Posted by Rafiq A. Tschannen
MAKKAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah yesterday opened an unprecedented conclave of Muslim leaders in the holy city of Makkah.
Addressing the summit in the midnight, King Abdullah urged Muslims to stand united in the face of growing challenges.
“Sedition is worse than killing,” the king said and called for dialogue among the various Muslim sects.
He proposed the establishment of a dialogue center to promote inter-sectarian harmony.
The proposal was received with thunderous applause from the assembled galaxy of Muslim leaders.
Earlier, King Abdullah received the Muslim leaders at his palace, including Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi and Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani.
In a gesture that would be interpreted as a sign of the summit’s success, King Abdullah made Ahmadinejad to sit right beside him. Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad was on the king’s other side.
There was optimism and a sense of delight among the hosts, Saudis, as well as their foreign guests.
NOTE BY THE EDITOR: Should the members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at also have ‘optimism and a sense of delight’? Will they be included in this dialogue?