Dr Aref Ali Nayed, founder and director of Kalam Research & Media, spoke on Islam and Freedom at the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies In Abu Dhabi UAE on the 9th and 10th of March 2014. Over 250 of the world’s leading Islamic scholars, academics and thought leaders attended the opening of the “Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies” under the patronage of HH Sheikh Abdallah bin Zayed, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs. The Forum is the first global conclave of scholars ever organized to form a unified front against the scourge of extremist ideologies, sectarianism, and terrorism that has afflicted the Muslim world for decades. The ground-breaking initiative is led by Shaykh Abdullah bin Bayyah, President of The Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies, one of the world’s foremost Islamic scholars who wields enormous influence over Muslim scholars and intellectuals from various denominations from around the world.
“The only way to counter the forces that are tearing the Muslim world apart is to get to the roots of the misinformation, misunderstandings and heresies that drive extremist ideologies, sectarian hatreds, and murderous and destructive violence,” said Shaykh Abdullah bin Bayyah. Shaykh Bin Bayyah added: “The Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies is a landmark initiative that aims to refute extremist ideologies absolutely with a true understanding of Islam as a religion of wisdom, compassion, tolerance and forbearance clearly articulated in the Qur’an and the Traditions of the Prophet Mohamed.”
Dr Aref Ali Nayed was part of the delegation of the League of Libyan Ulema, which included Sheikh Umar Mawlud, one of the leading Maliki scholars of Libya along with other senior religious scholars from the country.
For more information on the Forum see http://www.peacems.com