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16 I ORLD NEWSW Passion Islam I August 2008
Thai University hosts
Asian Peace Conference
Thailand’s Islamic University
of Yala held the annual
Asian Peace Conference
last month. About 300
experts from various Asian
countries including Thailand,
Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan,
India, Jordan, Sudan, Brunei
and Shri Lanka attended
the conference. Executive
directors of Thai Islamic
NGOs and associations were
also among the sponsors of
the conference.
Meanwhile, the Islamic
University of Yala is also
organizing a Quran Week,
in cooperation of the Islamic
Educational, Scientific
and Cultural Organization
(ISESCO) nest month. During
the Quran Week, special
Quranic programs will be held
for Thai school students and
participants will take Arabic
conversation courses.
Grand Mufti urges youths
to combat extremism
Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz deserve them, and to abide by the directives
Aalu Al Sheikh called on Saudis and foreigners issued by the authorities in this regard to
living in the Kingdom last month to cooperate make sure that they do not fall in the hands of
in saving the country’s security and stability by criminals.
informing authorities about militants. The statement warned youths against
The Grand Mufti warned citizens and foreigners extremism and deviant thoughts, as Islam is the
living in the Kingdom against hiding information religion of moderation. It also called for Muslims’
about militants in the Kingdom. The statement consensus, as Allah orders unity among them
from the Grand Mufti follows a government and forbids division.
announcement last month that it is holding 520 Alu Al Sheikh said that the deviant groups’ plans
suspects, arrested since January, who planned were against the Kingdom’s security, people
car bomb attacks against oil and security and resources. This made them obedient tools
installations. “I warn citizens and residents from in the hands of Islam’s enemies. The explosives
concealing them and giving them shelter, this and weapons that were discovered recently,
would be a great sin,” the statement carried by according to the Interior Ministry’s statement,
the Saudi Press Agency said. made it necessary for Muslims in the Kingdom
“Aggressions against Muslims and to stand together against deviant criminals, and
occupation of land ... cannot be a justification not to be lenient towards them, as to protect the
for explosions, denouncing other Muslims as nation’s interests, public and private properties,
infidels and disobeying the Muslim rulers and the statement said. The Mufti said it is a duty
social consensus,” the Mufti said. “Obeying the for scholars, parents, teachers, preachers,
Muslim ruler is a basic principle of Islam.” guides and intellectuals to warn against deviant
The Grand Mufti also advised Muslims to pay groups’ ideologies, and to guide the youth to the
Zakat, and give donations only to those who right path.
Do not say, that if the people do good to us, we will do good to them; and if the people oppress us, we will
oppress them; but determine that if people do you good, you will do good to them; and if they oppress you,
you will not oppress them. - Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
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