WMC Regional Conference held in Nigeria
Nasseef stress on educating younger generation*
A two-days Regional Conference
of World Muslim Congress (Motamar Al-Alam Al-Islami) was held in IIorin,
Capital of Kawara State, Nigeria. Over 500 delegates comprising Ministers,
former rulers, tribal chiefs, university professors, religious Scholars
and intellectuals attended the Conference. Dr Abdullah Omer Nasseef, President
of World Muslim Congress presided-over the Opening Session. Raja Muhammad
Zafarul Haq, Secretary General of the World Muslim Congress presided over
the Second Session, Mr. M.H. Mohammed, Vice President, World Muslim Congress
from Sri Lanka and Sheikh Abdullah Bin Bayyah and Sheikh YousnfAl-Hijji,
former Minister of Religious Affairs, Kuwait also attended the Conference.
Dr. Abdullah Omer Nasseef while addressing the opening session urged the
Muslims to pay more attention to educating the younger generations of
Muslims of their region so that they are prepared to face new challenges
of the times. He pleaded for unity and coordination amongst the Muslim
leadership in the Continent to secure the future of the coming generations.
Raja Muhammad Zafarul Haq in his address, appealed to the gathering to
avoid internal conflicts and also to inculcate discipline and develop
better understanding and good relations with the followers of other faiths.
He also appealed for investing maximum resources in the education sector
especially in educating young Muslim girls. He advised them to avoid at
all costs, conflicts that debilitate Muslim societies and affect the future
and potential of the coming generations. He said Islam gives highest importance
to human rights and human dignity irrespective of belief, colour, caste
or creed. It is one of the distinctive features of our faith, he told
Sheikh Abdullah Bin Bayyah representing Dr. Uamid Al-Rtfae, Assistant
Secretary General, who was in the United States on a similar mission briefed
the gathering about the efforts of the Muslim World Congress in the field
of inter-faith dialogue. The heads of World Muslim Congress local offices
in Nigeria, Somalia and Tanzania, also briefed the Conference about the
activities of their offices, which were appreciated.
At the conclusion of the two-day Conference, a statement was issued calling
for resolution of outstanding conflicts affecting the Muslims in Palestine,
Kashmir and fro the protection of Muslim minorities in various countries
where they are facing difficulties. A message of gratitude was sent to
the President of Nigeria, Excellency Mr. Oba Sanjo and the State Governor
for their cooperation in holding this important conference. – Abdul
Razzah Ibrahim Salman, Executive Director, WMC IIorin, Nigeria.