In recent days, many despicable acts of violence have taken place in a number of countries in Europe. The assassination of Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, in Ankara; gun attack on an Islamic centre in Switzerland; and the lorry attack on a Christmas market in Berlin are all outrageous acts of violence.
We, at Indialogue Foundation, feel obliged to condemn them, and underline our commitment to peace and dialogue and our unswerving belief that terrorism and violence against innocent people cannot be justified in any circumstance.
Fethullah Gulen, a renowned Islamic scholar, has repeatedly stated that terrorism is diametrically opposed to the spirit and letter of Islam and that a person cannot remain a true Muslim or mu’min (believer) while committing an act of terrorism.
In a written statement issued after the assassination of Ambassador Karlov, Gulen said: “No terrorist act can be justified, regardless of its perpetrators and their stated purposes.”
While we pray and wish for a more peaceful world, it is our collective duty to engage and contribute in all the good works that are going around the world to put an end to the vicious cycle of violence that we are witnessing today.