Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 22 October 2014

Islam should be reclaimed as a fine religion

I KNEW absolutely nothing about the Muslim religion when I arrived to work in Saudi Arabia in 1997, but I soon started learning.

Using my time in the Kingdom, I met with many different people of different nationalities. A lot of these people had one thing in common – they were Muslim.

Almost all had different versions of what being a Muslim was. Some had liberal thoughts, some had extreme thoughts.

Where it gets to me is when people start using Islam for political gains and they decide that they can kill and destroy anything they want for the good of Islam.

This is when I get upset – these people using a beautiful religion for their own greed and power.

Something of a first happened in Turkey last week. The people demonstrating were trying to explain that Islam is a religion, not a political movement.

I hope that this is the start of Islam becoming a religion again.

DAVID HENNESSY

By e-mail

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