Monday, March 15, 2010
UAE, 14th March, international, renowned, mainstream Muslim scholars from across the world issued a comprehensive religious declaration categorically condemning terrorism in Somalia and calling for peace and reconciliation in that war torn country. This is the first time that authoritative and globally renowned Islamic scholars have collectively addressed the issue of Somalia.
The conference convened by the Global Centre of Renewal and Guidance (GCRG) under the auspices of the Islamic scholar Shaykh Abdallah Bin Bayah and was attended by Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed the President of Somalia, the United Nations Special Representative to Somalia Ahmadou Ould Abdullah and Abdullah Alim, Deputy-Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Conferences (OIC).
Prominent international Islamic scholars and figures also in attendance included Amr Khaled (the foremost anti-extremist tele-preacher in the Arab world), Shaykh Habib Ali Jifri and Dr Abdullah Omar Nassief. Scholars from Somalia, Sudan, Nigeria, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mauritania, Yemen, Libya and UAE were also present.
The religious declaration is significant because:
A spokesperson for the conference said:
“This declaration is groundbreaking and is a highly significant move towards eradicating the religious justifications by Islamist extremists used not only to destroy Somalia but to murder civilians across the world. Extremist clerics have supported killing of civilians without impunity. We have seen the result of this extremist religious discourse in the havoc and destruction in Somalia. We are confident that today’s religious declaration by leading mainstream global Islamic scholars and figures will emphatically challenge and undermine the religious justification used to murder civilians and which has brought instability to countries such as Somalia.”
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