R015 - Flash comments / Milano 2

30/11 – 2006

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Some on the evening of 30 Nov 2006 in Milan 2:

On the basis of my personal experience, I would like to bring some corrections to some of the statements made by those who have intervened with you:

Infibulation and similar practices:

Is this a religious duty? During the UN Conference on Population in Cairo (1994), under pressure from NGOs, the Egyptian powers pronounced themselves as follows:

The mufti (Tantawi) still in office said no. The Azhar sheikh said it was a religious duty. Who is right? What is the dictum of Islam? The government then prohibited it but the practice continued especially in rural circles. (Most of our immigrants come from the countryside).

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R029 - MODERATE ISLAM?

Notes 1998

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The editor of a Saudi publication recently wrote: not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims; massacres against children and civilians are perpetrated in the name of God (Allah) the Merciful Clement. Already in 2002, the most famous Muslim religious leaders justified the martyrdom actions of the mujàhidìn, finding their foundation in the Koran and in the tradition of the prophet. The daily events of the war in progress increasingly report that the control of the population remains with the ulemas and the immams of the mosques; they have become the privileged interlocutors of the western governments. It is clear that the fight against religious fundamentalism can only be won with the contribution that the Muslim religious leaders in the Arab countries could give, and all the means should be adopted by the countries concerned to obtain their adhesion.  The various public initiatives of dialogue undertaken by Christian organizations in the West can only bear fruit if they are replicated in Islamic countries. It is essential that the The EU must also ensure that the path of dialogue is followed in Islamic, Arab and non-Arab countries.

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