This might be the biggest umbrella for over 10 million people in the Americas
WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, USA, March 28, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Muslim leaders in the United States, Canada and Latin America have agreed, under the Mecca Charter , to establish a new entity for Muslim communities in the American hemisphere.
This landmark agreement came to the public as one of those recommendations discussed at the “Forum for Promoting Global Unity and Coexistence” event in Washington, DC last week. Event attendees contacted 185 people from 18 countries and more than 24 US states.
Participants endorsed the historic Makkah Charter pledging to expand cooperation and inculcate the document’s principles of moderate Islam in their congregations and communities.
After reviewing the discussions that took place in the workshops of the forum, the participants suggested creating an organization for the Muslim communities of North and South America with all its sects and schools of thought as an independent body to which everyone would participate equally, from which an international forum would branch out from the Charter, and that body and forum would have non-Muslim friends among religious leaders of other religious communities, governmental and parliamentary bodies of the Americas .
Dr. Mohammad bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa, Secretary General of the Muslim World League, led the gathering of more than two hundred eminent imams, scholars and leaders of the Muslim community from all branches of the Islamic faith in collaboration with the International Interfaith Peace Corps.
Dr. Al-Issa, in a keynote address, emphasized that the global framework of the Makkah Charter serves as a powerful force for communities around the world to achieve harmony, tolerance and peace among religions.
“The Makkah Charter warns against conflict and clash of civilizations, hate speech and racism, and calls for inclusive citizenship,” Dr Al-Issa said.
The Makkah Charter draws its strength from the incredible diversity of Islamic leaders who have reached a consensus on how best to address the most pressing challenges and opportunities of our time, including promoting education for young people, sustainable development, empowerment of women and countering malevolent forces. prejudice, extremism and violence in the world.
Islamic leaders have organized roundtables focused on analyzing how the principles of the document can be applied in different contexts across the Americas. Imam Mohamed Magid, President of the IIPC and Executive Imam of the ADAMS Center, emphasized that the implementation of the Charter is already leading to deeper community bonds and advancing local development efforts.
US Representative Andre Carson of Indiana spoke about the importance of safeguarding the rights of Muslims everywhere and highlighted Congress’s emphasis on protecting vulnerable Afghan families.
Rahmah Abdulaleem, Executive Director of KARAMAH Humera Khan, pointed out that the Makkah Charter recognizes the importance of women’s leadership in Islamic institutions and in all areas of society, while Imam Talib Shareef, Chairman of Masjid Muhammad, spoke of the basic motivation of all present. to uplift humanity and realize a world in the image of God. Amb. Arslan Suleman stressed the importance of advocacy by religious leaders to create and cement peace.
Muslim leaders have created an action plan and a new communications infrastructure that will allow Islamic leaders across the Americas to share information and best practices as their communities strive to realize the vision of the Makkah Charter .
Statement from Muslim Societies of North, Central and South America on the Implementation of the Makkah Charter
We, the leaders of Muslim societies in North, Central and South America, gathered here in Washington DC on this day, joined by some of our friends and prominent and important non-Muslim leaders from other religions, community, civil society, government and congress, resolve to take certain concrete steps to implement the Makkah Charter whose articles and principles call for collaborative actions to address today’s historic challenges, hunger, poverty, -homelessness, disease, illiteracy, marginalization, insecurity, freedom and economic opportunity for all. This conference, which is an appeal to the Charter of Makkah, has been welcomed and appreciated all over the world. The conference emphasized the promotion of Muslim unity, the affirmation of bonds of sisterhood and brotherhood, love among all humanity, as well as the understanding that diversity and pluralism are among the blessings of Allah, may He be Exalted. Religious identity never contradicts national identity, a principle rooted in Islamic teaching.
1. We, the participants of this conference, have decided at this first meeting of Muslim societies in North, Central and South America with the aim of finding the best ways to benefit more widely from the principles of the Makkah Charter and whose workshops covered a number of important topics, including building the capacity of religious leaders, youth engagement, women’s empowerment and religious diplomacy; taking into account that the Conference on the Charter of Makkah Al-Mukarramah was followed by all Islamic sects and schools of thought as a seed of goodness to strengthen their brotherly bonds.
2. After reviewing the discussions that took place in the workshops of the forum, the participants suggested to create an organization for the Muslim communities of North and South America with all its sects and schools of thought as an organization independent body in which everyone would participate equally, from which an international forum would branch out from the Charter, and that body and forum would have non-Muslim friends among religious leaders of other faith communities, government and parliamentary bodies of Americas, in order to:
a. collaborate on common objectives and problems, in particular by promoting the values of fraternity and coexistence.
b. build bridges of understanding and alliance among followers of religions and cultures in the Americas to achieve common national and human interests.
vs. emphasize the strengthening of the concept of national sovereignty and warn of the danger of the concepts of classification and exclusion – a value advocated by the Charter of Makkah Al-Mukarramah, for which it has received great worldwide recognition.
3. The conference organizers will create a committee of seven to nine members, taking into account all the necessary diversity, to work on the preparation of the status and governance of the above-mentioned body and forum, and to operationalize the recommendations. international forum workshops. Committee members will also hold annual gatherings, similar to our gathering today, with the participation of friends of the forum from other faiths.
4. We are also pleased with the launch of the multilingual Makkah Charter website. This interactive website welcomes contributions and contributions from all of you to the Makkah Charter implementation strategy.
May Allah bless this effort, make all our aspirations materialize and bring benefits across continents. May Allah reward the scholars who wrote the Makkah Charter and the participants who affirmed it. May Allah make this conference the beginning of many initiatives that will have a positive impact on our communities and our nations.
Thank you to all participants and may Allah’s blessing be upon you all!
*Issued by the conference organizers on behalf of all conference attendees
Muslim World League