الأربعاء 20 ذو الحجة 1437 - 16:16 بتوقيت مكة المكرمة الموافق 21-9-2016
Jordanian King Abdullah addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-first session. Image from UN News Centre.
New York, (IINA) – Jordanian King Abdullah on Tuesday decried both Western Islamophobia and the terrorist “outlaws” who sully the name of Islam, warning the United Nation General Assembly that both threaten the future of the global society, UN News Centre reported.
When others exclude Muslims from fulfilling their role, by prejudice or ignorance of what Islam is or on the other hand, when the ‘outlaws’ of Islam, attempt to mislead some Muslims, by deforming our religion through false teaching our societies' future is put at risk,” he told the Assembly’s annual general debate on its opening day in New York.
“When the outlaws of Islam, murder; when they plunder; when they exploit children and reject the equality of women before God they abuse Islam. When the khawarij persecute minorities; when they deny freedom of religion, they abuse Islam. Islam teaches that all humanity is equal in dignity. There is no distinction among different nations or regions or races,” he stated.
The king called for non-traditional means to confront this non-traditional new mindset, new partnerships, and reformed methodologies, stressing that for Muslims it is a fight for the future with all elements having a role, not only mosques and religious centres, but media, schools, and community leaders.
The international community also faces a fight for the future, highlighting the need to open up new channels between continents and nations reforming the way we communicate and share information. “Ours is a global fight,” he said. “The focus must not stop with the Middle East, but reach far beyond in West and East Africa, South East Asia, and the Balkans.”
On the Palestinian issues, the king called for a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “No injustice has spread more bitter fruit than the denial of a Palestinian state. I say: Peace is a conscious decision. Israel has to embrace peace or eventually be engulfed in a sea of hatred in a region of turmoil.”
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