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    Muslim Scholars To Soon Establish All-In World Union It would be an international, popular, independent, scientific and moderate Islamic establishment, said
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      Muslim Scholars To Soon Establish All-In World Union


      "It would be an international, popular, independent, scientific and
      moderate Islamic establishment," said Qaradawi

      By Hamam Abdelmaboud, IOL Staff

      CAIRO, April 29 (IslamOnline.net) – An all-inclusive world union of
      Muslim scholars across the globe is to be created soon, with the aim
      of preserving the Islamic identity, promoting religious awareness,
      confronting "destructive trends" and giving advice to leaders of
      Muslim countries.

      Prominent scholar Sheikh Youssef Al-Qaradawi has finished the draft
      of the envisaged world union of Muslim scholars, 24 years after the
      idea was first floated by then Bahraini education minister Ali
      Fakhro.

      In exclusive statements to IslamOnline.net, Sheikh Qaradawi called on
      Muslim scholars from the four corners of the universe to join the new
      body.

      He said the union would be as independent as broader in orientation
      and scope "grouping scholars of all different sects and serving
      Muslims worldwide".

      "It would be an international, popular, independent, scientific and
      moderate Islamic establishment," asserted the moderate scholar.

      In spite of its popular tilt, Qaradawi said, the union would open up
      channels with governments in the Islamic world.

      "Greater Targets"

      Delving into the agenda of the new union, Sheikh Qaradawi stated as
      focal points "preserving the Islamic identity, standing up to
      internal or external destructive trends and promoting Muslims' public
      awareness of their nation's role and goal."

      The veteran scholar said the new body would alert Muslims
      against "perils threatening their ideological and cultural identity".

      "We will face this organized [ideological and cultural] invasion
      using the same of its weapons," he averred.

      "Closing ranks and focusing on common elements" would be another
      objective of the union.

      Various Means

      Sheikh Qaradawi said the new body would use direct and indirect means
      to realize its objectives, including newspapers, radio and television
      networks as well as internet.

      Direct sermons on Islamic teachings to correct [wrong] concepts and
      behaviors could either be delivered in mosques or on TV channels, he
      elaborated.

      The prominent scholar said the union could wisely approach Muslim
      leaders with advice to "help them take the right decisions" serving
      Muslims and steering away from looming threats.

      He said the union would also cooperate with bodies sharing the same
      goals, naming academic, political, cultural and social, humanitarian
      and charity institutions as potential partners.

      The envisaged body will also address all controversial questions that
      have caused huge setbacks and unjustified confrontations between
      Muslims, movements and peoples, on one hand and the west on the
      other.

      The body would reportedly be headquartered in Ireland, where laws
      allow the establishment of such bodies.

      Mohammad Salim Al-Awa, a veteran Egyptian Islamic thinker close to
      the project, had told IOL that efforts to have an Arab country host
      the body were unfruitful.

      The project was proposed to two Arab rulers who refused it and this
      prompted the founders to choose Ireland instead, Al-Awa has said.

      The Egyptian scholar was hopeful the union would seek to transform
      Islamic thinking into a new institutionalized stream away from
      individuality which currently characterizes it.

      He said official Islamic organizations in the Arab world have failed
      to fill the vacuum for being too much associated with the ruling
      regimes in their respective countries.

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