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UN Special Advisor Speaks Out on Islam

Special Advisor to the Secretary-General of the United Nations Mr. Edward Mortimer, in a lecture to the Royal British Institute for International Affairs in London yesterday, spoke out on the principles and values of Islam, saying it advocates brotherhood, love, equality, social justice, and respect for other religions. He went on to state that westerners are mistaken if they link Islam with fundamentalism, terrorism, or violation of human rights, adding that the concept of consultation (shura), which has been adopted in Islamic countries just as parliamentary elections have been in western societies, has been practiced by Muslims since the time of the Prophet Muhammad.

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