Thousands have been killed in feuds between Sunnis and Shias, mostly in certain Muslim countries. It is tragic that many innocent women and children have been among the victims.
Sunni-Shia animosity and antagonism have clearly weakened the Muslim ummah. It has made it more vulnerable to the manipulations and machinations of outside elements determined to subvert the unity and integrity of the ummah. It has allowed those who seek to establish their hegemonic power over the ummah to succeed in their objectives.
It is indisputable that Sunni-Shia antagonism and conflicts which have resulted in massacres have tarnished the image and dignity of the ummah in the eyes of the world. Few other occurrences in recent times have had such a negative impact.
We appeal to all Sunnis and Shias to desist from massacring and killing one another immediately. Main Vectors of Discussion for Keynote Speakers: The state of Sunni-Shia relations in their society; The underlying causes of positive or negative Sunni-Shia relations; Reflections on how one could overcome the negative and strengthen the positive in relations between the two sects.