Through an initiative of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), a preparatory meeting to formulate a document on reconciliation between Iraqi Sunnis and Shiites was held at the headquarters of the International Islamic Fiqh Academy, Jeddah, on Saturday and Sunday 15 and 16 Ramadan 1427H (7 and 8 October 2006).
Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, who chaired the meeting, said in his address that the Organization saw the necessity of taking an initiative aimed at stopping the turmoil in Iraq out of consciousness of its responsibility before Allah, the Islamic Ummah and history, and in order to prevent the shedding of Muslim blood and to eradicate disorder in Iraq.
Furthermore, he stated that the same reasons informed the request to religious scholars and the highest religious authorities in Iraq to embark on their duties of stopping bloodshed in their country by emphasizing that, on the basis of the provisions of the Holy Qur’an, the traditions of the Prophet and the tolerant principles Islam, the blood of a Muslim is sacred. Once adopted, the document will be a call to every Iraqi stating the clear position of Islam on the prohibition of shedding a Muslim’s blood. It will also call on Iraqi Muslims to abide by the clear principles of Islam in this regard.
The Iraqi delegation that represented Sunni and Shiite religious scholars comprised:
1. Sheikh Jalaludeen Al Saghir
2. Sheikh Dr Salah Abdul Razaq
3. Sheikh Abdul Satar Abdul Jabbar Abbas
4. Sheikh Dr Mahmoud Al Samidai
Also at the meeting were Sheikh Muhammad Habib Ben El-Khoja, Secretary General of the International Islamic Fiqh Academy, Sheikh Muhammad Ali Al-Taskhiri, Member of the Islamic Fiqh Academy and Dr Muhammad Salim El Awa, Adviser to the Secretary General.
The meeting agreed on the draft of the said document, entitled “Makkah Al Mukarramah Document” which will be proclaimed in Makkah Al Mukarammah during the blessed month of Ramadan at a meeting to be held on 27 and 28 Ramadan 1427H (19 and 20 October 2006) with the participation of senior Muslim scholars and authorities in Iraq.
Jeddah: 8 October 2006