» 09/30/2014, 00.00
Patriarch of Baghdad to Muslims: Condemn extremism, rebuild Iraq with Christians
Louis Raphael I Sako *
On the occasion of Eid al-Adha, the Islamic festival of sacrifice, Mar Sako renews his call for "reconciliation" and "brave dialogue" for true peace. Tolerance, respect and justice to maintain "national identity" and "co-existence". The memory of Muslims who sacrificed themselves to save the Christians. He adds: "We love because Christ teaches us to love everyone."
(AsiaNews) - "I want to send my best wishes to our Muslim brothers,"
asking God "to protect and preserve our country from every form of evil." This is the wish
that his Beatitude
Mar Louis Raphael I Sako sends to the Muslim community in Iraq to mark Eid
al-Adha, a holiday that commemorates the
total submission of man to God. In the message, sent to AsiaNews, the Chaldean patriarch repeats
his invitation to condemn "violent, sectarian extremism, because it distorts religion".
Mar Sako traces a "road map for salvation" that starts from education and respect for "religious, cultural
differences" while keeping "our
national identity and unity."
He also remembers the love of Christians for "everyone", even in difficulties and
sufferings. He appeals
to the national government and the
authorities of Kurdistan, so that-
together - the liberate
Mosul and the
Nineveh Plain from the oppressive yoke of the Islamic State.
Below the letter of the Chaldean Patriarch to the Muslim community in Iraq and the world:
I send to the Muslim Brothers my
sincere congratulations and best wishes on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha, asking
God to protect them and preserve our country from all evil.
There is no freedom and no dignity
without a real honest relationship recognizes and accepts the other as a
brother and a partner in the land and home. Our citizens have suffered greatly
from a variety of conflicts and wars, there must be genuine reconciliation, a
brave dialogue, and an effective political approach to restore peace, security and stability.
By awareness and education that
incubates the religious, cultural, and national diversity and spread the
culture of peace, tolerance respect, justice and dialogue we will maintain our
national identity and unity, and raise barriers and promote trust and
co-existence and eliminate all extremist ideology and everyone who urges to
hatred and violence. This is the road map for the salvation of the disturbing
We Iraqi Christians are a genuine
and essential component in Iraq, we would like to stay with you as partners and
work together as a team for the progress of our country and the good of our
people. ISIS has displaced us of our towns and even in Baghdad the pressures
are exerted on us, but we tell you that we love you because Jesus Christ
commanded us to love everyone. We believe that all Muslims DO NOT approve the
actions of ISIS and there are some of Muslims who are good and considered as a
blessing like Dr. Mohammed Al-Asali, who was killed in defence of Christians in
Mosul. We hope that you openly declare your reject and condemnation of violent
religious extremism because it distorts the religion.
On this occasion, we call on our
national government to unite and cooperation with the Kurdistan Regional
Government quickly to liberate Mosul and the towns of Nineveh Plain and other
cities so that the million and half of million displaced people can go back to
their homes as fast as could especially schools will open their doors after the
Eid al-Adha holiday and winter is coming.
We wish you happy Eid Adha , that
returns the values of sacrifice for the respect of human rights and dignity,
not sacrificing people.
*Patriarch of Baghdad and President of the Iraqi Bishops Conference
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