By BEILA RABINOWITZ and WILLIAM MAYER
June 8, 2008 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On Wednesday June 4th King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia opened the bi-annual conference of the Muslim World League. The three day meeting was attended by around 600 Islamic clerics and scholars and held in Mecca, a city where entry is forbidden to non-Muslims.
Abdullah was attempting to reconcile the two branches of Islam in order to facilitate Islamic propagation efforts. His special guest was Shiite Iranian politician Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who bashed America and who accused the U.S. of trying to control the region's oil, urging Muslims to "resist it."
One major topic at the conference was the establishment of a "global Islamic charter" regarding interfaith dialogue between Christians and Jews. As these writers have noted in previous articles, see The Saudis Deceptive Religious Reform Proposal regarding a plan to teach clerics about interfaith dialogue:
"At best this move by the Saudis represents an effort to present Wahhabism as a reasonable religious sect making it more da'wa friendly playing on our societal preoccupation with interfaith sharing, which in relation to Islam is a fraudulent concept because it's a one-way conversation.
As such the move falls into the purview of stealth jihad, advancing Sharia in a manner not overtly conflictive with Western freedoms."
In his opening speech, Abdullah said that Muslims, "must do away with the dangers of extremism to present Islam's "good message" to the world, "You have gathered today to tell the whole world that ... we are a voice of justice and values and humanity, that we are a voice of coexistence and a just and rational dialogue."
The message of the conference clearly implied that it's goal was to facilitate da'wa.
Abdullah's understanding of interfaith dialogue aligns with that of the Grand Mufti [head religious leader] of Saudi Arabia, Abdul Aziz Al al-Sheikh, who has stated that dialogue with other religions was a way to bring non-Muslims into Islam. The cleric, who is the highest official of religious law, told the delegates that converting people to Islam was the ultimate goal of dialogue, a point made several times. "It is the opportunity to disseminate the principles of Islam. Islam advocates dialogue among people, especially calling them to the path of Allah."
The brochure advertising the event cites verses from the Qur'an that tell Muslims to "invite all to the way of the lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching and argue with them in the ways that are best and most gracious."
In a speech at the event, the Grand Mufti endorsed the king's project and said the whole Ummah was looking up to the benevolent king to take the lead and bring different communities of the world together.
"He has taken this step with good intention and this is the only way of propagating the real values of Islam," Al-Asheikh said, adding: "We cannot live in an isolation. We need to cooperate with others to make the most of advancement in all aspects of life."
The Muslim World League is closely tied to terrorism. According to "Discover the Networks."
"...Founded in 1962 by Islamic representatives from 22 countries, the Muslim World League (MWL), also called Rabita, is an Islamic non-governmental organization based in Saudi Arabia and controlled and funded by the Saudi government. Its objectives are "to disseminate Islamic Dawah and expound the teachings of Islam MWL promotes Wahhabism, the extremist form of Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia. In the 1980s, the League's Pakistan office was run by Mohammed Jamal Khalifa, a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood and brother-in-law of Osama bin Laden. Khalifa was the co-founder of the Benevolence International Foundation and he helped to finance Operation Bojinka, a foiled 1995 plot that would have simultaneously detonated bombs aboard eleven U.S.-bound airliners, blowing them up in mid-flight over the Pacific Ocean and the South China Sea..." [source, http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=7347]
According to the Guardian UK: "The king held talks in November with Pope Benedict XVI and in March announced plans to host a meeting between the three Abrahamic faiths, Judaism, Christianity and Islam - an initiative welcomed by the president of the World Jewish Congress, Ronald Lauder" [source, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jun/05/religion.islam]
"The king held talks in November with Pope Benedict XVI and in March announced plans to host a meeting between the three Abrahamic faiths, Judaism, Christianity and Islam - an initiative welcomed by the president of the World Jewish Congress, Ronald Lauder" [source, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jun/05/religion.islam]
The Western press is lauding the conference as heralding the chance of reconciliation between Muslims and non-Muslims under the guise of interfaith. Viewed correctly however, the Muslim World League initiative is at its base another example of the relentless stealth jihad being waged by the Wahhabists who now feign alignment with their enemies in order to become more effective. For that reason, groups such as the American Jewish Congress and Jewish leaders who lauded the effort should do due diligence and withdraw their support immediately.
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