IUMS participated in the Islamic Conference held by the Islamic University of Alikrah in India entitled "The Muslim Nation, A way to foreground", in the presence of Dr. Zafar Al Islam Khan, member of the Union and Director of the Islamic and Arab Studies Institute. And expressed his gratitude to the conference and its sponsors, and conveyed greetings of the IUMS and the President of it his Eminence Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi.
Dr. Zafar al-Islam Khan starts his statement by saying: "It was a long time ago to hold a conference on Islamic reconciliation. It is a matter of reassurance and pride that this conference is being held in India, which was the vanguard of Islamic issues, especially during the first half of the 20th century. The status of the Islamic world over the last few centuries has not been worse than it has been during the past two decades. On paper, at least, the Islamic world was no better than it is now in terms of the number of Islamic countries, the general national product of the 58 Islamic countries, and the large number of Muslims in these countries. In addition to the Islamic minorities that exist everywhere today, including our country, which embraces the largest Muslim minority in the world and the second largest Islamic gathering in the world. But despite this unprecedented number and potential, every Islamic country suffers today from internal strife and external challenges. The forces of new colonialism have prepared plans to destroy and decipher the Arab world, which is the heart of the Islamic world. There are many Muslim peoples dissatisfied with their rulers in varying degrees. Some of them, as in Syria now, have taken up weapons against their rulers. This situation has opened the door to foreign interference in our countries and has pushed many regimes in the Islamic world to surrender to foreign powers or to ally with them in a way that does not serve the great interests of the Islamic nation.
He also pointed out that twenty-two Arab countries are not even able to force Israel to fulfill its obligations under the Oslo Accords of 1992, although they represent the minimum acceptable towards the Palestinian people.
This situation of domestic strife and impotence in the face of external forces requires a major reconciliation between the political, social and religious forces of the Muslim nation. In light of this reconciliation, our rulers will know their responsibilities and the limits of their powers, while the masses will also realize their duties and rights under a shura-based democratic political system. This reconciliation will lead to the establishment of a social treaty between the rulers and the masses, so that each of them becomes protector and advocate of the other. This will liberate our bonded forces and our enormous potential from the chains that hinder its movement. If this great reconciliation is achieved, the Muslim world will become a major force that external powers will not be able to manipulate..
Council of Elders
"To achieve this dream, we need a Council of Elders whose members are chosen from the finest political and religious minds of our Muslim nation, including Muslim minorities," he added. This Council will lay down the foundations and rules of the social treaty that will bind the rulers and the masses in our countries. The Council of Elders will also set the rules for peaceful coexistence between different Islamic sects and paths and will set the basis for relations with outside powers. The propaganda against some of us and the fatwas of takfir must stop against those who do not agree with our opinion or doctrine. We need to know how to live together and how to respect each other despite all our differences. This council of wise men will advise Islamic governments on how best to exploit our economic and demographic resources so that the Islamic world can rise to a strong scientific and technological force.
Another duty of this Council of Elders is to adopt a clear and decisive position to combat the so-called "Islamic terrorism" falsely, while in reality it is a scourge of Islam and Muslims. This is why, when a similar group emerged in early Islam, its members were called "Kharijites" - the rebels. The Ummah did not accept them at all, so they died naturally, but their wrong thoughts remained locked. Modern Kharijites find ideological support from Kharij's views of our first Islamic era. The new Kharijites must also have a fate similar to the fate of the Kharijites. To achieve this goal, the Muslim Ummah must undertake a unified, coordinated and planned effort. The Council of Elders will be the appropriate forum for a unified position on this issue as well as on other vital issues of our nation.
"I hope that this Islamic reconciliation conference will be a strong voice for reconciliation and reunification of the nation and will consider our proposal seriously. It is a great reassurance that this voice is raised from India, which had a bright Islamic past and will also have a bright future, by Allah’s willing.