On behalf of Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, in Makkah today Governor of Makkah Province Prince Abdulmajeed bin Abdulaziz delivered a speech at the symposium organized by the Muslim World League (MWL) on Islam's image in contemporary Muslim media.
The Crown Prince's speech focused on the universality of the Islamic message, how Saudi Arabia adopted Islam as the base of its Constitution, and the Kingdom's duty to defend Islam against unjust and hostile cultural and media campaigns. It stressed the Kingdom's condemnation of all terrorist acts, citing verses of the Holy Qur'an, and rejecting any link of terrorism with Islam and the Muslims; urged all Islamic organizations to educate people about the true reality and virtues of Islam, pointing out that the Kingdom calls for dialogue, understanding and cooperation; and expressed the hope that the Muslim World League will prepare an international program on coexistence among civilizations in accordance with the principles of Islam.
The speech went on to note that the Islamic ummah (world community) needs wise Islamic media that embody the moderation of Islam, inviting everyone to learn its message impartially and objectively, and calling on the audience to adhere to the Holy Qur'an and the Sunnah of the Prophet in their writings and speeches. It also expressed the hope that at the end of the symposium, the participants will produce a Charter for Muslim Media that takes into consideration modern circumstances while meeting the needs of Muslim communities; one that is governed by Islamic principles, guides the media in sound reporting, wise opinion, and accuracy in research, and is directed by unity and the denunciation of violence.