CAIRO – Touring world countries to offer the true image of Islam, an Omani travelling exhibition on the tolerant message of Islam reached Sao Paulo on Wednesday, June 25, to exhibit the role of religion in life.
“It is an international exhibition. It is very important to see the role of religion in life,” Khalid Salim al Jaradi, Oman's Ambassador to Brazil, was quoted by Muscat Daily.
“If you look at the wars in the Arab world today, they are not related to religion,” he added
The forty-seventh edition of the “Message of Islam from Oman” Exhibition will be inaugurated on Wednesday in Sao Paulos Club Homs.
The event is organized and supervised by the Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs in a range of countries around the world.
It offers the audience a tour into the details of public life in the Sultanate of Oman as well as the role of values and ethics in promoting the concept of co-existence.
Running from June 25-27, the exhibition showcases 44 pictures that are divided into two parts and a film.
The first one shows religious tolerance in Oman while the second depicts aspects of modern life in the country.
The 30-minute film deals with issues of life in the country and the coexistence of Muslims with followers of other religions.
Coming to Sao Paulo in its 47th stop, the exhibition has already been to countries such as the US, UK, Pakistan, Iran, Spain and Japan.
In Brazil, after visiting the city of São Paulo, the event goes to Foz do Iguaçu, in Paraná, from June 30 to July 4.
The first showings of the exhibition took place in Germany and Austria in 2010.
At the beginning, the exhibition materials were available in Arabic, Dutch, French, English, German, Italian and Spanish.
Other languages were added at the beginning of 2014 including, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili and Urdu.
According to the 2001 census, there are 27,239 Muslims in Brazil.
However, the Islamic Brazilian Federation puts the number at around one and a half million.
Islam expert Paulo Pinto of Fuminense Federal University estimated Brazil is home to about a million Muslims.
With no confirmed number of Muslims, the best indicator of the growth of Islam in the country is the rapid increase in the number of mosques.
There are now 127 mosques, four times as many as there were back in 2000.
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