The Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies attempts to clarify to the world that Islam is a religion of peace and justice. By convening intellectuals and leading thinkers from around the world, the Forum also attempts to extinguish burning disputes.
On March 09 and 10, 2014, scholars and researchers will meet in Abu Dhabi to discuss topics with the objective of diminishing the hatred within the nations, hatred which threatens to damage any nation’s social fabric and weaken its defenses.
The Muslim world’s current situation reflects a number of significant challenges. In order to overcome these challenges the nation needs strategic cooperation that includes the efforts of intellectuals and other wise and insightful people.
Our Muslim communities are working hard to find solutions to critical societal issues such as poverty, constructive developmental projects, environmental safety, diseases and addiction. Our communities are also working hard to provide guidance to men, women and children, acquiring modern technology, utilizing the various means of communications for the benefit of spreading knowledge and information, fighting violence and terrorism, protecting refugees and the homeless, providing suitable governance for public institutions in a range of areas and to improve the abilities and qualifications of people who work for these institutions.
In addition to facing these challenges, the Muslim world is being infiltrated by radical and sectarian ideas that counteract efforts to consolidate Islamic identity by emphasizing differences and promoting separation; this is contrary to any nation’s interests and detrimental to its future. The result is less trust, threats to security, and rifts in Islamic society. Consequently these issues detract from what Muslims globally should uphold such as values of love, coexistence and peace.
The recent conflicts and disputes and their increasing severity emphasize the need for Islamic nations to be more responsible and to address challenges quickly.These challenges are dangerous in the following ways:
Firstly, the level of unprecedented violence using all types of weaponry, including weapons of mass destruction used against a country’s own citizens.
Secondly, the geographical reach, as evidenced by the expansion across a large area of the Arab and Islamic nations with the potential to spread to other areas.
Thirdly, these disputes and struggles have become commonplace and there’s no foreseeable end to them.
Fourthly, there are ideological and psychological dimensions to these challenges that feed the three previous points.
These dimensions emerged from the most extreme ideas, the most radical fatwas and the most fanatical positions. As a result, the community has been subjected to a deluge of fatwas that deem people out of the fold of Islam, astray, heretics or innovators. These extreme fatwas have legitimized bloodshed, mutiny and unjustifiable calls for Jihad, and have forbidden a multitude of practices, which has led to what is more reprehensible.
Fifthly, the international repercussions: The previously mentioned practices have led to a distorted international perception of Islam to such an extent that the religion of tolerance, mercy and justice is misunderstood as a religion of terrorism. Some extremists have even proposed that Islam and its followers be sued under Chapter VII of the UN Convention!This distortion does not represent the reality of Islam, a religion that is truly one of love, peace and humanitarianism, a religion founded on the values of justice, mutual consultation (shura), mercy, philanthropy, tolerance and social harmony.