By Micah HalpernI've Been Thinking:
This is a first in Islamic Jewish relations. Earlier this morning in Singapore, Imam Nalla Mohamed Abdul Malik entered the Maghain Aboth Synangoue to meet with Rabbi Mordechai Abergel.
The imam presented the rabbi with a formal letter of apology. Even before the meeting was held, the apology was made public and read at various times and places.
The story begins with a series of sermons the imam gave in January and February. In the sermons, the imam referenced a scathing attack against the Jews and Christians which he took from an old Arabic text which originated in his village in India.
The text read: "Allah help us against the Jews and the Christians."
It should be noted that this is not a verse from the Koran.
Rabbi Abergel accepted the letter and the apology.
Imam Abdul Malik proffered the same apology to the Bishop of Singapore on Friday, two days before he met with the rabbi.
The imam also apologized to all Singaporeans for behaving in a way that is unacceptable and that generates hatred and anger.
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