ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The world’s leading Islamic scholars, philosophers and dignitaries gathered today in Abu Dhabi for the third annual Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies. The sessions’ central focus was the role of the modern nation state and its relationship with Islam’s historical equivalent, aiming to sustain peace in the region. This year’s forum explored the best methods of sustaining peace in the region and rectifying the negative image of Islam that exists in some parts of the world with a culture of peace and tolerance, which has been a driving force of Islam.
“They are dying of thirst while carrying their own water.”
The forum was held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and the chairmanship of Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah. HH Sheikh Nayhan bin Mubarak, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, was also in attendance as well as high officials including Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Qasimi, Minister of State for Tolerance.
HE Shaykh Abdallah Bin Bayyah, the President of the forum, framed the discussion for constructive discourse and welcomed the congregation of thinkers, scholars and leaders with humble respect. In acknowledging the necessity of their collective knowledge, he commented, “We need thinkers and leaders to become healers and doctors of modern society by replacing the jurisprudence of hate with the jurisprudence of peace. We need to set and be examples of the truth and uphold the integrity of Muslims and Islam across the world.” He noted how illiterate groups and individuals are plaguing religion with literal, ahistorical and acontextual methodologies that negate the core universal truths of Islam. In closing his speech, he thanked and praised the UAE for its “example of a peaceful state in such turbulent times.”
The second person to address the forum was HE Dr Muhammad Matar al-Ka’bi, Secretary General of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies. He said, “Terrorism has nothing to do with Islam.” He then stressed the utilisation of Islamic principles such as mercy and justice, to bring peace and stability for all nations. “The nation-state is the actual formula for bringing order in this world,” he added.
Sheikh Dr Mohammad bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa, Secretary General of the Muslim World League, announced, “This forum has been the beacon for Muslim societies.”
HE Dr Muhammad Mukthar Jumah, Minister of Religious Endowments and Islamic Affairs, Arab Republic of Egypt, placed emphasis on portraying the true picture of Islam and used an apt metaphor to demonstrate how extremists misrepresent Islamic scripture: “They are dying of thirst while carrying their own water.” He concluded that this forum shows Islam is a religion of peace, safety, security and brotherhood.
*Source: ME NewsWire