Saudi King Calls for Dialogue Among Islamic Sects in Eid Address

October 16, 2013

(Washington, DC) -- Today, on behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy ‎Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz  held the annual ‎reception ceremony for Islamic leaders, heads of Hajj missions and guests of King Abdullah in ‎Mina. Prince Salman also delivered a speech on behalf of King Abdullah, congratulated guests on ‎the occasion of Eid Al-Adha, and wished all a successful Hajj (pilgrimage).‎

King Abdullah’s speech stated, “Islam is known for its mildness, along with its moderation, ‎clarity, and forgiveness. It is our way of fostering understanding and engaging in dialogue with ‎the others. Islam becomes our civilized guide in understanding concepts such as freedom of ‎religion, cultures and beliefs instead of resorting to force.”‎

King Abdullah stressed the importance of using dialogue to encourage greater understanding, ‎noting the establishment of the Center for Dialogue Among Islamic Sects. He stated, “The goal  ‎of the Islamic ummah [community] was to establish the center in order to avoid disunity and ‎division. We are convinced that dialogue among Islamic sects, with God’s grace and help, is the ‎best course of action for all .” ‎

Dr. Bandar Al-Hajjar, Minister of Hajj, Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulmohsen Al-Turki, Secretary ‎General of The Muslim World League, and Dr. Nouraddain Al-Khademi, Tunisia’s Minister of ‎Religious Affairs, also delivered speeches during the ceremony. ‎