Zimbabwean Grand Mufti Warns Liberian Muslims Against Physical, Speech Violence

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Grand Mufti Dr. Ismail Ibn Musa Menk: "“We need to stop fighting and the violent with each other, because we are from one root – meaning, we are brothers and sisters.”

-Says Muslims, Christians, others come from Adam

The Grand Mufti of Zimbabwe, Dr. Ismail Ibn Musa Menk, has said that violence and the taking of another person’s life are heinous crimes that violate the tolerant teachings of Islam.

Dr. Menk told over 5,000 Liberian Muslims to desist from physical and speech violence.

The visiting Muslim scholar also said speech violence is ‘swearing words’ Muslims use in the homes against their children or wives and anybody who hurts them.

The Grand Mufti of Zimbabwe, Dr. Ismail Ibn Musa Menk

The 42-year-old Muslim cleric also advised Liberian Muslims to avoid Muslim-Christian violence, arguing that “Muslims and Christians are brothers and sisters, from one father, Adam, the first man created.”

He delivered the sermon on Saturday, March 31, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) under the theme: “The Light of Knowledge.” He was invited by the Al-Noor Foundation for Islamic Development in Liberia.

He said Adam was the first of humanity and the common father of all mankind, meaning that Muslims and Christians are brothers and sisters.

“We need to stop fighting each other because we are from one root – meaning, we are brothers and sisters,” he said.

Mufti Menk said Allah created everybody different, to show his uniqueness, and urged Muslims to be kind to their parents and also to animals.

Partial view of Liberian Muslims at the ATS on Saturday

The Mufti urged Liberian Muslims to improve “your characters and actions toward each other and to non-Muslims,” saying that praying five times a day is not enough.

He further indicated that Muslims must have a “soft heart and not hatred in their hearts,” and encouraged them to respect each other.

“We need to discipline ourselves and stop the bad and abusive ways and have a way that will uplift people,” Mufti Menk said.

He also urged Muslims to seek education and not to allow anyone to use them, to spoil the peace with their Christian brothers and sisters.

Mufti Menk was named one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the world by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies. By his position, he is empowered to give rulings on religious matters that affect the Islamic community. He is also an Islamic scholar who interprets and expounds Islamic law.

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