Burma Times: 29 July 2015
· 500 delegates to attend, including top scholars from around the world·
. The event to discuss true image of Islam and building global peace
Dakar, 29 July, 2015 – Under the double patronage of his Majesty Mohamed VI, King of Morocco and Senegalese President Macky Sall, of Senegal, the two day international Conference on Islam and peace is to open on July 28 in the Senegalese capital.
About 500 delegates are expected to take part in this interfaith and multicultural dialogue.
The conference aims at promoting exchanges around the issue of peace in the world. It will look at enhancing the contributions of women and youth into a sustainable global peace. It also aims at identifying and defining the roles and responsibilities of communities in promoting a culture of peace and sharing good practices for community life.
The event is organized by the Medina Baye Peace Initiative, through the Senegalese branch of the Jamhiyatu Ansaarud -Din association (JAD), with the active support of the Senegalese government. His Excellency Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal and his Royal Highness, the King of Morocco are the official sponsors of the event. Mr Macky Sall will attend and chair the opening ceremony.
The participants invited in Dakar include scholars from different religions, academics and researchers, religious and spiritual leaders, policy makers and civil society activists, representatives of international organizations, peace activists from around the world, as well as technical and financial partners.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to restore the image of Islam which is totally different from the one portrayed by some of its so-called followers, or the one described by its fiercest critics “, said Sheikh Muhammad Ibrahim Khouraichi Niass, Chairman of the the Senegalese branch of the Jamhiyatu Ansaarud-Din. “Through reflection and dialogue between communities, we will demonstrate how Islam can contribute to the achievement of a sustainable global peace”, he added.
Various topics will be discussed during the conference, including solidarity and the role of Islam in the development of interfaith dialogue, or questions about extremism and terrorism, which are a threat to peace.
About the Jamhiyatu Ansaarud-Dîn
Originating from a community made of millions of individuals and represented in the five continents, the Jamhiyatu Ansaarud-Din was created in the mid 1940s by Cheikh al Islam El Hadj Ibrahima Niass, religious leader in Kaolack, Senegal. It was recognized on October 31st, 1960 under the registration number 1333 by the Senegalese government. It has always conveyed messages of unity, solidarity and peace, as issued by its founder. This vision is still promoted by his successors and all the members involved in the daily activities of the group.
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