Conference “Azerbaijan example of tolerance” held on International Day for Tolerance in Baku

Conference “Azerbaijan example of tolerance” held on International Day for Tolerance in Baku
# 16 November 2007 11:01 (UTC +04:00)
Chief of Caucasian Muslims Office Sheikhulislam Haji Allahshukur Pashazadeh, chief of State Committee for Religious Affairs Hidayat Orujov, chief of parliament’s committee for human rights Rabiyat Aslanova, parliamentarians, representatives of religious confessions operating in Azerbaijan and others participated in the event.
Hidayat Orujov read Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s appeal to the participants.
Allahshukur Pashazadeh said that tolerance in Azerbaijan serves as an example for the whole world.
“This is on the level of the state policy in Azerbaijan. Tradition of tolerance exists in Azerbaijan for long years. Armenian officials absurdly claim that Karabakh conflict is connected with religious factor. This is excited message of Armenia, which understands its weakness before Azerbaijan’s increasing military power, to the West. Their religious leaders several times stated in the documents they signed that Karabakh problem can not be regarded as a religious conflict,” he said.
Sheik touched upon several untraditional religious sects functioning in Azerbaijan.
“Those who do not respect our durable economic development try to suggest several negative cases opposing our national traditions, world-outlook, life condition and commit diversion. Religious intolerance, challenges to civil confrontation, efforts for collapsing society and justifying terror, violence contradicts values of our saint religious completely.
Pashazadeh stated that radical wahhabites, nurchu and other sects stain Islam with their actions.
“Saboteurs should know that Azerbaijan removes such cases decisively,” he said.
Following this, representatives of religious confessions addressed the event and stressed that all the religions and nations live in Azerbaijan peacefully. Azerbaijani MP Fattah Heydarov said that Azerbaijan’s tolerance serves as an example for the whole world.
“This is the result of purposeful policy of the head of state,” he said.
Tolerance is also carried out in our country as state policy at the same time,” he said. /APA/