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Malaysia PM makes impassioned appeal for moderate Islam
Epigraph: We (Allah) made you (the Muslims) an exalted people and a nation of the middle course, that you may be guardians over mankind and the Messenger may be a guardian over you. (Al Quran 2:144)
Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations with the Malaysian Prime Minister
UNITED NATIONS: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak pleaded Saturday for Muslims to unite against extremism, warning that sectarian violence risked tearing the Islamic world apart.
“I believe the greatest threat to Muslims today comes not from the outside world, but from within,” he told the UN General Assembly.
Prime Minister Najib Razak speaking at UN
Najib voiced outrage at violence between the Sunni and Shia sects in Syria, Iraq and Pakistan, noting that nearly 5,000 Muslims died in conflict in the three countries in the holy month of Ramzan.
“It is time to end the killing and concentrate instead on building a common agenda for peace and prosperity,” he said.
“I believe that peace-loving Muslims – the overwhelming majority of Muslims – should unite against the extremists who use our religion as an excuse to commit violence.” “Our task is to reclaim our faith by articulating clearly the true nature of Islam – the religion of peace, of moderation, of tolerance,” he added.