Muslim Organizations Condemn
Washington, DC: A large number of prominent
national Islamic civil rights and advocacy groups have condemned
the 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. SEE: http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=169&page=AA
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 Qur’an and the Prophet Muhammad,
peace be upon him."
The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) expresses its
strongest condemnation of the horrific bombings in London.
We abhor these acts of mindless violence that violate all
Islamic principles regarding the sanctity of life and the
safety and security of innocent civilians. ISNA urges the
swift apprehension of those responsible and offers condolences
to those who have lost their loved ones.
Irrespective of the sociopolitical implications, this act
violates the Islamic principles of the sanctity of life and
the safety and security of innocent civilians.
"Attacking civilians who are going about their daily
business is a criminal act that violates Islamic principles,
and must be condemned by all Muslims. Our hearts go out to
the victims and their families," Dr. Syeed, ISNA's secretary
"We join all people of goodwill in condemning these utterly
immoral and heinous crimes. We extend our heartfelt condolences
to the families of the victims and the British people.
"We're shocked and horrified by what has happened in
London and condemn this wanton massacre of innocent civilians
in the strongest possible terms.
“While we call for the swift apprehension and punishment
of the perpetrators, we also join the Muslim Council of Britain
in urging Muslims to help in the recovery effort.”
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.