For 40 years, Afghanistan, a crucial strategic point of Central Asia, surrounded by Pakistan, Iran, China, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan, and China, has been the theater of incessant armed conflicts. Clashes that seem hopeless.
In this context, Dr Al-Issa, secretary general of the Muslim World League, met a few months ago with the Afghan Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Haneef Atmar, where they discussed the importance of the role of Muslim scholars to help end the violence in Afghanistan. Most recently, Dr Al-Issa met Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Mecca on efforts to promote the “real face of Islam”.
Finally, the World Islamic League and its secretary general Mohammad Abdel Karim Al-Issa, supported by the Saudi government, took the initiative to bring together in Mecca the Afghan and Pakistani leaders, as well as a group of academics from the two countries, to try to find a solution to this situation.
This summit culminated, on June 10, 2021, in the signing of a “Declaration of Peace in Afghanistan” under which the parties undertake to embark on a process of peace and reconciliation.
Noor-ul-Haq Qadri, Federal Minister of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony of Pakistan, Mohammad Qasim Halimi, Minister of Hajj and Religious Affairs of Afghanistan, and Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, Special Representative of the Prime Minister of Pakistan on Religious Harmony, as well as the signatory intellectuals and academics, have thus committed themselves to “prioritizing all pathways to reconciliation, building bridges of constructive dialogue and cooperation, and alleviating the suffering of innocent men, women and children. This agreement does just that by establishing a foundation to help accelerate peace efforts in Afghanistan.” said Dr. Mohammad Al-Issa.
The agreement supports peace and reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan by uniting government and civil society leaders on key issues of national cohesiveness. Elements of the agreement include a call for an immediate and comprehensive cessation of hostilities, broadened support for development efforts, counterterrorism and counterextremism commitments, closer relations between the two neighboring countries, and assistance for the many Afghan refugees residing in Pakistan and other countries. The agreement also seeks to reiterate and strengthen the bonds of Islamic unity and togetherness, regardless of sect.
Mohammed Qasim Halimi recalled that “the Koran considers reconciliation as the ideal solution to resolve conflicts and disagreements.”
Noor al-Haq Qadri added that establishing peace and tranquility as well as strengthening tolerance in society are among the goals of Islam. “Our religion calls for harmony and unity, and supports international cooperation and participation in voluntary work. Islam calls for the protection of the country, encourages development and prosperity, and orders the strengthening of peace and the avoidance of riots. “
Mohammad Abdel Karim Al-Issa to visit Paris
This summit is part of the new policy of the Muslim World League, which has been given a facelift since the appointment of Mohammad Al-Issa as its head. Definitely turning its back on any form of proselytism, the MWL now focuses on promoting humanitarian initiatives, regardless of the religion or origin of the beneficiaries.
With its #RejectHate campaign, it also works to fight, through dialogue and education, all forms of anti-Muslim hatred.
Mohammed Al-Issa is expected in Paris in the last week of June.
French Muslims, plagued by violent discriminatory campaigns, expect the representative of the world’s largest Muslim organization to take their plight and distress into consideration.
He will meet with the main representatives of official Islam, but it should not be forgotten that in France, politics are done more in the streets than in the palaces. Hopefully he will also meet other personalities, Muslim or not, who can give him a clear vision of the pitfalls and prospects of Islam in France.