By P.K. ABDUL GHAFOUR | ARAB NEWS
JEDDAH: The president of the Jeddah-based Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has emphasized the significant role played by his bank to enhance solidarity and cooperation among Muslim countries.
“This mission is far more important now than before as a result of the increasing challenges faced by the Ummah,” said Ahmed Muhammad Ali while addressing Muslim community leaders from various countries.
“We consider you as ambassadors of IDB and request you to carry its mission to your countries and communities,” the president said at the concluding session of a three-day community development workshop organized by the bank.
Ali said Muslim NGOs have a big role to play in realizing the bank’s mission and objectives. “I have great pleasure to welcome you to the IDB, which is an institution of the Ummah. You came here because you believed in the bank’s mission.”
Ali urged Muslim community leaders to inspire youths who are the future of the Ummah and requested them to send ideas and proposals to strengthen the bank to serve Muslims in a better manner.
The president agreed to revoke a 12-year-old regulation that bans NGO representatives from participating in IDB community development workshops more than once. The decision came after Aisha Lemu, a participant from Nigeria, requested the president to review the rule.
“Sister Aisha, I admire your spirit and enthusiasm and we are happy to welcome you to attend the workshop in the coming years,” the president said to the applause of delegates from 15 countries.