ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Organizers have announced that this year’s two-day conference will be centralized around the notion of nation state and its relationship with Islam’s ontological principles that aim to sustain peace. The world’s leading Islamic scholars, academics and leaders will convene in Abu Dhabi on December 18th – 19th, for the third annual Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies forum, to explicate the problems facing the Muslim world and how we can collectively address them.
“The importance of the third forum is to continue our efforts in crystallizing the primary narrative of Islam, so that our religion is not hijacked by extremist voices”
The forum will be held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and the chairmanship of Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah.
HE Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah, President of the Forum, noted that the most pressing need for scholars, intellects and politicians is to collaborate & address the need for peace. He said: “There is no other option whilst we see the ongoing spread of destruction, death and sectarianism. The world is facing a wave of extremism, sectarianism and violence as a direct result of our failure to promote Islam’s culture of peace and mercy. This year’s forum will seek to explore the best ways to find peaceful solutions to rectify the negative and distorted image of Islam in some parts of the world. In addition, the forum is a ground-breaking initiative that will serve as an intellectual endeavor to refute extremist ideologies with a culture of peace and tolerance, which has been a driving force of Islam.”
“The importance of the third forum is to continue our efforts in crystallizing the primary narrative of Islam, so that our religion is not hijacked by extremist voices,” he added.
He added, “Incorrect ideas have always posed a threat for Islam, however, the forum will promote a positive change through the use of Islamic legal methodology and create awareness about Islamic values and guidelines which has always been subject to criticism and conflict.”
The forum will focus on seven topics of discussion, each aimed at sharing knowledge and expertise, as follows:
1. The concept of nation / Umma state in the Islamic history; past and present.
2. The Islamic nature of a state
3. The concept and context of a nation state
4. The state’s sovereignty in an age of globalization
5. The nation state’s role in strengthening and promoting peace
6. The UAE experience; to explain how UAE attempts to maintain itself as a role model as a state of peace.
To discuss how Islam can be actualized in practice that can have a lasting, peaceful impact on Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
*Source: ME NewsWire