‘Amman Message’ and ‘A Common Word’

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During the open forum, since many issues were raised – salvation for non-Muslims in Islam, Dar al-Islam and Dar al-Harb, the nature and scope of ‘fatwa’, what an individual Muslim could believe and act upon without necessitating an issuance of ‘fatwa’ from a higher authority, ‘intellectual oppression’ (‘zulm al-‘aqli’) in political jurisprudence (‘fiqh al-siyasi’), the meaning of ‘God as unfathomable’, bottom-up or top-to-bottom approach to combat religious violence, the problem of mid-level Muslim scholars issuing ‘fatwa’, and Muslim unity in an environment of sectarian violence, among many others – I failed to clarify the following two points:

Amman Message’ refers to the initiative which initially started as a detailed statement released in Ramadan 1425 AH / November 2004 by the King of Jordan and followed by the convening of an international Islamic conference of 200 of the world’s leading Muslim scholars from 50 countries. It is intra-faith in focus. See http://ammanmessage.com.

A Common Word’ (in Arabic, ‘Kalimatun Sawa’un’) refers to the initial letter or document on the common platform between the Jews, Christians and Muslims dated October 2007 (1428 AH) issued by the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought of Jordan, which was positively responded by the original 138 signatories. It is interfaith in focus. See http://www.acommonword.com.

The term ‘A Common Word’ is taken from Qur’an 3:64: “Say: O People of the Scripture! Come to a common word between us and you: that we shall worship none but God, and that we shall ascribe no partner unto Him, and that none of us shall take others for lords beside God. And if they turn away, then say: Bear witness that we are they who have surrendered (unto Him).”


Thanks to FB for having this opportunity to clarify.


(Text of the Presentation: http://www.addu.edu.ph/…/significance-amman-message-dr-mans…)

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