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.