Under Patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, The World Muslim Communities Council Announces International Conference
On Sunday, October 31st, The World Muslim Communities Council held a press conference at the Council’s headquarters in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi, with the participation of His Excellency Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of The Council, and His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Bechari, the Secretary-General, to announce the schedule of the International Conference "Islamic Unity: Concept, Opportunities, Challenges", to be held from 12 to 14 December in Abu Dhabi.
His Excellency Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Council, announced the holding of the conference under the generous patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence. The importance of it stems from the need to present an intellectual and legal discourse that fills the void that exists among Muslim communities around the world, to addresses the challenge of belonging to the contemporary Muslim, which confirms the pioneering role of our scholars and thinkers in leading the nation, to present an intellectual and legitimate proposal commensurate with the requirements of the age.
Al Nuaimi said that one of the objectives of the conference is to direct a discourse that stems from the values of coexistence pursued by the UAE in terms of being partners with others. "We truly believe in this positive partnership in joint work in building nations and facing challenges that imposed on humanity everywhere, such as the climate change, pandemics, poverty or unemployment, and creating opportunities for youth", he added.
The Chairman of the Council stressed the importance of the pioneering role of the nations' scholars and thinkers in presenting a discourse based on legitimate foundations, taking into account the peculiarities of this age, respecting its constitutions and laws, and establishing a better future for Muslims and non-Muslims, especially with the existence of some discourses that divide the humanity and serves agendas that harm Muslims wherever they are. He is adding that the Council will be keen on the presence of the largest number of Muslim scholars, thinkers and academic leaders, so that a vision from Abu Dhabi is presented to the world that serves Muslims and non-Muslims with regard to the concept of Islamic unity and opens up horizons for opportunities that must be invested in the present and the future, to develop strategies to deal with the challenges that Muslims face wherever they are.
Al Nuaimi stressed that the UAE projects complement each other. "We have gained great experience during the Corona Pandemic period in dealing with public activities, confirming that the Dubai Expo is the evidence, which will give us with the opportunity to host a large number of participants, stressing that the Expo embodies the UAE's vision regarding coexistence and pluralism.
In the same context, His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Bechari, the Secretary-General of the Council, said that the convening of the international conference comes in several contexts, including:
A turbulent international context affected by the outbreak of ethnic and sectarian conflicts. Neither the Islamic world nor the countries in which Muslim communities live have been spared the effects of it.
The Arab and Islamic regional context, with the unrest, strife and chaos in many countries, taking advantage of the people’s tragedies and the dreams and making false dreams that are impossible to achieve, such as the Islamic caliphate, to strike all the components of the national state, including loyalty to the homeland and commitment to the requirements of citizenship.
The national context. Its most prominent title is the achievements of all the initiatives of the United Arab Emirates under the wise leadership, to place the value system in the priorities of global decision-makers.
Bechari stressed that the "International Conference on Islamic Unity: Concept, Opportunities and Challenges" comes with the keenness of The World Muslim Communities Council to find a necessary balance for this difficult equation between preserving the interests of Muslims and their right to a decent life in safety, security, peace with their surroundings.
It is worth mentioning that The World Muslim Communities Council is an international non-governmental organization headquartered in Abu Dhabi. It includes more than 900 Islamic organizations and institutions from 142 countries, aiming to achieve one goal, which is the integration of Muslim communities into their countries, and for its members to achieve full citizenship and complete affiliation to the Islamic religion.