300 Austrian Imams Unite Against Extremism

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Austrian imams sign declaration against terrorism.
Austrian imams sign declaration against terrorism. (Photo: ALEX HALADA/AFP/Getty Images)

Close to 300 imams in Austria signed a declaration against “extremism, violence and terror,” reported the Independent.

The declaration called Islamic State (IS/ISIS/ISIL) a “black sheep” and stated that “atrocities of the IS terrorists are contrary to Islam and must be condemned most severely.”

In the declaration, the imams pledged to do everything they can “to maintain peaceful coexistence here in Austria as part of this society.”

They also committed to making an “active contribution to the preservation of society” and “using” themselves for “peace, freedom, justice, equal opportunities for men and women, and social security based on reason and solidarity.”

Close to 180 of the imams who signed the declaration stood outside a mosque in Vienna and unfurled a giant banner which read “united against extremism and terror.”

Austria has one of the highest rates per capital of people who have traveled to Syria to fight in the civil war.

Last month, the parliament passed a bill banning the wearing of full-face veils in public.

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org

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