Statement Concerning the Recent Terror Event in Orlando, Florida

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                                        June 17, 2016

The recent event in Orlando, Florida that has involved and/or impacted Muslim Americans has compelled us to make an official statement to continue to address these issues.

Orlando Incident Quran Arabic Quote“O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you nations and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of G-d is the best in conduct. Indeed, G-d is full of knowledge and well acquainted.” (Qur’an 49:13)

Terrorism and Hate

The Conveners of Imams associated with the Community of Imam W. Deen Mohammed continue to stand in solidarity with those who are appalled and condemn the brutal murder and violence, rooted in hate, against the innocent individuals in Orlando, Florida. We express our profound sympathies and condolences to the victims and their families!

Ironically, this murderous act of historic proportions took place during the holy month of Ramadan and within forty-eight hours of the memorial services of a true Muslim American hero and icon, Muhammad Ali. Muhammad Ali’s life exemplified the best traditions of Al-Islam. His life personified the principle of peace, the love of humanity and diversity of the human experience.

While the perpetrator of this horrific and hateful act may have struggled with his own personal demons, he also attached himself to evil extremist terror groups that associate themselves with the religion of Al-Islam. This behavior and these groups do not represent our religion!

We continue to condemn the un-Islamic extremism of individuals and groups, including ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, etc., perpetrated in the name of Al-Islam and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). This includes the invitation to Muslims to join their inhuman and un-Islamic terror campaigns that murder and commit acts of violence against innocent people.

The religion of Al-Islam and the example of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) promote human excellence, religious freedom, social justice, and tolerance of human diversity. The horrific examples of crimes against humanity by those individuals claiming the banner of Al-Islam and/or affiliated with these groups are totally contrary to these universal principles which are embraced in the religion of Al-Islam. We continue to urge Muslims in America and throughout the world to actively oppose and expose these un-Islamic individuals and death cults.

We categorically denounce and condemn these actions!

Hate Speech, Fear-Mongering, Demagoguery, and Discrimination Against Muslims

We also stand with those voices of decent and fair-minded people in America and throughout the world that have condemned the hate speech, fear-mongering, demagoguery, and discrimination against Muslims, especially by one of the individuals aspiring to become the President of the United States.

This individual has fabricated stories, ignored or distorted fact and reason, slandered Muslims, and proposed discriminatory public policies that are illegal, immoral, and un-constitutional. This individual has intentionally sought to divide, for political advantage, one group of citizens from another, based on religious affiliation. These despicable actions are both un-American and contrary to the principles upon which America was founded. Domestic hate groups have also allied themselves with these bigoted expressions and there have been numerous threats and attempts of malicious action toward individual Muslims and Muslim American organizations.
As Americans it is important to note that:

  • America presently contains over three million Muslims;
  • The religion of Al-Islam has been a part of the American experience since its earliest days;
  • Muslims have served and died for this country in our military; and further serve our nation, states and communities as police officers, firefighters, public servants, and elected officials;
  • Muslims have presently and historically made contributions to American culture, sports, government, education, and business;
  • Millions of Muslims in America live, work, serve, and interact with others, and contribute to the collective good of the country on a daily basis, including as doctors, scientists and engineers.

 
The bigotry that seeks to associate millions of good, decent, and productive Muslim Americans with the actions of one or a few deranged individuals, then seek to conflate the evil actions of the few with the entire group of millions, has been seen as blatantly wrong to most Americans. As a result, a majority of Americans have rejected this thinking, including responsible political leaders from both parties and many governments, media, community, and faith leaders in America and around the world.

We stand with these people of good-will that have rejected the expressions of bigotry and proposals for blatant discrimination. We also pray that people of reason, faith, and good-will can continue to work together for the common good, based upon the principles of mutual respect, fairness, justice and peace.

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