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Friday, August 19, 2005

Saudi businessman tackles task of polishing Islam's image

Polishing the image of Islam in general and Islamic banking in particular has become the obsession of Saudi businessman Sheikh Saleh Abdullah Kamel. The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States and the unabated acts of terrorism in many capitals of the world have all smeared the image of Islam - especially among Western countries.

"Regrettably, many Western and even Arab media have done further damage to Islam by labeling groups that perpetrated terrorist acts as Muslim fundamentalists or Muslim extremists while in reality these groups are nothing more than khawarej (deviants)," Sheikh Kamel explained.

(Speaking from his lush apartment in Ain al-Mreisseh in Beirut, Sheikh Kamel passionately talks about the importance of Islamic banks in helping to develop human societies.)

He added that those who committed these "heinous" crimes against innocent people in the West and the Middle East have nothing to do with Islamic teaching because this religion calls for tolerance and respect of all human beings. After attacks around the world, Islamic groups that sought shelter in the West because of their political views have come under tight scrutiny from governments and security agencies. To make matters worse, some Islamic banks and financial institutions were prosecuted by the United States and Europe on the grounds that they have been funding terrorist activities. Read More ....

Source: The Daily Star | reBlogged By: News Blog re-Blog
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