It is important that we in the West understand there is a battle for the heart, soul, and direction of Islam and that not all Islam espouses violent jihad, as some Western media portray.
It is as well important that friends in the Islamic world understand there is a battle for the heart, soul, and direction of the Western world and that not all the West is morally decadent, as some Islamic media portray.
President Boyd K. Packer
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Building Bridges of Understanding: The Church and the World of Islam, 10 October 2006
In the following short video, LDS producer Seth Adam Smith invites us to replace ignorance with understanding and prejudice with a measure of open-mindedness concerning Islam and its adherents, both in our own country and around the world.
Let me suggest, dear brothers and sisters, that religious tolerance is not enough… We must go, I believe, beyond tolerance if we are to achieve harmony in our world. We must move the adherents of different faiths from a position of strife and tension to one of harmony and understanding by promoting a multifaith and pluralistic society. We must strive for acceptance of the other based on understanding and respect. Nor should we stop even at mere acceptance of the other; rather, we must accept the other as one of us in humanity and, above all, in dignity.Dr. Alwi ShihabFormer Indonesian Minister of Foreign AffairsBrigham Young University Forum, 10 October 2006
A cabinet minister of Egypt once told me that if a bridge is ever built between Christianity and Islam, it must be built by the Mormon Church.Elder Howard W. HunterThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SaintsAll Are Alike Unto God, 4 February 1979