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Islam might be the religion of ‘love, tolerance and reconciliation,’ but terrorism in the name of the faith gives ammunition to Islamophobes, President Abdullah Gül says, calling on the Muslim world to rectify the situation

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Turkish President Abdullah Gül (C) adresses Muslim countries’ represenatatives during yesterday’s COMCEC meeting held in Istanbul. AA photo

Turkish President Abdullah Gül (C) adresses Muslim countries’ represenatatives during yesterday’s COMCEC meeting held in Istanbul. AA photo

Turkish President Abdullah Gül has blamed terrorism in the name of Islam for soiling the faith’s image in the world and resulting in the growth of Islamophobia, while calling on Muslim countries to intensify their efforts to fight against prejudices against the religion.

“The deliberate negative propaganda activities and the violence and terrorist activities, which some evil people and circles exploiting our sacred Islamic values for their henious aims, have a big role in the perpetuation of this problem,” Gül said during his inaugural address yesterday at the Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (COMCEC) 29th session in Istanbul.

Islamophobia still remains a critical problem that instigates “groundless biases against Islam and Muslims,” Gül said, adding that all Islamic countries should etch the idea that “there is no room for terrorism in Islam” in everybody’s minds.

“We must struggle against every movement that urges those who put Islam, a religion of love, tolerance and reconciliation, side by side with terrorism,” he said during the meeting.

The lack of education, spiritual emptiness, poverty and income inequality are what feed violent, militant movements, and governments should act to rectify these issues with determination, the president said.

Addressing representatives from Muslim nations during the main multilateral economic and commercial cooperation platform of the Islamic world, Gül referred to a study that concluded 21 of 57 member countries were ranked among the least developed countries.

Dealing only with their own problems will not be sufficient for Muslim-majority countries to improve their images, he said, suggesting that enhancing their involvement in global-scales problems was key.

“Playing a more active role in the solution of global problems such as climate change, poverty, the fight against organized crime, immigration, radicalism, narcotics and human trafficking will certainly introduce new economic and commercial opportunities for Muslim countries,” Gül said.

The Turkish president further said conducting business in the best and proper manner would also contribute to the elimination of negative perceptions associated with Muslims.

Touching upon the political and economic turmoil in Syria as well, Gül said it was mainly the duty of Muslim countries’ to find a solution to the bleeding problem in Syria as its consequences could affect all.

“The civil war in the neighboring country of Syria has turned into the self-destruction of a nation. It is primarily our duty to put out the fire, whether it occurs at our home or at a neighbors’. Otherwise, the cost will be great for all of us,” he said. “That is why I invite all member countries to boost their efforts in devising ‘our own solution to our own problems.’”

This climate also adds to the importance of COMCEC to engage in conflict resolution, as “it is the best platform to create additional instruments to overcome social and economic difficulties,” according to Gül.

November/21/2013

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Murun Buchstansangur

11/24/2013 1:20:55 PM

@ Çılgın K. I try everything once but I found the carpet burns to my forehead unsightly!

Brit in Turkey

11/24/2013 10:11:46 AM

Halil Ibrahim: I agree with your last post, but as Saudi Arabia has the largest reserves of oil in the world it does put the west at a disadvantage. You are absolutely correct about the regime there and it gives the west a major moral problem.

Halil Ibrahim

11/23/2013 4:16:03 PM

Brit in Turkey, I think your understating the role of England and the U.S. in both creating the Saudi state and enabling such a hateful and intolerant sect to do as they please with their oil profits. Saudi Arabia's Geo-political goal is to ensure that all Islam adheres to Abd al-Wahhab's puritanical ideology. Would you bet that Erdogan & his flock are going to gravitate away from Saudi Ideology in a three baby future, where conservatism simply breeds secular ideals away? Ignorance has roots.

Çılgın Kanarya

11/23/2013 2:53:01 PM

MURUN, I get the feeling that you don't pray 5 times a day :)

Murun Buchstansangur

11/23/2013 6:45:31 AM

I can't think of a more futile pursuit than exegesis of religious scripture. Read the Quran. If at the end, you insist that this is divine revelation then you are doomed to worship a jealous, capricious, bipolar god. Your call; doomed to religious apologism forever. Or, wake up, grow a pair, and take responsibility for your own life. The world's problems, or indeed 'Muslim' problems will not be solved by dogged allegiance to Bronze Age superstition. Regards.

Brit in Turkey

11/22/2013 7:25:13 PM

Halil Ibrahim: The world would be a little lost without oil, so we have no option than to be "friendly" with those countries that have it. It will be interesting to see what happens if (and when) the US becomes self-sufficient in oil.

mara mcglothin

11/22/2013 6:53:00 PM

Once again a ridiculous statement by the esteemed President "If..you..stand..in..the ..rain..you ..WILL.. get wet! Perhaps President Gul should meet with the Taliban to air his views?

alkan alkan

11/22/2013 1:42:35 PM

"Islam might be the religion of love, tolerance and reconciliation" These are empty words, just look at the practice. Over 90% of terrorist acts in the world are perpetrated by Muslims...!

Halil Ibrahim

11/22/2013 12:20:49 PM

@Brit in Turkey, they don't have to agree with their Wahhabi ideology, the Oil revenue does that just fine. But is it worth the human cost? Let's be immoral and pragmatic is it even worth the investment, if you spend trillions just to maintain a resource?

Halil Ibrahim

11/22/2013 12:01:24 PM

Robert Ellis Your exegesis argument is out of context, yeah those things are in there, and your preferential reading of it is exactly how the Taliban read it with No historical context, No investigation. Lets look at a positive "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal" How can someone that writes this justify slavery? Simple, just refuse to accept that Black people are men.
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