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MWL chief urges promotion of moderate Islam, fight against extremism

Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL), addresses the International Conference of Islamic Universities and the Promotion of Moderation, in Jakarta on Wednesday. (SPA)
JAKARTA: Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL), stressed the league’s desire to promote the true Islam and its tolerant, open-minded and moderate principles.
He also noted that the league implements various programs to consolidate moderation, and fight extremism and sectarianism which have spread in conflict areas.
These remarks came in a speech Al-Issa delivered during the International Conference of Islamic Universities and the Promotion of Moderation, which the league organized in cooperation with Al-Azhar University of Indonesia in Jakarta.
On his part, the president of the Al-Azhar University, Ahmed Hussein, stressed the significance of education in instilling true doctrines and principles in Islamic generations, and the significance of cooperation between Islamic universities for conveying the pure educational message to students, away from deviant thoughts.
The conference released a final communique in which participants expressed their support for the efforts of the Global Centre for Combating Extremist Ideology (GCCEI), which was inaugurated by King Salman in Riyadh in the presence of the US President Donald Trump and 55 leaders from the Islamic and Arab worlds. The communique said that the GCCEI dedicated its efforts to fighting extremism with new technologies, and hoped that it plays an important role in defending the interests of the Islamic nation.
The communique also maintained that moderation is well established in the understanding and application of Islam, based on the teachings of the Holy Qur’an.
Moderate Islam is capable of presenting solutions for chronic human problems and saving societies from the deterioration of political and cultural morality, it added.

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