STATEMENT BY EBRAHIM RASOOL, FOUNDER OF THE WORLD FOR ALL FOUNDATION ON THE THREATS ISSUED BY AL QAEDA-
The World for All Foundation was started by former Western Cape Premier, Ebrahim Rasool, to continue a discourse he started while Premier under the rubric: ‘A Home for All”. Over the last year the World for All Foundation has carried its vision: ‘Towards a World for All – Beyond Extremisms” to many forums across the globe. It is headquartered in
Mr. Rasool said “The World for All Foundation is not surprised that extremists such as those in Al Qaeda would view the FIFA World Cup in
However, having participated in a Conference on Extremism a few months ago in Cape Town, especially in response to alarms being raised about security in the face of terror threats to the World Cup 2010, I am reassured that the intelligence And security agencies are very aware of potential threats, and assured us of their state of readiness to meet any such possibilities. It is unfortunate that we live in a world where we are forced to factor in precautions against extremists of any persuasion who have only threats, fear and terror to peddle.
This specific threat from Al Qaeda-Maghreb to make the world witness the bombing of the stadium in which the
It is misguided from whichever standard one measures, especially from an Islamic standard from which they purport to speak and act. Nowhere in the teachings or history of Islam can we draw justification for wanting the kill thousands of innocent people, gathered to watch a sport, in a country that has given Muslims more rights and freedoms than Muslims arguably enjoy anywhere else in the world whether as minority or majority.
This is a moment when Muslim leaders in