Religious leaders should inculcate tolerance and forgiveness in their congregations: Nazarbayev11 june 2015, 19:12
Nursultan Nazarbayev has urged religious leaders to call on their followers for peace, tolerance and forgiveness, Tengrinews reports.
Speaking at the second meeting of religious leaders during the V Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in Astana, the President of Kazakhstan said that the number of internal military conflicts where warring parties used religious identification as a key dividing factor had decreased.
"We cannot but be concerned that one of these conflicts in Yemen erupted near major Muslim holy places, the cradle of the Islamic world - Mecca and Medina. Campaigns of extremist groups are causing enmity between the followers of different faiths and splitting many societies in Africa and Asia," the President said.
"Anxiety is also caused by reports of damage to the temples during shelling of towns and villages in the east of Ukraine. Secondly, the threat of global terrorism has grown more dangerous and taken the shape of campaigns of the so-called Islamic State. Under the influence of pseudo-religious views militants deliberately destroy cultural heritage, thousands of years of civilization in Iraq and Syria. They make and distribute through the Internet horrific videos of public executions of followers of other religions, journalists and volunteers," he said.
He also spoke about the role of social networks in undermining of religious values and attacks on religious figures.
According to him, all the religions of the world advocated restraint, patience, cessation of wars, conflicts, peace and harmony between people.
&ldquoIslam is one of the most tolerant religions. The attempts to use Islam to justify any form of extremism and terrorism are blasphemous. In this difficult time I call on all religious leaders to redouble their efforts to promote peace, harmony, tolerance, and forgiveness amidst their congregations. Any nation is alive and great as long as it knows how to appreciate and preserve its unity," Nazarbayev concluded.
Reporting by Renat Tashkinbayev, writing by Dinara Urazova