ISTANBUL: One thousand Muslims are being killed each day and 90 percent of the killers are also Muslims, head of Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) has said.
“They are being killed by their brothers, not only in Syria and Iraq, but also in Libya, Pakistan, Africa and Myanmar,” Prof. Dr. Mehmet Görmez said in his address to the participants of “World Islamic Scholars, Peace, Moderation and Commonsense Initiative” conference in Istanbul on July 19.
Görmez cited “some studies” without specifying the exact source for the figures he quoted.
The Islamic world needs to put joint effort to revive the quintessential values of the Islamic civilization, Görmez added in his speech.
“Suffering, violence and conflicts in various regions of the Islamic world including its storied cities like Baghdad and Damascus have been wounding every Muslim’s heart profoundly,” he said.
Referring to the crimes committed by radical Islamist movements like Boko Haram and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Görmez said “these incidents show us that the common values of the Islamic civilization are fading away in modern times. The Islamic world needs to make an effort to revive these fading values.”
A contact group of ten people with an aim to promote peace in the Islamic world is established by Diyanet, Görmez announced.
The contact group will meet governments, parliaments, international institutions, religious groups, and academic and scientific circles to discuss and propose solutions to bring about peace in conflict-hit areas in the world,” he said.
The Istanbul conference hosted Islamic figures from 32 different countries from July 17 to July 19.