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Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior Prince Naif, center, at the opening of the MWL conference in Makkah.
Malegaon: Saudi Ruler and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah on Saturday described disunity as "the greatest enemy" of Muslims and called upon Islamic scholars across the world to work for unity, reports Arab News correspondent Badea Abu Al-Naja from Makkah.
"Disunity is the beginning of downfall ... rather it is the greatest enemy of people ... Muslims should beware of division and improve their relations," King Abdullah said quoting a speech made by King Abdul Aziz at the first Makkah conference 86 years ago.
In his keynote speech at the opening of an international Islamic conference in Makkah, he commended the Muslim World League's (MWL) efforts to spread the message of Islam and confront extremism and terrorism.
The three-day conference organized by the Muslim World League (MWL) to mark its 50th anniversary was opened by the second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, Prince Naif opened the conference on behalf of King Abdullah.
In his speech read by Prince Naif, King Abdullah urged participating scholars to focus on three important issues: spreading the moderate teachings of Islam, strengthening Muslim unity by improving their relations and trying to solve problems facing the world.
"We are happy over the contributions made by the MWL to treat Muslimsí problems, unify their ranks, spread the true picture of Islam and confront epidemics such as extremism and terrorism that have sneaked into some Muslim societies," Abdullah said.
King Abdullah also noted the organization's efforts in promoting dialogue between religious faiths and cultures. He was apparently referring to the MWL's role in organizing the international interfaith dialogue conferences in Makkah, Madrid and Geneva.
The king's speech also referred to Saudi Arabia's efforts to strengthen Muslim unity and solidarity.
"Ever since its formation, the Kingdom has given priority to Muslim unity. Our father King Abdul Aziz said he loved Muslim unity more than anything else", he noted.
The MWL's activities conformed to the Kingdom's policies and objectives.
"No doubt the MWL has won a reputable position among international organizations and received the messenger of peace certificate from the United Nations," the speech said.
Prince Naif honored the people who contributed to the establishment of MWL. Baha Gov. Prince Muhammad bin Saud received a commemorative shield on the occasion. Prince Naif also distributed shields to previous MWL secretaries and prominent Islamic personalities.
The conference will focus on four main topics: MWL's contributions in the past 50 years; MWL's position in the world; MWL and Islamic issues; and MWL's efforts to establish a better future for Muslim communities. The conference will also review the MWL's activities and programs and set out its future strategy. It will also discuss the situation of Muslim minorities in different parts of the world and the problems facing them.
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