Science and research should be the basis of Islamic unity, says the Minister of Tolerance

Science should be the foundation of unity in the Muslim world, Tolerance Minister Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak said at the first two-day conference of the World Council of Muslim Communities in Abu Dhabi.

The event, which began on Sunday under the banner of unity, included Muslim religious leaders from the UAE, Russia, Turkey, Syria, Egypt and Azerbaijan, among others. During the conference, experts dealt with the religious, social and political components of the unification of the Muslim ummah, or community.

“I am not an expert, but Islam is a religion of science and knowledge. It is therefore important that science and research become the foundation of Muslim unity, ”said Sheikh Nahyan.

Sheikh Nahyan also said other relevant topics such as environmental sustainability and food security should be the focus of the united Muslim world.

“The UAE is a significant model in tolerance and an example of successful nation-building and development. But achieving unity in the Muslim world requires an understanding of the challenges it faces inside and out by those who want to change the face of the Muslim community, ”he said.

Experts have argued that patriotism and loyalty to one’s country should transcend the concept of uniting Muslims under one banner into one “caliphate” similar to that of the expansionist, ultra-violent, terrorist group ISIS seeking to create.

“The concept of a united Muslim world falls into two categories: rational, represented by this conference, and impossible and imaginary, exploited by extremist and terrorist groups seeking to bring all Muslims around the world under one flag and one country,” said Egyptian Minister Awqaf.

“In our modern times, it is more important to have loyalty to our country and nation, its flag and country, than to seek impossible unity under the newly created country.”

Muslim worshipers gather for prayer on Friday next to the Dome of the Rock mosque in the Al Aqsa mosque complex in Jerusalem’s old city.  AP photography

This futile attempt is trying to “weaken” the nation-state and alienate Muslim minorities living in non-Muslim communities, Mr Jumaa said.

A 2016 study of terrorism around the world by the University of Maryland, which studied 70,767 terrorist attacks over the decades, found that 85 percent of attacks by ISIS and al Qaeda-related groups occurred in Muslim-majority countries with a large majority. the victims are Muslims.

“It is also important to understand the verses from the Qur’an in the time, place and context for which they are intended, and not in the way terrorist groups use them to place their goals,” he said.

said Secretary-General of the World Council of Muslim Communities Mohamed Bechari The National the journey to renew our understanding of unity begins with one step like that represented by the conference.

“There are fractures within the Muslim world that need to be repaired. The Sunni way of thinking faces challenges and therefore, although Shiite groups are present at today’s event, more of these talks will be needed to ensure wider inclusion in the future, ”he said.

For two days in the capital, religious leaders from the international Muslim community will continue to discuss the concept of the Ummah, its meaning and understanding based on the Qur’an, the life story of the Prophet Muhammad (Seerah) and Islamic fiqh, or jurisprudence.

Updated: May 8, 2022, 11:46 AM

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