Need for dialogue
Need for dialogue
It is reported that while opening King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) in Vienna, the head of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques said, “The information of this center in the West with King Abdullah’s support gives a strong message that Islam is a religion of dialogue and understanding and not a religion of enmity, fanaticism and violence.” This being the truth we are really saddened by what is happening in some of the Muslim countries.
In the meantime, I was really disturbed to read the following in one of the foreign media, which says: “It is ironic that no one seems to speak out against the ridiculous amount of terrorist violence perpetrated by one Islamic faction against another. In Pakistan, another bomb attack on a Shiite procession killed many innocent civilians including children. Look at the number of terrorist attacks inside Iraq because of the same sectarian divide. In Mali, the militants went on rampage for months destroying historic libraries and ancient universities. The deaths of Muslims in the hands of Muslims are far greater than what they have faced from non-Muslims.” Now, who can challenge this fact?
Muslims are attacking their own fellow worshippers while fulfilling their obligations in the mosques, killing them even on Eid days. This happened on Eid Al-Adha day in Afghanistan. Muslims killing Muslims during Eid prayers held in a largely attended mosques! It is shameful that the overall large percentage of peaceful Muslims in the world are silent observers to these disgusting acts of a few illiterate extremist groups, who are out to tarnish the image of Islam.
We are with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and his KAICIID in propagating and establishing interreligious relation. Islam is not a religion of enmity or fanaticism and violence as the head of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques, Sheikh Al-Sudais said. — S.H. Moulana, Riyadh
Cartoon in bad taste
I wish to use my “right of reply” to complain about the unfortunate caricature that appeared on Aug. 5, 2017, in your well-known newspaper. The cartoon represents President Nicolas Maduro sitting on a military tank and a hand coming out of the tank’s cannon writing on a book titled “New Constitution.” Such a caricature is offensive to my country.
What the caricature seems to imply is that President Maduro wants to rewrite a new constitution with the power of arms. This is totally false. It is immoral to give your readers such a forged image of Venezuela and its constitutionally- and democratically-elected government.
The revision of our constitution, which is among the best in the world, is mainly to reinforce it and make it more adaptable to the new times. It is not an imposition of our president; it has been backed by more than 8 million Venezuelans and has the objective of re-establishing the peace process that has been trampled by a violent opposition backed by interested foreign countries that pretend to give orders to our sovereign populace.
I fail to understand why some international media report fake news about my country, with the purpose of undermining our sovereignty, and the people of Venezuela’s absolute right to decide, in a free and independent manner, how it wants to conduct its internal affairs.
I invite your newspaper to inform about our country with the truth and the same respect that we, in Venezuela, treat to our brothers of Saudi Arabia.
Ambassador of Venezuela