It was with great sadness that the Milarepa Foundation of Chile and the Laudato Si’ International Group heard about the death of Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said of Oman. Sultan Qaboos ruled Oman since 1970 and brought Oman to prosperity and peace, using wisely national resources for the prosperity of his people. In the area of interfaith dialogue and the knowledge of Islam he was at the forefront welcoming international leaders in the area of interfaith dialogue to Oman. The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque (Arabic: جَامِع ٱلسُّلْطَان قَابُوْس ٱلْأَكْبَر‎, romanized: Jāmiʿ As-Sulṭān Qābūs Al-Akbar) is the main mosque in the Sultanate of Oman, located in the capital city of Muscat. It stands as a glorious place of worship to which all non-Muslim who visit Oman are invited to visit, see https://sultanqaboosgrandmosque.com/

Personally, it was with great sadness that I communicated our condolences to Sheikh Mohammed Al-Hinai, a Laudato Si’ Fellow from Oman, who studied at the CSRP in Scotland. Our visits to Oman together showed how much he and his family relied on the unity that Sultan Qaboos had provided to Oman, and our prayers and visits to the mosque together were occasions of great comfort to our families. The Al-Hinai family has been, indeed a great support since the beginning of the Milarepa Foundation and Laudato Si’ International and their sense of hospitality a great tribute to Oman and the reason of my own fondness for Oman and all things Omani. The directors and members of the Milarepa Foundation extend our condolences to the people of Oman and especially to our friends HE Sheikh Mahmood bin Zahir bin Ghusun Al Hinai, HE Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Zahir Al Hinai, and to our dear Laudato Si’ Fellow Sheikh Dr Mohammed Al-Hinai, currently working at the Diwan of Royal Court.

We wish success, health and prosperity to the new Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said.

Mario I. Aguilar

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