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  • Ahmed Saleh

Conference attendees stress unity, reject divisive narratives in Makkah gathering

Makkah, March 19, 2024, Participants in the international conference titled "Building Bridges between Islamic Schools of Thought and Sects," organized by the Muslim World League (MWL) in Makkah, emphasized the critical importance of strengthening ties within the Islamic Ummah and countering divisive narratives that distort the image of Islam and Muslims.

Dr. Sami Al-Sharif, the Secretary-General of the Association of Islamic Universities, highlighted the conference's timeliness and significant theme, especially amidst challenges faced by the Islamic world due to misconceptions about Islam. He emphasized the need to establish constructive connections with the West to rectify misperceptions about Muslims, acknowledging the MWL's efforts in fostering cooperation and mutual understanding between different cultures.

Dr. Abdul Karim Bakhsh, the Secretary-General of the Central Association of Ahl Al-Hadith in Pakistan and a member of the Pakistani Senate, underscored the urgent necessity for unity within the Islamic Ummah and expressed gratitude to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for hosting such a pivotal conference near the sacred Kaaba.

The conference, according to Dr. Bakhsh, delved into the root causes of disputes among Islamic sects and proposed solutions to address these conflicts. Jawad Al-Khoei, the Secretary-General of the Al-Khoei Institute in Najaf, emphasized the significance of holding the conference during Ramadan in the sacred city of Makkah, highlighting the MWL's vital role in uniting Muslim scholars, especially in challenging times.

Ali Al-Ameen, a member of the Muslim Council of Elders, emphasized the need for unity and solidarity among Muslims to counter conspiracies aimed at sowing division within the Ummah. The participants collectively emphasized the importance of promoting harmony, cooperation, and a unified stance within the Muslim community to confront common challenges and uphold the true essence of Islam.

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