Religious leaders from Afghanistan and Indonesia came together on Tuesday in Kabul where they strongly condemned terrorism and called for acceptance and moderation among Muslims.
Delegates, attending the 2015 Annual Forum for Promoting Peace, Respect to Human Rights and Countering Radicalism, said Muslims should treat the followers of other religions as well as all Muslims with respect.
One religious scholar Faziulghani Kakar said: “The lives and properties of those who are not Muslim and are living in a Muslim country should be safe. These are human rights introduced to Muslims by the Prophet 14 centuries ago. This was the message of the Prophet for real Muslims who want to live in harmony with all people.”
Meanwhile the Indonesian Ambassador to Kabul Anshory Tadjudin said that Islam and modernization go hand-in-hand in Indonesia and that is why his country is improving.
He said: “Our people live together alongside followers of other religions and as I said during my speech Muslims, Christians, Buddhists and Hindus all live in an accepted environment in our country.”
“This is the way we obey the issue of human rights in Indonesia. We respect each other,” he said.
Minister of Hajj and Religious Affairs Faiz Mohammad Osmani said it is important for religious scholars to take a stance against insurgent activities in the country.
He said: “We need to be more active than we were in the past. We should not stay calm. In such sensitive situations where innocent children are being killed under the flag with the Tawhid, and our religious scholars are being beheaded, we should stand up against this.”