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Lecture: 14-06-2017
His Eminence Sheikh Taleb Mohammed Yousuf Al Shehhi
Director of the Department of Research and Monitoring of Religious Publications
General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments (Awqaf) - Abu Dhabi

Islam is a religion of tolerance and ease; its rules assert good morals, consolidate the pillars of moderation and preserve and maintain the rights of humanity. It has set up noble civilizational values in their finest form, including the values of coexistence, tolerance and solidarity. The message of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) conveys mercy to the world, as the Almighty God (Allah) says, “And We have not sent you except as a mercy to the worlds.”

In his recommendation to his Ummah, the Prophet (pbuh) said: “Whoever rebels against my Ummah, striking the righteous and wicked alike and sparing not even the believers and does not fulfill the pledge of security, then he has nothing to do with me and I have nothing to do with him”, which has made all humankind rejoice at the justice and good treatment guaranteed by Sharia.

Abhorrent extremism has distorted the merciful teachings of Islam by introducing thoughts that contradict the Prophetic methodology; thoughts that have mapped for their followers a road leading to extremism and fanaticism. Humanity has never witnessed such slanderous and deviant thoughts, or such transgressional behavior as that personified by the extremists’ actions and sayings that prescribe the killing of people, violating their families and properties and attacking countries without any religious restriction, conscientious mercy or sense of humanity.

The exigencies of faith seek to ensure and promote security. The Prophet (pbuh) said, “and the believer is the one people trust with their lives and wealth.”

As Imam Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali (May God bless his soul) said in his talk about the purposes of the true Islam, and the correct understanding of the purpose of Sharia: “The objectives of the Sharia in creation are five: the protection of religion, life, intellect, family relations and property. Everything that advances the protection of these five fundamentals is considered beneficial, and everything that fails to protect these five fundamentals is considered as corruption, which should be fought and modified to be beneficial.”

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