Muslim leader says Islam and terrorism not linked

Published: 16 June 2017

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An Adelaide-based Muslim leader has argued that the Koran is not to blame for recent terrorist acts and that there’s no link between Islam and terrorism.

Spokesperson for Adelaide’s Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, Waleed Shah, told local radio that Islamic scriptures have not caused radicalisation or violence in the wake of recent terror attacks in London, Manchester and Melbourne.

“In terms of terrorism relating to Islam, I completely disagree with that,” he said.

“I, myself, have been a follower of Islam since birth and it never got in me to do or commit any such acts so how can how I believe that this religion is the problem?

“It's the people that are using this religion and trying to twist it, use it for their own benefit and then try to claim it is the religion that motivated them to do it.”

However, secular Muslims are calling on Islam to be reformed so it fits in with the values of Western societies.

Mr Shah said most Muslims are “peaceful” and when responding to public queries at the city’s Rundle Mall, he argued against the notion that the Koran is to blame.

“It’s practicing Muslims who are speaking out to against terrorism now and you’re going to be seeing a lot more of us out there from now on,” he said.

The Ahmadiyyas have publically condemned terrorism, but are reportedly hated by Islamic extremists and some conservative Sunni Muslims.

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