NILAI, 14 APRIL – About 500 participants showed up in the International Symposium on Cooperation, Tolerance and Contemporary Dialogue, which was jointly organised by Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) and the Muslim World League at the Main Lecture Hall, Faculty of Quranic and Sunnah Studies (FPQS) here.
The symposium was held in line with the establishment of the King Salman Centre for International Peace (KSCIP) by the Ministry of Defence of Saudi Arabia and Malaysia; Muslim World League; and USIM.
The establishment of the centre is seen as the best platform to produce prominent scholars and experts among local and international academicians, w ho strive towards academic excellence and research in various issues related to global peace and tolerance.
“The KSCIP is expected to be established in 90 days. It will become another important signature of Malaysia and the world, and it does not only focus on the military aspect per se, as academic elements are also fairly emphasised in this project,” said YB Senator Dato’ Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dato’ Dusuki.
“The integration of both intellectual and defense elements is very crucial in facing extremism and terrorism attack from ideological point of view. This centre will play its significant role in curbing terrorism or extremism and misconceptions of Islam,” he added.
Dr Muhammad Abdul Kareem Al-Issa in his keynote speech, expressed his gratitute to both governments of Malaysia and Saudi Arabia for their concern and brotherhood spirit in sustaining global peace issues through this project.
He also enlightened the visions and missions of the centre which is to enhance global peace; to be a medium to iron out misconceptions on Islamic teaching; and to practice Wasatiyah or moderation, as well as to produce community who are aware of religious and cultural diversity.