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An Italian MP warns from the threat of the extremist Islam

Date: 15/02/2012 A.D 23/03/1433 H

Translated by: Manal Samhat

The Italian MP, Mara Bizzotto, a member of Lega Nord, an anti-immigrant – especially the Muslim immigrants – party presented a paper to one of the committees of the Italian Parliament, in which she discussed what she called “Islamic extremism threatens our freedom”…

The MP said: One of the publishing houses in Treviso city, North Italy, published a book entitled “Roses of the garden of Allah” that the Muslims considered that it is offensive to Islam as it was written in a sarcastic style. This drove the president of the publishing house to seek the protection of the police after a scholar issued a Fatwa incriminating the book, the publishing house and its president…

Bizzotto added: The events of the publishing house in Brussels are not that far and history is repeating itself in Italy. Muslims constitute a threat to our freedom of expression guaranteed by the Human Rights Convention; thus, the European governments ought to take a stand in the face of the Islamic threats prevailing in Europe…

Islam is the religion of justice, mercy and love, and it is far from extremism, as it was brought as a mercy to the worlds to spread the culture of compassion, peace, dialogue and acquaintance between the peoples and civilizations to make the earth prosperous and to build the human communities in a balanced manner that preserves dignities and safeguards freedoms.

Thus, whoever takes impulsive and improvised stands ought to review those stands in a thorough and objective manner to be able to realize that Islam is far from extremism and fanaticism…

In the same context, the late Religious Authority, His Eminence, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra), says: Extremism is relative, for it represents the state or movement that moves away from the balanced line of the thought and reality…  Thus, the Sayyed says, I believe that those who accuse Islam and Muslims of extremism actually define moderation according to their own interests or limited situations; thus, they consider any rebellion against the reality of oppression and deviation an act of extremism…

Thus, we cannot judge any movement as being extremist if we do not study the nature of circumstances on which the thought or reality is based, to be able to determine what line is extremist and what line is moderate…

[Extracted from a dialogue conducted by His Eminence (ra) with some fellow brothers from Bahrain on the phone]

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