Italy’s Islamic Center: Islam is not terror but religion of peace

ROME, – “No to violence in the name of Islam,” “no to terrorism, Islam is a religion of peace,” are among the determined appeals made Friday by the Italian Islamic Cultural Center of the grand mosque in Rome and by Italian institutions represented by Lower House Speaker Laura Boldrini. The Muslim community in the Italian capital and authorities together gathered to say no to the violence of extremists from the Islamic State (ISIS) and make the right distinctions between “terror and the Muslim religion.”

ISIS, Boldrini said, “is not only a threat to the West and the entire world, it is most of all a threat for the Muslim world.” Those who are damaged are “Muslim civilians, targeted in their souls by those using Islam to exercise power. They are discredited, making the lives of millions of people difficult,” said the House speaker.

Boldrini spoke determined words when addressing participants including several ambassadors of Muslim countries to Italy, a few MPs — from Khalid Chaouki to Senator Luigi Manconi, and former Rome mayor Gianni Alemanno – and several members of the Muslim community in Rome gathered at the center, the only Muslim entity legally recognized in Italy on the day of Friday prayers.

Many outside the mosque in Rome’s upscale Parioli district condemned ISIS’s violence and demanded the media and the Italian public opinion to make the distinction between terrorists and Muslims…

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