Makkah Conference Confirms Saudi Kingdom as ‘Heart of Islam’

Makkah Conference Confirms Saudi Kingdom as ‘Heart of Islam’

Friday, 14 December, 2018 - 09:30
Makkah Conference titled “Islamic unity: The perils of labeling and exclusion," SPA
Makkah- Tariq Al Thaqafi
Recommendations listed upon closing the Makkah conference held for Islamic unity stressed the important role played by the Saudi Kingdom as the spiritual beacon for all Muslims. The world’s some billion and 800 million Muslims look to the Kingdom as an indispensable caretaker of two of the religions’ holiest sites.

Speakers at the conference praised the historic and ongoing humanitarian efforts exerted by the Kingdom for Muslims worldwide, especially under the current leadership of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The forum, which tackles sectarianism and the strife plaguing the Muslim world, was attended by prominent thinkers and researchers from 127 countries.

Scholars attending the conference titled “Islamic unity: The perils of labeling and exclusion” reiterated that Saudi Arabia is the “heart of Islam” in the modern era.

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal inaugurated the event, which was organized by the Muslim World League. During the conference, participants called for a comprehensive plan to address sectarian-inspired extremism.

Abdullah Al-Turki, adviser to the Royal Court, told Asharq Al-Awsat that Islam has bridged the racial and cultural divide among those attending the forum, “bringing them closer in unity and away from strife, sectarianism, and partisanship.”

He added that Tehran is exploiting the fact that many Muslim peoples “have differences and come from different sects” to disband Islamic unity.

Turki also said that Iran’s actions and pro-sectarianism agenda have “harmed Islam and Muslims, causing their delay and their weakness."

Egypt’s Grand Mufti Shawki Allam, for his part, underlined the urgent need for the Muslim Ummah (Muslims worldwide) to unite efforts and consolidate economic, social and political projects now more than ever. He also called for bringing all Muslims under one banner and one word to face the challenges that surround them today.

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