Leave differences & forge unity for the betterment of Muslim Ummah: Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Alissa

Arif Qureshi / Makkah

Makkah: Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Alissa, Secretary-General of World Muslim League (MWL) speaking at the closing ceremony of two days international conference urged the Muslims to forge Unity among themselves as rivalries, differences, divisions, and factionalism has already much harmed the Muslim Ummah. The MWL Secretary-General, was of the opinion that the problems being faced in today’s world emanate from a lack of open dialogue and petty rivalries between sects and denominations.

The two days International conference having title Islamic Unity “Perils of Labeling and Exclusion” was organized by World Muslim League (MWL) on 12, 13 December under the patronage of the custodian of the two holy mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud in the holy city of Makkah. The main object of the conference was to promote the concept of national state and its common values.

We are working to forge unity among Muslims and to promote love and reconciliation as rivalries, differences, divisions, and factionalism has already much harmed the Muslim Ummah. The problems being faced in today’s world emanate from a lack of open dialogue and petty rivalries between sects and denominations. We have to leave differences and work together  for the betterment of Muslim Ummah.

Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa, Secretary General, World Muslim League (MWL)

More than 1200 prominent thinkers, preachers, scholars and Intellectuals representing 28 schools of thought and sects form 127 counties in the moot.  In its Final communiqué (Joint deceleration) at the end of the conference, the participants stressed the need for creating effective channels of communication between followers of different Islamic schools of thought to remove misunderstandings and increase cooperation.

The scholars called on World Muslim League (MWL), to establish a global forum for Islamic unity with programs and initiatives that contribute to fostering the values of tolerance and the rehabilitation of imams and preachers around the world.

The crux of the conference was the formation of a joint committee or forum “Makkah Charter” to bridge between different Scholl of thoughts and sects of Islam. The conference unanimously recommended the drafting of a comprehensive Islamic charter that includes the rules to tackle disagreement and govern the relationship of Muslims in a broad spectrum. It called for setting up of a committee, comprising representatives of major segments, to draw up a charter called “Makkah Charter” under which all major points of disagreement will be referred to a group of specialists to study and examine.

The Governor of Makkah, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, while inaugurating the conference, delivered a speech on behalf of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, underlined the need to remove misconceptions about Islam and Muslims through dialogue. He also urged Muslims to set aside their petty differences and to work together to achieve a great and prosperous future.

In his message red by Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman affirmed that Saudi Arabia, with its approach of moderation, will continue fulfilling its commitments and initiatives to realize the hopes and aspirations of Muslims around the world. He also called on Islamic scholars to stand united in confronting the fierce campaign being unleashed against their religion, morals, culture and civilization.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, in his message to the Islamic scholars attending the conference underscored that it is their duty to heal the rift threatening the Islamic Ummah, as well as to renounce discord, close their ranks. “We hope that firm knowledge will be used to dispel the rifts in the Ummah and realize its unity and solidarity for the betterment of the entire humanity,” he said. The king also underlined the need to remove negativities and correct misconceptions about the divine religion as well as to extend bridges of dialogue, understanding and cooperation toward realizing harmony, accord and joint work.

Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, who is also head of the MWL Supreme Council, highlighted the teachings of Islam that categorically reject all forms of discrimination. The grand mufti urged the Muslims to forge unity among their ranks and do away with rivalries, petty differences and say no to divisions and factionalism.

Egypt’s Grand Mufti Shawki Allam, addressing on the occasion underlined the urgent need for the Muslim Ummah to unite efforts and consolidate economic, social and political projects now more than ever. He also called for bringing all Muslims under one banner and one word to face the challenges that surround them today.

The secretary-general of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, commended Saudi Arabia’s successful experience against extremism, violence, and terrorism, saying the steps the kingdom has taken to counter this negative trend have transformed it into a reliable reference.

In its Final communiqué or Joint Deceleration the moot called on States and organizations to shoulder their responsibilities in countering extremist and terrorist practices, seeking to stop wars and conflicts and putting an end to the inhumane conditions of the victims of these wars, which have resulted in millions of dead, disabled, wounded and displaced persons and led the world to more hatred and hostility.

There was consensus among the participants of the conference that Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Al-Qaeeda, extremists and sectarian groups did not represent the Islam.

The key features of the conference was the unanimous demand of the participants to stop irregularities of the fatwas of takfir and vilification among Muslim world. Participants form across the globe rejected sectarian views and extremist ideas and urged scholars and preachers to play their role in uniting Muslims. The conference also called for a comprehensive plan to address sectarianism and extremism.

The writer is editor of Diplomatic News Magazine; “The Fortress” published form Islamabad, Pakistan, he can be reached at arifqoreshi@gmial.com

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