Islam does not need self-righteous and self-proclaimed defenders and has lasted over a millennia without them, Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim said today (Feb 1) in condemning violence committed in the name of the religion.
Speaking at an International Conference on Islam, Anwar urged Muslims to plainly denounce the barbarous acts committed by militant groups such as Boko Haram, Islamic State, and the recent attack in Paris, instead of justifying and rationalising the murders.
“Islam has survived over 1,000 years without self-righteous, self-proclaimed defenders. Certainly it can go 1,000 more years without them,” Anwar said in his keynote address.
“Our response must also be unequivocal condemnation. It was cold-blooded murder, plain and simple. There is nothing to justify and rationalise. And it is the time for moralising and criticising the French foreign policy,” he added, referring to the recent attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.