Jordan's king: Muslim unity needed

July 4, 2005 at 10:34 AM

AMMAN, Jordan, July 4 (UPI) -- Jordan's King Abdullah denounced Monday what he called the unjust campaign of slandering Islam and urged Muslims to unite in confronting extremism.

Speaking at the opening of a three-day international Islamic conference in Amman, Abdullah said, "One of the most important duties of Muslims is to present the real bright image of Islam, which is based on moderation, tolerance, forgiveness, mercy and dialogue with others."

"The acts of violence and terrorism carried out by certain extremist groups in the name of Islam are utterly contradictory to the principles and ideology of Islam," Abdullah told the conference attended by some 170 representatives from the various Muslim sects from 40 countries.

"Such acts give non-Muslims excuses to attack Islam and interfere in the affairs of Muslim peoples," Abdullah added.

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