OIC chief: Islamic Solidarity Games show true image of Islam

Baku � Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen said the Islamic Solidarity Games are considered to be among the biggest sports events within the OIC member states, which manifests not only Islamic solidarity in action but also shows the true image of Islam � a religion of peace, harmony and tolerance.

People today are living in a world which is frequently shaken by violence, indiscriminate extremism, radicalization and injustice. In other words, intolerance is sown and cultivated in various aspects of life � religious intolerance, such as Islamophobia, cultural intolerance in disrespecting differences, and intolerance towards the oppressed who seek refuge," Dr. Al-Othaimeen said in an interview with Azerbaijan's Trend News Agency on Monday.

In this context, promoting peace, development and solidarity is more than timely and crucial, he added. Al-Othaimeen said declaring 2017 the Year of Islamic Solidarity in Azerbaijan is very appreciated and important, pointing out that this solidifies the status and tremendous efforts made by Azerbaijan, an important OIC member state, in strengthening bonds of unity, harmony, friendship and peaceful coexistence among people in the Islamic world and elsewhere, regardless of their different origins or cultures. He added that this is exactly in the same spirit that Baku will host the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games, which will be held on May 12-22.

Source: International Islamic News Agency