Islam… Religion of mercy, peace – German Interior Min.

CAIRO, March 31 (KUNA) — German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere underlined Thursday that Islam is a religion of peace and has nothing to do with the acts of terrorists.
Islam is a religion of mercy, peace and tolerance and has nothing to do with hatred and violence, the Cairo-based Al-Azhar University quoted the German minister as saying during a lecture he delivered at the prestigious Sunni seat of learning Thursday.
De Maiziere stated the German government is totally aware that the overwhelming majority of Muslims against the crimes of terrorists. He added Germany’s full respect to Islam and Muslims.
He stressed that the world desperately needs the values of peaceful co-existence and tolerance.
He strongly condemned hatred-motivated offensives against Muslims, blaming the spread of Islamphobia for such crimes.
He also urged German Muslims and Muslim refugees to better integrate into the society. (end) rg.ibi