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Islamic leader: ‘terrorism is not part of Islam’

February 26, 2016

The cleric honored by some Muslims as the leading Sunni authority said that “terrorism is not part of Islam,” according to an AsiaNews report.

Ahmed el-Tayeb, the grand imam of al-Azhar in Egypt, made his remarks during a trip to Indonesia, the nation with the largest number of Muslims.

Welcoming the cleric to Indonesia, the nation’s president, Joko Widodo, said that Indonesian graduates of el-Tayeb’s university “spread the righteous religion and enlighten the people on the risks of extremism and terrorism.”

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  • Posted by: loumiamo - Feb. 26, 2016 12:08 PM ET USA

    If el-Tayeb is limiting the definition of terrorism to our modern use of the word, he may be correct. But from the beginning Mohammed grew his religion by encouraging men to follow him and receive their share of the spoils of war. There's no getting around Islam's appeal to men who had not much of their own but would be awarded by Allah, through Mohammed, with the property of others. Whether those others also had to be killed or enslaved makes no difference so long as Mohammad was obeyed.