2003 News Story

Islamic affairs ministry to hold symposium on resisting extremism

Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance Shaikh Saleh Al-AsShaikh will open a symposium in Makkah tomorrow entitled 'Impact of the Holy Qur'an on Achieving Moderation and Resisting Extremism'. The symposium has been convened as part of activities of the annual King Abdulaziz international competition for memorization, recitation and interpretation of the Holy Qur'an. Commenting on Islam's characteristics of moderation, Shaikh Al-AsShaikh cited evidence from the Holy Qur'an and the Sunnah (traditions of the Prophet Muhammad), pointed out that extremism in religion is strongly prohibited in Islam, and called on Muslims to identify what causes extremism to emerge. He urged people to talk kindly to extremists, to try to correct their ideas and show them the right path, and declared that moderation means maintaining the religion while being open to the world.