Saudi Monarch Urges Scholars to find solution to Muslim problems
A three-day conference on ‘Issues and Challenges of the Muslim World, which concluded in the holy city of Makkah on Monday 25 July 2011, urged scholars, intellectuals and all Islamic organizations to cooperate in intensifying Da’wa work and education programs. The aim of these programs, the conference said, should be for enlightenment of Muslim communities, particularly youth, on the objectives of Islamic Shariah as also on its significance in various walks of life.
The conference was attended by more than 500 international Islamic scholars and thinkers who are specialized in studying the problems and crises of the Ummah. The meet was organized by the Muslim World League (MWL) and addressed the problems and challenges facing the Muslim world.
Announcing the details of the conference’s programme, Dr. Abdullah Bin Abdul Mohsen Al-Turki, Secretary General of MWL, said the participants in the gathering will focus on the reality of the Ummah and its common problems like sectarian differences; rifts and the exploitation of these rifts by the enemies of Muslims; and socio-economic conditions and their effects in the Muslim society.
The meeting will also focus on Islamic reformative patterns, rights and obligations, including the rights and obligations of the leader, and integrating the efforts of religious, educational and cultural institutions, he added.
A communiqué issued at the end of the conference in Makkah, which was read out by Dr. Abdur Rahman Abdu Zaid, Assistant Secretary General of the MWL, in general reaffirmed on the importance of inculcating the values of Islam into young generations and securing means that assist them to understand its objectives.
The communiqué warned people against disunity and its subsequent elements such as sectarian calls, narrow party tendencies that break down ranks of Muslims and negatively impact their formidable unity.
The participants urged the scholars and political leaders of the Ummah to cooperate fully among themselves in addressing the problems with Islamic viewpoints.
Security and stability of Muslim communities will be a priority, it said, to confirm the inviolability of people’s lives, dignity and property according to Islamic Shariah that safeguards the achievement of security via the establishment of justice as well as combat of injustice and corruption.
The conference, the communiqué said, has reviewed the complications of problems in certain Muslim countries, which led to “bloodshed, exodus of population, insecurity, and destruction of property,” and stressed on the importance of cooperation and unity among all sections of society to stop needless bloodshed.
Furthermore, the conference called upon the Muslim countries, Arab League, Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), international institutions to take every possible step to prevent these acts of seditions, which entailed killings, tortures and forced migration.
The conference “thoroughly reviewed” the newly emerging situations in the Muslim World and understand that there is a huge gap in relations between the rulers and the scholars and the peoples in some of the affected countries and underlined the importance of a united stand for reform.
The conference also praised King Abdullah’s initiative on dialogue between monotheistic religions. “It (the initiative) has a positive impact on understanding, cooperation and peaceful coexistence among different nations”, it said.
The conference participants considered it significant for Muslim countries to adopt the same formula of dialogue as means for surmounting disagreements and a way for finding effective solutions to the challenges confronting the Ummah.
‘Find solution to Muslim problems’
In a speech read on his behalf at the conference’s opening session, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah urged scholars to help government establishments in Muslim countries find solutions to various problems faced by the people so that peace and unity could be achieved.
“Learned men and government establishments in Muslim countries should jointly strive to solve the issues of the people and bring about reforms to improve their conditions,” King Abdullah said in an opening speech read out by Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal.
Attributing the current issues in the Muslim world to attempts at destroying the unity of Muslims, the king said solutions to problems could be found in “familiarizing the right approach of Islam in every walks of life, implementing Islamic moderation and laying out practical measures to achieve Islamic unity."
king Abdullah added that rapid changes and developments accompanying globalization have impressed on the Kingdom the need to protect the Muslim community from deviating to terrorism.
“The Kingdom has countered the terrorist menace with determination and destroyed terror cells, subdued its perpetrators and countered the deviant ideology with moderate ideology. Consequently, we have achieved peace and security in the country for citizens, expatriates and pilgrims,” he said.
Speaking in the opening session, Secretary-General of MWL Abdullah Al-Turki said the conference has been convened to discuss solutions to the issues that have caused disturbances in many parts of the Muslim world.
Over 500 international Islamic scholars and thinkers specialized in studying the problems and crises of the Ummah are participating in the conference.
Al-Turki earlier announced an MWL plan to send delegations to Muslim countries to meet with prominent Islamic figures and exchange views on how issues can be tackled based on the right Islamic approach.
A number of papers presented during the conference sessions dwelt at length the causes and effects of the ongoing crisis in the Muslim World.
The scholars were unanimous in calling the situation in some of the Muslim countries as demonstration of modern sedition (fitna) and that the only solution to the misfortune befalling the Ummah is to seek refuge in Islam and the Tradition of the Prophet (peace be upon him).
Sunday’s deliberations spread into three sessions and saw many prominent figures of the Ummah discussing topics like ‘Current Situation and Problems’, ‘Rights and Obligations’, and ‘Reformation of the Society.’
Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Aal Al-Sheikh and Dr. Saleh Bin Abdullah Bin Humaid, Chairman of the Supreme Judiciary Council, chaired the morning sessions which dealt with in-depth discussions on economic and social situations in Muslim countries as well as challenges facing them and means of addressing them by Islamic teachings.
Eminent participants unanimously termed the holding of the conference as timely and important. “This conference is a very timely one and a very important one. The Muslim World is facing many crises. At this point of time Saudi Arabia is organizing this conference, and I appreciate Rabita Alam Al-Islami for leading the way and which will definitely contribute to the unity of Ummah,” said Hamid Azad, Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Muslim Aid, London.
“I hope this conference will pave the way for establishing peace in the Muslim countries and globally as well,” he said.
Azad praised the speech of King Abdullah, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, in which, he said, four points have been outlined for maintaining order in the society.
A participant from India, Hussain Mudavoor, was upbeat about the timing and holding of the international meet and praised King Abdullah and the MWL for organizing the conference.
“Apart from a number of valuable presentation by Islamic scholars of the world, the best thing I found is the gathering of so many Muslim luminaries at one place, and that too to discuss the issues facing the Ummah. This is the character of Islam, which the Kingdom is upholding well despite upheavals in the Muslim society,” Mudavoor, Principal of an Arabic college in a southern Indian state, said.
July 26, 2011, Islam Online