The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Wednesday, said “it is necessary” for the world to grasp a balanced understanding of Islam in a way that corrected misperceptions toward the millennia-old religion.
“It is necessary…to have a better understanding of the religion, away from its misconstrued teachings and perceptions as a way to achieving global peace, harmony and progress,” Buhari said after touring the International Fair and Museum of the Prophet’s Biography and Islamic Civilisation in Madinah, Saudi Arabia.
According to a statement signed by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the tour formed part of Buhari’s engagement in the Holy City as his official visit entered its second day.
In the statement titled ‘President Buhari makes case for futuristic, untainted global education on Islam,’ he said the spread of true knowledge of the religion of Islam was the most important task now facing global Muslims.
The President also said that the Muslim community needed a futuristic system, bringing knowledge and education in a new system that would make for a good understanding of the very features of the religion.
He commended the Saudi government for “deploying the latest technological tools in presenting the core of Islam, its lofty purposes and qualitative teachings.”
He praised the Saudi authorities for their efforts to take the world to the established roots of Islamic civilisation, adding that a more concerted international effort was needed.
According to him, the Museum “seeks to preserve and present Islam in its true and pure image, and in its noble and elevated teachings, and that it is a message of mercy, love, justice, peace, and moderation, through cultural exhibitions and museums where the beauty of buildings and the majesty of meanings are combined.
“It also seeks to provide a comprehensive cultural overview of the Prophet, his noble manners, great morals, and flexible teachings, in a distinct scientific and research-based approach, using the latest technologies, and the most advanced and creative presentation tools.”