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Kuala Lumpur: A World Sufi Centre is planned to be established in Kuala Lumpur for conducting studies and collecting inputs on Sufi practices, Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said recently. He said that for a start, a philanthropist had agreed to donate US$1 million for the purpose. He said that it was hoped that the centre could help counter negative perceptions and prejudices about Islam. The idea of establishing the centre was agreed upon by Islamic scholars, muftis and thinkers from 38 countries who had gathered here in conjunction with a conference held at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Ahmad Zahid said it was the responsibility of the entire Muslim community to correct the perceptions of people of other faiths on Islam which had resulted following terrorist acts by a small group of people. He said Muslims must inform the world that Islam is a religion that promotes peace and they should separate militant groups from the religion.
(Extracted from themalaymailonline.com