Speech of King Abdullah II of Jordan at the European Parliament (Strasbourg, 10 March 2015)
Europe is an important partner in this effort — especially in helping to stop the global rise of Islamophobia. This poison is based on false ideas and plays into the hands of these extremists.
This is why it is important to clarify what it really means to
be a Muslim. I and countless other Muslims, have been taught
from our earliest years that our religion demanded respect and
caring for others. The Prophet Mohammad, peace and blessings
be upon him, said: “None of you has faith until you love for
your neighbour what you love for yourself.” This is what it means to be a Muslim
Among the very names of God, we hear: the
Compassionate, the All-Merciful. All my life, every day, I have
heard and used the greeting, Assalamu aleikum — a wish for the
other to be blessed with peace.
This is what it means to be a Muslim.
More than a thousand years before the Geneva
Conventions, Muslim soldiers were ordered not to kill a child, a
woman or an old person, not to destroy a tree, not to harm a
priest, not to destroy a church.
These are the same values of Islam we were taught in
school as children: not to destroy or desecrate a place where
God is worshipped, not a mosque, not a church, not a
This is what it means to be a Muslim. These are the values I
teach my children and they will hand on to theirs. - Read More