30th International Islamic Unity Conference discusses:
Muslims: minority or citizens of the world?
Committee on the second day of the International Islamic Unity Conference detailed the situation of Muslim minorities particularly the plight of Muslims in Rohingya.
Publish date : Friday 16 December 2016 15:49
Committee on the situation of Muslim minorities has been chaired by prayer leader of Washington, Mohammad al-Asi and Sheikh No’mani from Iraq discussing the reasons for misrepresentation of Islam in some western countries, reported Taqrib News Agency (TNA).
Mohammad al-Asi in this meeting detailed the meaning of minority calling that a concept imported from the west meaning a fewer number of special group in a society while Muslims and the oppressed are the citizens of the world and not a minority.
He criticized the concept of minority to be used for any religious group in a country and noted,” In fact nothing but the title of citizen should be used for these people because once called a citizen no one feels to be an outsider in another country and once recognized in a community he will feel responsible towards the laws in that country.”
Iraqi-descent Sheikh No’mani counted religious differences, differences of traditions and the translation of minorities in shadow of the majority as some of problems harassing the minorities in every community and said,” Due to violation of the legislations by minorities in some countries, the image of Islam is at the risk of being tarnished and as a result of that Islam is introduced to be a religion of violence.”
Head of the Council for Sunni community in Iran’s Province of Kermanshah referred to inclusivity of the legislations in the country and that courts issue sentences for cases related to Sunni community based on their own Fiq’h.
Malaysian participant to the Islamic Unity Conference detailed the plight of Rohingya Muslims saying that the four million population of the Muslim minority in Myanmar has shrank to 800’000 due to the massacre of the community by the Buddha people.
He demanded the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to hold a special conference to support Rohingya Muslims and prevention of the oppression against them.
Sheikh Abdul Qadir Beyzavi, prayer leader of the Sunni community in Urumiyeh, Iran, stressed,” Sunni Muslims in Iran are a part of the society and not a minority. Even if they are less in regards to population, they act quite influentially.”
The Sunni cleric hailed the decisions made in the conference calling for practical pursuit of the results.
Participants in this conference highlighted the coexistence of Shia and Sunni Muslims and warned against Takfiri groups as the greatest predicament for the world of Islam calling all Muslims to join against the deviate group in a unified body.
The committee also touched upon detention and torture of the prominent Nigerian Muslim leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaki, urging all Muslim countries to take actions in line with freedom of the Shia figure from prison.