Rouhani: Up to Muslims to Correct Islam’s Image


Hassan RouhanIranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that Muslims must improve the image of their religion, which has been tarnished by the violence of hardline groups such as Islamic State.

“It is our greatest duty today to correct the image of Islam in world public opinion,” Rouhani told a conference on Islamic unity in Tehran in a speech broadcast by state television.

His remarks were rare for a leader of Iran, which considers itself an authority in the Islamic world and often blames the “enemies” of the religion for problems in the Middle East.

“Did we ever think that, instead of enemies, an albeit small group from within the Islamic world using the language of Islam, would present it as the religion of killing, violence, whips, extortion and injustice?” Rouhani said.

Rouhani, a relative moderate, said Islamic principles opposed violence and the extremism of groups such as Islamic State stemmed from “narrow-mindedness and a lack of moderation”.

Rouhani criticized Muslim countries for “being silent in the face of all the killing and bloodshed” in Syria, Iraq and Yemen – conflicts in which Iran plays a role.

Iran supports the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad, has close ties with neighboring Iraq, and condemns the Islamic State group which fights both governments.

The Islamic Republic is also an ally of the Houthi movement which seized control of most of Yemen last year and has fought a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia for nine months.




  1. Imagine why some people might think that islam is a religion of killing,violence, torture, injustice? Whatever have moslems done to justify such a distorted picture? After all, islam condones dishonesty, lies, force, brutality, corporal punishment and works so hard to promote love, peace, equal rights, fairness, respect et al. Tsk tsk.

  2. how strange. Iran is known to everyone to be a worldwide sponsor of terrorism. So what are they saying here? Everything these people say is shekker.

  3. How about he puts his money where his mouth is and cust off funding to Hezbollah and other terrorist groups that target Israeli men, women and children? How about he admits the murder of the Jewish center in Argentina was an Iranian operation and pays compensation to the victimes and their families?