Bosnian Grand Mufti To Play Important Role In Mecca Islamic Unity Conference; Iran Also Represented


An Islamic news organization has reported that global Muslim Brotherhood leader Mustafa Ceric, the Grand Mufti of Bosnia, will preside over the third session of the upcoming International Islamic Dialogue Conference to be held in Mecca at the end of the month. According to the report:

A three-day international Islamic conference will begin at the Muslim World League (MWL) headquarters in Makkah on May 31 in preparation for the interfaith dialogue called for by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz. Dr. Abdullah Al-Turki, secretary-general of the MWL, said the conference would discuss the basis for dialogue with other faiths in the light of the Qur’an and Sunnah. “It will also review past experiences in the field to make use of them,” he added. The conference, to be attended by leading Islamic scholars from around the world, will focus on four pivotal topics, such as the basis of dialogue in Islam, the methodology and principles of dialogue, parties involved in dialogue, and areas of dialogue…Dr. Mustafa Ceric, mufti of Bosnia, will preside over the third session, which will focus on the importance of coordination among Islamic organizations in holding dialogue with other faiths.

Dr. Ceric is tied to the global Muslim Brotherhood through his membership in the European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR), headed by Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi and by his participation in the U.K.-based “Radical Middle Way” consisting of a wide range of associated scholars representing the global Muslim Brotherhood. Several earlier posts have discussed Dr. Ceric’s increasing visibility and importance within the global Muslim Brotherhood.

Iran will also be represented at the conference. The above report indicates that the the second session will be chaired by Sheikh Muhammad Ali Taskhery (aka Ayatullah Muhammad `Ali At- Taskhiri), secretary-general of the Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thoughts who recently attended another Islamic unity conference held in Tehran. Another media report says that former President of Iran Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, was also invited.

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