MADINAH: Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior Prince Naif opened an international conference on “The Phenomenon of Takfir (branding opponents as infidels)…Reasons, Impact and Treatment” here on Tuesday.
Earlier on arrival at the conference venue, Prince Naif was greeted by Prince Saud bin Naif, adviser to Prince Naif and assistant interior minister for general affairs, Prince Abdul Aziz bin Majed, governor of Madinah, and other senior officials.
The conference is organized by Prince Naif International Prize for Sunnah and Contemporary Islamic Studies.
In a statement on the occasion, Assistant Minister of Interior Prince Muhammad bin Naif said Saudi Arabia was the first country that succeeded in combating extremist thoughts and ideologies.
“We achieved this through dialogue and presenting the true teachings of Islam,” Prince Muhammad said, referring to the counseling program introduced by the Kingdom to change the mindset of militants.
He said the conference aims to identify the reasons for the dangerous phenomenon of Takfir in order to find effective solutions to tackle it. He said prominent scholars from the Kingdom and abroad would present research papers on the topic.
He said more than 200 Islamic scholars, psychologists and sociologists are involved in the counseling program benefiting prisoners all over the Kingdom.
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NOTE BY THE EDITOR: There was a similar conference in Amman, Jordan, some years ago, without any effect. In fact such conferences will not bear fruit unless it is sincere and complete. By complete we mean that anyone who considers himself a Muslim must be accepted as such. First and foremost of course the members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community need to be included. Without that the blessings of Allah will not be gained, as we have seen from similar conferences in the past.