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Muslim statements condemning terrorism

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Muslim Students Association-National on 2005-JUL-23:

Muslim Students Association-National issued a statement on 2005-JUL-23, on behalf of young Muslim leaders across the U.S. It said:

"This afternoon, the world witnessed a second terrorist attack on London. In light of these hostile events, we Muslim American students and youth stand united in condemning all acts of terror and the burgeoning war on ideas. We refuse to remain silent while others claiming to represent Islam preach an ideology of hatred. Islam does not tolerate the use of terrorism for any purpose, regardless of who the aggressors are and what their justifications might be. This sensitive time calls for solidarity not only for the people of London but for the international community, regardless of race or faith, to oppose the evil of terrorism.

"As part of this campaign, the Muslim Students Association-National, a coalition of Muslim student organizations in universities across America and Canada and a constituent of the ISNA, has pledged to be steadfast in combating this ideology of hatred. MSA-National President Mohamed Sheibani said, 'Muslim students across the country condemn today's attacks in London and all terrorism irrespective of its motivation or perpetrator. We believe that these attacks are cowardly and barbaric and we call upon all people of conscience to stand with us in speaking out against these crimes against humanity.'

"The voice of American Muslim youth is essential at this tenuous time, and we will rise to the occasion of making our values heard. It is our duty to work for the cause of our future, and we will do so with a noble vision. We seek to cultivate a culture of pluralism, tolerance and coexistence for the advancement of all people.

"This ongoing campaign is currently endorsed by Muslim student organizations and communities in over 30 individual universities across the nation...." 1

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Figh Council of North America on 2005-JUL-28:

The Fiqh Council of North America issued a fatwa on 2005-JUL-28. It states, in part:

 "Islam strictly condemns religious extremism and the use of violence against innocent lives. There is no justification in Islam for extremism or terrorism.

Targeting civilians' life and property through suicide bombings or any other method of attack is haram – or forbidden - and those who commit these barbaric acts are criminals, not 'martyrs'. In the light of the teachings of the Qur'an and Sunnah we clearly and strongly state:

  1. All acts of terrorism targeting civilians are haram (forbidden) in Islam.
  2. It is haram for a Muslim to cooperate with any individual or group that is involved in any act of terrorism or violence.
  3. It is the civic and religious duty of Muslims to cooperate with law enforcement authorities to protect the lives of all civilians.

We issue this fatwa following the guidance of our scripture, the Qur'an, and the teachings of our Prophet Muhammad - peace be upon him."

This fatwa was sponsored by Council on American-Islamic Relations, and the Islamic Society of North America. It was endorsed by 145 U.S. Muslim groups, leaders and institution as of 2005-JUL-28. 2,3,4

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CAIR initiates PSAs:

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) released TV public service announcements (PSAs) for TV titled "Not in the Name of Islam."  Like the online petition drive with the same name, the PSAs attempt to dissociate the faith of Islam from the violent acts of a few radical, extremist Muslim terrorists. The PSAs are available online in multiple languages:

bullet Audio:
bullet English: http://www.cair-net.org/psa/english.mp3
bullet Arabic: http://www.cair-net.org/psa/arabic.mp3
bullet Urdu: http://www.cair-net.org/psa/urdu.mp3
bullet Video:
bullet English: http://www.cair-net.org/video/psa.ram

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Florida's Muslim community on 2005-JUL-29:

Almost a dozen Muslim leaders from South Florida joined Altaf Ali, Florida's executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), at a news conference to declare that there is no justification for violence and that their religion promotes peace.

bullet Roshan Goolsarran of Cooper City FL said: "Islam teaches us to act in a caring manner. Islam strictly condemns terrorism, and there is no justification for terrorism or extremism."
bullet Altaf Ali said: "September 11 shocked the Muslim world. We were not prepared for it. Now this issue has affected the whole world." He attributed the speed with which the British police  rounded up terror suspects to the close connection between the government and the Muslim community. "Our government has not given us that chance. We need to engage the (Bush) administration and work together."

The group plans to release a public service announcement titled "Not in the Name of Islam." It is designed to "disassociate the faith of Islam from the violent acts of a few Muslims." CAIR plans to put up billboards that read: "Islam Condemns Terrorism." 5

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. "Muslim Youth Across America Unite Against Ideology of Hatred," Islamic Society of North America, 2005-JUL-23, at: http://www.isna.net/
  2. "U.S. Muslim religious council issues fatwa against terrorism," Islamic Society of North America, 2005-JUL, at: http://www.isna.net/
  3. "Fiqh Council of North America Issues a FATWA AGAINST TERROR," Islamic Society of North America, 2005-JUL-28, at: http://www.isna.net/
  4. "U.S. Muslims and Terrorism," Religion & Ethics Newsletter, 2005-JUL-29, at: http://www.pbs.org/
  5. Susan R. Miller, "Muslim PR campaign rejects terror, extremism," Palm Beach Post, 2005-JUL-30, at: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/

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Copyright © 2005 & 2010 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally posted: 2005-JUL-30
Latest update: 2010-FEB-22
Author: B.A. Robinson

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