Mustafa Ceric is a guiding light for Islam in Europe and the leading Islamic authority there; he became Grand Mufti of Bosnia in 1993 and formally retired from the office in 2013. Ceric is outspoken on interfaith initiatives in the Muslim world and is considered one of the most influential Muslim leaders of current times.
Advocate of Cross-Cultural Engagement: In 2006, Ceric issued the ‘Declaration of European Muslims’ to the European Union stating that European Muslims are dedicated to the common values of law, tolerance, democracy and human rights, the value of life, faith, freedom, property, and dignity. In 2008, Ceric led the Muslim delegation of the ‘A Common Word’ initiative to the Vatican, which included a meeting with the Pope. He is widely sought-after in interfaith matters. In May 2009, Ceric disregarded warnings of possible violent protest by visiting Serbia, and gave a sermon about peace in the town of Tutin.
Peace Activist: Ceric joined the International Religious Advisory Council of the TB Faith Foundation in 2008, committing himself to its mission of promoting respect and religious pluralism through discussions on social injustice. He is President of the World Bosniak Congress, which hopes to connect Bosniaks, home and abroad.
Presidential Bid: Ceric has launched a bid as an independent candidate for the Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) seat of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s tripartite presidency, with elections being held on October 12.