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Imams in Europe reject terrorism – Holy Quran behind culture of peace

A photo from the European Ulema conference in Brussels

BRUSSELS, Nov 26, (KUNA): A conference of Imams from various European countries Saturday expressed their firm rejection of terrorism and extremism in all its forms and underlined that Islam has no connection whatsoever with terrorism.

“We here clearly declare our position as Imams that we reject anything that harms the human life whether in the house of Allah or in places of worship of non-Muslims. Terrorism has no relations with religion,” General Secretary of the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad Abdulallah Busuf told the conference.

Condemning the attack in the mosque during Friday prayers in Sinai in Egypt yesterday in which hundreds of people were killed and injured he said “this is an evidence that there is no relation of Islam with terrorism. The terrorists have no relations with Islam and they are not Muslims.”

“It is not possible for a Muslim to attack another Muslim and that during Friday prayers, and it is not possible for a Muslim to attack a Christian in the church or adherents of other faiths in their places of worship,” Busuf said.

He said that a very small percentage of the Muslim youth in Europe who is far from mosques and does not know Islam fall prey to extremism and fanaticism. The vast majority of Muslims in Europe are free from extremism, he said, and called on Europe to grant the Imams the place that they deserve because they are the ones who can answer questions related to Islam in Europe.

Over 150 Imams from various European countries met in the Belgian capital to discuss ways to contribute effectively to the stability and promotion of living together in European societies. The conference titled “the Imamate in the European Context: Challenges and perspectives” was organised by the European Council of Moroccan Ulema.

“The main message that emerged from conference is that the Quran is behind a culture of peace,” said Khaled Hajji, President of the administration of European Council of Moroccan Ulema (Islamic scholars) which organised the conference. “It has contributed to build a civilisation that has allowed for living together in peace. The Quran can contribute to recover the loss meaning of life in our digital culture nowadays,” he said in concluding remarks.

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