The 8th international conference on proximity amongst Islamic schools of thought



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The 8th international conference on proximity amongst Islamic schools of thought The 8th international conference on proximity amongst Islamic schools of thought’ Discourse on: Bringing Islamic Schools of thought together is the effective way to battle a Media calling for Agitation and Sedition was held in Birmingham last Saturday, 13th September. The conference which was a collaboration between Islamic Centre of England’ and Majlis-e Amal UK’ took place in Sparkebrook Islamic Centre in Birmingham where speakers from different schools of Islamic thought and jurisprudence discussed about proximity, unity amongst Muslims and recent challenges facing the Muslim Ummah in regards to sectarian conflicts.
Mufti Muhammad Farooq Alavi, head of Majlis-e Amal UK, talked about the dangers of disunity amongst Muslims, especially between Shi’a and Sunni Muslims. He made it clear that all Islamic sects share the same principles and core doctrines of Islam and what differs them from each other are minutiae . He said that according to the Islamic teachings and the deeds of the Prophet (SA) the Muslim Ummah is a single body; putting pain on a limb will put the whole body in distress.
Hujjat ul Islam Sayed Ali Raza Rizvi the head of Majlis-e Ulama Shi’a of Europe’ was another speaker. He said that we Muslims have differences among ourselves but they have to be discussed between Ulama and scholars. However, some media outlets recently have brought these arguments to the public. He asked Muslim communities to reject extremist and divisive ideas and come together with peace and friendship.
Noor al-Aqtab Sidiqi, expressed his gratitude to Muslim ulama and scholars for their action in unliterary condemning the ISIS and their atrocities and said that this is a sign of unity which shows that Muslims are united in critical issues.
Muhammad Shahed al-Azhari was one of the speakers who said that we Muslims are known for our reactions. He said that we are good in reacting to certain things by protesting and else, but we are rarely proactive on important issues. He said Muslim communities must be self-critical and seek more proactive roles in the society.
The majority of speakers expressed their concerns about the role of media, especially satellite TV channels that incite religious hatred and asked for more action from the Muslim community in this regard.
Dr Shomali the head of Islamic Centre of England’ asserted that unity among Muslims should not be understood as unity against’ others. He explained that the concept of unity in Islam is rooted in its inclusiveness and equality for all Muslims. He said that most of our problems these days can be related to what he called possessive love’ of God. We love God, but we think we can possess Him’; meaning that no one else has the right of having God on his side. He said that salvation is in giving up the concept of possessive love by submitting ourselves to Him completely. Dr Shomali said if we humbly believe that we are the least servant of God, then there is a possibility that one day we become His best; but if we believe that we are the best, then there is only one certainly; that we are not His best servant.’
This conference came to conclusion with a final statement. In this statement participants demanded more education and awareness among Muslims about the threats of disunity. They also condemned atrocities of the Zionist regime against people of Gaza as well as atrocities against people of Kashmir. They called for the opening of the border between Gaza and Egypt and finally the statement calls for the establishment of a special council of ulama from all Islamic schools in order to overcome differences and finding solutions.