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EXTRACT FROM THE PRESIDENT’S SPEECH AT THE IMAM ALI (A.S) SYMPOSIUM ON 25 MAY 2013 ON THE SAD AND DESPICABLE EVENT OF 22nd MAY 2013
“His (Imam Ali’s) doctrine of consultation between the ruler and the ruled, speaking out against corruption and other wrong doings, ensuring justice to all, and achieving domestic development, is as much valid today as it was in his time which reinforces my belief that any good leader today needs only one book on leadership, and that is Nahjul Balagha – peak of eloquence.
Talking of the problems in the world today, I cannot but express utter shock and condemnation of the event of last Wednesday. Our thoughts resonate with that of the Prime Minister when he said ‘Wednesday’s broad-daylight barbarism was “a betrayal of Islam and of the Muslim communities who give so much to our country”. What happened on Wednesday is not the Islam that I know and the Islam we preach in this Centre. Throughout history, countless ideologies have been used to justify the cruel actions and violent anger of individuals – from theocratic fundamentalism to secular communism – twisting any original spirit of compassion out of recognition.
In recognition of this, we believe that our shared values of common empathy and toleration will win out over attempts to divide the nation by fostering paranoia and antipathy amongst different communities. We stand united with the rest of the nation in mourning for a member of our armed forces, and will continue to build on our existing and successful work to engage the young people of our community in the Islamic spirit of compassion and kindness.
Our thoughts and prayers remain with the family and loved ones of Drummer Lee Rigby who was so cruelly murdered.”