Muslim Council of Elders Calls for Enacting Binding International Legislation Criminalizing Religious Insults and the Desecration of Sacred Texts
Muslim Council of Elders Affirms that Repeated Offenses against Religions Undermine Efforts to Promote Values of Dialogue, Tolerance, and Coexistence
The Muslim Council of Elders, under the Chairmanship of His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, strongly condemns the tearing of the Holy Quran by extremists in front of several embassies in The Hague. The Council also emphasizes that such criminal acts reflect a repugnant racism and a vile hatred towards Islam and Muslims.
The Muslim Council of Elders affirms its categorical rejection of such provocative acts that offend the feelings of millions of Muslims around the world, specifically during the celebration of the Noble Prophet’s birthday. The Council calls upon Western nations to have a fair understanding of Islam and its tolerant teachings and not rely on defaming Islamic sanctities under false pretense of “freedom of expression”.
The Muslim Council of Elders calls for the necessity of enacting binding international legislation that criminalizes the denigration of religions and sacred texts. It also urges the confrontation of all forms of bigotry, hatred, and Islamophobia, as they undermine efforts aimed at spreading and promoting the values of dialogue, tolerance, coexistence, acceptance, and respect for others.