Mohammad Sammak, a member of the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) Board of Directors, was honoured yesterday as the first recipient of the Doha International Award for Interfaith Dialogue. The inaugural award of this new prize at the 10th Doha Conference for Interfaith Dialogue carries with it a US$50,000 purse to advance the work of the recipient. Sammak was selected from a competitive field and recognized for his compelling contributions to interfaith relations.
Speaking following the award ceremony, Sammak said, "I am really proud to be honoured, and it is a huge responsibility upon my shoulders ... thank you." He continued: “It is not a reward for what I have done, but for what I have to do in the future through KAICIID in particular.”
KAICIID Secretary General Faisal Bin Muaammar congratulated Sammak: “We are glad that our esteemed member of the KAICIID Board Member Sammak has been awarded out of distinguished finalists as the Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies or the Initiative Believers for Peace.”
Sammak is acting as Secretary General of Lebanon’s National Committee for Christian-Muslim Dialogue, as Secretary General of the Islamic Spiritual Summit (Sunni-Shiite-Druze-Alawite) in Lebanon. He is a member of the Board of Presidents of the World Conference Religion for Peace in New York and a respected writer and political commentator in leading newspapers, including Al-Shourouk (Cairo), Al-Ittihad (Abu Dhabi) and Al-Mustaqbal (Beirut). He is the author of 27 books.