Rabat - SPA
The Higher Consultative Council for bridging the gap among Islamic doctrines, an organization belonging to the Islamic Education, Science & Culture Organizatin (IESCO), is holding its third meeting in Morocco. Prominent Islamic scholars will discuss how to use educational courses, cirriculums and media to disseminate the culture of bridging the gap between Islamic doctrines.
Dr. Abdul Aziz Tiwaijri IESCO director general said Muslims have never been at any time in more pressing need for bridging the gap between their dectorine in the present critical time of the Islamic nation that poses difficult local and outside challenges.Risks have aggravated due to the weakness of the nation as a result of dispersion, sectral prejudices and dectorine disputes that transform doctrine differences into struggle and fighting in some cases. This situation opens the door for greedy foreign powers to infiltrate among the nation in order to wedge more dismantling and dispersion so that the nation remains weak with no opportunity of growth or strengthing brotherly ties.
Dr. Tiwaijri said the mission of briding the gap adopted by IESCO seeks to promote common faith bonds that are above any differences over the fundamentals, branches, rules and principles.
According to Tiwaijri faith in the major common doctrines include faith in God, angles, holy books, prophets, the doomsday, predestination, Quran and the prophet's Sunna. He emphasized the need for inter-Islamic dialogue that leads to exchange of religious knowledge among desciples of Islamic doctrines in order to bridge the gap that prevent getting closer. Knowlege about each doctrine should be disseminated among all Muslims for creation of mutual respect as an essential requisite for bridging the gap message. There is no meaning to any endeavors in this regard if respect to faith, clerics, ideologies, jurisprudence opinions is not aknowledged, maintained and exchanged by all parties.
According to IECSO manager, the absence of mutual respect among desciples of Islamic factions is among the main reasons for factional tensions. Absence of mutual respect is expressed by the extensive media campaigns that target abuse of the prophet's companions and his wives.
Twaiji indicated that many recently emerged TV channels transmit abusive and distorted information about the prophet's companions and his wives. Authors using psuedonames used to abuse the prohet's comapnions and disseminate sectarian ideology built on superstitions and ill faith of extremist sects.
Twaijri indicated that against this aspect of absence of mutual respect there is another aspect of bigoty, extremism and militancy. It is the ideology of accusing adversaries of ifidelity. There are TV channels that deepen differences among Muslims, assault mosques and worshippers in Iraq, Afghanistan and other regions of the Islamic world driven by rotten sectarian motives.
Al-Twaijri considers all of us responsible for this situation which is harmful to the faith fabric of the Muslim nation. All Muslims should contribute to extinction of these deviations from the beginning through promotion of bridging the gap, moderation, tolerance and mutual respect among followers of all Islamic doctrines.