Grand Mufti to Rotterdam Mayor: Muslims do not seek separation from western societies but pursue integration and preservation of religious rights
As part of his European tour to correct the image of Islam in the west, the Grand Mufti of Egypt, Dr. Shawky Allam, met with the mayor of Rotterdam Ahmed Abou Taleb. During the meeting, Dr. Allam said that terrorism has become a global phenomenon and that no country is totally immune to its crimes, stressing the need for global unity to eliminate it. He added that Dar al-Ifta is a an active partner in all of the world events and its role is to raise awareness through holding lectures, publications and sending delegates to all parts of the world. Dr. Shawqy said that Dar al-Ifta has recently led an international campaign to change the negative view on Islam and Muslims as well as to correct the stereotypical image of Islam and the Prophet Muhammad.
Dr. Shawky added that the Muslim presence in Europe is both a vital and positive presence to all parties, especially to European governments and societies. He said, “Western governments must know that Muslims do not seek separation from the western societies in which they live but to integrate into them while preserving their identities and rights as citizens without being subjected to offensive words or deeds. This requires activating the laws which criminalize the propagation of religious hatred.”
Mr. Abou Taleb said, “The Grand Mufti’s visit to Europe contributes towards conveying the true image of Islam and we look forward to more visits.”