This from the same man who also asserted that “if a state is truly Islamic it would have to kill the apostate.”
“Linking terrorism with Islam not justified: Munib-ur-Rehman,” from Associated Press, Pakistan, October 2:
ISLAMABAD, Oct 2 (APP): Islam is a religion of peace and brotherhood and linking terrorism with it is not justified, said Chairman Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Mufti Munib-ur-Rehman Thursday.
“I am not ready to admit that our religion Islam has any link with terrorism. We have been seeing suicide attacks in some non-muslim countries in past,” he said while speaking in a GEO TV programme “˜Capital Talk.”
He said there is international conspiracy [code for “Crusader-Zionist Alliance”] against Islam and Pakistan. Some external forces are funding, training and motivating the anti-social elements in Pakistan to achieve their nefarious designs, he added.
Mufti Munib-ur-Rehman said Islam does not allow anybody to take lives of innocent people by any means.
With the caveat that anyone born Muslim who tries to enter another religion is by no means “innocent,” but a great criminal deserving the death penalty. According to Islam, that is.
He underlined the need for addressing root causes behind the menace of extremism and terrorism.