Media Conference on the Launch of a Joint Appeal to Sunni and Shi'a Muslims by His Excellency Dr Mahathir Mohamad and His Excellency S. Muhammad Khatami
(Putrajaya, 22 May 2013, Organised by JUST-International Movement of Justice)
A Joint Appeal to Sunnis and Shi'as
We, the undersigned, are greatly saddened by the violence and bloodshed which have characterised Sunni-Shi'a relations over time. Thousands have been killed in feuds between the two, mostly in certain Muslim countries. It is tragic that many innocent women and children have been among the victims.
Sunni-Shi'a animosity and antagonism have clearly weakened the Muslim ummah. It has made us more vulnerable to the manipulations and machinations of outside elements determined to subvert the unity and integrity of the ummah. It has allowed those who seek to establish their hegemonic power over us to succeed in their objectives.
It is indisputable that Sunni-Shi'a antagonism and conflicts which have resulted in massacres have tarnished the image and dignity of the ummah in the eyes of the world. Few other occurrences in recent times have had such a negative impact.
We appeal to all Sunnis and Shi'as, bound as we are by the same faith in Allah, guided by the same Noble Quran, honouring the same last Messenger of Allah, and facing the same Kiblah, to desist from massacring and the killing one another immediately.