Need for dialogue



Published — Wednesday 28 November 2012

Last update 27 November 2012 10:23 pm

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This refers to the news item “Al-Sudais: Islam is a religion of dialogue.” (Nov. 26 )
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

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