocaust happened that it was terrible and that we must remember it – it has an enormous significance, says the Polish Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich and adds:

-It is historic that a large Muslim delegation comes to Auschwitz for that purpose to mourn and show respect for the Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

The Muslim delegation prayed for the Jewish Holocaust victims. (Photo: American Jewish Committee)

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