Islam gallery 04

Islam gallery 04

4. Imam Feisal Rauf

Rauf is an imam in New York City, founder and chairman of the Cordoba Initiative, and author of "What's Right With Islam: A New Vision for Muslims and the West."

The Holy Qur'an teaches us that "Whoever kills a human being … it is as if he has killed all humankind: and if he saves a human life, it is as if he has saved the lives of all humankind (Qur'an 5:32)." Islam condemns the abuse of religion by fanatics whose purpose is to rouse hate and beget further violence. Nothing is as antithetical to all religion as when wanton violence is wreaked by extremists. Millions of Muslims live in peace with the world around them. They are examples of Islam's true harmony and are fighting against terrorism through dialogue, knowledge, and outreach. And the Prophet of Islam serves as the ultimate example of compassion and love to Muslims. So to sink to violence against innocents serves no purpose in Islam.

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