In what must have been frantic last minute alterations to his speech at the planned National Prayer Luncheon in Washington DC, stuff HM King Abdullah condemned the cartoons but seemed to focus more on terrorism or extremism in the name of Islam, doctor or even in the defence of the Prophet Mohammad pbuh.
“Equally, check whilst we respect and revere freedom of speech, we condemn needless desecration and injury of Islamic sensibilities, such as the recent cartoons misrepresenting and vilifying my ancestor the Prophet (may peace and blessings be upon him),’ [source]
King Abdullah told more than 3,000 US and international thinkers, religious leaders and politicians that he also condemns Ã¢??extremists, of any religion, who teach intolerance and violence, mutilate scripture to advance their cause.Ã¢?Â
Ã¢??We behold with horror and disgust the recent targeting of Christian churches in Iraq, breaking with a 1,400-year tradition of Christian-Muslim friendship and mutual acceptance amongst the Arabs of the Levant,Ã¢?Â he said.
Ã¢??To overcome this common foe [extremism], we must explore the values that unite us, rather than exaggerating the misunderstandings that divide us,Ã¢?Â the King said.
King Abdullah noted that Islam, like Christianity and Judaism, is a monotheistic religion. Ã¢??Muslims believe that there is only one God; that is the basis of everything in Islam.Ã¢?Â
Ã¢??In every generation, people of faith are tested. In our generation, the greatest challenge comes from violent extremists who seek to divide and conquer.Ã¢?Â
He added that extremism is a Ã¢??political movement, under religious cover.Ã¢?Â
Ã¢??Its adherents want nothing more than to pit us against each other, denying all that we have in common,Ã¢?Â the Monarch said.
…emphasising that these groups Ã¢??do not preach the Islam of the Koran or the Prophet Mohammad. Theirs is a repugnant political ideology which violates the principles and statutes of traditional Islamic law.Ã¢?Â
The King warned: Ã¢??If we allow such intolerance and ill will to polarise us, do we not betray all those who have died at their hands? And we do worse. We turn away from truth,Ã¢?Â expressed throughout common religious heritage. [source]