Muslims should be loyal to the country and the land : Egyptian Minister Dr Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa

Abu Dhabi (UAE) – Dr Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa, Egypt’s Minister of Endowments, delivered a speech on the first day of a two-day conference of the World Muslim Communities Council in Abu Dhabi. He said, ‘The concept of a united Muslim world falls under two categories: a rational one, represented by this conference, and an impossible and fictional one exploited by extremist and terrorist groups who endeavour to bring all the world’s Muslims under one flag and in one country. In our modern-day era, it is more important to have loyalty to one’s country and nation, its flag and land, than to seek an impossible unity under a newly created country. This futile endeavour bids to weaken the national state and alienate Muslim minorities living in non-Muslim communities’.

1. Dr Gomaa further said that the verses (sentences) in the Quran should be seen in the context of the time when they were written and for what they were written. Terrorist organisations are now using these verses for their interests.

2. World Muslim Communities Council Secretary-General Mohamed Bechari said the conference was the first step towards uniting Islam. There are fractures within the Muslim world which need to be mended. The Sunni mindset faces challenges and so, while Shiite groups are present at today’s event, it will take more of these conversations to ensure wider inclusivity in the future.

Science should be the basis of unity of Muslims ! – Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, Minister of Tolerance, United Arab Emirates

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, the UAE’s Minister for Tolerance, said science should be the basis of Muslim unity. The Muslim community should be united on issues like environmental sustainability and food security. For this, it is necessary to take into account the internal and external challenges of the Muslim community.

Muslims carry out terrorist attacks, while also being the victims !

A 2016 study on terrorism around the world by the University of Maryland, which looked at 70,767 terrorist attacks over a decade, found that 85% of attacks by ISIS and Al Qaeda-linked groups occurred in Muslim-majority countries with the vast majority of victims being Muslim.

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