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President of Azerbaijan: Islamophobia has become part of the policy of Western countries that think themselves democratic

By Manal Abdel Fattah

President Ilham Aliyev, Head of State of Azerbaijan, said that Islamophobic tendencies across the world, unfortunately, are rapidly increasing, as we witness, day after day, widespread manifestations of Islam being presented as a source of potential danger and suspicions and forms of discrimination and blatant hatred against Muslims.

The Azerbaijani President added during his speech at the international conference “Protecting Diversity: Combating Islamophobia in 2024”, held in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku, that organizing the conference on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan and the “International Day to Combat Islamophobia” gains a symbolic meaning.

He continued: As stated in the United Nations resolution on the Day to Combat Islamophobia, the increase in cases of discrimination, intolerance and violence in the field of religion raises deep concern, and it is unfortunate that Islamophobia is at present part of the policy of a number of Western countries that think of themselves as democratic, as 80 percent of anti-Islamic demonstrations that occurred in the world during the last year belong to these countries.

He explained that a number of European countries in which Islamophobia has reached its peak and Islamophobia is being communicated as an official idea offer burning copies of the Noble Qur’an, publishing caricatures of the Messenger of God, may God bless him and grant him peace, and other insulting actions such as freedom of expression.

He pointed out that France, in addition to its traditional neo-colonial policy, pursues a policy of blatant persecution and discrimination against Muslims and organizes various anti-Islamic campaigns. In addition, it takes political and legislative decisions directed at restricting the rights and freedoms of Muslims under the guise of “secularism.” Mosques, Islamic cultural centers and Muslim cemeteries in That country is exposed to various forms of insults in addition to the persecution of Muslim citizens.

He added: Instead of fighting such manifestations that insult the feelings of Muslims and punishing criminals, the governments of these countries are further fueling cases of Islamophobia and stimulating persecution against Muslims and seeking to highlight such topics on the agenda. Unfortunately, there are some Western institutions that call themselves democratic, achieving Anti-Islamic activities as well, and today the Parliament of Europe and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe have become platforms that encourage Islamophobia and pursue policy based on this idea.

He added: The aforementioned negative trend is also observed in the activities of a number of international media institutions, as these institutions are carrying out systematic activities against the culture of Islam and the clear religion of Islam, and with attempts to distort the content of Islam to make it compatible with terrorism and distort it.

The Azerbaijani President added: We strongly condemn these increasing tendencies that are directed to distort our religion. Islam is a religion of peace, mercy, tolerance and justice. Muslims are the ones who suffer most from terrorism on the world map, and Azerbaijan is also a country suffering from Islamophobia, and one of the worst effects of Armenia’s occupation of lands Over the course of 30 years, Azerbaijan has been destroying and eliminating the world historical heritage of Azerbaijan, including monuments related to the religion of Islam.

He added: Although we have information about the destruction of 65 mosques during the period of the Armenian occupation, according to preliminary studies, these numbers are unfortunately continuing to increase with the emergence of many examples of Armenian barbarism against Islamic heritage, in addition to the revelation of the facts of the erasure of hundreds of Islamic cemeteries in those lands, Islamic temples and mosques. And shrines and using them for other and inappropriate purposes, including as barns for raising livestock, which is forbidden by the religion of Islam. Such cases not only insult our feelings, but also all Muslims throughout the world.

He continued that at the same time, what is also regrettable, is the elimination of the Azerbaijani Islamic historical and cultural heritage located on the territory of Armenia. Azerbaijan has repeatedly called on UNESCO to send a technical mission to Armenia to evaluate the situation of our destroyed cultural and religious monuments in that country, but UNESCO has not responded to those requests. Calling to this day unfortunately.

He continued: We are proud that Azerbaijan is a country with multiple nationalities and religious sects, and followers of all religions and ethnic groups live here in safe conditions as one family. Religious equality and integration, which is protected as a national wealth in the country, is the lifestyle of the people of Azerbaijan and is the source of their strength, and based on this, it is natural. Respect for the values ​​of cultural pluralism constitutes one of the priority directions of our state’s policy, and the country is doing everything in its power to communicate and encourage the values ​​of peace, peaceful coexistence and humanity throughout the world.

He added: Azerbaijan supports harmonious relations and harmony between various cultures and always launches a large number of global initiatives on the basis of dialogue between civilizations and cultures in order to reach comprehensive understanding. One of the most prominent examples of this is the World Cultural Dialogue Forum scheduled to be held in Baku in May, which has become one of the most prominent examples of this. Good traditions.

He pointed out that the twenty-first century should be free of Islamophobia, xenophobia, and racism, and linking terrorism and extremism to religion, people, civilization, or ethnic group whatever it is is nothing but a wrong position, and there is no doubt that exploiting religion for political purposes serves to sow the seeds of hypocrisy and rivalry within societies. Such manifestations also deprive humanity of humane ideas and universal values, which ultimately leads to conflicts between civilizations.

The President said that today’s event highlights Azerbaijan’s determination to fight Islamophobia, one of the challenges of the modern era, adding: I am firmly confident that the conference will contribute to advancing new initiatives related to combating Islamophobia with joint efforts and encouraging tolerance and a culture of peace based on respect for the diversity of religions and beliefs.

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