London peace conference to draw 12,000 Muslims

LONDON | Fri Sep 23, 2011 12:07am BST

(Reuters) – More than 12,000 British Muslims are expected to attend a global peace conference at Wembley arena in London on Saturday to mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, organisers say.

The « Peace for Humanity » conference, organised by Minhaj-ul-Quran International (MQI), a broad based Islamic organisation, will issue a global declaration for peace calling for an end to terrorism and extremist violence.

The event aims to launch a drive to secure one million signatures in support of the declaration, as well as host a full day of speeches, entertainment, and multi-faith sessions, including a collective peace prayer for all main faiths.

Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, a leading Islamic scholar and founder of MQI, is set to host the event, and will call for « peace, tolerance and respect to all people everywhere, » organisers said.

The conference will hear from a number of speakers, including Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband, who are sending video messages of support, as well as Islamic scholar Shaykh Hassan Mohi-ud-Din Qadri.

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