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Dr. Salman Ibn Fahad Al-Odah

Submitted to International Islamic Conference for Dialogue, Convened at the Muslim World League

 30/5/1429H – 2/6/1429h  -  4-6/6/2008

           By dialogue we mean the acceptance of reconciliation in mundane affairs, presence and neighborhood via agreement on a number of human values that provide the chance for exchange of dialogue and persuasion. Thus it is considered the acceptance of worse situations and their justification in neither a logical manner nor the annulment of resistance law and fending oneself in appropriate manner or enjoining good and forbidding vices. All these are well established Islamic values that no bargaining over them is ever allowed.

The greatest model for coexistence was the Madinah Al-Monaural, the first capital of Islam, protector of its shield as well as the launching start for the call of the last of the Prophets (Blessing and peace be upon him). Therefore, coexistence is a type of cooperation in the field of common human civilization aspects as well as exchange of experiences that help man inhabit earth and disseminate the values of benevolence that people agree on recognizing them.

Moreover, despite the fact that prophets are considered the greatest in their belief, they coexisted with their peoples irrespective of absolute disbelief of the said peoples and absolute belief of Prophets. Likewise, the companions of the Prophet (May Allah's peace be upon them) appreciated that their religion differed  basically from other religions and that difference in creed , belief, worship and revealed Books was indeed deep, genuine and well –established. However, there is a common significance and sometimes a universal mundane interest. The Holy Qur'an says, "  O People of the Book! Come to common term between you and us : that we worship none but Allah; that we associate no partners with Him ; that we erect not, from among  ourselves, lords and patrons other than Allah. If then they turn back , say ye," Bear witness that we(at least) are Muslims(bowing to Allah's will)" Qur'an 3: 65  

The success of coexistence is organically associated with  the voice the sagacious men who present he language of quiet and objective dialogue that is anticipated to achieve its goals smoothly and easily. However, the failure of such coexistence is associated with the voice of foolish people who employ extensively the language of force and violence in the management of their affairs and "cooking" the process of adopting decisions.

In fact, religion was sent down for inflaming conflict, but rather for checking and organizing relations as well as inhabiting the earth. Allah says, " It is Allah who has produced you from the earth and settled you therein"  Qur'an 11:61 Thus the jurisprudence for achieving interest and preventing corruption must be carefully observed, as the coexistence interest is apparent and accessible as well as its benefit is conspicuous.

In the many Sirah books, there are numerous chapters on truce, reconciliation, kind dealing, and covenant etc, which an individual should ponder over what will be appropriate of them for condition and status , as all people require in most cases to coexist with each other quietly and kindly , far away from launching wars and inflaming conflict.

Allah says,"  Nor can goodness and evil be equal. Repel with what is better : then will he between whom and thee was hatred become as it were thy friend and intimate " Qur'an 41:34.  In this way the Holy Prophet (BPUH) attracted the hearts of  arch-enemies and overcame its hardness till it softened and accepted truth.

Therefore, we should know how to exist with both the others and with   the factuality of its mechanism without losing identity, provided that such matter must be performed in a safe manner that achieves the interest and prevents corruption.

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Abstracts of the

The International Islamic Conference for Dialogue

Researches

Organized by

The Muslim World League

in Mecca

Under the Patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques

King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud

30 Jumada 1-2 Jumada 2, 1429 A.H.

June 4-6, 2008

 

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