SCR Chairman Hisham Maizar passes away

The Chairman of the Swiss Council of Religions, Hisham Maizar, passed away last Thursday at the age of 73. In the Council, Maizar represented the Federation of Islamic Umbrella Organizations in Switzerland, of which he was also president. On behalf of the Council of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches, Gottfried Locher expresses his heartfelt condolences to the family of Dr. Hisham Maizar.

“Hisham Maizar was a builder of bridges between religions in Switzerland. Interfaith dialogue was more to him than just diplomacy – for him, it was about friendship,” emphasized Gottfried Locher, President of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches, who had worked with Mr. Maizar in the Swiss Council of Religions: “Our conversation was open, honest and authentic. I will miss it dearly.”

Dr. Hisham Maizar, a medical doctor with Palestinian roots who had been a Swiss citizen for more than 30 years, founded the Federation of Islamic Umbrella Organizations in Switzerland in 2006 to give a voice to the Muslims living in our country.  A voice that he also made heard in the Swiss Council of Religions, founded the same year at the suggestion of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches. In 2014, he took on the role of Chairman of the Swiss Council of Religions.

Dr. Maizar was a representative of centrist Islam and an exemplary, indefatigable champion of interfaith dialogue.  He strongly believed in steering a middle course as the best protection against extremism.  The FSPC feels that his overt rejection of radical positions and movements created an atmosphere of trust and helped strengthen religious peace in Switzerland.

 

More information: Press release of the Swiss Council of Religions (in German and French)