A JOINT STATEMENT FROM THE MUSLIM COUNCIL OF BRITON AND CHURCHES TOGETHER IN BRITON AND IRELAND
Deepest sympathy is expressed at the death and suffering which the series of coordinated attacks in London has caused to the families and loved ones who have been the victims of this terrible atrocity.
This criminal attack is condemned in the strongest possible terms. No good purpose can be achieved by such an indiscriminate and cruel use of terror.
The scriptures and the traditions of both the Muslim and Christian communities repudiate the use of such violence. Religious precepts cannot be used to justify such crimes, which are completely contrary to our teaching and practice.
We continue to resist all attempts to associate our communities with the hateful acts of any minority who claim falsely to represent us. In the present uncertainties, we look to all community leaders to give an example of wisdom, tolerance and compassion.
The events of recent years have challenged Muslims and Christians to work together in order to acknowledge our differences, to affirm our common humanity, and to seek ways to share life together. Much has already been achieved, and nothing must undermine the progress that we have made. These attacks strengthen our determination to live together in peace, and to grow together in mutual understanding.
This crime must inspire us to work unceasingly together in pursuit of peace, justice and respect for difference.
|In Tavistock Square, London, an explosion ripped through a bus|
MPAC CONDEMNS LONDON BOMBINGS
Thursday, July 07, 2005
Washington, D.C. – This morning, four explosions in central London’s public transportation system have killed scores of people and injured hundreds more. The Muslim Public Affairs Council unequivocally condemns this brutality against the people of London.
Islam considers the use of terrorism to be unacceptable for any purpose. Any individual or group that claims that these heinous actions serve as a redress for legitimate grievances is dreadfully mistaken. MPAC condemns the exploitation of people and issues, regardless of the perpetrators and their justifications. This assault is unmistakably an act of terrorism, an attack against humanity.
We at MPAC extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and the British people. As Americans, we are familiar with the imminent and the long-term repercussions of terrorism. Here at home, we stand in solidarity with law enforcement to maintain security, and we have every reason to believe that similar cooperation will take place in London.
CAIR CONDEMNS ‘BARBARIC’ LONDON TERROR ATTACKS
(Washington, D.C., 7/7/05) – A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today condemned this morning’s bomb attacks in London as “barbaric crimes.”
In its statement, the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said:
“We join Americans of all faiths, and all people of conscience worldwide, in condemning these barbaric crimes that can never be justified or excused. American Muslims offer their sincere condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed or injured in today’s attacks and call for the swift apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators.”
The Muslim Council of Britain and other British Islamic groups issued similar condemnations of the attacks and urged Muslims to help in the recovery effort.
In 2004, CAIR launched an online petition drive, called "Not in the Name of Islam," designed to disassociate Islam from the violent acts of a few Muslims.
The “Not in the Name of Islam” petition states: “We, the undersigned Muslims, wish to state clearly that those who commit acts of terror, murder and cruelty in the name of Islam are not only destroying innocent lives, but are also betraying the values of the faith they claim to represent. No injustice done to Muslims can ever justify the massacre of innocent people, and no act of terror will ever serve the cause of Islam. We repudiate and dissociate ourselves from any Muslim group or individual who commits such brutal and un-Islamic acts. We refuse to allow our faith to be held hostage by the criminal actions of a tiny minority acting outside the teachings of both the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.”
MUSLIM CANADIAN CONGRESS CONDEMNS LONDON BOMBING AS BARBARIC AND COWARDLY
TORONTO, July 7, 2005 – The Muslim Canadian Congress has condemned the terrorist action in London and has labeled it as a barbaric action of cowards, and a crime against humanity.
Reacting to reports that Al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for the bombings, Tarek Fatah, communications director of the MCC, said, “For too long the Al-Qaeda and its apologists among the Muslim community have been holding the Muslim world hostage. This is crime against humanity.”
The MCC feels the actions of the London terrorists should cause us all to reflect on the dangers of mixing religion and politics. The Al-Qaeda terrorists have successfully usurped the Islamic narrative and are using faith as their rallying call.
The MCC urges Muslim throughout the world to fight the terrorist cancer, which if not confronted, will affect the entire body of human civilization. “As Muslims it is our responsibility to confront those who use our faith to spread terror and fear in our neighborhoods and cities. We need to speak unanimously in condemning the fundamentalism, irrespective of whether it comes from Bush or Bin Laden,” Tarek Fatah said.
For further information: Tarek Fatah, (416) 953-1798
The Islamic Shura (Consultative) Council of Southern California strongly condemns the senseless violence in London.
Anaheim, July 7, 2005: Condemning this ugly act of terror, the Chairman of Shura Council, Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi said, “cycle of terror must stop and pave way for just peace.”
Shura Council hopes for a thorough investigation to find the perpetrators who must be held accountable to the rule of law.
Shura Council extends its deepest regrets, sympathy and prayers for those who perished and injured in the inhumane act of terror in London on July 7th of 2005.
On behalf of all the Muslims of Southern California, Shura Council plans to visit the diplomatic mission of Great Britain in Los Angeles to record our sympathies for the victims and support with the survivors and the British people, said Shakeel Syed, the Executive Director of Shura Council.
ISON CONDEMNS LONDON BOMBING
The Islamic Society of Nevada condemned this morning’s bomb attacks in London as irreligious and “barbaric crimes.”
In its statement, the leading Las Vegas based Nevada Muslim organization said: “Muslims in Las Vegas join people of England, Americans of all faiths, and all people of conscience worldwide, in condemning these barbaric crimes that can never be justified or excused. ISON is urging Muslims all over America to observer the next Friday as a day to condemn this barbaric act.
Vegas Muslims offer their sincere condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed or injured in today’s attacks and call for the swift apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators. The Muslim Council of Britain and other British Islamic groups issued similar condemnations of the attacks and urged Muslims to help in the recovery effort.
In 2001, the ISON launched an active campaign against terror. The campaign made it clear that those who commit acts of terror, murder and cruelty in the name of Islam, Christianity or Judaism or any other religion do not only destroy innocent lives, but also betray the values of the faith they claim to represent. Nothing can ever justify the massacre of innocent people, and no act of terror will ever serve the cause of religion or any ideology. Muslims in Las Vegas condemn any group or individual who commits such brutal and un-religious acts.
For further details, contact Dr. Aslam Abdullah, Director, ISON, (909) 489-5989, 4730 East Desert Inn Road, Las Vegas, NV 89121