The 2016 conference on Sunni Islam in Grozny was convened to define the term "Ahl al-Sunna wa’l-Jama‘ah", i.e. who are "the people of Sunnism and the Sunni community" in Islam,[Note 1] and oppose Takfiri groups. The conference was held in the Chechen Republic capital of Grozny from 25–27 August 2016 and attended by approximately 200 Muslim scholars from Egypt, Russia, Syria, Sudan, Jordan, and Europe at the invitation of Yemeni Sufi preacher, Al-habib Ali al-Jifri. The conference was notable for excluding representatives of Wahhabi and Salafi movements, and for its definition of Sunni Muslims in the final communiqué of the conference that included Sufis, Ash’arites and Maturidis, but not Wahhabis or Salafis.
The conference definition stated:
“Ahl as-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah are the Ash’arites and Maturidis (adherents of the theological systems of Imam Abu Mansur al-Maturidi and Imam Abul-Hasan Al-Ash`ari). In matters of belief, they are followers of any of the four schools of thought (Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i or Hanbali) and are also the followers of the Sufism of Imam Junaid al-Baghdadi in doctrines, manners and [spiritual] purification."
Among the notable scholars and preachers in attendance were:
- Ahmed el-Tayeb (Grand Imam of Al-Azhar)
- Shawki Allam (Grand Mufti of Egypt)
- Ali Gomaa (former Grand Mufti of Egypt)
- Usamah al-Azhari (Egypt)
- Abdel-Hadi Al-Qasabi (chairman of the Supreme Council of Sufi Orders in Egypt)
- Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun (Grand Mufti of Syria)
- Abdel Fattah al-Bezm (Grand Mufti of Damascus)
- Tawfiq Ramadan al-Bouti, the son of Sheikh Mohamed Said Ramadan Al-Bouti (Syria)
- Salah Mezhiev (Grand Mufti of Chechnya)
- Abdul Karim Khasawneh (Grand Mufti of Jordan)
- Sa'id Foudah (A Leading Contemporary Kalam Scholar from Jordan)
- Umar bin Hafiz (Yemen)
- Ali al-Jifri (Yemen)
- Saif al-Asri (Yemen)
- Kanthapuram A.P. Aboobacker Musliyar (India)
- Ahmed Abaddi (Secretary General of the Mohammedia League of Moroccan Ulama)
- Idris al-Fassi al-Fahri (Morocco)
- Muhammad Abdul Ghaffar al-Sharif (Kuwait)
- Hatim al-Awni (Saudi Arabia)
- Sunni Muslims constituted about 85–90% of the world's Muslim population.
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