Rabitah Leader Says Terrorism Has No Place in Islam

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Byline: EDD K. USMAN

MARAWI CITY A top Islamic religious leader has reiterated that Islam is a religion of peace which totally rejects terrorism in all its forms.

Dr. Abdulrahman Bin Abdullah Al-Zaid, deputy secretary-general for mosque affairs of the Rabitah Tul Alam Al-Islamie, said Muslims can exist with people of other religions.

Rabitah is an international group of Islamic religious leaders.

Al-Zaid urged his brothers in the Philippines to struggle through peaceful means.

"In Islam, there is no terrorism. Islam totally rejects and denounces terrorism," said Al-Zaid in Arabic in his remarks during a late Friday dinner reception hosted by Gov. Bashir "Mostaqbal" Manalao at the Lanao del Sur provincial capitol here.

As Islam is a religion of peace, Muslims must show peace in society, the Rabitah official said in Arabic. His speech was translated into English by Alim Elias Macarandas, member of Rabitahs Constituent Council.

Al-Zaid and Director Ali Bin Soliman AlBowayidi, Rabitah director on Islamic cooperation, are on a mission of peace to the Philippines, bringing Islam and Rabitahs message of brotherhood, moderation, religious tolerance and coexistence with all peoples among others.

Muslims should observe and study their situation, then solve their problems through peaceful means, he said. Al-Zaid encouraged dialogues with other religious leaders. He said Rabitah has already issued a "fatwa" (opinion) that says "terrorism is haram (prohibited)," he said. …