Secretary-General of the Muslim World League (MWL) Dr. Abdullah Al-Turki, in a message on the occasion of the new hijrah year of 1426 that began last Thursday, urged Muslims to address mankind’s current pressing problems, and to impress on young people the moderate teachings and values of Islam. The Islamic faith, he declared, is a universal religion, and can solve the problems of the modern world, including those of drugs, poverty, insecurity and moral degradation. Islam urges its followers to take a moderate approach in all matters of life, and has prohibited all forms of extremism.
Dr. Al-Turki went on to stress the need for unity and solidarity in the Muslim world, as essential for the protection of the Islamic identity. By following shariah [Islamic Law], he said, Muslims can present to the world the highest cultural values while avoiding a lapse into false ideologies and deviant thoughts. In particular, he declared: “The belief of Muslims in the universality of their religion and their application of its teachings in their life and international relations will protect them from the negative effects of globalization.”
Meanwhile, in his sermon last Friday Shaikh Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, one of the imams of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, expressed his hope that the new hijrah year “would usher in a new era of progress and prosperity in the Islamic world”. He called upon Muslims to promote human and Islamic values and follow the principle of dialogue; but insisted that dialogue with others be based on reforms that come from within and are not dictated by others.