By P.K. ABDUL GHAFOUR | ARAB NEWS
Published: Dec 1, 2011 01:24 Updated: Dec 1, 2011 01:24
JEDDAH: A visiting Indonesian Muslim leader has emphasized the significance of the interfaith dialogue initiative launched by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and said all countries should support the noble initiative to promote mutual understanding and world peace.
“We Muslims should be well-prepared for such dialogue forums by mastering the language to articulate our religious views efficiently. We should also have some basic knowledge of other religions,” said Mohammad Siddik, an academic and a member of the Indonesian Ulema Council.
“Islam has a lot to offer to the world. It’s the panacea for world problems. The dialogue forums will certainly enhance its credibility and acceptability among other communities and contribute to spreading its message of peace and harmony among more people,” he said.
Siddik, who worked for the Jeddah-based Islamic Development Bank for 17 years and UNICEF for six years, is happy over the increasing acceptance of Islamic finance in different parts of the world, including non-Muslim countries. “Islamic finance has achieved 22 percent growth rate worldwide last year with its total assets reaching more than $1.2 trillion,” he said.
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Note by the editor: The members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community worldwide await patiently that these ‘interfaith dialogue intitiatives’ show some positive attitudes also in the liberties granted to its members to practice their faith. Let Saudi Arabia (and Indonesia) show that they mean more than just ‘show off talks’.