Hajj Saeed, Imam of the Al-Faruq Mosque, Copenhagen, Denmark:
“I will discuss a topic that is both old and new: interfaith dialogue… The Messenger of Allah [Muhammad] lived near Jews in Medina. Did he call for closer relations, harmony and dialogue with them, like the UN and its supporters, who seek to reconcile truth and falsehood? Or did he call on them to worship the one and only Allah? When they [the Jews] broke their treaties [with Muhammad], you know how he treated them. His biography tells of his war against the Jews... According to their view [interfaith dialogue supporters], Jihad has become ‘suicide,’ Jihad has become ‘barbarity,’ Martyrdom-seeking has become suicide, and taking [financial] interest is permitted… [Allah] has made laws for us that regulate our relationship with them [Jews and Christians] when we are in their countries. These laws do not include so-called interfaith dialogue. On the contrary, [we must] preach and adhere to the ideological struggle to counter their false arguments, refute their claims and present Islam as an alternative to their bogus cultures, which have led them into the abyss of vileness and corruption, and caused them to deteriorate from humans to beasts.”
Turkey’s highest religious official said much the same last November (although more politely, since it was reported in English).