Negative slogans falsely raised in the name of religions or cultures only represent themselves, reaffirmed Muslim World League (MWL) Secretary-General Mohammad Al-Issa in a speech he gave during the unveiling of a “knotted gun” statue at the MWL headquarters in Riyadh on Wednesday.
“We reaffirm that we are advocates of peace and mercy in the world, and we reject violence in all its forms and pretexts,” said Al-Issa.
“We want to say: There is no violence in our values, there is no violence in our thoughts, and that the ventures allegedly taken under Islamic slogans represent themselves and do not represent the reality of Islam,” added the MWL chief.
The unveiling ceremony, which coincided with the International Day of Peace, was celebrated with the United Nations General Assembly President and a senior delegation from Sweden
The event was attended by international and Islamic leaders who are active in promoting peace and combating violence worldwide.
The “Knotted Pistol” statue represents one of the most prominent global icons of peace.
“We share this supreme value, which we need in today's world,” said Al-Issa about promoting peace.
“We assure everyone that true peace begins with the sincerity and conscience of effective institutions in their earnest endeavor to enhance peace in our world and harmony among our national societies,” he explained.
Al-Issa moved on to point out that clashes cannot be resolved by more clashing.
“Most of today’s conflicts and disputes can be resolved with the logic of wisdom,” he stressed.
“The celebration of the symbolism of the knotted pistol comes from the premise of the Islamic welcome for peace and its international connotations and symbols,” noted Al-Issa.
The President of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Abdulla Shahid, in a recorded speech, thanked the MWL for embracing the occasion of The Knotted Gun in its international significance.
He also praised the efforts of those in charge of the Non-Violence Project in Sweden to promote peace in all societies, stressing the importance of the symbolism of The Knotted Gun project in ending conflicts in the world.