Dr. Al-Issa: “Extremists themselves responsible for their violations and wrong practices not their religion.”
During the opening of the forum of reinforcing peace in Abu Dhabi, the Secretary General of Muslim World League, Sheikh Dr. Muhammad bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa confirmed that difference and diversity are of human beings’ nature. The conference was held under the title “Hilf al-Fudul; chance to enhance global peace” and attended by 800 representatives of religions and human rights organizations. Al-Issa made clear that the Islamic values that preserved all legitimate rights and freedoms of others were not a grant or gift from human, but a mercy from Allah to all communities for the purpose of spreading peace, prosperity and stability. These Islamic values came as one bloc not divided and they are well-fortified against any penetration.
Dr. Al-Isaa added that Islam established moral and ethical pillars foremost among them the preservation of the right of the other even enemies and warriors’ because Islam’s criterion is justice and human dignity. Allah says: “And if ye give your word, do justice thereunto, even though it be (against) a kinsman.” Allah also says: “and let not hatred of any people seduce you that ye deal not justly. Deal justly, that is nearer to your duty." These are rules and principles of Islamic religion that cannot be touched or violated under any pretext. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) praised Hilf al-Fudul that was a 7th-century alliance created by various Meccans, including the Islamic prophet Muhammad, to establish fair commercial dealing because of Muhammad’s role in its formation, the alliance plays a significant role in Islamic ethics. Because Fudul commonly means "virtuous" the alliance is often translated as League of the Virtuous. The prophet also said about this alliance: “If I were invited to this alliance in Islam, I would attend.”
Dr. Al-Issa mentioned three serious errors some people commit when trying to understand some historical facts. First: those who commit absurd practices and acts of hatred and terrorism are only one responsible for their acts and violations. All religions are full of followers who commit violations and practices of hatred, while their religions are innocent of these violations and practices. Second: all international thinkers did not notice that Islamic religion preserved the legitimate rights and freedoms of people without exception to the extent that scholars and jurists of Islam confirmed that Allah upholds the just state and neglects the unjust one whatever its religion. Consequently, the criterion and principle of justice are applied to all. Third mistake is that opinions are circulated from time to time about the position of Islam of other religions. Those who believe that Islam came to uproot other religions are very wrong. Those wrong thinkers also provide examples that Islam spread with sword and they also cite some historical facts or the misinterpretations of the texts that are not complete. Prophet Mohamed’s life is full of positions of mercy and justice to all people. Allah says: “And if thy Lord willed, all who are in the earth would have believed together. Wouldst thou (Muhammad) compel men until they are believers?” the speech is directed to the Islamic nation.
Dr. Al-Issa rejected what is circulated by some writers about Islam. They say that Islam denied the right of existence of some heavenly religions to live in peace. Al-Isaa pointed out that Islam understands the existence of all religions as an inevitable universal law and difference and diversity are of the nature of human beings.
Regarding Jewish and Christianity, Dr. Al-Isaa said: “The Islamic Constitution granted them an exceptional privilege in its jurisprudence. Islam also named the followers of those two heavenly religions the people of the Book together with preserving the rights of other religions. In addition, Islam put spot light on all religious minorities. This occurred when Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, traveled to Madinah fleeing the persecution of the infidels of Quraish tribe. In Madina, the prophet established the rules of comprehensive citizenship and gave minorities all their rights to live in peace. Dr. Al-Isaa made clear that some historical events that took place between Islam and other religions were the result of purely political disputes that have no relations with the existence of other. This is an irrefutable historical fact. Some thinkers misunderstand these historical facts because of their lack of knowledge of the truth from their authenticated sources
Dr. Al-Issa stressed that the Islamic religion is the religion of mercy and tolerance. Allah says: “We sent thee (Prophet Mohamed) not save as a mercy for the peoples.” The Prophet also said: “"I was sent to perfect good character.” Allah revealed Islam to give followers of other religions all their rights not to deprive them of their rights. Islam also urged its followers to pardon even the aggressor. Allah says: “The guerdon of an ill-deed is an ill the like thereof. But whosoever pardoneth and amendeth his wage is the affair of Allah. Lo! He loveth not wrong-doers.” The Prophet, peace be upon him, pardoned the pagans of Quraish who inflicted upon him and his companions the most severe forms of harm and persecution after he defeated them in the conquest of Mecca. The prophet mentioned the story of Prophet Yusuf (peace be upon him) when he pardoned his brothers who transgressed their brothers’ Yusuf. The Prophet recited this Quranic verse: “He said: Have no fear this day! May Allah forgive you, and He is the Most Merciful of those who show mercy.”
Dr. Al-Issa stressed that Islam’s preserving for the rights of minorities is a cornerstone of its justice and high values. Madinah’s Document that has recently been discussed in Marrakech Conference was the best example. Every jurist in Islam knows that any scene that goes beyond that natural context is justified by the law of war for everyone at that time. Allah says in the Holy Qur'an: “Among the People of the Scripture there is he who, if thou trust him with a weight of treasure, will return it to thee. And among them there is he who, if thou trust him with a piece of gold, will not return it to thee unless thou keep standing over him. That is because they say: We have no duty to the Gentiles. They speak a lie concerning Allah knowingly.” Dr. Al-Issa concluded his speech by stressing the impossibility of the emergence of an alliance of world peace until internal peace is achieved with the human self, individuals and societies.