As a descendant of the Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him), King Abdullah has made the Islamic principles of justice, peace, social harmony and tolerance central to his agenda for the nation.
These values underpin wide-ranging initiatives to build a prospering Jordan at the heart of a region at peace – from new opportunities for youth, to housing for the underprivileged, judicial reform, active involvement in the Middle East peace process, interfaith dialogue, and more.
The values of the faithful are at the heart of Jordanian society. Jordanians come from different faiths but they share a piety that is powerful and central to their daily lives. This devotion also illuminates the King's vision for the region and the world. By bringing the world’s nations, faiths and cultures together in dialogue, the King seeks to advance understanding of humanity’s common concerns and bonds.
King Abdullah has also embraced the Hashemite Family’s historical role as champions of Muslim interests internationally. He espouses engagement as a means to ensure that Muslims, especially youth, have a voice in global affairs that reflects their numbers, capabilities and achievements.
The King shares with Muslims around the world a sense of alarm about the challenges to the Islamic nation posed by extremism: violence in the region and beyond, the use of religion for political purposes, the strife among Muslims and the vilification of Muslims that extremist acts have inspired. He is addressing these challenges head on.
In 2004, at the end of the holy month of Ramadan, King Abdullah, alongside the Royal Aal Al Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought and some of the world’s leading Islamic scholars, released the Amman Message, a straightforward explanation of the values of compassion, respect for others, tolerance and freedom of religion that are the guiding principles of Islam.
In July 2006, King Abdullah opened the doors of the first International Islamic Conference in Amman. There, 180 leading Muslim scholars from 45 countries, representing all the madhahib of Sunni, Shii and Ibadi Islam, and all Islam's currents, including Sufism, joined in affirming the Amman Message. Together, these authorities issued a clear and categorical rejection of extremism and violence which have no place in religion.
As a constant advocate of interfaith dialogue, King Abdullah has travelled extensively to speak on the spirit of the Amman Message, the need for Muslims around the world to establish a clear, accurate understanding of their religion, and the equal need for the world to recognise the Muslim people’s rights, achievements and contributions to global progress.