Islamophobia must be addressed for global unity - Scholar

Asian Ulama Council focuses on peace, dispelling myths about Islam

12 May 2024 01:02pm
Photo for illustration purpose only. - Photo by Bernama
Photo for illustration purpose only. - Photo by Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR - Resolution to combat Islamophobia must be a top priority for Muslim leaders, scholars and intellectuals to ensure harmony and unity among global communities.

Egypt's Dar Al-Ifta Syariah Department head Dr Ali Omar Al-Farouq, said Islamophobia is increasingly being propagated by a minority of individuals who fear the spread of Islam, particularly in this era of rapid technological advancement in social media.

"These groups attempt to influence those interested in embracing Islam by spreading negative narratives, suggesting that Islam promotes violence and extremism. They also claim that Islam does not advocate unity and peace," he said in an interview with Bernama Arab Desk recently.

Ali Omar said that anyone who studies how Muslims lived in society during the time of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) would realise that what they are propagating is completely contrary to Islamic teachings.

He said the Islamic state established during the time of the Prophet was based on security and coexistence among people of various religions who lived peacefully, as evidenced by the signing of the Madinah Charter.

On the 2024 Asian Ulama Council meeting which was officiated by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Ali Omar said the event has become a key platform for discussing issues relevant to the Muslim community in this era.

"These meetings are essential for correcting misconceptions about Islam and, at the same time, unifying all perspectives," he said.

He also expressed hope that subsequent meetings would be held to ensure that the ideas discussed could be accepted and implemented in the future

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The event was attended by Muslim World League's (MWL) secretary-general, Sheikh Dr Mohammed Abdulkarim Al-Issa who is also the Chairman of the Organisation of Muslim Scholars.

It was organised by the Office of the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Religious Affairs) and the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) in collaboration with the MWL. - BERNAMA

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