Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz opened the International Islamic Conference for Dialogue in Makkah today.
In his remarks, King Abdullah highlighted the importance of interfaith dialogue, particularly at a time when the Muslim nation is combating extremism.
“We are the voice of justice and human moral values, and we are the voice of rational and just coexistence and dialogue,” he said.
“How great this nation is, how difficult the challenges it faces in a time where its enemies – extremists from its sons and others – join forces to change its fair approach. They are gathered with blatant aggressiveness to target the tolerance, justice and noble purposes of Islam.”
In March, King Abdullah called for a meeting of monotheistic religions in order to solve the pressing problems facing humanity.
Nearly 500 delegates from 50 different countries are attending the three-day conference, which addresses the role of dialogue in the promotion of peace among nations. It is being organized by the Makkah-based Muslim World League (MWL).
Notable attendees include Makkah Governor Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia and Chairman of the Senior Ulema (Religious Scholars) Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Ashaikh, the Mufti of Al-Azhar Dr. Mohammed Sayed Tantawi, the Chairman of Iran’s Expediency Council Ali Akbar Rafsanjani and MWL Secretary-General Abdullah Al-Turki.