Muslim unity seminar to be officiated by Mujahid cancelled on security fears

The International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies in Jalan Universiti, Petaling Jaya, which was to host a seminar on the Amman Message. (IAIS pic)

PETALING JAYA: A seminar planned this weekend to promote the Amman Message, a declaration issued 15 years ago to promote greater understanding between Islamic thoughts including a call for Sunni-Shia unity, has been cancelled for security reasons, organisers said.

A spokesman for the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) which was to host the Amman Message Seminar, said the decision was from the top management.

“It has been cancelled for security reasons, we got the order from top management,” Mohamed Azam Mohamed Adil told FMT when contacted.

The seminar on July 13, to have been officiated by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa, is also co-organised by the International Movement For A Just World (JUST) and consultancy firm Zubedy.

Speakers include Muslim scholar Hashim Kamali, who is also the CEO of IAIS, academics Osman Bakar and Kamar Oniah Kamaruzaman, and prominent thinker Chandra Muzaffar.

Organisers said the seminar was aimed at promoting and spreading the message of the 2004 declaration and to “develop practical and implementable action plans to realise its core principles”.

The Amman Message was signed in Amman by Jordan’s King Abdullah II, bringing together some 200 senior Islamic scholars worldwide representing different schools of thought.

The document recognises the validity of all eight Islamic schools including Sunni and Shia, as well as Salafis and followers of Islamic mysticism.

Malaysian personalities who signed the message included former prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, PKR president Anwar Ibrahim as well as former ministers Khairy Jamaluddin and Shahidan Kassim.

FMT has contacted the police and hope to shed more details on the cancellation.