Aug. 29, 2019
Unprecedented Meeting in Mecca Rejects Extremism – Charles “Sam” Faddis (The Hill)
The “Charter of Makkah,” unanimously endorsed on May 28, 2019, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, by leading Muslim scholars from 137 nations, offers Muslims guidance on concepts that champion moderate Islam.
“All people, regardless of their different ethnicities, races and nationalities, are equal under God. We reject religious and ethnic claims of ‘preference.'”
“Differences among people in their beliefs, cultures and natures are part of God’s will and wisdom. Religious and cultural diversity never justifies conflict.”
“We recognize and respect the other’s legitimate rights and right to existence. We set aside preconceived prejudices, historical animosities, conspiracy theories and erroneous generalizations.”
“We should advance laws to deter the promotion of hatred, the instigation of violence and terrorism, or a clash of civilizations, which foster religious and ethnic disputes.”
“The empowerment of women should not be undermined by marginalizing their role, disrespecting their dignity, reducing their status, or impeding their opportunities, whether in religious, academic, political or social affairs. Their rights include equality of wages and opportunity.”