Asia News reports that 38 Muslim leaders have issued an open letter accepting the Pope's explanation of his lecture at the University of Regensburg. In their open letter, they made this comment about past forced conversions. which their letter calls violations of Islamic tenants:
“History shows some Muslims have violated Islamic tenants concerning forced conversions and the treatment of other religious communities, but history also shows these are by far the exception.”
The letter also comments upon what the Muslim leaders consider to be positive aspects of the lecture, and states that Christians and Muslims must work together for "peace in an increasingly connected world."