Muslim World League Secretary-General Muhammad bin Abdul Karim al-Issa says attack on acclaimed perpetrator Salman Rushdie in New York was ‘a crime that Islam does not accept’ in interview to the Saudi media Arab News.
“Islam is against violence and cannot accept any method of violence. Religious and intellectual issues, including sentences that may be read in whole or in part as offensive, can never be addressed in such violent ways,” al-Issa said on the sidelines of an interreligious dialogue conference in Rimini. , in Italy. .
Rushdie, 75, was scheduled to give a lecture on artistic freedom at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York on August 12 when he was attacked and stabbed by a man who has been identified as Hadi Matar, a 24-year-old man. years raised in the United States. with Lebanese roots.
Rushdie has been living with a bounty on his head since his 1988 novel “The Satanic Verses”, which prompted then-Iranian leader Ali Khamenei to urge Muslims to kill him.
Al-Issa, who is also the president of the International Islamic Halal Organization and a former justice minister of Saudi Arabia, said Islam is “opposed to violence”.
A staunch activist against religious extremism, al-Issa has been praised by religious leaders and government officials for his efforts to promote peaceful coexistence among all.
He said that religion is “the meaning of man’s existence in this life, the sum of values founded on particular principles, at the basis of which there is not only a philosophy but also a religious source which comes of God”.
“For this, we are talking about values, both religion and religious instinct. It also means the sense of faith in human beings,” he said, adding that love and passion are “central factors in religion.”
“The believer must love all others even if he disagrees with them. The believer knows that love and mercy are needed in this life. Love is life, coexistence, peace, harmony.
The MWL leader also underscored the need for interfaith dialogue to push for peaceful interfaith coexistence that “eliminates all misunderstandings and clarifies truths both inside and outside the Islamic world, both for Muslims than for non-Muslims. Dialogue is the language of the reasonable, of the wise. If everyone practices it, we all get closer and this approach removes the fears of others.
He continued: “While everyone may be different from the other, there is no reason to be afraid or worried for the other: we all share life on this earth and we must talk to each other. and understand us. The differences between human beings date back to the creation of mankind. If God had wanted it, he could have created only one ethnic group or only one religion. But he didn’t, and we have to believe in his wisdom.
He also wanted everyone “to live with dignity — all minorities — and to be well integrated into the territory where they live. We also want all the governments of the world to respect the rights of minorities and their cultural, religious and cultural specificities. We do not accept that any minority in the world is offended, whether Muslim or not.
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