Scholars urge universities to promote moderate Islam

A conference of Islamic scholars from Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and Malaysia last Monday explored the role of universities in strengthening moderate Islamic thought and urged Muslim communities to combat religious extremism and societal division by spreading knowledge about moderate Islam, writes Ismira Lutfia Tisnadibrata for Arab News.

The conference was organised by the Muslim World League and Al Azhar Indonesia University in Jakarta. The scholars said intensifying dialogue on moderate Islam will help veer young Muslims away from those who want to destroy the religion, its people and its civilisation.

In his opening remarks, Muslim World League Secretary General Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa said a small faction of the roughly 1.8 billion Muslims worldwide has distorted understanding of Islam. “The majority of Muslims around the world understand the right conception about Islam, except a minority few who have no idea about the core of Islamic teachings,” he said, adding that universities play an important role in rectifying misconceptions about Islam and terrorism.
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