Muslims focus on post 9/11 era

Representatives from NGOs of the Islamic world met in the Dutch city of Rotterdam to discuss ways to fight a prejudice against Islam they said has been spreading throughout Europe in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack in New York.

Muslims focus on post 9/11 era
Representatives from NGOs of the Islamic world met in the Dutch city of Rotterdam on Saturday to discuss ways to fight a prejudice against Islam they said has been spreading throughout Europe in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack in New York.

The annual meeting took place in an European country for the first time this year.

Over 50 representatives of NGOs from 15 countries, including Turkey, gathered at the Rotterdam Islam University for the 4th annual meeting.

The meeting focused on anti-Islamic sentiments and what many fear is a growing perception of Muslims as terrorists.

The meeting featured Necmi Sadikoglu, the General Secretary of the Union of NGOs of the Islamic World, Sayyid al-Hashimi, the Royal Advisor of the United Arab Emirates on Religious Affairs and the President of IUR University, Ahmed Akgunduz. Jan Vandarager, the vice-president of the Rotterdam Chamber of Commerce also participated.

"The stabilization of the region was lost and the chaos started to rise. We have to make all efforts for understanding each other," stated Necmi Sadikoglu, The General Secretary of the Union of NGOs of the Islamic World, in his remarks at the meeting.

Sadikoglu said that the main goal of the meeting was to combine NGOs of the Islamic World to produce common projects and to raise the voice of the message of Islam.

The Union of NGOs of the Islamic World has some 90 international members.

"The European perspective on Islam has radically changed since September 11. Muslims are considered a potential danger...Human beings for the most part, take hostile stances against that which they do not know well.

"People do not know Muslims well. We held this meeting to explain our positive approach to Europe and to ask from Europe a positive approach," said Sadikoglu.

In his brief interview, Ahmed Akgunduz, the President of IUR University, said that NGOs of the Islamic World, both in the European and the Arabic countries, had gathered in the Netherlands for the annual meeting for the first time.

"I hope this gathering will lead to (the NGOs) working together from now on," he added.

Sayyid al-Hashimi, Royal Advisor of the United Arab Emirates on the Religious Affairs said, "We met here to discuss the issue of dialogue between the West and the Arab world. Islamic organizations and Muslims who do not know about each other gathered in the Netherlands for this reason."

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