The Muslim Council of Elders under the Chairmanship of the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb strongly condemns the terrorist attacks targeting a mosque in northeastern Afghanistan and a Sikh temple in the capital, Kabul. Both attacks resulted in the deaths and injuries of a number of innocent civilians.
The Council reiterates its categorical rejection of such terrorist attacks, which contradict the teachings of all religions as well as international laws and norms protecting freedom of religion and prohibiting the targeting of places of worship. Such issues are also addressed and affirmed in the Document on Human Fraternity, co-signed by His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and His Holiness Pope Francis in Abu Dhabi in 2019. The Document stated, "God did not create men and women to be killed or to fight one another, nor to be tortured or humiliated in their lives and circumstances. God, the Almighty, has no need to be defended by anyone and does not want His name to be used to terrorize people."
The Muslim Council of Elders thus strongly condemns such acts of terrorism and calls on the international community to unite in the face of violence, extremism, hate and terror. The Council also extends its condolences to the families of the victims of both attacks while praying for a speedy recovery for the wounded.