The International Ulema Conference for Peace and Security in Afghanistan kicked off in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday and will continue through Wednesday in Makkah.
Speaking at the opening session, Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen expressed grateful appreciation to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the tremendous effort put in to so admirably organize this very important event.
Al-Othaimeen called on the government of Afghanistan and all Afghan community to engage in King Salman's call for the Afghans to reconcile and bond together for a safe and stable future of the country.
He pointed out that the main objective of this conference is to ensure that peace and stability prevail in Afghanistan, expressing the participants' condemnation of terrorism and violent extremism in all forms and manifestations.
The OIC chief also said he was confident the conference will help facilitate national reconciliation and put an end to all terrorist and extremist acts, which he blamed as contrary to the teachings of Islam. He described the conference as a platform bringing together Muslim scholars to discuss the situation in Afghanistan.
Speakers also included Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance Dr. Abdullatif bin Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh. He pointed out to the keen interest and commitment of King Salman to see Afghanistan a peaceful, secure and stable country. To this end, Al Al-Sheikh stressed that Muslim scholars have the responsibility to correct misconceptions, help mend fences and sensitize the entire Afghan community to the importance of obeying and assisting their rulers and governors and eschewing strife.
For his part, Afghanistan's Ulema Council Chief Sheikhul Hadith Mawlawi Qiamuddin Kashaf conveyed thanks to the Saudi leadership for the longstanding support to the Afghan people. He also expressed hope the conference will help bring the country back to peace, security and stability, pointing out that the people of Afghanistan set great store by this event.
The opening session also addressed by eminent Saudi scholar and Imam of Grand Mosque in Makkah Sheikh Saleh bin Abdullah bin Humaid. Speaking on behalf of the Ulema in attendance, he said the convening of this event in Saudi Arabia is part of the interest that King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman accord to promoting peace and security among the Muslim Ummah.
Al-Humaid affirmed that Muslim scholars have the duty to foster tolerance and coexistence among Muslims. He expressed hope that discussions during the conference will be conducive to peace and security in Afghanistan.
The two-day conference features two plenary sessions, one on Reconciliation in Islam: Role of Ulema in bringing peace and stability in Afghanistan and the other under the theme of Islam's position on terrorism and violent extremism.
Deliberations will be concluded Wednesday at the Guest Palace in Makkah with the adoption of "Makkah Declaration on Consolidating Peace and Security in Afghanistan.
Source: International Islamic News Agency