13th Makkah Conference held

October 20, 2012

On behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Makkah Governor Prince Khalid Al-Faisal opened today the 13th Makkah Conference. The gathering was organized by the Muslim World League (MWL) under the theme “Pillars and Changes in the Muslim Society.”

Delivering a speech on behalf of King Abdullah, Prince Khalid expressed hope that the conference could apply the true teachings of Islam to containing the bloody crises occurring in several Muslim countries. This turmoil has exposed the weakness of the Islamic world at solving its own problems, he said, attributing that failure to a movement away from true Islam. King Abdullah called upon the Muslim Ulema, influential personalities and organizations to work with the MWL to urge people to adhere to the real pillars of Islam and to avoid factionalism and sectarian struggles. He stressed the need for Muslim solidarity in the face of the current turmoil.

Later, the participants issued a final communiqué in which they praised Saudi Arabia’s continuous support for the MWL and expressed appreciation for King Abdullah’s interest in the organization and its programs. They also urged Muslims to adhere to Sharia law and called for clarity regarding the pillars and teachings of Islam.

The communiqué underscored the importance of tolerance and the rejection of racism, the rights of non-Muslims in Muslim societies, and the need for national dialogue and unity. It lauded the MWL’s efforts to implement the initiative of King Abdullah for cross-cultural dialogue and called for more conferences, symposia and seminars on that topic.

Regarding international developments, the communiqué demanded an end to Israel’s attempts to alter the Arab Islamic identity of Al-Quds [Jerusalem]; denounced the bloody massacre of the Syrian people by the Assad regime; condemned the campaign of blasphemy in the Western media against the Prophet Mohammed; rejected terrorism and extremism; criticized the suppression of Muslims in Myanmar; and welcomed the peace accord signed between the Philippine government and Muslim rebels.