Once again, as ever, we see this baldly asserted, without supporting evidence. The fact that Islamic jihadists use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and supremacism, and to make recruits among peaceful Muslims, is never countered or even addressed. So it is in the U.S. also: we are constantly admonished that we must accept that Islam is a Religion of Peaceâ„¢ that has been Hijacked by a Tiny Minority of Extremists, but this is never explained. We are constantly excoriated for pointing out that Osama bin Laden and other jihadis portrayed themselves as the exponents of True and Pure Islam, and told that this amounts to accepting bin Laden’s view of Islam. But no coherent alternative that explains a different way to view those Islamic texts and teachings is ever presented.
“Islam promotes peace: Advisor,” by B K Tahir for the Pakistan Observer, September 24:
Bahawalpur””Islam is the religion of peace, love, tolerance, harmony, brotherhood and care so we can overcome all problems through following the teachings of Islam in its true spirit as Islam also orders to fully protect and care the minorities for healthy society. These views were expressed by the speakers in a function held to promote Inter-Religion Harmony among all the religions of the country to establish peace and solidarity in the country.
The function was organized by a local NGO, Cholistan Development Council of Pakistan, Bahawalpur, the Advisor to the Punjab Chief Minister, Mian Baleegh-ur-Rehman was the chief guest on the occasion while Haji Zulfiqar Ali (MPA), Syed Tabish Alvri (Ex MPA), eminent political, social and literary personality of the area, Malik Habibullah Bhutta, Station Director, Radio Pakistan, Bahawalpur, Sajid Hassan Durrani, renowned literary figure, Dr.Javed Iqbal, Director, Public Relations, Bahawalpur, Ejaz Ghouri, notables of the city, representatives of the Christian and Hindu communities of the area and females besides media men largely attended the function and appreciated the efforts of the Cholistan Development Council of Pakistan for the promotion of peace, social, cultural and literary activities side by side the uplift of Cholistan.
The Advisor to the Punjab Chief Minister, Mian Baleegh-ur-Rehman remarked on the occasion that the Punjab Chief Minister, Mian Shahbaz Sharif had been taking keen interest in the uplift of the Cholistan.