PRESS STATEMENT BY DATO’ DR. NASHARUDIN MAT ISA
EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN & CEO OF GLOBAL MOVEMENT OF MODERATES FOUNDATION
On behalf of Global Movement of Moderates (GMM), we decisively condemn the senseless and cynical van attack against civilians in Barcelona, resulting in at least 13 dead and 100 injured thus far.
The modus operandi deployed in Barcelona, Nice, London, Brussels, Berlin and Stockholm bore the hallmarks of Da’esh-inspired attacks, which seek to inflict overwhelming feelings of fear and panic preying on the vulnerable.
We categorically abhor these unscrupulous attacks, and must refrain from associating terrorism with the true meaning of “jihad”, which essentially calls for the pursuit and struggle for peace, and against one’s innermost temptations as well as desires. Jihad can never be equated to acts of injustice, violence and terrorism.
Terrorism – bombings in public places and mass shooting – is a failed strategy that rarely achieve the objectives of terrorist groups. Most importantly, terrorism only backfires in building community’s resilience; for the peace-loving moderates band together and the countries form coalitions – in an uncompromising battle with the forces of terror and its invalidated ideologies.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the Barcelona attack, their family members, and we stand in solidarity with the people of Spain.
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