[On Saturday afternoon corresponding with the 24th of Safar in 1397 A.H., the International Conference for Da`wah (calling to Islaam) Guidance and Preparation of Du`ah (callers to Islaam) was opened. His Eminence, Shaykh `Abdul-`Azeez ibn `Abdullaah ibn Baaz, Chairman of the Departments of Scholarly Research, Ifta’, Da`wah, and Guidance, inaugurated the conference on behalf of His Royal Highness Prince Fahd ibn `Abdul-`Azeez the Deputy king, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister, and the Supreme President of the Islaamic University. Below is the speech delivered by His Eminence.]
Praise be to Allaah, the Lord of the worlds, who has created man and Jinn (creatures created from fire) to worship Him, and ordered them to do this in His Book and through His Messenger (may Allaah’s peace and blessings be upon him). He sent Messengers (peace and blessings be upon them) to call people to it, the last of whom was our Prophet Muhammad ibn `Abdullaah (may Allaah’s peace and blessings be upon him), and He made his message universal. I testify that there is no Ilaah (god) except Allaah; He has no partner; and it is He alone who states in His Glorious Book, And who is better in speech than he who [says: “My Lord is Allaah (believes in His Oneness),” and then stands firm (acts upon His Order), and] invites (men) to Allaah’s (Islaamic Monotheism), and does righteous deeds, and says: “I am one of the Muslims.” It is He also who commanded His Prophet to call to His Way with wisdom and fair preaching; and informed him that Du`ah who have deep insight are those who are His real followers. He (Exalted be He) states… read more here.