Sheikh Abdul Quddoos Al Azhari, former Grand Mufti of Australia urged faith and political leaders to be in the forefront of the voices calling for a just ceasefire and humanitarian aid for Gaza, at the International Conference of Religious Leaders held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Tuesday 7 May 2024 presided by Pm Anwar Ibrahim.

Representing Australia’s diverse Muslim community, the founder and now Mufti of Jamiyatu Ulama Australia, Sheikh Al Azhari said , “The Genocide is happening before our eyes with the support of major world powers, we must continue to strive with all our efforts to stop the genocide and to bring about justice and reconciliation. I salute all the advocates of peace, especially his excellency Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim for his most courageous stand on this matter (of Gaza, especially in today’s speech and in his interview with German TV).”

Conference hosts including the Hon Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Sheikh Al Issa, Senator Mokhtar.

Sponsored by Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Anwar bin Ibrahim; Muslim World League Secretary General, Dr Mohammad Abdulkarim Al-Issa and  Senator Dato’ Setia Dr Haji Mohd Na’im bin Haji Mokhtar, the conference brought together 500 eminent religious leaders from around the world to work around the theme of “Unity in Diversity”.

The conference unanimously stressed that humanity is one family and that we must all work together for the betterment of humanity.

Sheikh Al Azhari and other participants.

Stressing the need to respect and save all human life, Sheikh Al Azhari insisted that verbally condemning violence is not enough.

“While we stand witness over the genocide, most faith leaders are doing little more than words of condemnation and some, a minority ignominiously make justifications for the rogue state.” he said.

He urged that we must spare no effort to save lives and we must always make our leaders accountable for their actions and inaction.

“If we were true to our covenant with God, we, the faith leaders would have organised together the largest group of people from all over the world and we would have been in Gaza … to stop the violence, to save the Palestinian hostages from torture in Israeli prisons and we would put an end to the occupation. If we do not, then all our sermons and ostentatious regalia will have no meaning.

“If we were all genuine, then no political leader in America, Britain, Germany, France or anywhere would ever be able to fund or arm Israel’s or any other genocide or settler colonialism.

“…, we must become genuine and sincere for the sake of humanity.

“We have to exhaust all avenues to save the lives of the people of Gaza and the West Bank and along with that, save all the oppressed people of the world.”

Sheikh Al Azhari also condemned the silence over Islamophobia and impressed upon the gathering that an attack on one religion is an attack on all religion.

The full speech can be found here:

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Sheikh Abdul Quddoos Al Azhari greeting The Honourable Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Grand Mufti Al Azhari speaking to a reporter at the conference

Sheikh Al Azhari stressing the importance of positive action to save lives.


Sheikh Abdul Quddoos Al Azhari