Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance Shaikh Salih bin Abdulaziz Al-AsShaikh delivered a speech yesterday at the international conference in Amman, Jordan on the topic ‘Islam and Muslims in the 21st century’. Calling for moderation and the avoidance of extremism, he stressed the need for the sermons delivered by Muslim scholars to be strictly in accordance with the teachings of the Holy Qur’an.
Participating in the three-day conference, which opened on Saturday, are representatives from 22 Arab and Muslim countries. Under review are ways to refute the biased campaigns that have been launched against Islam and Muslims, and how to project Islam as a religion of tolerance and brotherhood.
Today, Undersecretary for Mosques and Islamic Call Shaikh Abdulaziz Al-Ammar spoke in his address of flexibility in the way of propagating Islam, which, he said, is open to change and development. The aim should be to deepen belief in God Almighty, His angels and messengers, and the hereafter; and in His directives in accordance with the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah [sayings and teachings of the Prophet]. Islam, he declared, is a religion of tolerance and positive dialogue, and its teachings run counter to extremism and fanaticism.
In his address on Saturday, Director-General of the Islamic, Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) Dr Abdulaziz bin Othman Al-Tuwaijeri spoke of the need to assess the experiences witnessed by the Muslim world in the 20th century, and to reconstitute all structures on a stronger basis to face the future.