Christian bishop to attend international Islamic Conference opening ceremony
The president of a Christian association was invited recently to attend the international Islamic Conference in Llorin, Nigeria.
Bishop Ayo Oritsejafor, president of the Christian Association of Nigeria will attend the formal opening of the Islamic Conference on Sept. 16. The event, which is being organized by the World Muslim Conference, seeks to promote understanding, interaction and world peace, All Africa said.
The World Muslim Conference seeks “to work for a world of co-existence through inclusiveness and participation. As a member of diverse family of religions…we believe what is good for Muslims has got to be good for the world, and vice versa, to sustain it,” its website says.
They also say on their website, “To be a Muslim is to be a peace maker, one who seeks to mitigate conflicts and nurtures goodwill for peaceful co-existence of humanity. God wants us to live in peace and harmony with his creation.”
The World Muslim Conference has been active in causes that forward greater tolerance of different faiths. Recently it protested a decision by Malaysia’s Penang High Court which denied Siti Hasnah Banggarma, 28, the freedom to return to Hinduism, her faith of birth, Free Malaysia Today said.
Banggarma was forced to convert to Islamism at age seven when she was in a government orphanage. She married a Hindu at a later age but could not register her marriage nor place her husband’s name on the birth certificates of their children, Free Malaysia Today said.
Under Malaysian law, non-Muslims who marry a Muslim must first convert before the marriage is considered legal. In a statement the World Muslim Conference asked for a reversal of the judge’s decision citing their scripture which said, ” … Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error …” [2:256]” Free Malaysia Today said.
Alhaji Abdullahi Ibrahim of the organizing committee said the congress will seek to educate and enlighten people on the teachings of Islam, and particularly, to raise the awareness and knowledge of Islam among the youth, All Africa said.