A delegation of Muslim leaders for the first time visited the former Nazi-era persecuted Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland and participated in a joint prayer ceremony with Jewish leaders there.
Muslim and Jewish leaders made the visit to mark the completion of 75 years of independence for the former Auschwitz camp. Leaders of both religions have termed the visit historic. Muslim leaders also called the visit a “sacred duty and extraordinary honour.”
Leaders of both religions arrived at the former Nazi-era torture camp on Thursday.
The visit was led by Muslim World League leader Mohammed Bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa and American Jewish Committee chief executive David Harris. The Muslim World League is a representative organization of one billion Muslims worldwide.
Speaking to reporters after visiting the site, Mohammad Issa said, “It is a sacred duty and an extraordinary honour for the Holocaust victims, Jews and Muslim community to be here in this way.”
It should be noted that the Nazis killed 1.1 million people, the vast majority of whom were Jews, in the former Auschwitz concentration camp. “These crimes were undoubtedly extraordinary and we can say that they were really crimes against humanity, all of them are humiliating God,” said 54-year-old Muhammad Issa.
Relatives of those killed in the torture camp and hundreds of people from all over the world are gathering at the Auschwitz torture camp.
The delegation included dozens of religious leaders from more than thirty countries.