Islamic scholars, preachers converge on Makkah for unity, moderation of Islam

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A two-day International conference on unifying the stance of scholars and preachers has been opened in Makkah, Saudi Arabia under the auspices of the Muslim World League.

The conference which has as its theme: “Islamic Unity, the Perils of Labeling and Exclusion” has scholars and preachers from all over the world including Nigeria in attendance.

Dr Mohammad Abdulkarim Alissa, Secretary, Muslim World League said that the aim of the conference was to harmonise the stance of scholars and preachers, disseminate the values of moderation, strengthen the bond of brotherhood and harmony among Muslims and reject the rhetoric of labelling and exclusion.

He listed other objectives of the two-day conference as to unite the word of Muslim Scholars, preachers and thinkers and bring their views together through upholding Islamic and cultural understandings of the universal law of God.

Others include to promote the awareness about the importance of disseminating the values of scientific, ideological and social moderation and to show the factual truth of religion of Islam to all.

Alissa added that the conference will equally propose practical initiatives to thwart all forms of animosity, hatred and sectarian conflict.

It will equally establish communication channels connecting different followers of Islamic schools of thought and sects to expand bridges of trust, understanding and cooperation based on common Islamic denominators to corner the sectarian and extremist narratives.

The Muslim World League scribe who spoke in Arabic language, stressed that the conference will reiterate the concept of Islamic unity with its fullest meaning of harmony, peace, convergence between the notion of Ummah and the nation state.

He reminded all on the need for cooperation with non-Muslims as dictated by Islam and rejection of all forms of extremism, violence and terrorism.

The conference, which is under the custodian of the two Holy Mosques, King Salman Bin Abdul-Aziz has many Islamic scholars, preachers, human rights activists and thinkers all over the world participating.

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