Key scholars call for unity among Muslims

CONSENSUS: Leading scholars of the Muslim World League (MWL) and its affiliate, the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), at the “Islam — a Message of Peace and Moderation” conference in Makkah on Wednesday. (SPA)


MAKKAH: Key figures of the Muslim World League (MWL) and its affiliate, the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), on Wednesday organized a conference called “Islam — a Message of Peace and Moderation.”
At the opening of the conference, MWL Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Eisa stressed the importance of cooperation and Islamic brotherhood.
He spoke about the necessity of disseminating the international message of Islam and its moderate approach so that the message would most profoundly affect our individual behavior and our institutions.
The Haj contains many lessons, notably unity of all ranks under one slogan and one description which amounts to Islam and the rejection of division and discord, he said.
He said Muslim scholars must warn against the risks of classification, exclusion, extremism, and takfiri (deviant) behavior.
The secretary-general urged the participants to offer their opinions in order to enrich the meeting.
The participants expressed their appreciation for the outstanding services provided to the pilgrims which allowed them to perform the rituals in an atmosphere of security and tranquility. They expressed thanks and gratitude to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman for serving Islam and the Two Holy Mosques.
They condemned Iran’s flagrant intervention in Haj affairs and its desperate attempts to break Muslim ranks as well as its adoption of slogans that divide Muslims, increase bad feelings and instigate discord.
They stressed that the Islamic message was a global one which calls for peace, co-existence and humanitarian cooperation with all and it also stands for tolerance and moderation. They warned of any grouping that would keep Muslims from their unified banner, break their ranks, or contradict Islam’s message of peace and moderation.
They said the history of Islam never allowed any grouping which tried to exclude any people from their Sunnah and that being drawn into such pitfalls represented the gravest and most undesirable consequences for Islam and its people.
They called on scholars, preachers and thinkers to be more tolerant in a more acceptable way concerning what is issued from others in order to enrich discussion and dialogue within the agreed framework.
They also warned of not following the proper methods of dialogue and advice and the danger of impulsive articles and statements that stigmatize the sons of Islam and stir discord among Muslims.
They further warned against the messages of hatred and instigation because as Allah instructs, “Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best.”
They stressed that terrorism has no religion or country and has no relation to any school or belief of the people of Islam. They appreciated fair voices from non-Muslim people who believe that terrorism is a criminal tendency that has nothing to do with religion or country and that Islam is free of those things.
In addition to military acts against terrorism, they also stressed the importance of ideological efforts to fight it.
In this context, they appreciated the Saudi initiative for the establishment of an international center for fighting terror and its call for the establishment of an Islamic alliance to fight terror.


7 replies

  1. Ah! How nice would it be, if these scholars would take to heart what they speak! Were Shias present in this meeting? Where Ahmadi-Muslims present in this meeting? Where Ismailis present in this meeting? Ah, may be next time ?!

  2. I believe if some Muslims wanted an inspirational teacher on peace and unity, Muhammad Abduh’s teachings make a great foundation. However, the biggest thing any Muslim can do is focus on the Holy Qur’an. This is the only “Word” which all Muslims claim to believe in. Bringing the ummah back to the Qur’an is the only way to truly guarantee a Muslim unity.

    • Ah, but they all claim to be following the Qur’an, don’t you know? The only problem is that they don’t all agree regarding the different interpretations of it and thereby lies the problem of sectarianism.

      And as they mentioned in their meeting (which I believe was full of the Sunni version of Islam), that Iran was the one at fault. Why couldn’t they have agreed that all these different factions are free to follow what they believe to be right and practice tolerance. In fact, to do this by inviting all these different versions of Islam to their meeting instead of just preaching but not practicing…

      • I would disagree. One follows the Qur’an AND the Sunnah. Another follows the Qur’an AND the Imams. None claim to follow the Qur’an only. Add in the unlimited different chains of jurisprudence, and Islam is far from the Qur’an, and far from the faith the beloved Prophet lived in submission to Allah.

      • Muslims first and foremost follow the Holy Qur’an and the practices (Sunnah), of the Holy Prophet (pbuh), for he followed God’s Word fully. Hence, his followers learn from his acts on how to follow Qur’anic injunctions e.g. prayers, etc.

        For while prayers are mentioned in the Qur’an it does not give the full description of how to offer them. Those things we, Muslims learn from the Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh).

        Anything in the Sunnah and the Hadith (sayings), that contradicts the injunctions in the Qur’an is discarded.

        These are the basis of what Muslims follow or are supposed to follow.

        One cannot follow the Qur’an alone as the details are given in the practices of the Holy Prophet (pbuh)…

      • Al Zukhruf (The Gold Adornment):1-4

        In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

        Ha Mim.

        By the Book that makes things clear–
        We have made it a Qur’an in Arabic, that ye may be able to understand (and learn wisdom). And verily, it is in the Mother of the Book, in Our Presence, high (in dignity), full of wisdom.

        You cannot teach unity among Muslims, nor claim you follow the Qur’an, when you claim the “Clear” Qur’an is not sufficient for you. This is the error of your message, and if you look back upon history, this is when Muslims became divided 40 years after the beloved Prophet’s death. I won’t comment any more on this issue, but I do hope you can cleanse your heart and rely on Allah alone.

  3. What Allah want His people are;
    1. Respect the difference and love each other.
    2. Dont judge others faith or religion, let God does it
    3. Do justice for all people
    Allah does not intend to unite His people, Allah create His people with different race, nations , languages etc.Quran 49:13.

    So obey Human Right it means obey 3. points above.

    As long as Saudi and Iran do not obey Human Right and do not treat all people equally and fairly , there will be no peace.
    All love

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