Third Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies to Tackle the Problems Facing the Muslim World

Two-day conference will seek to explain the relationship between the
concept of the contemporary nation state, and the state in Islamic

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Organizers have announced that this year’s two-day conference will be
centralized around the notion of nation state and its relationship with
Islam’s ontological principles that aim to sustain peace. The world’s
leading Islamic scholars, academics and leaders will convene in Abu
Dhabi on December 18th – 19th, for the third
annual Promoting
Peace in Muslim Societies
forum, to explicate the problems facing
the Muslim world and how we can collectively address them.

The forum will be held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin
Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International
Cooperation, and the chairmanship of Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah.

HE Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah, President of the Forum, noted that the
most pressing need for scholars, intellects and politicians is to
collaborate & address the need for peace. He said: “There is no other
option whilst we see the ongoing spread of destruction, death and
sectarianism. The world is facing a wave of extremism, sectarianism and
violence as a direct result of our failure to promote Islam’s culture of
peace and mercy. This year’s forum will seek to explore the best ways to
find peaceful solutions to rectify the negative and distorted image of
Islam in some parts of the world. In addition, the forum is a
ground-breaking initiative that will serve as an intellectual endeavor
to refute extremist ideologies with a culture of peace and tolerance,
which has been a driving force of Islam.”

“The importance of the third forum is to continue our efforts in
crystallizing the primary narrative of Islam, so that our religion is
not hijacked by extremist voices,” he added.

He added, “Incorrect ideas have always posed a threat for Islam,
however, the forum will promote a positive change through the use of
Islamic legal methodology and create awareness about Islamic values and
guidelines which has always been subject to criticism and conflict.”

The forum will focus on seven topics of discussion, each aimed at
sharing knowledge and expertise, as follows:

1. The concept of nation / Umma state in the Islamic history; past and

2. The Islamic nature of a state

3. The concept and context of a nation state

4. The state’s sovereignty in an age of globalization

5. The nation state’s role in strengthening and promoting peace

6. The UAE experience; to explain how UAE attempts to maintain itself as
a role model as a state of peace.

7. Marrakesh
Declaration on the Rights of Religious Minorities

To discuss how Islam can be actualized in practice that can have a
lasting, peaceful impact on Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

*Source: ME


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