OIC Press Release
|27 May 2000|
To celebrate the centenary of Islam’s introduction in Japan and the development of relations between Japan and the Islamic world, to which contemporary politicians, da’ia (preachers) and intellectuals attach a great interest, the General Secretariat of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is sponsoring in Tokyo, an international three day symposium, starting Monday 25 Safar, 1421H (May 29, 2000), with the cooperation of the Islamic center in Japan, under the theme “Japanese-Islamic Relations Over a Century”.
The objectives of the symposium revolve around the following issues:
– Highlighting to the entire world true Islam and shedding light on in values, faith and Shari’a (Law), while laying stress on the bright image of this religion and dispelling all the ambiguities about its tolerance;
– Rectifying the image of Islam in the outside world and removing the malicious association between Islam, its faith, dictates, civilizations and tolerance, on the one hand, and terrorism, which has become an international phenomenon, on the other;
– Paving the way for the interaction among civilizations and promoting intellectual and cultural understanding throughout the world;
– Endeavouring to enrich the knowledge of the Muslims in Japan in terms of their knowledge of Islam and the true facts about it in a way as to enable them to better follow it and derive optimum benefit from it, so that, in turn, they may project its brightest image in their environment;
– Identifying the problems and challenges facing Muslim minorities in Japan and neighbouring states.
In his opening speech, OIC Secretary-General Dr. Azeddine Laraki is expected to deal with the strategy of the ongoing relations between Japan and the Islamic world, which relations encouraged the organization of this symposium in the Japanese capital. He will review the pivotal points of the symposium whose importance cannot be overemphasized in promoting the interests of the Muslim minority in Japan and others in East Asia.
Taking part in the symposium, alongside the OIC, will be representatives from a number of Islamic centers and associations in China, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Vietnam, Pakistan and India, in addition to some 200 Muslim da’is (preachers) and university professors specializing in Muslim civilization, including 15 personalities representing the dignitaries of the Muslim community in Japan.