PM Imran addressing ambassadors of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Islamabad.
ISLAMABAD, May 4): “The level of Islamophobia has increased all over the world,” Prime Minister Imran Khan said while talking to the ambassadors of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Islamabad.
“When I became prime minister, I decided that I would do my best to bridge the gap between the Muslim world and the Western world,” he said.
He said that Muslim countries have never tried to make Western countries to understand how we feel for the Holy Prophet.
Prime Minister Imran pointed out that the term “term Islam” should never be used because it in itself means that religion has something to do with fundamentalism, which it does not. “Such conditions are the cause of Islamophobia, and only we, the representatives of the Muslim world, can do anything about it,” he added.
Ordinary people in Western countries cannot differentiate between a moderate Muslim and a radical Muslim sSo all Muslims become suspects. They need to understand that in all human societies there are fundamentalists, liberals and moderates. If you judge any human society by its extremes, you will fail it. “
Stressing that “no society in the world should be judged on the basis of extremism”, the Prime Minister lamented that the Western world has embraced radicalism and extremism in Islam and Connected with Muslims.
“They associate every bombing or suicide attack with Islam without saying it has anything to do with religion,” he said.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that Pakistan’s initiatives at the international level to raise awareness about Islamophobia are aimed at creating mutual understanding and promoting inter-faith harmony.
Noting that Islamophobic movements have fueled inter-religious hatred and instability between civilizations, the Prime Minister called for attention to the root causes of the increase in such incidents around the world.
The Prime Minister expressed these views during a meeting with the Ambassadors of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Islamabad to discuss tackling Islamophobia and promoting interfaith harmony.
A press release from the media wing of the PM’s office quoted the prime minister as saying, “Falsely equating Islam with fundamentalism and terrorism has led to backwardness and defamation of Muslims.”
He called on the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to work together to present the true image of Islam and its message of peace and tolerance.
Recalling his two letters to the leaders of the Islamic world last year, the Prime Minister told Pakistan’s ambassadors at the international level about the need to raise awareness about Islamophobia and address this trend collectively.
The Prime Minister emphasized that the elimination of Islamic ideologies and religious figures, in which freedom of expression has been misjudged, has hurt the feelings of 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide.
The Prime Minister urged the OIC to work together with the international community to understand the deep love and devotion of all Muslims to the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and the Holy Quran.
He also stressed the need for legal safeguards aimed at protecting the sensitivities of all religious groups.
The Prime Minister also reaffirmed that Pakistan is committed to dialogue and cooperation with all members of the international community to promote the global values of tolerance, mutual respect and peaceful coexistence between all countries and peoples.