“The imam of Perugia, Abdel Qader Mohammed…thanked the Roman Pontiff for his recent statement that true Islam is not a religion of violence, but of peace.”
The imam of Perugia, Abdel Qader Mohammed, must know better. He must know that the Qur’an and Sunnah teach warfare against unbelievers. He is thanking the Pope for furthering what he must know are false statements that keep people ignorant and complacent about the jihad threat. He is, in effect, thanking the Pope for being a tool of the global jihad.
“At unplanned meeting, imam thanks Francis for his comments on Islam,” CNA, August 5, 2016:
Assisi, Italy, Aug 5, 2016 / 05:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his visit to Assisi Thursday, Pope Francis had a brief, unscheduled meeting with the imam of Perugia, Abdel Qader Mohammed, who thanked the Roman Pontiff for his recent statement that true Islam is not a religion of violence, but of peace.
Pope Francis met briefly with Mohammed during his Aug. 4 visit to the Porziuncola inside the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels.
According to San Francesco, the official magazine of the Franciscans in Assisi, Mohammed thanked Pope Francis for statements he made during his July 31 papal flight to Rome where he affirmed, in Mohammed’s words, “that Islam is not a religion of terrorism, but a faith of peace.”
When asked by a French journalist during the flight whether or not Islam as a whole can be considered a violent religion, the Pope responded that “I do not believe it is right to identify Islam with violence…This is not right and it is not true.”
“I don’t like to speak about Islamic violence,” he said, noting that while “one can speak of the so-called ISIS,” it is “an Islamic state which presents itself as violence.”
“This is a small fundamentalist group called ISIS,” he said. But “I do not believe it is true or correct that Islam is terrorist.”
According to San Francesco, Mohammed said the unexpected meeting with Pope Francis was “an exciting, important and necessary encounter, now more than ever…because dialogue is built on mutual respect and sincerity. And today more than ever, firm stances are needed against all forms of violence and terror.”
“A heartfelt thanks to Pope Francis for his closeness to us Muslims,” Mohammed commented, closing by praising “Allah, the Merciful.”…