'Pope comments due to ignorance of Islam'

DUBAI — Dr Mohammed Saeed Al Bouti, a renowned scholar, preacher and thinker, has said the Pope's comments on Jihad showed his ignorance of Islam.

By Salah Al Deberkey

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Published: Wed 27 Sep 2006, 8:40 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 8:29 PM

Delivering a lecture, as part of Dubai International Holy Quran award session at Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, he said some people erroneously think that freedom and obligations are contradictory though these precepts are entirely in harmony.

''The Pope's ignorance can be easily handled through dialogue. As such, I do call upon him for a tension-free dialogue at any place," Dr Al Bouti said.

''As for Jihad, it was only legislated for defending current or expected offensive."

"Khaibar and other Islamic battles in Egypt and Levant are clear examples for that."

"They were only for freeing those peoples from the yoke of tyrant Romans," Al Bouti added.

In reply to a question why Allah rewards man for complying with His orders, Al Bouti said, "Such surrender is a result of an inner feeling not just a mere worship."

"It is some kind of true submission to God's will, and this is an evidence of free choice."

"In other words, worship urges me to work, and hence God rewards me."

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