Muslims Resolved to Promote Peace, Fight Extremism

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Guest lecturers, members of the Foundation-Liberia branch and leaders of various Muslim organizations posed shortly after the symposium ended.

A two-day symposium, held at the Monrovia City Hall under the theme, “the Values of Tolerance in Islam, Moderation of Islam, and its Impact on Global Peace,” ended yesterday, September 11, in Monrovia, with participants resolving to fight extremism as well as promote peace, tolerance and unity among fellow Muslims and peoples of different beliefs.

The Islamic symposium, which assembled over 150 Islamic scholars from across Liberia, including government officials and guest lecturers from the Kingdom of Morocco, presented various topics, among them methods of cooperation and core values of tolerance and moderation in Islam; respecting the rights of both Muslims and non-Muslims and peoples of other faiths across the globe; preaching the principles of Islam and the Holy Quran and the good messages of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH); learning to be generous at all times to the humankind irrespective of religion, status, creed, race or tribe; avoiding the use of profanity against fellow human beings and doing away with extremism.

Several Islamic scholars from Liberia and the Kingdom of Morocco made a presentation on these topics, and participants were filled with the knowledge, the full understanding as well as the impact and objective of the training. Participants also discussed the role of Muslims in spreading the accurate picture of Islam by following the teachings of the Holy Quran and the tradition of Prophet Muhammad.

They were exposed to the principles of tolerance and the concept of moderation as taught by Islam from September 10-11, 2018. They then extended thanks and appreciation to Ameer Almunineen Muhammad VI in his efforts to consolidate peace and security around the globe and particularly in the Muslim world.

Guest lecturers, members of the King Mohammed VI Foundation-Liberia branch and leaders of various Muslim organizations in Liberia, posed shortly after the symposium ended.

Sheikh Omaru Kamara, President of the King Mohammed VI Foundation- Liberia Branch, said the purpose of all the revealing scriptures sent down by the Almighty Allah is about respecting humankind.

“The scriptures call for respect for all mankind regardless of their tribe, creed, status in society, or religious affiliation,” he said, adding: “Allah created human beings in the best form from the day of creation by commanding the angels that He made. Allah has honored the human family on earth. Allah honors us by subjecting his creation to human beings, etc.”

Sheikh Kamara also lauded King Mohammed VI of Morocco and his foundation for its continued support to the country’s Muslim community, extending a similar gratitude to President George Weah. He also extended appreciation to the management of Monrovia City Corporation for providing its facility for the successful conduct of the symposium.

“Moderation and justice are characteristics of Islam. It’s therefore an obligation of all Muslims to follow these principles, including supporting tolerance and moderation,” Professor Atiqua Bouhouria of the King Mohammed VI Foundation and a member of the Moroccan delegation to the Monrovia symposium, urged.

The Mohammed VI Foundation is based in the Kingdom of Morocco.

“It’s important to note that religious freedom is one of the fundamental principles of Islam. Respecting the sanctity of worship places a cardinal responsibility on all Muslims. There is absolutely no need for Muslims to allow their differences to overtake the good principles of Islam. I therefore urge Muslims to cooperate and be tolerant with each other. Your religious differences should not stop you from practicing the perfect will of Allah, and I urge all Muslims to be kind to each other,” Professor Bouhouria further advised.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Nine times out of ten, most Islamic extremist groups advocate some form of violence to advance their agenda. Sadly because of this, most people think that all Moslems are troublemakers. But that’s not true at all. Like them, some extremist Christian groups commit mayhem in the name of religion. Moslems are humans like everyone of us. I am okay with Moslems who live in Liberia, Ghana and Sierra Leone. Why? Moslems who live in the above named countries are not as extremist as those who live in Northern Nigeria and elsewhere in the Middle East or in North Africa. That’s positive! It simply corroborates my point that all Moslems are not troublemakers. I hope that the stated purpose of the recently held Islamic conference in Liberia will be advanced. The economic and political development of a country is not done by one specific group of people. It is hoped that all religious and ethnic groups of Liberia will get in involved in the development process of Liberia. By doing so, we’ll make a “giant step” forward into the second world. We’ve been in the “third world” for well over 171 years. It’s about time we had moved.

    Just a thought!

  2. Thank you brother F. Hney, one of the brightest of the bright thinkers in modern Liberia. You have just made one of the most beautiful comment ever on this page.
    I was about to write, unfortunately, you just said it all. There are radical groups in all religious group. The Buddhist are exterminating Muslims in the state of Rackham, in Burma (Myanmar).
    I recognized you as a fourth quadrant mentor, brother.

  3. General Bah,
    Thanks for your comment. I often describe myself as fair-minded person.

    We don’t need divisiveness in Liberia. I don’t give a hoot as to anyone’s ethnic background. If you’re an Americo-Liberian or whether you identify yourself as a nativist or a naturalized Liberian, you’re a Liberian! On the other hand, if you’re a Catholic, a Baptist or a Moslem, it’s all good. We’re all children of God. Satan has no children, however, his followers or angels are called demons.

    Bah, you often remind us that investment should be made in the area of Science and technology in Liberia. There are other Liberians who make similar calls. I agree! I hope and pray that Weah will get all the help he needs. I intend to visit Liberia this year. Should I have the opportunity to me him, I will suggest the best of ideas.

    A few years ago when I visited Liberia, I went to a Ministry to check on my deed. The CSM (customer service representative) I met, had a fat book on his desk. Guess what? I gave the CSM US10 bucks (not a bribe) in order for him to check my name out. Of course, it took two days in order for me to get my requested info. My point is simple: In order for us to move on, we need to understand the usefulness of technology in Liberia! With regard to the fat book that contains land information in Monrovia and its greater areas, a simple investment in technology (a desktop computer) could have solved my problem in nano seconds, instead of having to wait in two days. Weah is not responsible. This incident happened in 2013.

    Finally, we have to work together irrespective of anyone’s religion or county of origin. Liberia belongs to all Liberians.

  4. Bah, I was correcting myself above, not you.
    I don’t grammatically correct people on this blog. I stay away from doing that. I know most respondents use their cell phones in order to make comments. Usually a cell phone use messes things up in terms of spelling, grammar, etc. I am interested more in what people say or write.

    Okay Bah, keep your eyes on the road as you drive to college. Don’t look at the jeans or pants of the other people. I mean its good to look, but don’t do the other stuff. We certainly need your technical expertise in Liberia.

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