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Hajj enhances tolerance
10/01/2016
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Mikeleksiv and Savyanjamicov, in their study entitled From Mecca with Tolerance, referred to the secret of this religion in the unity of society through the beauty of the rotation” between religion, country and society. They discussed a broad but “ interesting question whether the collective Islamic rituals such as the Hajj, which brings more than two million pilgrims together every year from various sects, ?enhances tolerance between groups or does it support conflict between them

:The importance of this question stems from three main elements

First: It sheds light on the real social and political phenomenon, which leaves its impact on Muslims and their orientations. It tackles the vision of Muslim towards the group to which they belong or their perception to others from other non-
.Muslims communities

Second: The pilgrimage experience and the status of being “Hajj” is one of the five pillars of Islam that has raised a long-standing debate within the field of social sciences related to the relationship between religious identity and relationships

.between groups

Third: The Hajj is one of the most important collective rituals that not only emphasizes religious identity but also leaves everlasting marks on the behavior of

.people

The above-mentioned study was based on discussion and analysis of the impact of

.Hajj and its role in enhancing the values of tolerance

In addition, it aimed at the analysis of some “Focus groups” including the pilgrims who fulfilled the ritual of Hajj and from non-pilgrims who did not perform this obligatory ritual yet. The results showed lots of contradictions between the two. The pilgrims group showed a greater tendency for the enhancement of tolerance and rejection of hatred and hostility not only toward the various sub-communities within the same Islamic identity but towards different other religions entirely from Islam. While the other group showed less tendency towards tolerance. They showed a remarkable aggressiveness towards other religions and towards some sub-groups

.within the same identity

At the end of the study it was concluded that the Hajj is a good teacher for those who perform it. It teaches them the logic of life and tolerate. It is a way that raises the person above the ethnic, racial, sexual and religious factors. It reflects on the one
.and only concept of humanity
Islam a Message of Peace and Moderation
2016/01/10

Senior Islamic personalities of the Muslim World League participating in “The International Organization for Muslim Scholars” held a conference entitled “Islam is a Message of Peace and Moderation”. The conference comes in the context of their activities through the Islamic actions related to the word of truth. Activities

intended to glorify their responsibility during their ihram days, in the holy month,

.and in the holy place

The general secretary of the Muslim World League, chairman of The International Organization for Muslim Scholars department, and vice president of its general conference Sheikh Dr. Muhammad Al-Eyssa started his opening word at the conference with a speech about the importance of promoting the causes of the Islamic convergence and brotherhood. And the translation of the global and peaceful message of Islam in its central edges as well and in moderate way. He pointed out that the obligation of Hajj carries in its warning forefront contents many lessons about the importance of agreement and unity. These principles can only be reached under the one and only one slogan that is “Islam”. He emphasized the importance of avoiding the division and the blameworthy disagreement renunciation. He called for the importance of exceeding the tightly logos, concepts, names and descriptions that divide rather than gather. They do take believers away instead of uniting them. He also explained that the nation’s immunity is strengthened via its bond consolidation. Therefore, Islamic scholars have to wary about the risk of classification and exclusion. After discussing the presented interventions, the participants agreed on paying tribute regarding the outstanding services provided to the pilgrims of God’s Holy Mosque. The conferees confirmed that the message of Islam is a universal message that calls for peace, coexistence and humanitarian cooperation with everyone. It is a message that carries in its folds tolerance, centrality and

.moderation meanings

The Almighty Creator honored the sons of Adam with the mercy of the Islamic religion and legislation that aims at urging kindness for each human or animal. The Islamic history has not witnessed like such great gathering regarding the issue of Muslims’ exclusion from their sunnah and their community as that of the Muslim World League. In that gathering speeches were given in the reception party held at the Royal Palace in Mina in the year 1437. These speeches focused on the basic concepts of Islam and they warned against any other logo, name or description except Islam. When defining the Islamic Sunnah, some Muslim people in communities, affiliations or specific schools do usurp the Universal Islam. They undermine its capacity and history into very limited concepts and narrow ideas. Some tend to describe Islam in loophole ways. Yet the real Islam is motivating many association members whose objective is to awaken the Muslims’ minds and mobilize

them socially in a way to feel the freedom, independence along the lines of the Qur’an and Sunnah. The attendees warned from any agglomeration that can deviate the Muslims from the banner or cause differentiation in their word. They spoke about the threat of intruders who may penetrate their side and counter their message of peace and moderation. A quick view at the history of Islam grouping will show that there are no specific records of any single group has never excluded the others from sunnah or from their communities. In fact the existence of these pitfalls represent a serious phenomenon that has very negative effects on Islam and Muslims. Extremism sparks in the speech of non-believers who yearn for division yet the Wisdom of Islam resides in the ability of the good scholars, supported by preachers and intelectuals, to redress and reorder the situation and show the real

.path

The participants warned from the danger of hatred and speech of incitement. They pointed out that the Muslim is happier for the well-being among people, and that his calling to Islam is going along the generous lines from the words of the Almighty God: «So by mercy from Allah, [O Muhammad], you were lenient with them.
And if you had been rude [in speech] and harsh in heart, they would have disbanded from about you», and He says: «Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction», and He says: «Allah does not forbid you from those who do not fight you because of religion and do not expel you from your homes – from being righteous toward them and acting justly toward them. Indeed, Allah loves those who act justly», and Prophet’s, peace be upon him, said:

Make things easy and do not make them difficult, cheer the people up by “ conveying glad tidings to them and do not repulse (them)“, and his saying, peace be upon him: “You (people) cannot satisfy people with your wealth, but satisfy them with your cheerful faces and good morals”. The Islam is not spread through the worlds except by justice and kindness, kind word, good example, mind

.emancipation, and hearts harmony

The statement pointed out that the people of knowledge and faith, they understand more and take under consideration the Almighty God’s path (sunnah) in His creation, while the difference, diversity and plurality with their faith in the necessity of coexist with everyone, which does not narrow enough this universal Sunnah only who become less knowledgeable and strayed his understanding. The participants also emphasized the fact that Terrorism has no religion or homeland. The

Conference clarified the fact that Terrorism is a criminal tendency unrelated to on nor homeland and that Islam is innocent of it Terrorism is contradictory to Islam

.”and it comes from some affiliated people who call themselves “religious people Participants pointed out that preachers must be vigilant from the inflammation of hasty feelings. They should treat emerging issues and events with knowledge and wisdom rather than ignorance and wheel. This must be governed by the

.jurisprudence, budgets, and consequences consideration

At the International Alliance, the council agreed to fight extremism and terrorism hotbeds through the effective Islamic contribution of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as the Muslim world authority. The kingdom is assigned that role because of it value and its leadership in the field. It is necessary to say that the war is against Terrorism not against any one or anything else. Fighting terrorism and standing by Saudi

.Arabia is an obligation to guarantee peace and tolerance all over the world

At the end participants expressed their full support for the statement issued by the Muslim World League” and “The International Organization for Muslim Scholars” “ expressing deep concern for the issuance of the United States congress legislated with the name “Justice law against shepherds of terrorism” with the obvious contravention to the charter of the United Nations and principles of the

.international law

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