Bogor, Indonesia The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is participating in a High-level Consultation of World Muslim Scholars on Wasatiyat Al-Islam (Islam the middle way), kicked off in the Indonesian city of Bogor on Tuesday.
The three-day event, being organized by the Office of the Special Envoy of Indonesian President for Interfaith and Inter-Civilizational Dialogue and Cooperation, carries particular significance as it deliberates on promoting peace, tolerance and religious moderation, in line with the guiding principles of moderation and modernization championed by the OIC.
OIC Secretary General Dr. Yousef Al Othaimeen underlined, in his speech, delivered on his behalf by Dr. Dodik Ariyanto, in charge of OIC Islamophobia Observatory, that the theme of Wasatiyat Al-Islam is highly pertinent, as the range of threats to peace on religious grounds is omnipresent almost everywhere across the world. A tangible rise of groups of fanatics who pursue agendas of hatred, xenophobia and religious intolerance has been witnessed. Their goals are to endanger peace by creating divisiveness among religions, cultures, and civilizations by undermining the very foundations of all faiths that preach and promote peace.
Al-Othaimeen insured the OIC's commitment to the dissemination and consolidation of the spirit of harmony and understanding among religions is integral. He said the efforts of the Organization in this area are well reflected and recognized through the OIC initiative of 1998 at the United Nations General Assembly to launch an inter-civilizational dialogue. More recently, the OIC has established an Islamophobia Observatory and a messaging center, known as Sawt Al-Hikma (The Voice of Wisdom) at the General Secretariat. The center's core mission is to seek to deconstruct extremist discourses and propaganda as well as deploying measures to prohibit incitement to all forms of hatred, terrorism, violence and extremism, especially through the media and cyberspace.
Source: International Islamic News Agency