Rouhani Urges Muslim Leaders to Work to Counter Extremism

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has urged leaders of Muslim countries to take the lead in creating a world free from violence and extremism.

“At this critical juncture in Islamic history… a harsh and false image of Islam threatens the historical heritage of Islamic civilization and philosophy and our co-existence with other religions,” he said on Tuesday June 7.

President Rouhani made the remarks in separate messages to heads of Muslim states on the occasion of the beginning of the fasting month of Ramadan.

At such a point in time, Rouhani said, “it is necessary that… we present a real picture of the merciful Islam, the Islam of peace, amity, and brotherliness to the people of the world and lead the creation of a world free of violence and extremism.”

Rouhani has previously campaigned for a World Against Violence and Extremism (WAVE), which was approved by the UN General Assembly in December 2013.

In his message to Muslim countries, he also urged that the holy month be a time of strengthening friendly and brotherly ties among Muslim peoples themselves.

The Iranian president concluded the message by wishing for well-being of Muslim leaders and success for Muslim governments and peoples.

During the holy month of Ramadan on the Islamic lunar calendar, adult Muslims are required to fast from sunrise to sundown. They are also expected to strengthen their character through self-restraint, charitable deeds, and introspection.

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