By: IBRAHIM NAFFEE
Makkah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah launched Sunday a conference organized by the Muslim World League at its headquarter in Makkah highlighting the problems faced by the Islamic world and possible solutions.
The conference is sponsored by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosque King Abdullah.
“Saudi Arabia aims to instill a sense of solidarity in Muslims through their adhering to the teachings of the Qur’an and the tradition of the Prophet (peace be upon him),” Prince Mishaal said in his opening address. “Unity requires working to resolve our problems while adhering to our religion.”
“The crises and destabilization that many Muslim nations are suffering only confirm the need for spreading the culture of reconciliation, tolerance, moderation and support,” he said. “Muslim countries must stand united against attempts to undermine our religion and unity.”
Abdullah Al-Turki, secretary-general of the Muslim World League and a member of the Council of Senior Scholars, said that the issue of Islamic solidarity was also discussed in a previous summit held in Makkah in 2012.
The conference will achieve greater coordination between Muslim countries to tackle problems in keeping with international developments and transformations.
Abdullah Nejm Al-Deen, professor of Islamic economy at Makkah’s Umm Al-Qura University, said: “The conference reviews the situation of the Islamic World and discusses problems that can lead to division among Muslims.”
The theme of the conference, he said, discusses a wide rang of issues, including solidarity, religious obligation and political and sectarian challenges during the second series.
“The third series will review areas for potential solidarity in the political, economic, social, scientific, educational and media fields. The fourth axis relates to developments in the Arab world, including the issue of Palestine and Jerusalem, which have been isolated from the Muslim world and international organizations.”
The fifth axis deals with plans and projects that achieve solidarity and will discuss an initiative to establish a panel for reconciliation.