National Organizations Condemn Attack on Ameena Saeed
By Hazem Kira

Newark, CA: A number of national Muslim organizations, including Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), American Muslim Alliance (AMA), Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), Muslim American Society (MAS), Muslim Alliance of North America (MANA), Muslim Students Association-National (MSA-N), and Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA) have condemned the recent attack on Muslim academic Ameena Saeed.
Ameena Saeed was driving home from Vista College in Berkeley where she teaches sociology when her car was fired on. While she remained safe, her car sustained damage. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, which is being seen as a hate crime. Berkeley police are looking for a possible suspect but have reported no progress so far. Her husband Dr. Agha Saeed, who teaches at UC Berkeley and CSU-East Bay, is the national Chair of American Muslim Alliance and the American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT).
Messages of support for the Saeed family have been received from all over the United States. Extending his “best wishes for sicere dua” Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed, the Secretary-General of ISNA said: “We certainly condemn this act of cowardice and offer our full moral support to you and your family. We hope and pray that this act further strengthens your resolve to serve the community and stick to your commitment to maintain a sense of balance and moderation.”
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) “has called on California law enforcement authorities to investigate a recent attack on the wife of a nationally-known Muslim leader as a possible hate crime.
CAIR has contacted the Berkeley Police Department to urge that bias be considered as a possible motive in the incident.
Expressing their support for the Saeed family, Hadia Mubarak the current President of the Muslim Student Association said: MSA National deplores “this attempt on your wife’s life. This is indeed extremely disturbing. Allah swt is the best of protectors. May He envelop you and your family with His impenetrable protection. Ameen.”
Those who called to express their personal and institutional support include Imam Talib Abdul Rasheed of Muslim Alliance of North America (MANA), Dr. Mehdi Bray of Muslim American Society (MAS), and Zahid Bukhari of Islamic Circle of North American (ICNA).
Expressing his “deepest concern”, Dr. Waheed Siddiqui, Member Board of Directors of the United Muslims of America (UMA), expressed the hope that “the perpetrators of this criminal act will be caught and punished.”
Mr. Aktar Hossain, President of Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA) has forcefully argued: “It is very important to find out the motive behind this criminal activity.”
In a prayerful personal message Muslim Scholar and Senior Adviser to the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MAPC) Dr. Maher Hathout wrote: “I was very disturbed to hear what happened. I hope that you and your wife are enjoying the peace that your faith will abundantly bestow upon you. Our hearts are with you.”
Members of the Bangladeshi-American Muslim Association (BAMA) and Pakistan American Democratic Forum (PADF) have also expressed solidarity with the Saeed family.
Mr. Ashraf Zaman Khan, President Bangladeshi-American Muslim Association (BAMA) has called for full investigation of this matter by both the hate crime unit of the Berkeley police and the FBI.
The PADF statement circulated by its moderator Mr. Ghulam Mujtaba reads: “The PADF strongly condemns the coward but heinous attack on Mrs. Ameena Saeed… It is satisfying that no harm was luckily done to her but the incident has once again reminded us of the need to stand united and articulate vigorously against the hatred spread by the fascist-minded elements who are bent upon castigating the innocent citizens and civil rights activists engaged in the democratic and lawful activities.”
Other community leaders expressed similar sentiments. “I condemn this attack with all the contempt at my disposal”, said Dr. Shabbir Safdar, Vice-Chairman of the American Muslim Alliance (AMA). “But knowing the Saeed family as I do, I know it will not make an iota of difference in their determination to speak out against social ills and oppressive conditions.”
“We don’t know who was behind this attack but regardless it has only reinforced our dedication to civil liberties and freedom of thought and conscience”, says Ameena Saeed. “If anyone was trying to intimidate us then they have clearly failed. This incident has further solidified our commitment to peace and justice for all particularly the Palestinians. We will continue to oppose war and occupation," Dr. Agha Saeed said.

 

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