The acts of violence in several parts of the world by some 'affiliates of Islam,' who have "sick" perceptions of Shariah Law and do not comprehend the Holy Quran, have led to every Muslim suspected of being a terrorist, a top official said yesterday.

By N. Srinivasan

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Published: Thu 17 Nov 2005, 1:39 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 3:07 PM

Addressing the Security and Safety Middle East Exhibition and Conference (MMSE-2005), Dr Hamdan Musallam Maktoum Al Mazrouie, Assistant Director for Islamic Affairs at the UAE Ministry of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Auqaf, gave the etymological interpretation of the word for violence in Arabic, to denote its meaning as absence of mercy.

Its roots 'annafa' mean lack of delicateness and absence of mercy that accompanies violence and inflicts damage, without justification in words or deed or both.

Reviewing the verses of the Holy Quran, it can be found that the theme of violence in various forms has been rejected for their negative consequences. The verses reject violence, extremism, injustice and aggression in all their forms in different walks of life.

Many of those who take to violence as an approach, believe that changing the negative conditions they see in society cannot be achieved without it. But by the use of reason and dialogue, evidence and good argument, fruitful results can be found, though the process may be long and hard.

"In attempts to curb violence, we have to concentrate on educating the youth and direct them towards moderate trends in Islam,' he said, adding that this can be done by moderate scholars who clarify facts, correct misconceptions and point out the difference between good and bad.

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