More statements by the MSA, Figh
Council, CAIR, & Florida Muslims
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
"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
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:
All acts of terrorism targeting civilians are haram (forbidden) in
It is haram for a Muslim to cooperate with any individual or group
that is involved in any act of terrorism or violence.
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
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:
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.
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."
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
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
"Muslim Youth Across America Unite Against Ideology of Hatred,"
Islamic Society of North America, 2005-JUL-23, at: http://www.isna.net/
"U.S. Muslim religious council issues fatwa against terrorism,"
Islamic Society of North America, 2005-JUL, at: http://www.isna.net/
"Fiqh Council of North America Issues a FATWA AGAINST TERROR,"
Islamic Society of North America, 2005-JUL-28, at: http://www.isna.net/