The Islamic Solidarity for Peace & Democracy (ISPD) begins a three-day conference today in Sinje, Garwula District, Grand Cape Mount County.
According to a press statement, signed by its national chairman Mr. Mohammed M. J. Massalay, over three hundred members and invitees, including prominent Liberians, are expected to gather for the conference, which will last through May 2.
Massalay said the gathering will discuss issues about the outcome of the recent National Constitution Review Committee conference held in Gbarnga, Bong County and make a contribution.
The conference is expected to conclude with a document containing the position of Liberian Muslims towards the constitutional dialogue for a better Liberia.
Among the invitees are representatives from UNMIL, he Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union (AU), the European Union (EU), the Government of Liberia (GOL), Civil Society Groups and all Liberians who see the urgent need to use dialogue as a means to pursue Liberia’s national agenda.
The release said ISPD delegates are expected from Lofa, Margibi, Gbarnga, Gbarpolu, Grand Bassa, among others.
Also invited are Rev. Emmauel Z. Bowier, Imam Alieu Krayee of the 20th Street Mosque (Monrovia), Sheik Kafumba Konneh, Sheik Mohammed A. Dukuly, Prof. Alhaji G. V. Kromah, Hon. Morris M. Dukuly, Minister of Internal Affairs, Hon. Boima Fahnbulleh, Chairman of the Traditional Council of Liberia, Chief Zanzan Karwor, and members of the Inter Religious Council, the US Ambassador, Deborah Malac, among others.
It may be recalled that among the 25 proposals accepted at the recent Gbarnga Conference, there was one ‘making Liberia a Christian’ State which some Liberian Muslims and Christians did not welcome.
The release said though Liberians are yet to be told about the meaning of a Christian State and its implications, it is important for all Liberians to appreciate the diversity of the people and as a result allow the Constitution as it is, to uphold what each of “us cherish” in serving the Creator of mankind.
ISPD cautioned Liberians to engage in dialogue, avoiding inflammatory statements that tend to define others’ belief in the most negative way, pointing out that “in diversity we can meet God.”