2006 News Story

Iraqi religious leaders agree on Makkah Document

Iraqi religious leaders from both the Shiite and Sunni communities have approved the Makkah Document, which aims to end the bloodshed in Iraq. The document is the result of the national reconciliation conference held in Makkah yesterday upon the initiative of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).

 In the document, the Iraqi religious leaders denounced terrorism and called on the warring factions in Iraq to lay down their weapons. Both Shiites and Sunnis agreed that taking the life of a fellow Muslim is forbidden.

They also noted that mosques and houses of worship should not be attacked or used for illegal activities. The religious leaders also stated that crimes committed in the name of sectarianism deserve the maximum punishment.

The document largely blamed deviant religious ideas for the spread of violence in Iraq, and called on all adherents of these deviant ideas to reject their current path and embrace the true Islam. It also reminded the Iraqi government of its responsibility to restore security and justice to the country.

OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu praised the agreement and called on Iraqi officials, religious leaders and the media to circulate the document and make all Iraqis aware of its contents.