The following Resolution was adopted at the first European Muslim Forum (EMF) Virtual Conference held on Wednesday 22nd July 2020.
The Conference participants expressed their views and suggestions to the current Global COVID’19 Pandemic and its effect on our communities. They outlined the prospect for the development of the Muslim community worldwide including 170 million Muslims living throughout Europe. They noted that the pandemic has caused unprecedented changes in all spheres of life all over the world.
The Conference was addressed by prominent and eminent world leaders which included the Patron of the EMF, Mr Anwar Ibrahim, the Former Deputy PM of Malaysia as well as President Mahmoud Abbas of Palestine, the former President of Bosnia, Mr Bakir Izetbegović as well as leading Muslim politicians and community leaders from a number of European countries and the USA.
The following key points were stressed and addressed as current Agenda for all the Muslim communities in Europe as well as all the people of goodwill worldwide.
1. The participants unequivocally stated that in this time and age there is no place for anomalies such as Racism, Xenophobia, Islamaphobia and all forms of prejudice, segregation and discrimination in our society.
2. It is imperative to bring immediate resolution to the continued occupation of Palestine. The continued injustice against the Palestinian people and their land generates a wave of violence against innocent civilians. It is most unfortunate that the so called ‘Deal of the Century’ imposed by Trump administration and to be implemented by Netanyahu only exacerbates the problem rather than moving closer to a peaceful solution. The Conference condemned the Israeli aggression and continued occupation of Palestinian land. It urged the world community to put pressure on Israel to abide by numerous UN Resolutions adopted at both the UN General Assembly and UN Security Council.
3. The participants expressed their support for the world should switch the new technologies and use model advances in science, including in the field of energy to protect and preserve our planet. Muslims should work in solidarity with environmental movements and campaigns to protect our planet.
4. The participants expressed their support for UN Secretary General for his message that International Institutions must be improved and be efficient with particular reference to the UN itself, the G20, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, the European Union and the African Union. They called for the reform to be more effective so that they can fully respond to the challenges of our time and to the needs of the world population.
5. The participants urged the world community to take responsibility and work out common healthcare system as the world is now interconnected. Rich countries should not shut themselves from the rest of the world since infections do not distinguish social, religious or state borders as proven by the COVID19 pandemic. The world community should work together to bring the pandemic to an end and to ensure early release of safe, quality, efficacious, effective and affordable vaccines which are available for everyone regardless of their social, cultural and religious backgrounds.
6.The participants urged the international community to resolve the Libyan crisis by an intra-Libyan settlement. It should not grow into an inter Arab or inter Islamic conflict. It is necessary to find a peaceful solution in line with international legality through the United Nations. The same approach should be used for crisis in Yemen, Syria, Mali and in other parts of the world.
7. The participants understand and appreciate the decision of the Turkish authorities to return the usage of Hagia Sofia as a Mosque. It was also emphasised that all historic places of worship should be returned to believers and at all times should be open to the public.
8. The participants expressed their sadness to their partners at Islamic Centre of Denmark at the burning down of their Centre which was done accidentally. Participants urged the Muslim communities in Europe to support financially in building the new Islamic Centre in Denmark.
9.The participants urged the multi national communities of Muslims living In South of France especially those from Maghreb, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and others from Turkey, Bosnia, Albania including Chechnya to be united and work together for the common good. The participants expressed their sadness against the spread of drug addiction among young people in those areas which has been the cause of conflict amongst communities.
10. The participants expressed their solidarity with the Muslim communities of Greece with their concerns of the breach of their Human Rights where the authorities in Greece have closed down mosques for prayers. The participants urged the European Union to press upon the government of Greece to allow Muslims to use their places of worship for prayers. It is apparent that the Greek government is acting with Islamaphobic agenda and they are focusing on discouraging the refugees from staying in the country and making their lives of local Muslims very difficult. Closing down of places of worship in Europe is a dangerous precedent which should not be allowed and the Greek government must reverse its unjust and unfair decision.
11. The participants expressed their deep concern at the escalation of the Armenian - Azerbaijani conflict through out the joint order in the Karabagh region. The aggression by Armenia should be stopped immediately and the parties to conflict should revert back to the original borders.
12.The participants expressed their deep concerns at the violation of basic human rights of the Kashmiri people and the continued lockdown of Kashmir by the Indian government which has caused great injustice and oppression on the local Muslim community. The Conference urged the UN to implement its resolution on Kashmir and to ensure that the Kashmiris have the right to self determination. The atrocities on the Kashmiris should be stopped immediately.
13. The Participants expressed their deep concerns at the state of Uyghars community in China which are heavily oppressed by the state officials. They urge the international community through the UN to bring an end to the suffering of the innocent people.
14. The Participants urged the Muslim communities and its leadership in Europe to interact with each other and identify opportunities for collaboration amongst Muslims of different European countries. The Muslims in Europe have a duty to contribute towards the revival of the economies in Europe as well as to assist in the rehabilitation of migrants coming into their countries. The success of the Muslim communities in Europe depends upon their social cohesion and to ensure their practice their faith with the true teachings of Islam which emphasis in living in harmony with all the people irrespective of their faith, ethnic origin or social background. The Muslims in Europe should project exemplary behaviour and at all times to respect the laws of the countries in which they live.
The Conference participants expressed their deep appreciation to the EMF for organising this timely Conference on the important subject of the post pandemic situation. The Conference expressed their heart felt thanks to the leaders of the Muslim world who participated in the Conference and provided their valuable advice and guidance. Finally deep appreciation was expressed to all the speaker’s, moderators and the staff of the EMF which made it possible for the successful Conference.