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Islamic Peace and Harmony

"The history of Islam is the best testament to how different communities can live together in peace and harmony.... Muslims should exemplify the true image of Islam in their interaction with other communities and dispel any misconceptions portrayed in some parts of the media."

- Abdel Rahman bin Abdel Aziz al-Sudeis, Imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, speaking in London.

"Read history... and you will understand that the Jews of yesterday are the evil fathers of the Jews of today, who are evil offspring, infidels, distorters of [others'] words, calf-worshippers, prophet-murderers, prophecy-deniers... the scum of the human race 'whom Allah cursed and turned into apes and pigs...' These are the Jews, an ongoing continuum of deceit, obstinacy, licentiousness, evil, and corruption."

"The most noble civilization ever known to mankind is our Islamic civilization. Today, Western civilization is nothing more than the product of its encounter with our Islamic civilization in Andalusia [medieval Spain]. The reason for [Western civilization's] bankruptcy is its reliance on the materialistic approach, and its detachment from religion and values. [This approach] has been one reason for the misery of the human race, for the proliferation of suicide, mental problems...and for moral perversion.... Only one nation is capable of resuscitating global civilization, and that is the nation [of Islam].... While the false cultures sink in the swamp of materialism and suffer moral crises...our Islamic nation is the one worthy of grasping the reins of leadership and riding on the back of the horse of pioneering and world sovereignty."

- Abdel Rahman bin Abdel Aziz al-Sudeis, Imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, preaching in Mecca.


Associated Press Staff. "Saudi Imam Urges British Muslims To Promote Peace." June 11, 2004.

BBC News Staff. "New Muslim Centre Opens Its Doors." June 12, 2004.

Solnick, Aluma. "Based on Koranic Verses, Interpretations, and Traditions, Muslim Clerics State: The Jews Are the Descendants of Apes, Pigs, And Other Animals." Middle East Media Research Institute, Special Report No. 11, November 1, 2002.

Stalinsky, Steven. "Kingdom Comes to North America." National Review Online, May 13, 2004.

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