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In The Name of Allah, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful
"O my Lord! Expand me my breast; "Ease my task for me;”And remove the impediment from my speech, so they may understand what I say.
Esteemed audience, I greet you with the greeting of Islam. Peace and blessing of Allah be with you. Please allow me to speak on your behalf. I seek Allah’s support and success in this great conference; the 15th Makkah conference. The title of which is: “Islamic Culture between Originality and Modernism.”
The venue is Makkah, the blessed city, during one of the most honored Islamic seasons, the Great Hajj that is. I will start by giving everybody his dues. Whoever doesn’t thank people, doesn't thank Allah.
First, on your behalf, I would like to express our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud. We appreciate his patronage of this conference. We would like to thank His Excellency Abdullah Bin Abdelmohsin Al-Turki for his kind invitation. We are participating in this conference and to be part of the pilgrims of this year 1435H.
A special greeting is addressed to each member of the Muslim World League. To each crew in his capacity, rank and name we express our thanks for the friendly reception and great hospitality they have accorded us. Our highest gratitude and warmest regards go to this good land. We thank the King, government, and people who astonish us with their honest and pleasant dealing whenever we come to these lands.
Ladies and gentlemen,
The topic of this year’s 15th conference was timely if not a bit late. This is due to the Great Sedition, which had been gripping the Arab world and still is in its grasp for more than 25 years. It has started with Algeria, the land of martyrs, in 1988. It’s continuing its march leaving a trail of destruction behind. It has sown deep pain and sorrow in the hearts of everyone. It has generated devastating destruction treacheries of the Arab and Muslim world. Weakness, humiliation and fragility have been its aftermath in the economic and social infrastructures. It has damaged the character of Islamic culture, customs and traditions, and peaceful coexistence with others.
A person may wonder how this happens in the land of Islam. After all, this Faith has liberated people from worshiping men to the adulation of the Lord of men. This religion has united Arab and non-Arab tribes and made it into one single nation. It has saved it from tribal, sectarian, regional and social distinctions, and ills scattered here and there. These are in the form of sowing discord, division and differences, and conflicts and hatred. These ills have been spread among the same members of society. In whose name this is being done? All is done in the name of Islam!
The Arab and Muslim world is going through difficult and terrible times. Its image to the world is dripping blood and tears; destruction and killing. The reputation of Islam and Muslim has been badly tarnished. Not only, human relations among members of one single society have been broken, but also among one single family ties have as well been ruptured. The brother has lost trust in his own brother. Everyone has become fearful of one another; fearing for his safety, wealth and honor.
All of this has occurred and currently happening as a result of our lack of absorbing the right intellectual, religious and political patrimony. More than 14 centuries, Mohammad peace be upon him has anchored Islamic culture in Medina. It has been established also through the superior and humanitarian content of the Medina Gazette.
Brothers and sisters,
Crisis may generate determination; perhaps a situation thought of to be harmful turns out to be useful. Many countries have found the road to the culture of peaceful coexistence. They have achieved this after wars and devastation, division and social, economic and political acute crises.
Then, they have found their way to progress and prosperity, solidarity, justice and freedom. These sublime principles have been the realization of their sons who are saturated with humanitarian values and peaceful co-existence. However, and above all, they possess an unassailable confidence in themselves and their present and future.
All of these elements and more are available in the Islamic culture:
Mending fences between the Muslims require:
It must be, however, well understood that time is the same with all peoples. Some countries will be on equal footing when it comes to physical, financial and human potential. The only difference lies in the fact that there are countries that exploit their time to a maximum level. Consequently, they benefit better from the possibilities available to them. Experience has shown that many will waste time effort and energy, knowingly or through sheer ignorance, in matters that will generate no benefit to them.
On the other hand, many folks have reached the pinnacle of progress and prosperity, and realized many victories. They taught their children the recipes of success. They have considered this action a sure bet and investment to reap resounding achievement later. In addition to this, they have instilled in them confidence in themselves, their culture and their nation.
We must streamline the Islamic religious discourse to real life.
Finally, we ask Allah’s pardon, well-being and success for the good of this religion and this nation.
والسلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
Prof. Dr. Abdullah Bou Khakkhal