Muslim Peace Forum in Abu Dhabi
Muslim Scholars & Faith Leaders from 87 Countries Gather to Discuss Peace Building Across the World in Abu Dhabi
21 April, 2015
While ISIS has dominated the news cycle over the last year and a half, everyday Muslim scholars and faith leaders from all throughout this earth work to build peace in their communities. These are the stories that are not told of the men and women on the front lines combating violence & extremism while also teaching a balanced understanding of Islam to the 1.8 Billion Muslims on this planet.
Faith leaders will gathered in Abu Dhabi for the 2nd annual Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies Conference convened by H.E. Shaykh Abdullah Bin Bayyah from April 26th—30th. This years forum was broken into two parts, on April 26th and 27th a hackathon where a global group of entrepreneurs, technologists and artists will join with Muslim religious scholars to develop and prototype ideas for peace building amongst Muslim populations.The second part of the Forum from April 28 to 30th, in its second year, made up of plenary sessions and workshops of scholars organized to build peach and to form a unified front against the scourge of extremist ideologies, sectarianism, and terrorism that has afflicted the Muslim world for decades. The three-day long forum was also a space for discussing solutions to some of the most pressing issues facing humanity at large.
H.E. Shaykh Bin Bayyah believes that this global forum is, “an important event for the entire world. Its mission aims to lay the foundations of peace everywhere, and establish understanding among all peoples. It is an important initiative that aims to refute extremist ideologies by making provision for real understanding of Islam as a religion of wisdom, compassion, tolerance and patience, as outlined in the Qur’an and the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad.”
Overview of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies:
In March 2014 H.E. Shaykh Abdullah Bin Bayyah founded this groundbreaking initiative as Chair and President of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies. The forum addresses the critical humanitarian crisis within the vast framework of the Islamic tradition and legal theory. In 2014 Over 250 of the world’s leading Islamic scholars from different persuasions, academics and thought leaders gathered to attend the opening of the Forum. The Forum is the first global gathering of scholars ever organized to form a unified front against the scourge of extremist ideologies, sectarianism, and terrorism that has afflicted the Muslim world for decades.
Since the opening of the Forum, delegations of experts, academics and scholars from the Forum have travelled to Africa to countries such as Senegal, Mauritania, and Morocco to engage with Governments, NGO’s and religious actors to gain insight on how to stop the increasing violence in Africa. These trips have resulted in the planning of two proposed reconciliation initiatives that will be held in April and June of 2015. These events’ encourage a multi-disciplinary participation, in order to develop mechanisms and support required for peace and reconciliation in Central Africa Republic (C.A.R) and Nigeria.
Quick Facts About the Forum:
287 Participants from 87 Countries were invited to take part in the forum. The conference is made up mostly of Muslim religious scholars and faith leaders as well as a number of representatives from different faith groups.
Asia & South East Asia – 26 Countries & 59 Participants
Sub Saharan Africa – 19 Countries & 54 participants
Middle East & North Africa – 18 Countries & 93 participants
Europe – 19 Countries & 49 Participants
North America – 2 Countries & 26 participants
South America – 2 Countries & 4 participants
Australia – 2 participants
A selection of media coverage about the Forum:
About the Forum for Peace in Muslim Societies:
Forum for Promoting Peace Website
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