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Wednesday , November 14 2018

Thank you Trump

Ahmed Al-Jarallah – Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times

THE President of the United States of America Donald Trump, while addressing the Arab-Islamic-American Summit, expressed a balanced perspective and profound understanding of Islam.

He affirmed, “The conflict with terrorists who worship death and not Allah is not a conflict between religions, but the conflict between good and evil”.

President Donald Trump deserves gratitude for his historic speech, which has established a new chapter of relations between the United States of America, and the Arab and Islamic worlds.

These relations will be based on the concept of partnership in eradicating terrorism, and the calamity that threatens humanity. This will not happen at the expense of Islam and Muslims, especially after President Trump briefly presented the nature of our Islamic and Arab culture.

President Trump demonstrated his good understanding of how destructive organizations work, starting from Iran to the terrorist groups that are affiliated to it and those supported indirectly by Iran.

Indeed, those who kill in the name of the religion, and slaughter while hiding behind the phrase ‘Allah Akbar’ (Allah is Great) are not believers of any religion. They are considered as outlaws by religions and humanity. They have absolutely no relations with Islam, which is a religion of tolerance and peace.

This is in line with the teachings of the Holy Quran in Chapter 49, verse 13 — “O mankind, we have created you all male and female and have made you nations and tribes so that you would recognize each other. The most honorable among you in the sight of God is the most pious of you. God is All-knowing and All-aware”.

The recognition which Almighty Allah ordained on us is represented by civilized dialogue and understanding of the other; not by killing, slaughtering and destroying.

The American President’s speech in Riyadh is a form of historic document for reference in the relations between the United States of America and the Arab and Islamic world.

How wonderful would it be if the leaders of the GCC and the Arab and Islamic worlds build on it as a mutual vision of the future, and presented agreements to be signed into immediate effect because such agreements would contain good for everyone!

Undoubtedly, the tone of hysteric reaction, either from Tehran or its mouthpieces in the region, will be louder in expressing the magnitude of pain felt from the historical scene when about 90 percent of Muslims unite their perspective with one with the largest force in the world against the dangers posed by the Persian expansionism scheme.

Iran cannot stand in the face of this new and huge frontier. Perhaps, its leaders have started experiencing the vibes of fear over what the coming days will bring forth.

That is why it is critically important not to respond to the campaigns waged by Iran’s mouthpieces, because time for work has elapsed and there is no ground for drowning in media battles with the one who is gasping his last breath.

By Ahmed Al-Jarallah

Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times

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