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Dublin Imam condemns killing and persecution of Christians


PATSY MCGARRY

Source:
Irish Times
Type:
Media/Opinion
Date:
4/8/2015

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ABSTRACT Dublin imam condemns killing and persecution of Christians Search Newsletters Crossword Notices My Account Sign Out Subscribe Sign In Menu The Irish Times Wed, Apr 8, 2015 Sign In Welcome The Irish Times News Sport Business Opinion Life & Style Culture More Video Podcasts Subscribe My Account Sign Out Sign In Social Affairs Religion & Beliefs All News Ireland Irish News World UK Europe US Africa Middle East Asia-Pacific Politics Oireachtas Poll Crime & Law Social Affairs Religion & Beliefs Health Education Courts Irish Times Data Environment Science Consumer Specials Banking Inquiry Water Charges Podcasts Inside Politics World View Subscriptions ePaper Newspaper Archive Digital Message By using this website, you consent to our use of cookies. For more information on cookies see our Cookie Policy . X Dublin imam condemns killing and persecution of Christians Shaykh Umar Al-Qadri calls for more meetings between religious groups Shaykh Umar Al-Qadri from the Al Mustafa Islamic Centre, Dublin. Photograph: Patrick Browne Patsy McGarry Topics: News Social Affairs Religion & Beliefs Faith Forum Garissa Al Shabaab Jesus Prophet Patsy Mcgarry Shaykh Al Qadr Shaykh Al Qadri Umar Al Qadri Al Mustafa Islamic Centre Jewish Representative Council of Ireland Ireland Kenya More Topics Wed, Apr 8, 2015, 01:01 First published: Wed, Apr 8, 2015, 01:01 A Dublin Muslim leader has condemned the killing and persecution of Christians as contrary to the explicit teachings of Muhammad. Shaykh Umar Al-Qadri, imam of the Al-Mustafa Islamic Centre in Blanchardstown, said “those who persecute Christians are ignorant about the teachings of Islam”. He drew attention to the Charter of Privileges granted by Muhammad in AD 628 to the monks of St Catherine’s monastery in Sinai, which he [Muhammad] described as “a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, near and far”. Under siege: Ireland’s Muslims speak out against violence and misrepresentation Returning Irish Muslim fighters ‘definitely a threat’ - imam Irish Muslims hear fierce denunciation of Islamic extremists It calls on his followers to “defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by Allah! I hold out against anything that displeases them. No compulsion is to be on them.” Monasteries It continues: “Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries. No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims’ houses. “Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God’s covenant and disobey His Prophet. Verily, they are my allies and have my secure charter against all that they hate. No one is to force them to travel or to oblige them to fight. The Muslims are to fight for them.” It says “their churches are to be respected. They are neither to be prevented from repairing them nor the sacredness of their covenants. No one of the nation [Muslims] is to disobey the covenant till the Last Day.” Shaykh Al-Qadri pointed out that this charter had been faithfully applied by Muslims throughout the centuries but that recently the “rise of radical interpretation of Islam has led to persecution of Christians”. This “can only be stopped by spreading the true teachings of Islam and eliminating the ignorance that is common among Muslims,” he said. He also said it was important that interfaith meetings took place between followers of Islam and Christianity. “Such meetings take place on leadership level but the message does not reach the worshippers. Most imams that participate in interfaith meetings do not inform their congregation of such interfaith meetings,” he said. Two such interfaith meetings took place in Dublin in March – a Three Faith Forum (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) on global conflict and religion at the Mansion House, and an unprecedented gathering of senior figures from major faiths in Ireland at t.......