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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

"Whoever Kills Innocents Is Not a Muslim"

From the Khaleej Times via the Emirates Economist:

ABU DHABI — A prominent UAE preacher denounced yesterday as infidels Muslims who carry out attacks against innocent civilians around the world, including the perpetrators of the London blasts.

“Do these people not see the results of their actions? They have turned people against us ... and made them link the name of Islam with terrorism,” Sheikh Hamdan Musallam Al Mazruhi said in his Friday sermon.

“Therefore, we should say it out loud that whoever kills innocent people ... is not a Muslim and Islam is innocent of him ... We are astonished at those people who justify these acts and see them as jihad in the name of God and declare themselves an authority for Muslims,” he said.

“Those who do that are infidels,” he said.

The preacher said “Islam is a religion of mercy and peace.”“How does it help Islam, when the blood of civilians is shed around the world, like in Iraq, Afghanistan, New York, Madrid, Bali, Casablanca, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and lately in London at the hands of those killers and criminals ... who are falsely linked to Islam,” he said.

Geez, I hope this guy is correct and that he has some influence. Unfortunately it seems that not all Muslims agree with him.
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