The head of the Islamic community in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Husein Kavazovic, on Friday called on Muslims in the country to raise their voice against crimes and terrorism committed in the name of Islam, underlining that Islam is a religion promoting peace among people.

Kavazovic said this in his sermon during a traditional Friday prayer in Sarajevo's Gazi Husrev-Beg Mosque, with the evident intention of sending a clear message on behalf of the Islamic community following a terrorist attack in Sarajevo on Wednesday, when two members of the country's armed forces were killed, as well as similar other crimes around the world.

"We condemn madness and crimes against human beings. We must not stand mute and confused when innocent people are killed, when terror and hate are being imposed. Do not let us be misguided by that, by the notion that the end justifies the means. The killing of innocent people cannot be justified with anything. There is also no doubt that criminals do not represent anyone's faith, and they especially do not belong to our community of peace and good," Kavazovic said.

He added that one must not condone those who kill innocent people in Gaza and Syria either, recalling that the most numerous victims of criminals "and those who allegedly fight against them" are Muslims.

"Of the total number of innocent people killed in the last few years, more than 85% are Muslims," said Kavazovic, calling on the authorities to use force to stop those who spread hate and call for terror and urging young people not to let themselves be manipulated by those who abuse religion to foment hate and terror.

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