Muslims scholars from all over the world are meeting in Morocco to discuss protection of non-Muslims living in Islamic countries.
The conference is expected to gather more than 300 Islamic leaders from Muslim countries, including Iraq, Turkey, and Egypt.
The aim of this summit is to reaffirm the rights of religious minorities through releasing a new declaration rooted in Islamic Law emphasising on protection of non-Muslims groups within an Islamic community.
“The prophet was religiously persecuted, so he knew first-hand what it was to experience religious persecution,” said Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, co-founder of Zaytuna College, the first Muslim liberal arts college in the US.
“His religion ensured the rights of religious minorities.
“We want to counter the idea that Muslims and non-Muslims can’t live together. This is not who we are or who we want to be.”
Non-Muslims representatives from Vatican and religious figures from Hinduism, Sikhism and Judaism have also been invited.
The article originally appeared in The Independent