Friday, May 26, 2006

Stop the Presses!

Muslim leader condemns extremism

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A leading Sunni Islamic cleric spoke out against religious extremism and encouraged Singapore's Muslims to work with other races and religions for the good of their nation, a local newspaper reported Friday.

Sheik Mohammed Sayyed Tantawi, the grand sheik of Egypt's Al-Azhar, one of the most powerful Islamic institutions in the Middle East, is on a three-day visit to Singapore. He has met with government officials and addressed a group of about 50 Malay-Muslim leaders on Thursday.

In those comments, Tantawi condemned religious radicalism and terrorism as "evil" and reiterated that Islam espouses tolerance and moderation, according to The Straits Times newspaper.

Such virtues "should lead us away from blind fanaticism and hatred because Islam considers all human beings to have come from one mother and father," he was quoted as saying.

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