Middle Eastern media is reporting that Muslim leader attending the recent World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) conference in Indonesia “have expressed their anguish” over the war on terror which they say is directed against Islam and Muslims. According to a report in Zawya.com:
Muslim leaders who attended a recent international conference in the Indonesian capital Jakarta have expressed their anguish over the wrong direction of the ongoing war on terror, which they say is in reality against Islam and Muslims. Nearly 700 prominent Islamic scholars and heads of Muslim organizations from around the globe assembled in Jakarta to attend the 11th conference of the Riyadh-based World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY).”The leaders were worried about the wrong direction of the war on terrorism,” said Dr. Muhammad Badahdah, assistant secretary-general of WAMY, who attended the three-day conference, which opened in Jakarta on Oct. 2. “Although Western countries are saying the war is not against Islam, in practice it’s targeting Islam and Muslims, and some extremists in Europe and America want to make use of this umbrella to fight Islam and Muslims,” said Badahdah. He said the so-called war on terror, which has already destroyed Iraq and Afghanistan, would worsen relations between Islam and the West, and warned that the growing polarization of Muslims, Christians and Jews would have dangerous consequences if quick steps are not taken to improve relations. “Muslim leaders at the conference asked how long this war will continue, spending trillions of dollars of tax payers’ money to kill innocent people. What are they going to gain from this war? They hoped America would stop the war in Afghanistan and try to establish good relationship with its people,” Badahdah said. “Muslims constitute about one-third of the world’s population and they are a big market. Nobody can ignore Muslims. Islam is the fastest spreading religion in the world. It’s in America’s interest to establish better relations with Muslims,” he said. Badahdah said history would never forgive the leaders and countries that have killed thousands in the name of fighting terror. “Actually, they are the terrorists as they kill innocent people using advanced weaponry. It’s flagrant state terrorism. We don’t need any certification for that. It’s strange that those who bomb innocent people to death are described as proponents of peace and human rights while those who defend their rights are condemned as terrorists. This is a ridiculous judgment,” he said.
In addition to Global Muslim Brotherhood leaders identified in an earlier post, other important figures are listed in the above report as in attendance include Omar Naseef, a Saudi who is one of the trustees of the American Islamic College and Abdul Rahman Swar Dahab from the Sudan, one of the leaders of the Union of Good, designated by the US as a terrorist organization.