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Muslim scholars condemn linking Islam to acts of terrorism

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Islamic scholars from across the world lambasted on Monday the double standard being followed at the global level in wrongly linking Islam with terrorism.

Taking part in a session on the second day of the three-day Global Islamic Conference in Saudi Arabia under the theme “Countering Terrorism,” they said extremists from other faiths also misuse religion as an umbrella for terrorism.

“There have been concerted efforts by some agencies to link Islam with terrorism, but this has not been the case as regards other religions. If a Muslim, who is quite unaware of the fundamentals of Islam, commits an act of terror, it is linked to Islam.

“But if the same terror act is committed by a Christian, Jew, Hindu or Buddhist, it is seldom linked to the perpetrator’s religion,” the scholars argued.

The scholars said terrorism is not the product of any religion and race but instead it is a phenomenon that has existed in various communities in different forms and manifestations through the ages.

Addressing another session on “Terrorism and armed struggle”, speakers noted that the United Nations has endorsed the right to armed struggle and resistance in order to liberate an occupied land or restore usurped freedom.

Several renowned scholars from within the Kingdom and abroad are taking part in the conference organized by the Muslim World League (MWL).