“Muslims Should Correct Islam’s Image”: Hassan Rouhani

(FILES) A picture taken on June 17, 2013 shows Iranian president-elect Hassan Rowhani waving as he attends a press conference in Tehran. Rowhani, the cleric and reputed moderate who is to be sworn in as Iran's president on August 3, has vowed to engage more with world powers in hopes of easing economic sanctions. AFP PHOTO/BEHROUZ MEHRI (Photo credit should read BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images)
Iranian president Hassan Rowhani

Tehran: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that Muslims must improve the image of their religion, which has been tarnished by the violence of extremist groups such as the IS. “It is our greatest duty today to correct the image of Islam in world public opinion,” Rouhani told a conference on Islamic unity in Tehran. Rouhani said Islamic principles opposed violence and asserted that the extremism of groups such as the so-called Islamic State stemmed from “narrow-mindedness and lack of moderation”.

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