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His Excellency Dr. Mohammad Abdulkarim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World League and president of the International Organization for Muslim Scholars, met with the First Presidency on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Dr. Al-Issa also met with Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and toured Welfare Square.

“What I’ve seen here is a great example of the true meaning of mercy and love to humanity,” said Dr. Al-Issa after visiting Welfare Square, according to a Newsroom release. “We all around the world need to follow this humanitarian (approach) exactly. Also, the whole world needs to get exposed to and learn from these efforts and projects.

“We can convey the message to the Islamic world and tell them there are people in some parts of the world where they (dedicate) their lives especially to serve their brothers and sisters and humanity. I do want to congratulate you. I am really surprised to see that level of work you are offering here. You are inspiring to others.”

Dr. Al-Issa wrote an op-ed published in the Deseret News on Sunday, Nov. 3, in which he noted Joseph Smith’s tolerance of other faiths and said Latter-day Saints and Muslims should be leaders in the campaign toward peaceful coexistence.

To read the full article in the Church News, CLICK HERE.