LONDON, July 16 (Bernama) — Moderate Muslims must come out of the woodwork to present a positive image of Islam and counter extremist elements in their midst, said Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He said the one and a half billion believers on the planet should practise moderation in their daily life and show respect towards each other in order to project the true image of the faith.
The prime minister said, it was unfortunate that Islam, a religion which advocates moderation, was mired in Islamophobia and extremism in some parts of the world.
“The real issue is not between Muslims and non-Muslims but between the moderates and extremists of all religions,” he said in his remarks at a dialogue with a group of prominent Muslim leaders in the United Kingdom, here, Friday.
He stressed that moderation was the way forward towards a better future for the next generation.
Held on the final day of Najib’s four-day official visit to the UK, the session was attended by, among others, Muslim Aid chairman Sir Iqbal Sacranie and Faith Regen Foundation chief executive Dr Husna Ahmad.
Others included Muslim Weekly newspaper chairman Abdul Malik, Member of Parliament for Glasgow Central Anas Sarwar and Muslim Council of Britain deputy secretary-general Dr Shuja Shafi.
Najib also received a courtesy call from HSBC Holdings Group chief executive Stuart Gulliver.
Najib will end his visit with a gathering with members of the Malaysian community in the UK.
Saturday, the prime minister is sheduled to visit the Lotus assembly plant in Norwich.
Source : Bernama