In non-Muslim circles, that is. He doesn’t appear to have made any recognition of the fact that many Muslims have been working energetically to associate Islam with violence by committing terror attacks and justifying them by reference to the Qur’an and Muhammad’s example. After beheading Nick Berg a few years ago, to take one of hundreds of examples, Al-Zarqawi justified his action by reminding Muslims that Muhammad ordered his enemies beheaded after the Battle of Badr. But no, for Yudhoyono, as for so many others, it is all a matter of Western “misconception” — there is no need for Muslims to perform any self-examination or self-criticism.
“Top Muslim president calls for peace jihad at summit,” from AFP (thanks to all who sent this in):
DAKAR (AFP) “” The leader of the world’s most populous Muslim nation called Friday for a jihad of peace to spark an “Islamic Renaissance”, at a summit where leaders struggled to agree reforms to the main international Islamic group.
Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called for greater democracy and efforts to improve the plight of Muslims and spread Islamic values, in a speech to the 57-nation Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) summit.
“The possibility of an Islamic Renaissance lies before us,” Yudhoyono told the summit, but first, he added: “We need to get our act together as an organisation of Muslim nations.
“When the Islamic Renaissance comes it will be the natural fruit of a peaceful and constructive ‘jihad’.”
Yudhoyono said the OIC was “unique” because it covers three continents and “Muslim countries supply 70 percent of the world’s energy requirements and 40 percent of its raw material exports.”
But he said the Muslim world must improve its image. “Protracted conflicts in Muslim societies bring shame to the Ummah (Muslim community) and tarnish the good name of Islam.”
In many non-Muslim circles “Islam has unjustly been associated with violence,” Yudhoyono added.
“We must disabuse the world of this terrible misconception,” he said, calling for greater efforts against ‘Islamaphobia’ in the West but also greater democracy in Muslim nations….