AFRICA/EGYPT - University of Al-Azhar: strong condemnation of the massacre in Orlando, but careful of those who feed "anti-Muslim rhetoric"

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 terrorism  


Cairo (Agenzia Fides) - Egypt's Al-Azhar, the highest seat for Sunni Islamic learning, condemned Sunday's deadly mass shooting in Orlando, (Florida, USA), in a gay nightclub, but also expressed concerns about utilising the incident to intensify anti-"Muslim rhetoric" campaigns.
Al-Azhar said in a statement late Monday the "heinous crime" violates all tolerant teachings of Islam, urging Muslims in the west to set a model for "good manners and coexistence."
The Islamic Authority also expressed concerns about some politicians "exploiting the incident to escalate against Islam and Muslims to serve purely political purposes". In its statement, Al-Azhar warned that the mishandling of such incidents will "trigger more resentment...and only benefit terrorism".
After the massacre in Orlando US Republican presidential contender Donald Trump, said he will suspend immigration to the US "from those areas that have well-known ties to terrorism". (GV) (Agenzia Fides 15/06/2016)