True Islam: the voices of moderation.

The last few days have been harrowing for the peace loving people of the world. We have seen Boko Haram murder 2000 people in a Nigerian village and how they have used a 10 year old girl as a suicide bomber, we have seen the abominable murder of journalists in France and the list of terrorist crimes increase day by day.

The time has come in my view to find solutions that go beyond what the Americans called the war on terror as the war of terror cant be fought with terror. Violence always generates more violence and we must understand once and for all that these repulsive crimes have in reality nothing to do with Islam. The only people that benefit from this non-stop spiraling violence are the forces of the extremists on both sides of the spectrum.

We must all show moderation in this up hill battle against violence. the boundaries of freedom always finish where our neighbours boundaries start. Freedom of expression does not mean freedom of provocation or freedom to insult  and on the other hand being hurt in once sensibilities does not entitle anyone to take revenge.

We can ask ourselves and I  do why despite the risks, more imans don’t come out and clearly state that violence and murder are not part of Islam and those that follow this path are subverting the faith and a fatwa declared against them. This should be their sacred responsibility.

Islam has been hijacked by the extremist which are misguided, to say the least, in their interpretation of the Holy Quran  and they have perverted the teachings of the Prophet for their own interests. The time has come for the voices of moderation of Islam to denounce them in all the mosques around the world. This ideological fight can only be won with these voices of moderation as partners. The West can’t fight it alone and should not fight it alone as most followers of Islam are peace loving people. The more and more Muslims that get  enlightened about their own faith by the moderate Imans will lead to a changed picture of Islam.

This must be the goal of the Western governments to engage these voices of moderation as partners in the ideological war against extremism.

 

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Carlos Mundy

Carlos Mundy, the current Count of Mondaye ( a Norman title that dates back to the XI century!) , was born in Bilbao (Spain) but lived in London until the age of twelve, when he moved to Madrid (Spain) with his parents and brothers. He studied in Spain and went to University to study journalism. During those years he was already working as a freelance journalist for several Spanish magazines. AT the age of 19 he took off on a round the world tour for two years working as a model to make ends meet. On his return he founded a model agency in 1982 which he managed until 1996 and became the top agency in Spain with offices in Madrid and Barcelona. During those years he traveled the world extensively on scouting trips and he also continued working as a freelance journalist doing interviews to top fashion designers, heads of state and celebrities. He also wrote many travel pieces: his passion. In the year 2000 he founded Metaphore Magazine: Creative Culture, a must read in the Spanish publishing scene. The magazine was a monthly that lasted two years. In 2003 he published the Spanish version of The Rainbow Warrior, co- written with his sister Charis and that was published in the US in 2007. His next book, The Toucan Lodge was published simultaneously in the UK and the US in 2009 and its Spanish publication in 2010. The novel was re-released in the UK in 2011 under the title Gestapo Lodge. This was followed by the publication of the successful historical novel, "The Romanov Lost Icon and the Enigma of Anastasia" (Thames River Press) in 2013, co-written with historian Marie Stravlo. 2015 has seen the publication of an epic fantasy co-written again with his sister Charis, "The Twilight of the Fourth World," inspired by the teachings of His Holiness The Dalai Lama and the Hopi Indian prophecies. Before the end of the year his latest historical novel, "The Indian Kings of France: The fascinating story of the Bourbons of Bhopal" is expected to be published. Carlos is currently working on the production of Unforgettable, a tribute to the Legends of Hollywood which is scheduled to start shooting in Jodphur (India) in 2017 with a fabulous cast of legends. Carlos is a show jumper and when time permits, he continues to paint. He had two successful exhibits in the nineties. He is also a member of The Comite de APoyo al Tibet. The Spanish NGO, that has lobbied successfully to have the Spanish courts start criminal proceedings against Chinese Communist leaders for Crimes against Humanity committed in occupied Tibet. He was made a Knight of the Royal Order of the Principality of Hutt River in 2007, became a Knight of the Ecumenic Order of Malta in 2011 and received THE WOMEN TOGETHER AWARD at the United Nations for his philanthropic anonymous work with Tibet. He is currently Chancellor of Foreign Affairs of the Ecumenical Knights of Malta.

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